Brandied Friendship Fruit to Share

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Summer is a perfect time to invite friends to garden parties. If you are a gardener, it is a time to share the fruit of your labor. My typical menu includes vegetables and… Continue reading

Making Sour Cherry Wine

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A telephone call at 7:00 this morning changed our idea of what to do this week-end.  It was our neighbor calling to tell us that her cherry tree was loaded with fruit.  She… Continue reading

Ensalada de Naranjas with Guacamole Sauce

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One of my favorite summer salads.  A sweet and zesty combination of oranges, onions and sweet peppers. Ensalada de Naranjas with Guacamole Sauce Ingredients: 4 oranges 1 cucumber 1 sweet red onion 1… Continue reading

Mexican Fiesta Night in Orel

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Roll out the tortillas, bring out puerco estilo and mix up some salsa and guacamole sauce, it is time for a fiesta!  A few friends gathered for an evening of dining American style.  It is so enjoyable to… Continue reading

Puerco Estilo Apatzingan – Baked Pork from Apatzingan

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Puerco Estilo Apatzingan – Baked Pork from Apatzingan The flavor of this dish is similar to Carnitas al Estilo Michoacan. Unlike Carnitas, the pork is baked in an oven instead of fried in… Continue reading

The Pleasure of Gardening

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The Pleasure of Gardening When I was a young child I helped my grandfather in his garden. While we were working together he would tell me about each plant and how to care… Continue reading

Sugo di Melanzane (Tomato Sauce with Eggplant)

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I wonder if every Italian child learns to cook pasta and sauce from a very early age. It seems like Italians are born with an innate ability to prepare extraordinary tomato sauce. Each… Continue reading

Preserving garden peas by freezing

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  Peas are ripe in the garden. Green pods, filled with young tender peas are hanging from the vine. It is time to harvest and preserve peas for later use. My favorite way… Continue reading

It’s time to make Nocino.

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Originally posted on czechthatout:
Nocino On the Eve of San Giovanni, 24th of June, women all over Italy start to prepare Nocino.  They climb up walnut trees at dusk, after the dew has…

A barn with a red tile roof

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If hard work is good for the soul then our souls have been well taken care of lately.  For a good part of every week-end in the past two months we have continued… Continue reading