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Thursday, July 17, 2008

6:07PM - Wine Is Part of The Italian Heritage

It certainly is no big secret that more wine is produced in Italy than any other country in the world. Truth is wine is as much a part of the Italian heritage as is it's art. With the way wine making thrives in Italy it's actually been elevated to the level of art form.

The majority of Italy's wine production is done in region of Tuscany. Found right in the center of Italy. The famous fashion capital Milan is far to the north, near the borders of France and Switzerland, while Rome is a little to the south. Tuscany is a jewel set between the Tyrrhenian Sea on the west and the Apennines mountain range on the east. It consists of ten provinces, one of which is Pisa. A city famous for it's Leaning Tower. The capital city is Florence.

The wine history in Tuscany is just as historic as Italy's architecture and art. A history that extends as far back as the beginning of time.

Everybody has heard of the well-known wines such as Chianti from Tuscany, Valpolicella and Soave, but what about the marvelous Rondinella, Malvasia and Sangiovese? These are marvelous wines, and the little known Malvasia is superb. There are more different types of vine grown in Italy than any other country, and Italy can truly be awarded the accolade of wine growing country of the world. The French, Germans and all of the New World Australian and American wine producing areas pale into insignificance when compared to Italy. At least for volume.

This geography provides every type of climate possible for growing grapes, and the cold loving vines and those larger and juicier grapes that prefer more heat are all well catered for. It never gets too dry, and never gets too wet. Were you to personally design a country and climate ideal for growing just about every variety of grapes, you would end up with Italy.

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

11:07PM - Why Eat Seasonally?

One of the most popular recent topics of conversation relating to our eating habits has been the idea of eating seasonally. What this basically means is that, as far as possible, we should only eat foods which are naturally available at the time of year we're eating them. But why should we care whether a food is in season? Is this merely a passing fad that people are getting excited about just now, but will soon be forgotten? What exactly are the benefits of eating seasonally?

The first major benefit is an important one in our environmentally conscious times. When we eat a food which isn't in season, it would normally have to be transported to us from a part of the world where it is. This brings up the subject of so-called 'food miles', which measure how far a food has to travel from where it's produced to where it's consumed. For a variety of reasons - pollution, energy consumption etc - it's better to minimize food miles whenever we can. Seasonal food will generally be produced much nearer to the point of consumption, and so will have a lower impact on the environment than well traveled foods.

A related point is freshness: if food doesn't have to travel as far, it will be fresher when you come to eat it, and it's generally the case that the fresher a food, the better it tastes and the more health benefits it has. This is especially the case with fruits and vegetables, which are often picked well before they are ripe so that they can withstand the long journeys they have to make without going past their best. Unfortunately, this will normally reduce the eating qualities of the food.

With seasonal food usually being more locally produced, concentrating your spending power on buying it will help to keep your local economy ticking over, keeping money circulating within your community, which can only help make the place you live a more pleasant area to be in.

The final reason for eating seasonally that we'll cover is at first glance a little paradoxical: by limiting the range of foods we eat to those in season, we stand less chance of getting bored with what we eat. When everything is available all year round, we'll tend to buy the same things over and over again, getting stuck in a culinary rut. Seasonal foods avoid this problem - by only using what's available at the time, we're forced to come up with new ways of eating rather than just sticking to what we know. There's also the sense of anticipation that we get from knowing that a certain favorite food will shortly be coming into season, and the pleasure of eating it increases when we know that it's a seasonal treat that we should appreciate before it's gone for another year!

Of course, few people advocate that you should deprive yourself by only eating local and seasonal produce - or how would people in cooler climates enjoy, for example, citrus fruits? However, by paying attention to what's good and local at the moment, you provide an extra dimension to your food shopping and eating that just loading up your trolley with imported foods at the supermarket really can't match.

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Sunday, November 20, 2005


and its with a request for a very simple, yet savory recipe for cooking blackfish.
can anyone help?


x-posted, several places

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

8:28AM - Thanksgiving menu

We don't do appetizers because we prefer to fast before the big feast which is at 2 p.m. but here's what I have planned.

Stuffing of onion, celery, sage, walnuts and croutons
Cornbread and sausage dressing
Sour cream whipped potatoes
Green beans almondine
Glazed baby carrots
Scalloped corn
Creamed pearl onions and baby peas
Cranberry compote with mandarin oranges and pecans
Dinner rolls

Cranberry aple pie and Paula Deen's Gooey Pumpkin Butter cake

7:08AM - Thanksgiving Menu 2004

Thanksgiving Menu 2004
Spinach & Artichoke Dip
Glory's Hot Buttered Mulled Cider
Other: Smirnoff Raspberry
Other: Soda
Cheddar Cheese Soup w/Parmesan Crisps
Romaine Salad
Swiss Vegetable Medley
Green Bean Casserole
Mapled Brussel Sprouts
Starches & Grains
Yeast Rolls
Mashed Potatoes
Baked Macaroni & Cheese
Corn Souffle Casserole
Lemon Lime Icebox Pie
Chocolate Cake w/Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
Pumpkin Pie
Canned Jellied Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry Sauce

Current mood: hungry

Thursday, November 11, 2004

2:27PM - Menu "Cleanin' Out the Deep Freeze"

As promised:

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Current mood: content

Sunday, November 7, 2004

5:42AM - Saving Dinner

Hi, I'm mostly a lurker and have been on this community for a few months. I found Leanne Ely thru Flylady and eventually subscribed to Menu Mailer. What everyone talks about is true. Her recipes and menus and grocery lists are great time savers but they also taste good. The price is right for my budget and what sold me was she does Regular 2 and 6 servings and Lo-Carb 2 and 4 servings menus. Now she even has a Southern Hemisphere regular menu that is in reverse because of the seasons. I don't always make every recipe or even exactly like she has it written but both my picky husband and my vegetarian SIL like about 75% of what I make from the Lo-Carb menu mailer and that's much better then my pervious dinner attempts. She's even inspired me to start making my own menus (I've got to start cleaning out the deep freeze). I'm so glad this menu subscription service has helped me break away from the restaurant and fast food cycle. Yuck! I'll post my "Cleanin' Out The Deep Freeze" Menu in a day or so. Anyhoo, I just thought someone else might have fallen into the dinner rut like me and I didn't want to "hoard" my little secret. LOL

Current mood: happy

Saturday, June 12, 2004


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Saturday, May 15, 2004


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Monday, April 19, 2004


I posted these in my journal a few days ago, but forgot to post them here. I actually did this week's, but don't have it in front of me now. :)

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Wednesday, March 31, 2004


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Thursday, March 18, 2004


I'm not spending as much time at the computer as I used to.. Looks like I've let myself get WAY behind!

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BTW, I seem to be the only one posting. Anybody out there still reading these? :)

Current mood: hopeful

Friday, February 13, 2004

1:26AM - Remember that menu thing?

Yeah, I'd sorta forgotten about it, too. ;) I moved about a month ago and I've gotten in some real bad habits since then. I'm shopping at the end of the week, but not planning out what I'm going to be cooking. So we ate, but I have two weeks of unaccounted for menus. (well, one is written down, but I have no idea which week it is cause I didn't date it.. )

Anyways, I'm gonna skip January 19th through February 1st. I'll just chalk it up to moving. (which is true, obviously...)

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Now to start planning next week. I've got ingredients to use up. :)

Current mood: cheerful

Sunday, January 11, 2004

1:55AM - catch up

I've been very neglectful of my menus. Well, posting them at least.. I did this week's and next week's on Sunday. Since we're moving, I went for lots of easy stuff. :)

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Monday, December 22, 2003

12:51AM - Christmas menu 2003

I've been absent from here lately. Finally catching up with this stuff. Thought I'd share my Christmas menu with you guys.. Please fell free to share your own!!

Appetizers: (better known as LUNCH so we don't starve...;)
stuffed mushrooms
zucchini soup

pork roast with orange marmalade-ginger glaze
celery whipped potatoes
mashed butternut squash
cornbread stuffing with cranberries, celery, sausage
green beans with almonds
cranberry sauce

pecan pie (for Benjo)
pumpkin pie
apple pie
cool whip or vanilla ice cream (I have both)

Thursday, November 20, 2003

5:45PM - Menu for Thanksgiving Week

Sorry I haven't been around to post......I got some bizarre high fever that had me hospitalized for almost 6 weeks, then I went into premature labor, and just came home in the last week.

Here's my menu for next week (with first trip to market tomorrow.....a trip to someplace other than a doctor's office seems like such a treat!)

Sunday: breakfast--hot corn bread with butter and honey and coffee
lunch--tomato soup and toasted cheese snadwiches
dinner--greens and beans with cavatelli, garlic bread

Monday: swiss steak with mashed potatoes and steamed green beans

Tuesday: baked lemon chicken with herbed rice and glazed carrots

Wednesday: chinese take out (I have pies to bake!)

Thursday: turkey with sage dressing, sour cream mashed potatoes, gravy, baked squash, green beans with almonds, scalloped corn, cinnamon apple rings, russian salad, waldorf salad, wild rice salad, pumpkin pie, cranberry apple pie, dinner rolls.

Friday: no leftovers (it's my mother's turn to keep everything this year)
breakfast--sauteed onion and smoked gouda omelettes
lunch--on the go, going shopping!
dinner--spaghetti al oglio with broccoli, tossed salad

Saturday: breakfast--french toast
dinner--vegetable stew with herbed dumplings


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Tuesday, November 11, 2003


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Tuesday, October 28, 2003

12:17AM - Menu for 10/20/03 - 10/26/03 & Menu for 10/27/03 - 11/02/03

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Tuesday, October 14, 2003

11:45PM - Menu for 10/13/03 - 10/19/03

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