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Vinci

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“Old MacDonald had a … Pizza Farm??”

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“Eee, Iii, Eee, Iii, Oooo … mozzarella!” “Hi …Yes?” answering the phone in an impatient rush. “Umm, hello. Yes. Umm, is this the Pizza Farm?” “Yes.” “Great. I’d like to come over tonight but I need directions.” “That’s okay, we’re busy enough. You’ll just have to find us.” Click. And with that, the phone disconnected and thus began the lore, …

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La Parola del Giorno ~ il Tempo

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The Word of the Day ~ Time “Mark, you’re late.” “You’re late.” “Mark, you are LATE!” That’s all I could think about as I drove toward my cooking class at Cooks of Crocus Hill, Stillwater, MN. As a stage manager in professional theatre, time management is my job. As a cooking instructor, time management is crucial—especially if I need to …

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Drum Roll, Please~

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Haul in the Net~

Bourbon Shrimp Scampi

[Subscribers, please click HERE to view this video from your e-mail.] Bourbon Shrimp Scampi This recipe is a quick one. It is so quick, in fact, that I prepare the whole dish from scratch in the 6-minute cooking segment video! Still think you don’t have time to cook? I will admit that I am a snob when it comes to …

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Grilling Lettuce ~ light it up!

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[Subscribers, please click HERE to view the video from your e-mail!] Technically, it is Spring; however, with all the warm weather we are having down here in the South ~ it sure feels like Summer! And with warm weather comes the natural desire to keep the kitchen cool and break out the Weber on the patio. I was reminded while …

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Il Pranzo di Domenica ~ Sunday lunch

Insalata Delle Puntarelle

Rome Day 3 Ciao~ I must admit, for all of my determination to do a post every day while in Rome, I have been outdone by the lack of internet access and TIME. Trying to write a post after spending all day, and night, out enjoying Roman life has certainly hindered my good intentions. BUT, I am now back in …

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Saturday ~ let’s go to the Market!

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Saturday is market day in Rome and most tourists have heard about the famous market in Campo dei Fiori. It is nice, but one of the oldest in Rome is the market in Testaccio—a working class neighborhood down from the Aventine Hill and across the Tiber from Trastevere. The Testaccio market is housed in a building as opposed to being …

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Roma ~ piove, piove, piove!

Mombla Fixed

Ciao da Roma~ I have landed in Rome and have every good intention of keeping you all up to date with my daily travels and “eatings” while in the Eternal City. Let’s hope I can live up to my own expectations! It is raining (piove) in Rome and according to the driver who picked me up at the airport ~ …

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Dust a Bunny ~ Yogurt Cake

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[Subscriber’s, please click HERE to view the video from your e-mail.] It doesn’t take years of training or a drawer full of special tools to decorate a cake for Easter. Using Nonna’s simple yogurt cake recipe—packed with fresh fruit and, by using Greek yogurt, packed with extra flavor—you can turn an “any time” cake into an Easter-themed cake in a …

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