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Red Velvet Cake

………….love on a plate……………

Perhaps the symbolism of the heart, most often rendered in red,

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translates red velvet cake into the language of the love – love of a daughter for her father.

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beautiful cake, beautiful cook!!!!

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deliciously heartwarming!

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Postcard from Maine…the sequel

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Happy Thanksgiving to all !!!!!!

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Postcard from Maine

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an idyllic spot for a cousin’s family Thanksgiving!

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Cousin Love

an altogether unique bond reflected in these beloved faces

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giving thanks, indeed!!!!

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Cooking Italian(s)

Italian, family, food – cooking Italian food, with Italian family – the best of all worlds!!!!

I played sous chef to Cousin John’s masterful rendition of

Bolognese Sauce

olive oil, pancetta, Italian sausage, ground turkey, balsamic

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celery, carrot, onion, garlic

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tomatoes, tomato sauce, red wine

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sage, salt, pepper

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pecorino, heavy cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, crushed red pepper flakes

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basil to serve

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and more pecorino

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incredibly delicious……..and so much fun!!!!

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Mille grazie, John!!!

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Italian Feast…..part 1

‘Twas the night before Christmas…….Eve

Christmas Eve Eve!

Each year, those of us who are family and those lucky enough to be invited, gather at Gail and John’s,

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around the kitchen island for Bagna Cauda.

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(I may be the family historian, but these cousins keep alive the Italian traditions of the palate!)

All I would need to make the meal complete:

bagna cauda

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cabbage

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dill bread

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The Bagna Cauda  – ‘hot bath’ in Italian:  a mixture of olive oil, butter, sliced garlic, anchovies and cream.

The method for eating:  dip cabbage in the hot bath with one hand, while taking a slice of dill bread with the other, catching the dripping sauce and cabbage on the bread, and into the mouth it goes – absolutely sublime!!!

Others like to dip carrots, celery, fennel, small potatoes, peppers….

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…this is just the beginning…wine is being poured, acquaintances are being renewed, little ones are wonderfully under foot, absent dear ones are being recalled and missed…

….blessing are being counted and appreciated….body and soul are being fed….

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