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Explore Puglia, Italy: Culinary and Landscape

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My virtual suitcase is packed. Travel agenda is made. Excitement is high as I get ready to explore Puglia, Italy. 

The Puglia Landscape

Exploring the Puglia region, pronounced pool-ya, is one of Italy’s hidden gems. You may also hear it called Apulia, its Italian name.

map of Puglia Italy

Puglia is easily identified on the map, as it runs down the east coast of the country from the Gargano Peninsula all the way into the “heel of the boot”. Puglia borders the Adriatic Sea and the Ionian Sea. Six provinces make up the Puglia region on the southeast coast of Italy.

    • Gargano and Daunia – the northernmost coast of Apulia where you will find an almost deserted beach.
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Holiday Gift Guide: Work From Home Relaxation Gift Ideas

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2020. A year that changed how we live and work. This holiday season, the best gifts we can give (and receive) are those that help us to relax in our own homes. Since people decompress in different ways, here is a selection of 10 work from home relaxation gift ideas that include day to day living, comfortable clothing, scents and lotions, travel alternatives, humor and food and beverages. Something for everyone to celebrate this holiday season with a little cheer.

23 Work From Home Relaxation Gift Ideas

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Work From Home More Comfortably

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Here’s the reality, you and your family are home more now than ever.… Read more

7 New Summer Food Ideas from Ingredients to Dessert

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With all that is going on in the world, we are cooking at home more than ever. Finding ways to relax and keep everyone entertained doesn’t have to be complicated. Simple things like a BBQ or movie night gives adults and kid something fun to look forward too, quarantine or not.  

From fragrant Greek Olive Oil to Cookie Dough Ice Cream bites, here are 7 New Summer Food Ideas from Ingredients to Dessert to enjoy. 

7 summer food items from ingredients to dessert

New Summer Food Ideas from Greece

We may not be able to travel to Greece right now but Chef Pano Karatassos is bringing the taste of Greek dishes to home cooks with his collection of classic ingredients.… Read more

9 Healthy Summer Snack Ideas

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Are you a snacker? You know what I mean. You routinely reach for a handful of salty potato chips, chunk of chocolate or spoonful of ice cream to make the craving go away. You know that may not be the best choice but it is the easiest and quickest for your busy lifestyle.

In the second edition of the New Summer Foods series, I am sharing 9 healthy summer snack ideas that will resolve your craving, be convenient for your on-the-go work and family life, offer nutritional benefits and of course, taste good! Plus, you will have a new selection of fun treats for your kids that they will be excited to munch on. … Read more

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6 Thirst Quenching Beverages to Stay Healthy and Hydrated this Summer

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Without question, 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone. As we look for ways to stay upbeat, getting creative in the kitchen, having virtual cocktail parties and even finding new ways to work out may do the trick. With all of that in mind, I went in search of ingredients, beverages and treats that are new-to-market (or just new to me). And did I find a wealth of products to share with you! So many must try items that it will take four themed articles to describe them all. They include healthy snacks, thirst quenching beverages, creative cocktails and mocktails, and delicious pantry staples to sweet treat desserts.… Read more

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A Culinary Wonderland: 12 Foods and Flavors to Try in Finland

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To truly immerse yourself in the culture of the country you are visiting, exploring the culinary space is not only educational but delicious. Finland’s landscape of sea, farm and forest offers a diverse food scene filled with traditional items that support their philosophy of eat local and simply, to dining on the dishes created by extraordinarily talented chefs. 

The following is a small sampling of foods and flavors that exemplify the Finnish lifestyle. As you plan your trip to this beautiful Nordic country, check out this list of places to visit along your foods of Finland journey and tips on how to try it all. Read more

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Penne alla Vodka made with Greatest Tomatoes From Europe

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Have you ever heard the mantra that the recipes with the least amount of ingredients require you to use only the best components? Well, it is true! In this case, I am talking a recipe for Penne alla Vodka made with Greatest Tomatoes From Europe canned tomatoes.

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Pantry Staple: Greatest Tomatoes From Europe

Canned tomatoes are one of those staples that I always have in my pantry. Along with good olive oil, I pay attention to the brands I choose for canned ingredients as well. So when I received a message from the team representing the Greatest Tomatoes From Europe about their initiative to educate consumers on choosing the best canned tomato products for their recipes, I was all ears.Read more

17 Finds from the 2019 National Restaurant Show

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eli's cheesecake from the National Restaurant Show

2019 is the 100 year anniversary of the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show. Record attendance with more than 65,500 exhibitors, restaurant operators, retail foodservice professionals, equipment dealers, food distributors and many others. This massive show takes over three halls at McCormick Place in Chicago. Given the demand, in 2020, their will be a fourth exhibit hall! 

17 Finds from the 2019 National Restaurant Show

Chicago’s own, Eli’s Cheesecake, created a 1,200 pound cheesecake that was cut during the opening ceremony. Chef Rick Bayless and LT. Governor, Juliana Stratton were present. 

Chef Rick Bayless, LT Governor Juliana Stratton

As I walked the show, my goal was to find new products, cooking tips, tabletop ideas and overall trends.… Read more

Celebrate National Strawberry Month with these 3 Sweet Treats

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What are your favorite foods to look forward too when warm weather season approaches? I am all about the fresh fruit! Did you know May is National Strawberry Month? What better way to celebrate this fruity holiday than with delicious, strawberry flavored snacks and drinks that remind us of summer. 

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3 Fruity Treats for National Strawberry Month 

 

For Those Who Want A Guilt-Free Frozen Snack

Have you heard of mochi? It is a small, round confection consisting of a soft, pounded sticky rice dumpling formed around an ice cream filling. The ice cream flavors the confection while the mochi adds sweetness and texture.… Read more

8 Healthy Food and Beverage Trends for 2019

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Keep your health goals by trying these eight new food and beverage trends that include nut butters, olive oil, breakfast bowls, spices and protein packed coffee.

Raise your hand if you promised yourself you would do better when it comes to eating healthier this year.

 

Most of us really do want to make good choices. We read ingredients, look at calorie count, follow serving sizes and get exercise into our schedules. And then week three starts and we are back to our normal diet. With the best of intentions to help you keep those resolutions you just made, I am sharing 8 new finds to help you achieve your health goals in 2019.… Read more