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Happy Thanksgiving, Holiday Shopping, Recipes!

Posted in Caro Diario.(dear diary..), cucina, cucina povere, entertaining, Holidays, and special occasions

Thanksgiving is upon us again and in Italy it is known as Ringraziamento..well anyway you say it still means ‘to give thanks’ . Here is one of my favorite recipes for an appetizer for  Thanksgiving or anytime and a video of  Thanksgiving decorating tips from

Also as a special Holiday gift here is a coupon for some Holiday shopping at my new store at the  hope you will visit and check out  the interesting products we found for you. We are adding new products every day..

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So many times we take for granted everything we have. but remember to be thankful for whatever you have ….food on the table..a roof over your head..a kitchen to cook in..friends and family to share with..the sun, the sky…the stars. the moon…we all have something to be thankful for…

 Avocado Italiano   basil avocado dip

*2 ripe avocados

*juice of 1 lemon

*4 tablespoons grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese

*1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil

*3 tablespoons chopped sun dried tomatoes (packed in oil, drained)

 Mash the avocado. Add in all other ingredients.

If you are taking this spread with you to someone else’s house, place in plastic container and place plastic wrap against surface of avocado spread before you close container

You can use this as a dip for breadsticks, cut vegetables, tortilla chips.

Thanksgiving decorating tips video


Happy Thanksgiving

Get your copy of  The Basic Art of Italian Cooking:Holidays & Special Occasions

Mangia Bene, Vivi Bene,


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