Don’t throw out the cherries!

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  If you are making sour cherry wine, it is time to transfer the juice to a demijohn. The cherries will be floating on top of your primary vessel. Lift off the cherries… Continue reading

Freezing Green Beans

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  Gather green beans in the cool of the morning while the shadows are long. Select young tender unblemished pods. Discard any pods which are over mature. Picking off the mature pods will… Continue reading

New Potatoes and Pea Salad

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The garden has yielded fresh new potatoes, green peas and onions.  It’s time to make potato salad!  This recipe calls for homemade mayonnaise made with farm-fresh eggs, but I suppose if you don’t have… Continue reading

Making Mayonnaise at home

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There is a tale that a French statesman, the Duke of Richelieu, invented the sauce after a battle at Mahon, on the Mediterranean island of Minorca, to celebrate his victory. He named it… Continue reading

Cat on the Window Sill

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A nice breeze passes through the open window on hot summer days.  The window sill has become a favorite spot for my cat to sleep.  In the late afternoon after a good rest… Continue reading

Chick Peas with Pork Rinds Soup – Minestra di Ceci con le Cotiche

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Soup made with chick peas and potatoes,  flavored with pork  rinds.  A robust and satisfying meal that won’t dig deep into your pocket.  A dish found in the poorest ghettos in many parts of… Continue reading

Round Flat Bread topped with Snails and Garlic Butter

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A new twist to a classic recipe.  Snails in garlic butter served on top of a flat round of homemade rustic bread.  Toasted in the oven till golden brown and served piping hot.… Continue reading

Classic Neapolitan Pizza

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The very first pizza restaurant to open its doors is in Naples.  Pizzeria Port’Alba began making pizza in 1738.  It was the original fast food.  Bought at the door and ate on the street.… Continue reading

My Mother’s Barbecue Sauce – Pork Chops and Sauerkraut

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Last week I was chatting with my friend Donna. She was telling me that her mother made barbecue sauerkraut for her when she was a kid. Afterward, I couldn’t stop thinking about my… Continue reading

Flag Pennants for Shade

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I have a grapevine above my terrace that is supposed to shade us from the sun.  It does a pretty good job but there are still some places where the sun shines through.… Continue reading