Month: July 2012

“The Past is the Past … “

“The past is the past. It is what made us who we are. Now we move forward from there.” Sometimes I find inspiration from the oddest of places. That quote was from an episode of Burn Notice, Season 5.  And

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Shrimp and Asparagus on Gnocchi

Shrimp and Asparagus on GnocchiServes 6 1 pound store-bought potato gnocchi (or approximately 60 homemade)1 pound large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined 1 pound raw asparagus, tough ends trimmed off, and cut into 1 inch lengths2 tablespoon olive oil, divided1/2 cup sliced onion1-2

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Two Different Bean Salads

Chickpea SaladServes 10 (1/2 cup portions)1 cup dried chickpeas (or 3 cups canned)1 large cucumber, seeded and diced1 cup diced red bell pepper2 cloves garlic, smashed and minced1 tablespoon olive oil2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1.  Prepare dried beans according

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Herb Crusted Chicken Thighs with Steamed Broccoli and Acorn Squash

Herb-Crusted Chicken Thighs, with Steamed Broccoli and Acorn Squash Serves 4 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (approximately 5 ounces each) 2 large eggs 1 cup panko bread crumbs Herb blend of your choice (I used Penzy’s Sunny Paris.) 2 teaspoons olive oil

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AntipastoServes 2-? Every antepasto platter will be different, based on your geographical region, food preferences, and budget. My wife and I decided that since it is quite hot out, we did not want to cook, but we also did not

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Pita, with Egg and Avocado

Warm Pita, with Eggs and AvocadoServes 1 1 pita2 teaspoon olive oil2 eggs1/4 mashed avocado5 cherry tomatoes, halved 1.  Heat non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, add olive oil.2.  Place pita into a 6 or 7 inch skillet and warm it (about 1

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Wines, Antiques and Covered Bridges

We awoke to fine breakfast delivered to our room. Nothing fancy. A cream cheese filled pastry, a fruit cup, orange juice and coffee. A very nice breakfast! After we ate, we talked to Joanna about a few ideas for antiquing

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From left to right: strawberry, nutella-strawberry, and lemon Basic Crepe RecipeMakes 12 crepes 6 oz milk5 oz beer1/2 tsp vanilla extract2 eggs (room temperature)1 cup all purpose flour1/8 tsp salt 1.  Put first four ingredients in a large bowl. Using an

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On to Ohio. But first …

We woke up on our last morning in Niagara. I sure will miss having Marilyn Monroe look down on me as I sleep. Something unsettling about that print.   We left the hotel and decided we needed a good breakfast

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Niagara Is NOT Just The Falls!

Our second full day in Niagara was a “random day.” We knew that we wanted to go beneath and behind the falls, but we also knew that would only take an hour. And we wanted to walk along the falls,

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