Staying & Dining At The Palazzo & Venetian Resort Hotels

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While I just couldn’t make it to Italy this month to bring you my Italian inspirations or an autumn in Italy, I do want to report on my visit to what you might call the closest to Italy in America …. in a kitschy way. I did not head to Little Italy, but this month I made it over to Read More …

5 Fall Equinox Recipes That Are Simply Plum Purple & Plum Cider

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Today is the last day that summer will reign this year in the northern half of the world. The autumn equinox arrives at 7:21 a.m. on September 22, marking the start of the fall season. Tomorrow, the sun will be shining directly on the Earth’s equator, bringing almost the same exact amount of daylight and darkness all around the world. Read More …

Spiced Red Wine Poached Pears

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Lately I have been roasting, grilling, and pureeing fruit. Today I will poach my pears. Since apples are considered the quintessential fall fruit, we often forget that pears are also gifts of the autumn season. Juicy pears poached in spiced red wine celebrates the fall season. Spiced Red Wine Poached Pears turn a festive autumn jewel tone that is a Read More …

Stuffed Vitelotte Potatoes (Purple Potatoes)

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I came across this Italian food blogger who made a Sicilian Shrimp Salad with Mashed Purple Potatoes. It gave me an idea for my Plum Purple Italian theme this month. Her salad is a masterpiece of culinary art, which I will not dare try to replicate. However, I love her approach to unite Italian and American cultures through healthy recipes Read More …

Autumn Nostalgia & Balsamic Roasted Grapes

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The last few months I have focused on summer fruits – mangoes and watermelon to be exact. As summer winds down and fall is upon us, just as the leaves turn, it’s time to turn to the beautiful ambience of autumn. This month it’s all about the subtle and beautiful amethyst hues in the colors of fall. Autumn always brings Read More …

Watermelon Cheesecake Pizza

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Watermelon Cheesecake Pizza is probably the most unique, creative and fun way to serve fruit. It makes a fabulous presentation and is eye candy particularly for children. This is a great way to serve fruit to your kids and ensure that they eat it. The beautiful watermelon crust is a healthy alternative to a traditional dessert pizza crust, which is Read More …