Category Archives: Food

Cookbooks and More Cookbooks

I tend to cook via trial and error—a little of this, a lot of that—oops, oh well. Not quite what I’d originally planned but, nevertheless, still edible for those hungry enough. In cucina di Loretta (my kitchen) the ingredients in … Continue reading

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The Eggplants and I

Eggplant, you either love it or not. I still recall the first eggplant I brought home years ago. The purple veggie disappeared from my thoughts until I discovered it weeks later, a moldering mess hidden on an upper shelf by … Continue reading

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Tomato Sundae, Anyone?

I’ve written before about my friend E, caterer, farmer, and food preservationist extraordinaire who often challenges my ingenuity with summertime gifts of produce that require immediate attention to avoid spoilage. Such was the case several weeks ago when she passed … Continue reading

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My Knife Collection

I have this thing about kitchen knives. It began some years ago with a Christmas gift from No. 1 son M and family—a set of Henckel Knives and a hardwood block for storing the knives. Certainly sufficient for my culinary … Continue reading

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Marinara Sauce, My Way

Hubby D and I were driving home from our place at Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks when my cell phone rang. It was my good friend E, who along with her husband J, have a successful year-round catering business, mostly … Continue reading

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Omelet, Anyone?

Unless I’m traveling, I seldom sit down to breakfast in a restaurant or diner. But when those few occasions do arise, I’m rarely satisfied with the results. Even when perusing a substantial buffet, I wind up with the most basic … Continue reading

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Favorite Time for Creativity

Phew! We, as in Hubby D and I, have survived another holiday season. Son #1 and family came from two directions, Wyoming and Upstate New York, making Christmas extra special for the entire Giacoletto clan. To add to the ten-day … Continue reading

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Peanut Butter Etcetera Cookies, My Way

Well, it’s that time of year again, usually the only time I bake cookies since the temptation would be too much for Hubby D and me if those delectable morsels were available year round. Besides, this Christmas season #1 son … Continue reading

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Kitchen Updates and Special Moments

Six days after the tear-out of our twenty-two-year-old ceramic tile kitchen floor, the new kitchen floor was declared ready to walk all-over, as was the family room floor previously covered in wall-to-wall carpeting. This practically maintenance-free porcelain tile has taken … Continue reading

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One Thing Leads to Another

Our first kitchen tear-up/redo started some years ago with the demise of the self-cleaning cycle on our 1970s avocado green GE electric range. Considering the cost and practicality to repair an appliance that came with the house, we decided to … Continue reading

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