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Celebrate National Pretzel Day! Pretzel’s Past & An Amazing Soft Pretzel Recipe

Celebrate National Pretzel Day! Pretzel’s Past & An Amazing Soft Pretzel Recipe

Did you know that the twists in pretzels are meant to look like arms crossed in prayer? See the resemblance? Twins!  According to Folklore, pretzels were created by a monk around 610 in Italy. According to The History of Science and Technology, the monk baked strips of dough that he folded into a shape resembling […]

Post-Holiday *DETOX* Foods — Follow Your Bliss

Post-Holiday *DETOX* Foods — Follow Your Bliss

Holidays are a much desired and needed opportunity for all of u to relax, enjoy food and spend time with our families. However, many people struggle to get back on track after the huge feasting (sometimes, for days), and if you are looking for easy […]

Some Favorite Foods of Famous, and Infamous, People by Ken Bayliss

Some Favorite Foods of Famous, and Infamous, People by Ken Bayliss

They say we are what we eat, yet if you look at what some famous people ate, you would wonder. For instance, Charlie Chaplin had a very difficult childhood and ended up famous and very rich. Yet one of his favorite foods was tripe, the […]

Italian Pride: Portions of Pasta’s Past

Italian Pride: Portions of Pasta’s Past

Since most all of my recipes will be centered around Italy this week, today, I would like to share a bit about pasta; its origin, uses and soon some of my fondest childhood memories surrounding them. “Nothing says Italy like its food, and nothing says […]

Pie, Oh My! A Pocket Full of Info & a little history

Pie, Oh My! A Pocket Full of Info & a little history

Apple, blueberry, peach and lemon, savory, hand or even Pop tarts! Pie is what happens when pastry meets filling. Pie can be closed, open, small, large, savory or sweet. The basic concept of pies and tarts has changed little throughout the ages. Cooking methods (baked […]

Pico de Gallo aka Salsa Fresca

Pico de Gallo aka Salsa Fresca

In Mexican cuisine, pico de gallo literally means beak of rooster. Legend has it that fighting cocks are calmed by their handlers by placing the rooster’s head in their mouth. Yum! 😉 It is said that darkness causes birds to immediately begin the sleep cycle. […]

Pony Express Cowboy Beans: A Taste of the American West

Pony Express Cowboy Beans: A Taste of the American West

: Pony Express Day, held on various days in April, commemorates those courageous men who risked hide & hair to ensure the delivery of our US mail. Back in the days of the Wild West there were no fast mail delivery services like there are […]

Pasta Sauce: The Nectar of the gods? a little history

Pasta Sauce: The Nectar of the gods? a little history

Spaghetti or pasta with tomato sauce, also known as marinara, is a staple of southern Italian cookery or almost anywhere that southern Italians live today. However, spaghetti with marinara hasn’t always been a pillar of southern Italian cuisine. It’s actually a relative newcomer. Let’s briefly […]

Italy’s Easter Eggs & Easter Friday

Italy’s Easter Eggs & Easter Friday

In Italy, there are no Easter egg hunts, no marshmallow Peeps and definitely no jelly beans. Instead, there are chocolate eggs — massive, elaborately decorated, beautifully wrapped chocolate Easter eggs that fill shop windows across the country. The sweet treats are considered Italians’ food gift […]

“Festa della Primavera” A Spring Festival & Italia in Full Bloom

“Festa della Primavera” A Spring Festival & Italia in Full Bloom

Spring and summer offer the most stunning flower festivals in Italy. The displays of fiori colori are breathtaking! Simply find a street “camminare lungo una strada” and you are enveloped in Italian spring… Today, on March 20th the celebration “Festa della Primavera” offer guests, of most […]