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2019-PLEASE NOTE: Since Google has stopped Open ID comments, I've been receiving Anonymous comments that don't SEEM like spam. If you DO comment on a post, please don't be disappointed if I don't post it. When I started my retirement travels - the first of which was my solo overseas trip to Italy in 2009 - I wanted a way to share it with family and friends as it happened. Hence, "My Travel Journal". However I realized I wouldn't always be on a trip and wondered what to do with the blog in between times. My daughter pointed out, wisely, that travels can also include trips to the kitchen to try a new recipe, trips to visit family, trips to my neighborhood Starbucks, or a fun day trip with a friend. You're welcome to join me on any of these journeys!

P.S. I've set up separate pages for each of my major trips (see tabs above).

I recently added an "Italian Word a Day" thingie which shows up at the bottom of every page. You see the word and can click to hear it pronounced. I've been enjoying it and I think my accent is improving as time goes by.

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I cook with wine; sometimes I even add it to the food - W.C. Fields

Just a tip - I always post the most recent recipe at the top of its section.

Spiced Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
Bulgarian Leek, Cabbage and Potato Soup
My Own Potato Soup
Split Pea Soup
Baked Potato Soup
Curried Chicken Salad Sandwich
Tomato, Egg and Bread Soup

Moroccan Beef Stew
My Own Chicken Pot Pie
Brined, Roasted Chicken with Red Wine Sauce
Roast Pork With Red Cabbage and Apples
My Own Pot Roast and Chili Recipes
Chicken Ragu over Polenta
Florence Tyler's Osso Buco
Short Rib Ragu
My Own Pork Tenderloin with Apple
Pork Chops Roberto
Black Beans for One

Eggplant-Hummus Pizza for One
Egg Strata for One
Scrambled Eggs with Olives
Make Your Own Tuna Pasta Salad
Strata: A Savory Custard
Cheese Fondue for One Person
Mushroom Risotto

Bruschetta for One
Spaghetti with White Beans, Broccoli and Tomatoes
My "Over the Top" Bruschetta
Pesto in Small Quantities
My White Bean, Tuna and Tomato Pasta
Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
Smoked Salmon Pasta with Lemon and Dill
Mama Mia's Spaghetti and-a-Meat-a-Balls-a
Penne with Tuna, Plum Tomatoes, and Black Olives
Penne Pasta with Vodka Sauce
Smoked Salmon Fettucine for One
My Sister's Mushroom Sauce for Pasta
Salsa Rosa for One
My Own Puttanesca-style Sauce (and ideas for using it)

Roasted Carrots with Orange Brown Butter and Sage
Herbed Cherry Tomatoes
Vegetable Gratine for One


Pie Crust for One
A Small Bread Pudding
Christmas Mix
Rum Cake
Caramel Flan
Fudgy Chocolate Pie
Apple Pudding
Cuccidati Cookies
Chocolate-Walnut Shortbread Tart

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