RSSEating Locally, Homecooking, Gardening

Our Children’s World

Our Children’s World

| May 7, 2008 | 2 Comments

A deadly virus is attacking young children in China. A tidal wave has killed thousands in Myanmar/Burma. A woman held prisoner by her own father is finally free of her basement prison after 30 years and several children . . . As if that isn’t enough, gas prices are skyrocketing to a point I never […]

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Greener Shopping

Greener Shopping

| April 13, 2008 | 2 Comments

For the past year, I’ve been working on greenifying our lives. Safer cleansers, natural (non-antibacterial) soaps, and less waste. It’s been a tough undertaking — reusable dryer sheets just didn’t do it for us. And the ones we tried – Method – still had waste when all was said and done: the sheets themselves, the […]

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Serving Up Memories: Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage

Serving Up Memories: Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage

| February 8, 2008 | 3 Comments

This recipe for tangy Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage is delicious served with German wursts and sauerkraut. I can’t help but smile when I think of my grandfather. My grandfather was a tall man who loved airplanes and motorcycles (though an accident in his youth left his leg permanently injured). He owned a small prop […]

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Homemade Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Homemade Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

| November 11, 2007 | 1 Comment

After two years of blogging (yes! Cucina Bella turned 2 yesterday! YIPPEEEE! Who knew this on-a-whim experiment with food writing would last this long?!?), it should be no surprise that I am finding the need to return to subjects I’ve touched on before. Specifically, oatmeal. I originally wrote about oatmeal for Fit Fare (before I […]

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Dark Days: Two Local Meals

Dark Days: Two Local Meals

| October 29, 2007 | 2 Comments

As I opened the window to write this, I realized that we truly are entering the dark days of winter. It’s nearly 7 a.m. and the sun has yet to light up the night sky, let alone peak above the treeline. I was spoiled (or perhaps not so) by the summer when the sun was […]

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Dark Days Eat Local Challenge

Dark Days Eat Local Challenge

| October 27, 2007 | 1 Comment

You might have noticed the little button in my sidebar for the Dark Days Eat Local Challenge. The challenge, which I joined earlier last week, is to cook one meal a week using 90 percent local ingredients. Local is defined by a 200 mile radius.   Sound easy? Well, there is a reason it’s called […]

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Inspired

Inspired

| October 13, 2007 | 1 Comment

In checking out some sites across the blogosphere today, I was inspired. Yes, INSPIRED. Traveler’s Lunchbox had a great pictorial this week on creating homemade vanilla extract and suggested it would make a good holiday gift. Did I run right out to Williams-Sonoma and pay an arm and a leg for some vanilla beans? NO! […]

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Apple Primer and French Apple Pie

Apple Primer and French Apple Pie

| October 7, 2007 | 2 Comments

Apples, apples, apples. My apple supply from my recent picking binge is finally dwindling. PHEW! I am hoping to get a bit more out of it this week and then all the apple cooking in my house will be over for the winter. Ever wonder what apples are good for specific purposes? Here’s a primer: […]

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RECIPE: Scrumptious Apple Cake

RECIPE: Scrumptious Apple Cake

| October 3, 2007 | 4 Comments

I made two apple cakes last night and totally forgot to take a picture, with the exception of this one. These are the cake remnants (didn’t grease the pan well enough … oops) and ice cream. Mmmm. So good. And the scent that it fills the house with? Pure heaven. Fall has descended on us […]

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Sarah’s Spiced Applesauce

Sarah’s Spiced Applesauce

| October 1, 2007 | 1 Comment

I promised my applesauce recipe, didn’t I? Well here it goes. Love this applesauce. It is supremely tasty and is a little thicker than applesauces from the jar so it sticks better when eating with chops or potato pancakes or whatever. And you gotta love that this was made with local apples that we picked […]

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