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How-To Become a Social Foodie Phenomenon

Lighting, pictures, and hashtags...Oh my!  Just getting started? Or want to elevate your social media presence? I can assure you; you are in good hands!  Social media can be a perplexing creature to understand at times, especially when we hear all these fancy words like algorithms, analytics, and engagement. Try not to get caught up in the mumbo jumbo. Social media is simple. It is interacting with other people through technology or digital media, hence the name social media. You can quickly share different forms of content (ex: photo, video) to express or communicate whatever you are trying to convey. We can simplify it even more and say it is sharing and exchanging information, a lot of it. And it is social,...

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PARENTE’S GROCERY STORE

Like many of you, I can trace my love of food and family generations back through my family tree. I asked my grandma if she could capture a little of that history. She grew up in the local grocery store her father owned in an Italian neighborhood in Cleveland. Today known as Detroit Shoreway, this area is seeing a huge resurgence. It now hosts a diverse community with shops, restaurants, historic homes, condos, even an old movie theater. But back to Grandma’s story… It all started after my grandmother, Angelina Maria DelGuidice, came to America when she was 15 from Alvignona, Italy, on the outskirts of Naples, in 1901. She traveled with her brothers on a ship and entered through Ellis...

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Organized Space = Happy Space

All makers and creators know that a lot of work goes on behind the scenes. No one posts about their dirty dishes, hectic days where everything seems to go wrong, or the creations that end up being epic fails. There is so many not so fun jobs that go into projects that help them succeed. For most, preparation and organization are key. Having an organized kitchen and/or pantry is so important for several reasons, here are just a few. Save Money - Keeping a tidy space helps save money because you are able to see your inventory of food and other products, therefore, you can be sure to use what  you have before it goes to waste. There is no...

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Gifting, Quarantine Style

  Make someone's day this quarantine by sending a gift… Do you miss seeing your friends, going to parties, or just social interaction in general? Send something in the mail to let the important people in your life know you are thinking of them. Here are some ideas to get you thinking.  The Entertainer- Oh, the poor entertainer is really struggling at this time. Normally I would suggest something like marble wine coolers, stemware, gourmet cheese, wine . . . but with nobody to entertain, this just doesn’t fit the bill. Until we get back in the swing of things, we need to get creative. Puzzles, adult coloring books, subscriptions to something like Hulu, Spotify, even Ancestry.com might help them...

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Jalapeño Popper Chicken Chili Recipe

For as long as I can remember my Mom has made this chicken chili recipe. I always knew when she was making it because the whole house suddenly smelled amazing from the fragrant peppers and yummy ingredients. It’s perfect for all occasions from family dinners to tailgate parties with friends. The best part is this recipe is a crowd pleaser year-round.  (Mom Tip: I always triple the recipe to freeze extra because it can be time consuming to make.) Ingredients 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 small onion, diced 5 jalapeño peppers, diced, seeds removed (leave some seeds for extra heat if desired) 3 cloves garlic, minced Salt & fresh ground pepper 1 1/4 lb. boneless skinless chicken...

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