New Adventures Begin

The 2021 camping season is upon us and being the proactive and safety conscious man my husband is, last week we made the trek to drop off our Airstream trailer to Colonial Airstream in Millstone Township NJ, for a 15 point inspection and wifi and cell phone booster install. Last year like many folks during these times of global pandemic,  Matt and I decided to buy a camper.  For one week in June 2020, we rented a 23’ Airstream and spent the week in the lakes area of New Hampshire with Hugo The Frenchie at Terrace Pines Campground. All it...

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Fresh Sweet Pea Soup with O’Live A Little’s Black Pepper Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Fresh peas will forever remind me of my parent’s garden. Both teachers, and having the summers off, desire and time, my parents always had a HUGE GARDEN. We had it all. Corn, carrots, string beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, squash, asparagus, lettuce, garlic, beets, potatoes, strawberries, blueberries, herbs and more. All so good, and so much work! Today, I am in awe of all the summers they gardened and still do (although a bit smaller version, still quite large), as I can only seem to find the time to keep an herb garden and an arugula patch. And, being truthful, the...

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Cranberry Orange Bread Recipe

Need an easy, delicious and seasonal recipe that is a crowd pleaser for kids and adults and is great for gift giving? Look no further than Cranberry Orange Bread. Being native to New England, the cranberry is near and dear to many of us that live in this special area of the USA. Its flavor is unique and American for sure. This quick bread reminds me of my Grandma Jenny who always made it at Holiday time.  The recipe comes from her well used and loved 1956 Betty Crocker Cookbook which I now own. They only change I made to...

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5 Health Benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Many people dispute the health benefits of extra virgin olive oil. However, most experts agree that olive oil - especially extra virgin olive oil - is healthy for you.Here are 5 health benefits of extra virgin olive oil.1. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is Packed Full of AntioxidantsExtra virgin olive oil contains modest amounts of vitamins E and K. It is also loaded with powerful antioxidants. These antioxidants can reduce your risk of chronic diseases. They can also help your body fight inflammation and help protect your blood cholesterol from oxidation. An additional benefit is that it will help protect you...

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Wild Rice & Cauliflower Soup

INGREDIENTS ¼ Cup O’Live A Little’s Black Pepper Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus for drizzle 2 Cups chopped celery, diced into ½” – ¼” pcs. 2 Cups chopped carrot, diced into ½” – ¼” pcs. 1 Large sweet onion, diced into ½” – ¼” pcs. 4 Large cloves garlic, minced 2 Teaspoons Ground Allspice 1 ½ Teaspoons Ground Cumin ½ Teaspoon Harissa – or more to taste depending on your heat tolerance 2 Medium heads of cauliflower, chopped into small florets  12 +/- Cups chicken or vegetable stock 1 Cup Heavy cream – Omit if Vegan 1 Cup nutritional yeast ...

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Lebanese Rice and Peas - Bazila W Riz

This is such a simple dish and it packs a huge amount of gastronomic satisfaction into something so easy to make! Don’t let the name fool you, this dishes main ingredient is ground beef or ground lamb, so I have know idea why it is called Bazila (Lebanese for peas) and Riz (Lebanese for rice). Made often by my Lebanese Mother-in-Law, it was a favorite of my husband Matt, while growing up in Buffalo, NY. The key to this dish is the Lebanese 7 Spice Blend . It is what creates all the deliciousness and will have you going back for...

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