Chicken Primavera

Primavera means “spring” in Italian, that time of year when tender young vegetables are just waiting to be tossed in a delicate sauce and then piled high on our plates. There was a time not long ago when people waited impatiently for spring to arrive so they could enjoy fresh vegetables again. At the Rang…
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Spaghetti Alla Carbonara

Another wonderful traditional peasant dish from Italy! That’s what I thought when I first tasted spaghetti alla carbonara. After all, the name suggests that this is a dish for charcoal burners (“carbonari” in Italian), who undoubtedly appreciated a filling meal that didn’t cost a lot. Alas, the recipe seems to have been created to use…
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Pasta And Kale

Like me, kale prefers cooler climates. This may explain why I enjoy it so much, although it might just be my European heritage. Kale has been one of the most popular green vegetables in Europe for at least two thousand years. The Greeks and Romans who loved the vegetable may have brought it to northern…
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Italian Meatballs

For many years Jerri and I have been stopping at a supper club in Trego, Wisconsin on our way to the cabin. While I was still working, we enjoyed the Friday fish fry at least once a month and occasionally we would treat ourselves to a prime rib dinner which is The Prime’s specialty, as…
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Marlene’s Sauerkraut Hotdish

Many years ago, Jerri was at a potluck at the New Richmond United Methodist Church. She really liked a hotdish made with sauerkraut, hamburger and macaroni. She asked who made it and got Marlene to share the recipe with her. Marlene told her that it was an old family recipe.  “What memories this hotdish brings…
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