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Anna Bucciarelli April 17, 2014 at 06:31 am
All nice ways to serve ... I like egg salad so much I just use my fingers to dip:). But seriously IRead More often use very smooth egg salad as a dip for veggies or even crisps of any kind as a change from cheese or salsa dips. I think we've had this conversation before, about how much I love eggs any which way I can get them.
Greatest Ever Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Anna Bucciarelli April 12, 2014 at 07:29 am
Ok ... I'm having this one for breakfast!
Colleen Walsh Fong April 12, 2014 at 10:57 am
I need you to help me write, Anna! Never thought to suggest it as a good breakfast dish.
Potato Pizza Rustica
Colleen Walsh Fong March 18, 2014 at 11:27 am
Ha-ha! I hear you Anna. This one is for Italian Lite.
Anna Bucciarelli March 19, 2014 at 11:42 am
And ... forgot to mention fig cookies, called cucidata. A delectable, 2 bite-sized pastry morselRead More that I make mainly at Christmas but it stems really from Sicily and southern Italy, namely Calabria, and was (maybe still is) a traditional St. Joseph's day treat. You probably already know about this one but I can provide you with my recipe if you want.
Colleen Walsh Fong March 19, 2014 at 01:35 pm
I would love your recipe, Anna. And I'm sure readers would love it, too. Gracie mille!
Colleen Walsh Fong March 13, 2014 at 11:16 am
I used to grow some veggies in my garden, too. Do you grow any herbs or veggies, Anna?
Anna Bucciarelli March 13, 2014 at 02:28 pm
Indeed, my gardens are the most important thing I tend during spring and summer. Have my onions setRead More already, herbs in pots on my sill (will go into my herb bed come warmer weather), will have enough tomatoes to can come fall, enough zucchini, eggplant, peppers, butternut and carrots to provide for neighbors & friends. My broccoli is usually chewed by little critters just before I'm ready to pick and they nourish themselves plentifully with my lettuces, so am planning to fence in part of my green garden, hoping I can fend them off. Incidentally, I even freeze tomatoes toward the end of growing time ... they do quite well, washed and placed into plastic containers and when ready for use, the skins just peel right off ... it's amazing, they're as fresh as just picked but really I use only in cooking not for eating like when fresh. My late husband and I used to own a farm of 70 acres for 35 years and he grew about 100 tomato plants. We had apple, pear, cherry trees, blueberry bushes and even Christmas trees which we donated to the local Lion's for them to sell. When he became ill and unable to manage much we sold the place (for a song, I might add) and I sorely miss those happy, hard-working years and the joy it brought us, along with wine and beer making with our extended family. But, alas, good things do come to an end but the memories last forever, do they not?
Colleen Walsh Fong March 13, 2014 at 02:52 pm
I'm so sorry about the loss of your husband Anna. I know what you mean about the memories, though.Read More And we keep our dear departed with us through them. Your farm sounds like it was an amazing place. I especially love that you donated Christmas trees. You should write a book about your life there.
Chocolate Café au Lait
Anna Bucciarelli February 17, 2014 at 08:41 am
I love my morning espresso and have never had cafe au lait but it sound delicious ... I'd reserve itRead More as "dessert" I think since it sounds so rich. To answer your first question, I think Starbucks is over rated and far over expensive. If I am really in need of a cupp o', in and around errands in town, I think Micky D's Paul Neumann Coffee is pretty good and cheap ... but I really love my French press for all coffee, first and foremost. I do use my Neoplitan espresso pot when I have people over but for me alone, the French press is just mighty fine. My husband's family, coming from Abbruzzo, use a different pot, don't know what it's called, but boiling water rises from a lower chamber to an upper chamber wherein is the finely ground espresso grains. I'm perfectly happy anyway I can get it but am attached to my mom's old Neopolitan, which uses the drip method, and reminds me of a great lady I still love.
Colleen Walsh Fong February 17, 2014 at 09:40 am
Thanks, Anna! I love the french press, too, and have an individual cup one. These days I use anRead More automatic espresso machine for morning espresso, but I've had a stove-top espresso maker, like the one your husband's family used, in case of power outages or for travel when renting a condo or house. I still like it best!
Valentine's Empire State Building
Anna Bucciarelli February 14, 2014 at 06:53 am
Love the pic of the Empire State Building. like your ideas ... have a bunch of heart-shaped servingRead More dished that I use only on V day, have for years, and it still surprises everyone when I dish up good food in them. Fun ... that's how I think of V day.
Colleen Walsh Fong February 14, 2014 at 09:46 am
They were born of necessity, Anna! We were under another sheet of ice this week. Have a lovelyRead More Valentine's Day!
Touchscreen Cooking
Anna Bucciarelli January 14, 2014 at 07:03 am
Love oatmeal ... have used it in all the ways you describe for years. Except, I no longer have petsRead More and did not ever think of it for them when I did have them, great idea. I think of a hot oatmeal bowl as my go-to whenever I get a hankering for a snack and oatmeal cookies have choco-chip cookies beat all the way to my way of thinking.
Colleen Walsh Fong January 14, 2014 at 09:28 am
It's been interesting for me trying natural, old fashioned products for cleaning, like tea andRead More oatmeal. They work so well! Sometimes I think Grandma's generation really did know best.
Anna Bucciarelli January 14, 2014 at 10:00 am
This grandma thanks you for the sentiment:).
Orange Pound Cake
Anna Bucciarelli January 4, 2014 at 08:02 am
I think fruitcake gets a bad rap. If it's fresh (I like "white" fruitcake) it's not badRead More at all. Not a favorite, but OK. I do prefer just plain poundcake with fresh fruit but there is a case for a good home-made fresh fruitcake.
Colleen Walsh Fong January 4, 2014 at 12:26 pm
I've heard from other readers who make fresh fruitcake, too, and it sounds delicious. I think theRead More some of the store brand ones that are really dense probably started some of the jokes. I was more compelled to write about the event than to knock the cakes.
Belleek Christmas Tree
Anna Bucciarelli December 25, 2013 at 08:21 am
A lovely post Colleen. It happens to me too, a bit of melancholia at specific times of the year,Read More but especially during this wonderful season. But, as with you, I keep old traditions close and have all of my mama's hand crocheted ornaments to hang on my tree and Christmas doilies and crocheted curtains to bring a smile to my heart, not only at Christmas (the curtains), but year round. And papa, how do I describe the joy I feel when I remember his sweetness, gentleness and forever smiling while sneaking more of mama's homemade goodies than he should have or that were good for him, and how he dutifully and happily helped with Christmas dinner prepping, especially stuffing artichokes and mushrooms, and placing a dimple in the middle of mama's ravioli. My husband passed just a couple of years ago and I am still having a hard time without him but I keep him close by wearing one of his annual sweater gifts to me ... once he found a good thing, he'd never let go so I always got a gaudy Christmas sweater tucked into my stocking along with other sweet and thoughtful gifts. I drink Zinfandel since that is the wine we made and remember such happy times helping in the making and cooking for the Italians. Christmas is not the same without any of those I've loved and lost but, as you said, there are ways of keeping them close with happy memories and the mementos they left behind. Wish you a merry and a happy every day.
Colleen Walsh Fong December 26, 2013 at 12:26 pm
Thank you for the nice comment Anna.I'm always surprised at the memories that our old traditions andRead More little keepsakes spark. It's wonderful when they lose painful associations and become comforting. All best for a happy and healthy 2014!
Anna Bucciarelli December 21, 2013 at 09:05 am
Addition to younger kids stockings ... kalidascopes (sp?) ... and in all stockings, never forget theRead More nuts and tangerines or oranges! They are a must.
Paula December 21, 2013 at 07:23 pm
Toblerone is practically required in ours. Now that the kids are grown, a great bottle of beer asRead More well.
Colleen Walsh Fong December 22, 2013 at 01:42 am
Kaleidoscopes are a good idea, Anna. And Toblerones are perfect for every occasion, Paula.
My Juicy Stuffed Thanksgiving Turkey
Anna Bucciarelli December 18, 2013 at 07:13 am
I have found that by using a large roaster with a cover beats all, ends up the best way for selfRead More basting. I remove the cover about 1/2 hr. before the turkey is about done to crisp and brown and it works every time, occasionally needing a few more minutes to get that autumn color we love. I have used butter under the skin, even had someone influence me to try layering bacon across the breast, but I have found that Crisco gives the crispiest skin, learned from my mother many years ago. I am not particularly fond of Turkey, do it only for Thanksgiving, opt for a prime rib or stuffed crown pork roast, and have even had a Christmas Goose from time to time ... I leave the big bird to it's day.
Colleen Walsh Fong December 18, 2013 at 01:40 pm
Thanks Anna. Your insights are always helpful and appreciated!
Anna Bucciarelli December 18, 2013 at 06:39 pm
Forgot to mention Colleen ... the turkey will cook much faster with the cover. My cover hasRead More adjustable vents to release steam. I don't worry about it being ready earlier than it's scheduled for serving since it will retain it's heat for a good while and my gravy will be hoppin' hot. It always turns out juicy and the breast is never dry.
My Kind of Black and Tan
Anna Bucciarelli December 13, 2013 at 07:27 am
Have a hoppin' Christmas Colleen. I like lager but I'm still a devotee of a good wine. We madeRead More wine for years and won a few blue ribbons ... my husband and 4 other family members, at our old farm in Templeton, MA. Happy times, lots of food, great wine, but it all ended with the passing of my husband. Now I'm dependent upon store-bought, full of preservative chemicals, not at all as organic or delicious as what we made, and I really can only bare one glass, if that. Any beer suits me fine, I would say, especially on a hot day as I garden, or iron (yes, I still do that!). Wish you and all those you love all the blessings and joy of the season, to last through 2014,