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Seduced by Spice

Seduced by Spice

| December 2, 2006 | 1 Comment

I’ve read all about Penzeys at my fellow bloggers’ sites. And everyone RAVES about them for their great spices and whatnot. I checked them out online and was impressed with the prices so I intended on ordering, but hadn’t gotten around to it yet. You can imagine my pleasure and surprise recently when I was […]

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Getting to the Stuffing . . .

Getting to the Stuffing . . .

| November 30, 2006 | 0 Comments

As promised, here is the recipe for Apple Bacon Corn Bread stuffing . . . everyone raved about this on Thanksgiving. I know it seems like a lot of ingredients but the prep goes very quickly and it comes together easily. Apple Bacon Corn Bread Stuffing 1 recipe corn bread such as my lavender corn […]

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Cornbread for Stuffing

Cornbread for Stuffing

| November 29, 2006 | 2 Comments

This corn bread is good for stuffing, such as Apple Bacon Cornbread Stuffing. Cucina Bella Lavender Corn Bread 2/3 cup all-purpose flour 1 1/3 cups yellow cornmeal 2 tablespoon sugar 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt ¼ tsp lavender 1 1/4 cups 1% low-fat milk 3 large eggs, lightly beaten 2 tablespoons butter, […]

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Blue Filet Bites

Blue Filet Bites

| November 28, 2006 | 0 Comments

Hor d’ourves . . . did I mention my hor d’ourves on Thanksgiving? Only about a dozen times probably. That’s only because I thoroughly enjoyed them and so did my guests. And a food enjoyed is always a good thing. These Blue Filet Bites hor d’ourve was born after much testing and sampling. I tried […]

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Thanksgiving food porn, and anti-porn

Thanksgiving food porn, and anti-porn

| November 27, 2006 | 0 Comments

I’ve written bits and pieces about Thanksgiving at my Cucina Bella, but here’s an inside look at the good and bad . . . This was my table. See the centerpiece? It was born of necessity . . . I wanted something fancy and didn’t have time to actually get all the things necessary for […]

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Fillo Clams Casino

Fillo Clams Casino

| November 25, 2006 | 2 Comments

My husband took this photo. There was no cropping necessary, no repositioning. Doesn’t he take a great photo? So this was my seafood appetizer for Thanksgiving. I played around with a variety of ideas that would have used lobster or smoked salmon or seared tuna, but ended up going with this. It turned out to […]

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Portabella and White Bean Soup

Portabella and White Bean Soup

| November 25, 2006 | 7 Comments

It’s the weekend (a rather LOOOOOOOONG weekend for me, yay!) so that means it’s time for Weekend Herb Blogging, the blogging event created by Kalyn from Kalyn’s Kitchen that celebrates herbs and veggies and other yummy things. It’s being hosted by Haalo of Cook (almost) Anything At Least Once this weekend, so check there on […]

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Sundried tomato pesto spread

Sundried tomato pesto spread

| November 24, 2006 | 1 Comment

Sundried tomato pesto spread yields about 3/4 cup ½ cup baby spinach, packed ½ cup sundried tomatoes 3-5 cloves garlic, depending on your taste ½ cup walnuts ½ cup shredded romano 2 tbsp olive oil Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process to a paste. Cucina Bella Notes: This spread is thicker than […]

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Spinach pesto sans garlic spread

Spinach pesto sans garlic spread

| November 24, 2006 | 0 Comments

Spinach pesto sans garlic spread yields about 1/2 cup 1 cup baby spinach, packed ½ cup walnuts ½ cup shredded romano 2 tbsp olive oil Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process to a paste. Cucina Bella notes: This recipe was born out of necessity. My husband tolerates pesto, but hates the garlic […]

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1:15 a.m., Thanksgiving Day

1:15 a.m., Thanksgiving Day

| November 23, 2006 | 0 Comments

It’s 1:15 a.m., Thanksgiving Day. After a delayed start, due to my need to reseason all my cast-iron pans (and I use the term “need” very loosely), the glazed carrots, cranberry apple chutney, roasted parsnips and honey maple glaze are ready. I also made (to my own detriment) walnut turtles — oops, the walnuts were […]

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