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July 7, 2012
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Shhhhh, It’s A Secret!

I’m pretty good at keeping a confidence. If you tell me something’s a secret, it’s in the vault and there it stays. I’ve kept this to myself for a very long time and now I just have to share it. Long ago I fell for this cookie from a local cafe and tried to no […]

February 9, 2012
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Grape Leaf And Sausage Pizza

When I first moved to California I was lucky to get a job at a restaurant called Piret’s. The company began as a cooking school and within a few short years a restaurant was added. By the time I came on board there were four more restaurants that really were more like food emporiums. In […]

February 2, 2012
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On The Ranch

California in the winter-got to love it. A sunny day with temperatures in the 60’s, a slight breeze blowing through this valley. Yes, those are olive trees and I spent a good part of the morning strolling through the trees, while learning about the art of growing olives in California. The climate here in southern […]

November 7, 2011
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Falling Around

It’s raining out for the second time in less than three days and I’m a happy person. I suppose you’re thinking “easy for her to say-she lives in sunny southern California”. Yes, it makes me happy to see it pouring out and I’m thrilled to light a fire in the hearth and cook something heartwarming. […]

October 21, 2011
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Today In Panini Girl’s Kitchen

I had the best day today! I have a friend who is planning on adding goats to her property. Can you say jealous? I have always wanted to make cheese and that’s her plan once she actually has goats munching on her weeds. In the mean time she’s been buying fresh (unpasteurized) goat’s milk from […]

October 10, 2011
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Calling All Olive Growers

Take a look at these beauties-some of California’s finest. Aren’t they absolutely gorgeous? I wish I could say I went out back and picked these from the tree in my yard, but that’s just not true! I do have an opportunity to buy some of these Sevillano (A Sicilian style olive) olives and am looking […]

May 21, 2011
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Easing Back Into Reality

It’s hard for me to admit this, but I’m not in Italy anymore. Goodbye Arezzo, so long Lucca, arrivederci Firenze. I had to pack up and head on home. J., being the wonderful husband that he is, decided to ease me back into real life and after picking me up in Los Angeles whisked me […]

April 13, 2011
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Wine Country Without The Crowds

Have you been to Paso Robles? It’s not far from the coast in central California. If you love wine, a small town feel and spectacular scenery, then you should make a point to visit this wine growing region. We first stayed here about eight years ago. Drawn to the area by J’s favorite winery-Tobin James […]