Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Creamy Herb Cheese Pasta Bake #FantasticalFoodFight

This creamy herb pasta is quick, easy and delicious.  Prepare the sauce while the pasta boils and dinner is on the table in less than half an hour.


We are duking it out over Pasta this month with our Fantastical Food Fight..........

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Chocolate Bread #Choctoberfest #FestiveFoodies

Surprise your kids with this Chocolate Yeast Bread for breakfast in the morning.  It is wonderful slathered with Nutella or Peanut Butter.


This is what happens when World Bread Day falls smack in the middle of ChoctoberFest......

Warm Eggplant Caprese Salad #KitchenMatrixCookingProject

Tender, roasted eggplant topped with garden fresh tomatoes and mozzarella cheese, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and sprinkled with fresh basil.


This warm salad can be served as a first course, a side dish or a wonderful Meatless Monday meal......

Monday, October 15, 2018

Welcome to #Choctoberfest

Welcome to #Choctoberfest 2018 

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 This is one of my favorite weeks of the year, because #Choctoberfest is finally here! From now until the end of the week, I am joining forces with over 100 other bloggers from around the world to post delicious chocolate recipes. 

Every day, #Choctoberfest bloggers will be celebrating all things chocolate - milk, dark, white, bittersweet, semi-sweet, and cocoa!

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We are starting with a #Choctoberfest prize pack from our generous sponsors. Scroll down to learn how you can enter to win. One lucky winner will receive the following:
  • A 100-Piece Cake Decorating Kit from our blog sponsors The PinterTest Kitchen. This set includes a cake turntable, piping bags, piping tips, flower nozzles, scapers, and more.
  • A-+ 3n Instant Pot and a 40-Pound Case of Granulated Sugar from our gold sponsor Imperial Sugar. Imperial Sugar provides high-quality sugar and sweetener products and over 100 years of time-tested recipes. Sweet things happen when people come together in the kitchen, and that’s why Imperial Sugar has been at the heart of family traditions and celebrations for generations.
  • Coconut Oil and Chocolate Silk Greens from our silver sponsor Barlean's, your trusted source for chocolatey goodness superfood nutrition. Barlean's has a commitment to staying ahead of the innovation curve in providing the absolute highest quality product.
  • A Chocolate Gift Pack from our silver sponsor Forte Chocolates. You'll receive 12 of their most popular chocolate bars. With Forte Chocolates, you can celebrate life through chocolate. They also have a line of chocolate developed specifically to use in savory recipes.
  • A Chocolate Gift Pack from our silver sponsor Divine Chocolate. You'll receive one of each of their baking bars, a white chocolate bar, and their top 5 everyday bars. Divine Chocolate is the only Fairtrade chocolate company in the world that is owed by cocoa farmers. Their baking bars are also a delicious vegan option.
  • A Selection of Sprinkles from our silver sponsor Sprinkle Pop. Sprinkle Pop's bespoke sprinkle creations are one of a kind, just like you! At Sprinkle Pop, you can also order a custom sprinkle mix; there isn't a sprinkle mix that you can dream up that they can't create.
That's a prize pack worth over $400! Open worldwide, except where prohibited. Must be 18+ to enter (21+ in some locations). See terms and conditions for more details. To enter, simply follow our sponsors using the widget below.

You can gain additional entries by following me and the other participating bloggers. A winner will be drawn on October 21, 2018 and contacted via email. Good luck!

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Don't forget to come back to my blog for more chocolatey goodness tomorrow and Thursday.

Check out our participating bloggers: The PinterTest Kitchen 2 Cookin Mamas 27th and Olive A Day in the Life on the Farm A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures A Little Fish in the Kitchen addicted 2 recipes Amy's Cooking Adventures An Affair from the Heart April GoLightly At the Table with R and R Baking Sense Blade & Barbell Blogghetti Body Rebooted Books n' Cooks Bottom Left of the Mitten Canning and Cooking at Home Cheese Curd In Paradise Chef Sarah Elizabeth Cindy's Recipes and Writings Coconut & Lime Cook With Renu Cook's Hideout Cookaholic Wife Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt CopyKat.com Daily Dish Recipes Everyday Eileen Fairyburger Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice Family Around the Table Fix Me a Little Lunch Frankly Entertaining Frugal & Fit Get the Good Stuff! Growing Up Gabel Hardly A Goddess Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks Home Sweet Homestead House of Nash Eats Intelligent Domestications jenniferbakes JoAnn's Food Bites Join Us, Pull up a Chair Jolene's Recipe Journal Jonesin’ For Taste Karen's Kitchen Stories Kate's Recipe Box Kelly Lynn's Sweets and Treats LeMoine Family Kitchen Life on Food Life, Love, and Good Food Lisa's Dinnertime Dish Little House Big Alaska Long Distance Baking Maria's Mixing Bowl Moore or Less Cooking Must Love Home Norine's Nest Our Good Life Our Sutton Place OVENTales Palatable Pastime Prettysweetblog Red Cottage Chronicles Restless Chipotle Reviews, Chews & How-Tos Sarah Cooks the Books Sarah's Bake Studio Savory Moments Seasonal and Holiday Recipe Exchange Seasoned Sprinkles Seduction In The Kitchen Simple Family Crazy Life Simply Inspired Meals Snacks and Sips Soulfully Made Stephie The Happy Mom Sumptuous Spoonfuls Sweet Coralice Take Two Tapas Tampa Cake Girl That Recipe The Baking Fairy The Beard and The Baker The Food Hunter's Guide to Cuisine The Gingered Whisk The Heritage Cook The Mad Scientist's Kitchen The Olive Blogger The Pajama Chef The Redhead Baker The Saucy Fig The Spiffy Cookie The Weekday Gourmet This is How I Cook Trampling Rose Turnips 2 Tangerines Walking Fruitfully Wendy Polisi Wildflour's Cottage Kitchen Zesty South Indian Kitchen

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Craziness Abounds and the Weekly Menu

Let me tell you folks, my life is not as it once was.  Yes, I still sit here and make a Weekly Menu but more often than not it get's switched around and changed up.



I'm going to continue making them though because it does give me a semblance of order and even if the exact menu item isn't prepared another recipe is prepared using the ingredients that were on hand or purchased.  So C'est la Vie as they say.....

Saturday, October 13, 2018

A month of #MerlotMe food and wine pairings #WinePW

October is MerlotMe month.  Today the members of our Wine Pairing Weekend are going to share their thoughts on this wonderful varietal.  We would love for you to join us for twitter chat at 11 am ET following #MerlotMe and #WinePW.  We will be discussing wines that we received from sponsors for this event.  All opinions expressed by me during chat or on this blog are completely my own.


I received these 5 bottles for purposes of tasting and pairing.   I want to thank Jeff of Food Wine Click for all of his hard work in arranging this opportunity for our group.  You can learn more about the #MerlotMe movement in his information post.  

Join me as I discuss my pairings........

Friday, October 12, 2018

Dragon Fruit Sorbet and a Book Review #FreakyFruitFriday

This easy to make Dragon Fruit Sorbet would be the perfect palate cleanser for your next Asian Dinner party.


Come to think of it, an Asian Dinner Party would be perfect for a Halloween get together.....

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Halloween Crunch #FestiveFoodies #ImprovCookingChallenge

Cinnamon cereal, pumpkin seeds, and almonds coated in honey and baked to a crunch goodness then tossed with some candy corn makes for the perfect Autumn snack.


Join me today as our Improv Cooking Challenge teams up with Festive Foodies resulting in this fun Halloween recipe.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Blood Orange Prosecco Cocktail #EattheWorld

Toast in Halloween, better known as All Saint's Eve, Italian style with this Blood Orange Prosecco Cocktail.


The pumpkin is courtesy of my granddaughter.  Not bad for a just turned 4 year old........

Deep Dish Pizza Casserole #NationalPizzaMonth

This delicious, hearty and filling deep dish pizza is baked up in a casserole.  It is sure to make the whole family happy.


Welcome to National Pizza Month..........

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Homemade Pitas #BreadBakers

This delicious bread is hot out of the oven and ready to be eaten in about 2 hours time and gone in about 2 minutes.


Join the Bread Bakers today as we visit the Middle East.......

Mini Mummy Meatloaf #Halloween #KitchenMatrixCookingProject

Thrill your little Ghosts and Goblins this Halloween by serving up these fun and tasty Meat Loaf Mummies.


Join the Festive Foodie Group today as we celebrate Halloween.......

Monday, October 8, 2018

Garlic Puffs #BakingBloggers

Flaky, tender puffed pastry rounds filled with garlicky goodness.


The Baking Bloggers are keeping away all the Vampires this month with a great selection of goodies featuring Garlic.  Please join us........

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Pan Seared Shrimp with Wild Mushroom Risotto and Laguna Wine #ItalianFWT


Our Italian Food Wine and Travel group was provided with samples of Lugana wine this month by our generous sponsor, Susannah at Vigneto Communications.   Susannah requested that we pour, sip, pair and then provide our honest impression.  All opinions and thoughts are solely mine. 


If you are of legal drinking age, I invite you to join us as we visit this wonderful area that borders Lake Garda in Northern Italy.

Friday, October 5, 2018

A Productive Week and The Weekly Menu

Yes, I know I didn't need another pan but it was on sale and I couldn't resist.  Besides it was worth the big smile from Marissa and her friends when they walked into the house after school the other day and they saw this cute little guy made with boxed brownie mix, canned frosting and sprinkles.


We have been busy around here.  Building.  Baking. Planning. Preparing.  Come inside and see what we've been up to.........

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Rambutini. What happens when #ThirstyThursday meets up with #FreakyFruitsFriday

These cocktails are made with an Asian fruit knows as Rambutan.  I had never heard of this exotic, freaky fruit before but I think I will be seeking it out every chance I get.


The outside rind, that I used to garnish the glass, is hairy and scary.  Perfect for Halloween......

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Butter Roasted Pumpkin Seeds #FoodieExtravaganza

Don't throw away those seeds when you make Jack O Lanterns with the kids this year.   Toss them with a little butter and salt and roast them to make a delicious crunchy treat.

 

Our Foodie Extravaganza group is celebrating all things Pumpkin this month.  Please join us......

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Bagels and Lox on the Casual Side #KitchenMatrixCookingProject

Crisp Bagel Chips, spread with softened Cream Cheese, topped with Cajun Style Smoked Salmon and sprinkled with capers.


We are sharing Finger Foods inspired by the Kitchen Matrix by Mark Bittman.......

Monday, October 1, 2018

October Happenings and a Cheese Burger Casserole

I cannot believe it is already October 1st.  Before you know it Christmas will be here and we will be ringing in a New Year.  It boggles my mind how quickly time flies.



I'm just stopping in today to share a wonderful casserole that will take care of the Cheese Burger hankering you get when the weather is more conducive to baking than grilling.  I'm also going to give you a sneak preview of what I have planned this month.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Gai Pad Prik and the Weekly Menu #FoodiesRead

A delicious, healthy and easy one pot meal that is perfect for busy weeknights.


I was inspired to make this Chicken Pad Prik after reading a new novel written by a friend and former co-worker turned author, Chad Richardson.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Apple Fennel and Beet Salad #AppleWeek

This post is sponsored on behalf of #appleweek. Our generous sponsors, Swiss Diamond, Envy Apples, Imperial Sugar, Nordic Ware, Rodelle Vanilla, Flahavan's Irish Oatmeal, Nairn's and The Spice House have provided us with products for recipe creation and a giveaway for our readers. As always, all opinions are my own.

All the wonderful flavors of Fall tossed together in a salad that makes a perfect side dish for your favorite roast pork, turkey or chicken recipe.


Today is the final Day of Apple Week.  You don't want to miss it.........

Halloween Recipe Round Up and a #Giveaway

Welcome to the October Recipe Round-Up! This months round-up brings you Halloween themed recipes with fun desserts and easy dinners for the family. Our bloggers are sharing their favorite Halloween-ish recipes with you, including breakfast, side dishes and snacks, main dishes and ((of course)) dessert...lots of desserts and treats for that sweet tooth! Come check out what we are bringing you this month!. Plus we have another amazing GIVEAWAY that you don't want to miss!!


Friday, September 28, 2018

Braised Chicken with Apples #AppleWeek

This post is sponsored on behalf of #appleweek. Our generous sponsors, Swiss Diamond, Envy Apples, Imperial Sugar, Nordic Ware, Rodelle Vanilla, Flahavan's Irish Oatmeal, Nairn's and The Spice House have provided us with products for recipe creation and a giveaway for our readers. As always, all opinions are my own.

Chunks of apples and chicken pieces braised in apple brandy and apple cider creates a dish full of the flavors of the season.


Welcome to Day 5 of Apple Week.........

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Baked Apple Pancake #AppleWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with AppleWeek . I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the AppleWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Tender, delicious apples covered in a crepe like batter and baked to a puffy, golden perfection.  This is the perfect start to a crisp fall weekend.


Welcome to Day 4 of Apple Week.  We are sharing tons of amazing apple recipes and some awesome giveaways all week long.......

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Apple Pandowdy #AppleWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with AppleWeek . I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the AppleWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Delicious seasonal apples drowning in a homemade caramel sauce and topped with tender, flaky biscuits.


Welcome to Day 3 of Apple Week.......

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Caramel Apple Cookie Bars #AppleWeek #BakingBloggers

This post is sponsored on behalf of #appleweek. Our generous sponsors, Swiss Diamond, Envy Apples, Imperial Sugar, Nordic Ware, Rodelle Vanilla, Flahavan's Irish Oatmeal, Nairn's and The Spice House have provided us with products for recipe creation and a giveaway for our readers. As always, all opinions are my own.

These ooey gooey bars have all the great flavors that you love about Caramel Apples but are transported to your mouth via cookie instead of a stick!


Welcome to Day 2 of Apple Week.......

Monday, September 24, 2018

Applesauce Muffins #AppleWeek #MuffinMonday

This post is sponsored in conjunction with AppleWeek . I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the AppleWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.



Chock full of Autumnal flavors...apples, cinnamon and cloves, these muffins are a perfect seasonal treat.



Welcome to Day 1 of our week long Apple Celebration.  Come inside and see what all the fuss is about.....

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Welcome to #AppleWeek

This post is sponsored on behalf of #appleweek. Our generous sponsors, Swiss Diamond, Envy Apples, Imperial Sugar, Nordic Ware, Rodelle Vanilla, Flahavan's Irish Oatmeal, Nairn's and The Spice House have provided us with products for recipe creation and a giveaway for our readers. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Welcome to Apple Week where we will be sharing all things apple all week long.


Not only will you find spectacular recipes but you also have a chance to win one of seven exciting prize packages.......

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Angel Face turns 4 and the Weekly Menu

Can you believe that my Little Miss turned four on Wednesday.  Four years!!  It seems like I was just cradling her in my arms.  And yet, I feel as if she has always been a part of my existence.  It is amazing to me how one little human can make such a vast difference in so many lives.  We are truly blessed!!


If you turn four when you are spending the night at Grammy's house you get cake for breakfast........

Friday, September 21, 2018

Pumpkin Seafood Curry #Pumpkin Week #FishFridayFoodies

This post is sponsored in conjunction with PumpkinWeek . I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the PumpkinWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Beautiful tender shrimp and chunks of white fish cooked up  in a curried pumpkin sauce.  This delicious stew can be on your table in less than an hour.  Perfect for your next Fish Friday meal.


Please join me today as I celebrate the final day of Pumpkin Week with the Fish Friday Foodies team.......

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Pumpkin Joes #PumpkinWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with PumpkinWeek . I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the PumpkinWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

This quick and easy recipe is sure to be a hit with the kids and is a great way to sneak some veggies into them.


Welcome to Day 4 of Pumpkin Week.........

White Chocolate Bundt Cake #BundtBakers

Dense, yet tender, pound cake flavored with white chocolate in the batter and then studded with white chocolate chips, finished off with a drizzle of semi sweet chocolate.


Welcome to this month's edition of Bundt Bakers.......

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Pumpkin Banana Bread #PumpkinWeek #FantasticalFoodFight

This post is sponsored in conjunction with PumpkinWeek . I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the PumpkinWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Tender, moist and lightly spiced, this banana pumpkin bread is perfect with coffee in the morning or with a cup of hot cider for an afternoon snack.


Welcome to Day #3 of Pumpkin Week.  Join me as I pit my recipe against those others competing in our Fantastical Food Fight.......

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Pumpkin Cheesecake Milkshake #PumpkinWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with PumpkinWeek . I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the PumpkinWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Creamy and delicious.  Now you can enjoy all your favorite pumpkin cheesecake flavors through a straw!


Welcome to Day 2 of Pumpkin Week........

Italian Sausage Burgers #KitchenMatrixCookingProject

Sweet Italian Sausage formed into patties and grilled to perfection.  Top with sauteed onions, peppers and mustard and you have all the same wonderful flavors that you love in a fun, new, format.


Join the Kitchen Matrix Cooking Project as we delve into the world of Burgers........


Monday, September 17, 2018

Stuffed Pumpkin to Welcome you to #PumpkinWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with PumpkinWeek . I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the PumpkinWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Sweet Italian sausage mixed with macaroni in a creamy sharp cheddar cheese sauce, stuffed inside of a pumpkin shell and baked to perfection.


What a great way to kick of Pumpkin Week 2018!!!!  Join us as we celebrate all things pumpkin and enter to win an awesome giveaway from our amazing sponsors!!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Basque Chicken Stew paired with Black Wine #FrenchWinophiles

This flavorful chicken stew from the Basque region is quick enough to enjoy as a weeknight meal yet elegant enough to proudly serve to guests.  Served over rice scented with turmeric it makes a delicious one dish meal.


I paired it with a deep, dark, dry red wine made with Malbec grapes from the Cahors.  Join me and the French Winophiles as we explore this region and the wines it offers...

Baked Potato Soup in the Crockpot #SoupSaturdaySwappers

Creamy and flavorful potato soup simmers all day long in the crockpot.  You come home to a delicious smelling house and dinner is on the table before you know it.  Topped with all the things that make a perfect baked potato.....cheese, sour cream and bacon, this soup is a winner.



Join the Soup Saturday Swappers as we explore Potato Soups..........

Friday, September 14, 2018

Friday Night Lights and the Weekly Menu

I am officially a Cheer Mom....God help me.  Just kidding.  I really do love going to school sporting events and cheering the kids on.  I was never a cheerleader and while our kids were into many different sports, Marissa is the first cheerleader to live in our house. Rah Rah Marissa.


The thing with the school year and sports, I'm remembering now, is how difficult it can be to meal plan.  You have to have food ready in shifts and family dinners are a luxury to be enjoyed when possible.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Caprese French Bread Pizza #ImprovCookingChallenge

Soft, chewy French Bread slathered with pesto and topped with fresh Mozzarella and sliced tomatoes makes a perfect quick weeknight meal.


Join the members of Improv Cooking Challenge as we create meals featuring Cheese and Tomatoes...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Roasted Pear and Grape Kuchen #BreadBakers #KitchenMatrixCookingProject

This sweet bread made with yeast is topped with a roasted grape and pear crumble before being baked.  It is perfect for breakfast as a coffee cake or as a light dessert, topped with whipped cream.


Join me and the members of Bread Bakers as we share bread recipes containing grapes......

Monday, September 10, 2018

Chipas (Argentinean Cheese Biscuits) #EattheWorld #BakingBloggers

Chipas is an Argentinian Cheese Bread made, commonly enjoyed for breakfast or as a snack.  They come in many forms and sizes.  I shaped mine into biscuits.


Join me today as I visit Argentina with my Eat the World group and share biscuits from my Baking Bloggers group........

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Lahano me Kreas does Double Duty #WinePW #FoodnFlix

Lahano me Kreas translates from Greek as Cabbage with Meat.  This is pure, unadulterated, comfort food at it's finest.


I was inspired to make this dish after watching My Big Fat Greek Wedding for the umpteenth time.  I paired it with a wonderful wine crafted using handpicked Moschofilero Grapes from Southern Greece.

Join me as I discuss the movie, the pairing and the recipe.......

Friday, September 7, 2018

Mexican Beer Chili #NationalBeerDay

Tender pieces of pork in a slightly spiced broth made with a rich, dark Mexican beer is sure to be a crowd pleaser at your next tailgate party.


It is National Beer Lover's Day.....Bottoms Up.......

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Hey, I'm a Day Early....Does that mean I'm a Dollar Long? (Weekly Menu)

This taco soup is quick, easy and delicious.  Perfect for a weekday meal during this very busy time of year.


I served this up last week for Taco Tuesday which also happened to be the first day of school here in Michigan.  

C'mon in and see what's on the menu for next week.................

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy #FoodieExtravaganza

Lean ground beef mixed with breadcrumbs and egg, formed into patties and fried a perfect golden brown before being smothered with a delicious mushroom and onion gravy.


This is the perfect dish to celebrate National Mushroom Month with the members of our Foodie Extravaganza group.......

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Brussels Sprouts Slaw #KitchenMatrixCookingProject

Fresh, delicious Brussels Sprouts, shredded and tossed with a light dressing and crunch peanuts makes the perfect Fall salad.


Join us as we check out all the different Brussels Sprouts recipes available in The Kitchen Matrix Cookbook by Mark Bittman......

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Muffuletta #LaborDayRecipes

This gigantic and delicious sandwich, slathered with an olive salad and then stuffed with cold cuts and cheese is the perfect contribution to a picnic or potluck.


C'mon in.....We are sharing our favorite Labor Day Recipes today.....

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Pappardelle al Ragu Di Cinghiale and a Monsanto Chianti Classico #ItalianFWT

Welcome the Fall Season with this scrumptious, slow braised Ragu Di Cinghiale, served over fresh Egg Pasta and paired with a Classic Chianti wine.  Life doesn't get any better than this.


Join the Italian Food Wine Travel gang as we share our favorite Fall wines from Italy.......
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