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 ~Blog Posts~

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!

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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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Cluck, Cluck ~ A Chick Dish?

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[Subscribers, please click HERE to view the video from your e-mail.]  Chicken Salad ~ 1 foundation, 2 recipes Chicken salad might be the foundation to every ladies’ luncheon and yet, often, it is a soup of mayonnaise lacking any noticeable amount of its namesake ~ chicken! When I was at the WSFA-12’s studio waiting to do my segment, a PR …

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Berry, Berry, Quite Contrary~

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[Subscribers, please click HERE to view the cooking video from your e-mail.] If you are  a “foodie” like me, you tend to get a lot of homemade foods at the holidays—in particular, jams or preserves. Mine are stacked high, filling a pantry shelf, waiting for me to work through them. Before I lived with Nonna and her family in Viterbo, …

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Cooking Family-Style Italian~

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Welcome to Nonna’s! [Subscribers, please click HERE to view the cooking video from your e-mail.] In this cooking segment on WSFA-12’s “Alabama Live!,” I show host Judd Davis how to prepare 2 quick & easy Italian recipes: “Chicken with Tomato & Olives” and “Roasted Potatoes with Fennel Seed”—yes, “surprise, surprise,” not all Italian food is centered around pasta! The chicken …

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Cauliflower ~ 1 video, 3 recipes!

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(Subscribers, please click HERE to view the cooking segment video from your e-mail.) Cauliflower—not the most inspiring of vegetables. With its creamy white color and “brain-like” looking texture, it is often relegated to your grandmother’s crudites party platter with an equally appetizing side of ranch dressing. Hmm, will someone pass the whittled-down carrots nubs? While living in Italy with Nonna, …

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Fat Tuesday ~ Gumbo-Style!

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(Subscriber’s click HERE to view the cooking video from your e-mail!) Mardi Gras (Carnevale in Italian) is coming to a close on Feb 21 – “Fat Tuesday,” so it is time to be as decadent as you want before Lent kicks in on Wednesday, the 22nd.  With my “Moon Pie” post last week, my “Spicy Drumstick Gumbo” this week is …

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Carnevale in Italia~

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(Ciambelline di Patate e Crostoli) Mardi Gras in America! Carnevale is a huge holiday in Italy, especially in Venice, where mysteriously masked and ornately dressed people stroll the streets in the days leading up to mercoledì delle ceneri (Ash Wednesday). Mardi Gras, especially in New Orleans on “Fat Tuesday” (martedì grasso) is more of a drunken bash with “well-primed” tourists …

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Jump In the Mouth Good~

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Saltimbocca and Roasted Carrots (Subscribers, click HERE to view the video from your e-mail.) In Italian, Saltimbocca means “jump in the mouth,” and in this recurring WSFA-12 TV cooking segment appearance, host Tonya Terry admits that this Italian chicken cutlet recipe lives up to its name. (Grazie tanto Nonna per questa ricetta ~ Brava!) And while I show Tonya how …

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