Feeling Good about 2012

I hope everyone enjoyed Christmas, I sure did. I had a festive Christmas Eve full of fishes (4 of 7), family and fattening desserts. Squid salad, scallops wrapped in bacon, shrimp cocktail, my mother’s fried smelts and my sister Donna’s broccoli rabe. Decadent desserts that I simply gorged upon. And my family, who I am …

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Riu Riu Chiu

Oh I love the Monkees. I was about 3 when this first aired. They are much older now, and Davy is gone. But I still love them, and they bring me to a place where at least for me, happiness and peace were abundant. Thank you Redtree Times. Enjoy!

Redtree Times

Monkees' Christmas 1967I was flipping around the channels last night, the final Christmas specials winding down as the holiday came to an end.  I ended up on an old Christmas episode of The Monkees from around 1967.  It was a show that I had loved as a kid of 8 or 9 and it had Butch Patrick, the kid who played Eddie Munster on the also adored The Munsters TV show, as a guest.  How bad could it be?

God awful. That’s how bad.

Luckily, I came in near the end but was amazed at how utterly terrible it had been  put together, almost to the point of being unwatchable.   The writing was bad and  the schtick, worse.  I began to wonder if all of those other things I loved as kid had aged so poorly.

But just as I was about to flip to anything else, the band came…

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Struffoli – Italian Christmas Candy to Me

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/struffoli-recipe/index.html My mother didn't have the recipe written down for this one, so I've attached Giada's here. I trust her, and her method seems closest to my mother and Grandma Jennie Testa's. My mother told me to just use Wande dough for this but there are so many specific steps that I wanted to make sure that I …

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Lindt Ball Muffins – it’s not like they’re cupcakes…

http://thecookingchook.wordpress.com/2012/11/24/one-is-never-enough-lindt-ball-muffins/comment-page-1/#comment-382 Doesn't this sound absolutely wonderful?! I love chocolate, and the muffin aspect helps one feel that these aren't just pure decadence- though we know better. I would love to try this for Christmas breakfast with coffee...unless someone wants to make them for me! Related articles Moist Chiquita Banana Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe (chiquitabananas.com) Recipe-Tripple …

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