Month: March 2022

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup

A Week in Moorea French Polynesia

A Week in Moorea French Polynesia

We just had a trip of a lifetime in Moorea. Moorea is a South Pacific island in French Polynesia’s Society Islands. The Iconic jagged mountains, sandy beaches, picturesque Bays and South Pacific sunsets are like nothing you could dream of. Here are some of my 

A Visit to Montagnana Italy

A Visit to Montagnana Italy

We were lucky enough to attend a very special event near Montagnana Italy. Montagnana is located between Padua and Verona. I had never heard of Montagnana before or know anyone who has visited this special place.  The ancient walls of Montagnana were built in the eleventh century to protect the town and its people. It is one of the best preserved medieval military villages in all of Europe.

Here is how we spent our time….

Guided walking tour of the city. Some of the highlights we saw were the medieval wall, San Zeno Castle and Ezzelinas Tower, Duomo of Santa Maria Assunta.

Where we stayed……..

Castello Bevillacqua which now is a hotel, restaurant and hosts special events like weddings. The castle was built in 1336 and was originally surrounded by a wide moat and three rings of walls,  our room was located in one of the castle towers. Located outside of Montagnana and you need a car or driver to get there. For more information visit Castello Bevillacqua Website

Food Experiences

Pizza Pizzeria II Palio Piazza Trieste This was a wonderful Pizzeria located and built into the Medieval wall of the city. They dont have a website but here is a link to reviews on Trip Advisor

Gelato in the square

Dinner at All Antica Ala Ristorante. This is the restaurant at Castello Bevillacqua. For more information click here

Pesto Making Class in Manarola Italy

Pesto Making Class in Manarola Italy

What a treat, a real pesto experience. Nessun Dorma in Manorola Italy offers a traditional Ligurian pesto making class. Once we arrived at the cooking class we received all of the ingredients to make pesto. We picked the leaves off of fresh basil plants, soaked 

2022 Mrs. Blums Recipe Contest

2022 Mrs. Blums Recipe Contest

An outdoor picnic is a wonderful way to share a meal with family and friends…and sometimes an ant or two. Our contest theme this year is “Picnic in the Park”. Think back on the best picnic you’ve ever had and submit your favorite recipe that would be ideal to serve.

Our winner will receive a grand prize of $500.00!

Please remember, one recipe per reader – more than one, will disqualify all.
We also ask when you send in your entry, make sure you include your name, a
phone number, measurements with your ingredients, as well as complete
instructions on making that favorite recipe. Be sure and write clearly – if we
can’t read it, we can’t test it. Originality counts – no recipes that have been
published or from an internet website, please.

The deadline for entries is midnight April 1, 2022.
The grand champion will be notified by June 1, 2022.

Send your recipe to: Mrs. Blum’s Recipe Contest, 3301 Healy Drive, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27103 or email to recipes@blumsalmanac.com.

2022 Cavit Pizza Better Together Recipe Challenge

2022 Cavit Pizza Better Together Recipe Challenge

Submit your very best pizza recipe with your recommended Cavit Wine pairing and you could win one of FOUR Bertello Pizza Ovens – the ultimate tool for making the most pizzaiola-worthy at-home pizza pie. We will be selecting one winner in four categories – Best 

Taco Salad and Taco Meat

Taco Salad and Taco Meat

Taco Salad Meat and Taco Meat

This is a great recipe for taco Salad and taco meat. If using it for taco salad I make it ahead of time and let it cool. If using it for tacos I make it and serve it warm
Prep Time 20 mins
Course dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lbs ground beef brown ground beef and drain off fat
  • 1 can kidney beans rinsed and draines
  • 1 12 oz bag Whole Foods Caribbean Style Protein Blend found in frozen vegetable section at whole foods
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Homemade Taco Seasoning see attached recipe
  • 1/3 cup water

Instructions
 

  • brown ground beef and drain off fat
  • add frozen Caribbean style protein blend
  • add drained kidney beans
  • add 1-2 Tablespoons taco seasoning ( see attached recipe)
  • add 1/3 cup water
  • continue cooking until heated thru and water has evaporated
  • serve warm in tacos or cool to serve in taco salad
Seaside Bike Ride and Lunch Near Cinque Terra Italy

Seaside Bike Ride and Lunch Near Cinque Terra Italy

You hear about the 5 villages of Cinque Terra. They consist of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso.  On our last trip to Italy, We decided to explore beyond these 5 villages. When planning our trip I discovered  a  6 mile round trip seaside promenade