Saturday, September 21, 2019

Smoked Pork and Cheese Burgers #TailgateParty

This post is sponsored by ThermoWorks who provided us with a Thermopop Thermometer and is offering a giveaway to one of our readers.  I received no monetary compensation for this post and all opinions are completely my own.

Freshly ground pork mixed with cheese and barbecue sauce. Formed into patties and slow smoked before searing at the end to finish cooking.

Perfect for your next Tailgate Party..........

Chicken Normandy for the Final Day of #AppleWeek

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Chicken pieces cooked to a golden brown and then nestled in apples and onions and braised in an apple cider sauce.  Can you say YUM!!

Today is the final day of Apple Week, I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I..........

Corsica; French with a lot of Italian Influence #Winophiles #SoupSaturdaySwappers

We are visiting Corsica with the French Winophiles this month.  Corsica is an Island in the Mediterranean.  It is mountainous and densely forested.  It has belonged to France for over 200 yrs but it is still very Italian in culture.

This delicious, quick and easy to prepare Minestra, or a variation of it, is very likely to be served up on the Island.  Corsica is known for it's food and wine.  Who knew?  I certainly didn't..........

Friday, September 20, 2019

BBQ Oysters with Garlic Herb Sauce #FishFridayFoodies

These oysters are so easy to prepare, just scrub and put onto the grill.  After 5 minutes, remove from grill and they will open up easily with just a butter knife.  Add a dollop of Herb Compound Butter and you have a delicious appetizer to serve while the rest of the meal is put onto the grill.

It's time for another Fish Friday Foodies gathering.................

Green Appletini #AppleWeek

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This recipe is intended for those readers of legal drinking age for alcohol consumption.  Please drink responsibly.

Sweet, tart and refreshing this cocktail is like taking a bite of a crisp green apple.

Today is the 5th day of our Apple Week event.  We have been sharing amazing apple recipes all week long and since it is Friday, what better to share than a cocktail to start your weekend off.........

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Honey Babka #BundtBakers

Made with cake flour this Honey Babka is lighter and airier than your traditional Babka.  Lightly sweetened with honey and then drizzled with a mixture of honey and rum, this bread like treat is amazing.

Welcome to Bundt Bakers.........

Apple Tea Brined Chicken #AppleWeek

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Brined in Apple Tea and then roasted on a covered grill creates a chicken that is a beautiful golden brown, deliciously tender and juicy, and extraordinarily delicious.  It is worth waiting for as you brine the chicken overnight.

Today is Day 4 of this exciting event we call Apple Week...........

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Amish Breakfast Casserole #FantasticalFoodFight

This filling and delicious casserole chock full of bacon, cheese, potatoes and eggs can be made the night before and placed into the oven before your guests arrive for brunch the next day.

We're vying to see who can cook up the best Breakfast Casserole this month during our Fantastical Food Fight......

Apple Oatmeal Cookies #AppleWeek

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These cake like cookies are soft and chewy, not to sweet and deliciously flavored with fresh apples and cinnamon.  It is like holding autumn in your hands.

Today is the third day of this wonderful gala that we call Apple Week.....

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Overnight Cinnamon Apple Oats #AppleWeek

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Start your day off right with this quick and easy recipe that you prepare the night before.  Overnight this mixture transforms into a sweet, chewy, delicious breakfast that you will want to have again and again.

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

Monday, September 16, 2019

Chocolate Caramel Apple Slices: Welcome to #AppleWeek

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Delicious apples coated in caramel, sprinkled with ginger cookie crumbs, drizzled with 2 different chocolates.  It must be Fall!!!

Welcome to Apple Week ..........

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo #OurFamilyTable

This delicious, warm, spicy Gumbo is made in an Instant Pot, first using the saute setting and then switching to the slow cook setting.  Served over rice it makes a complete, nutritious and satisfying dinner.

We are sharing Instant Pot/Slow Cooker recipes From Our Dinner Table today..............

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Enjoying Indian Summer with Alma Sparkling Brut from Brazil #WinePW

I received a sample of Sparkling wine from Spain for tasting purposes.  All opinions are completely my own.  I received no monetary compensation for this post.

Last week I was fretting because my dough for my Sourdough Bagels wouldn't rise because it was too cold in the house.

On Wednesday it was 87* and sunshine for most of the day and then at 4 pm the storms came knocking out a transformer on our street.  Thank goodness we have an all house generator.  That makes it possible for me to still write up this post and share a taste of a Michigan Indian Summer with you.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Hungarian Mushroom Soup #NationalMushroomMonth

This rich, creamy, mushroom soup flavored with paprika and dill makes for a delicious full dinner when served up with a loaf of crusty warm bread.  It is also nice as a starter but beware of the portion size as it is very filling.

It is National Mushroom Month..........

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Middle Eastern Potatoes #ImprovCookingChallenge

These lovely spiced potatoes are creamy on the inside and crispy on the outside.  They are like a little taste of Heaven in every bite.

We were given Potatoes and Coriander as our Improv Cooking Challenge this month.........

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Koshary #EattheWorld

This tasty one bowl meal is a popular street food in Egypt known as Koshary.  It is vegan, nutritious and delicious.  Perfect for a Meatless Monday meal.

Rice and Lentils topped with pasta and chickpeas in a fragrant tomato sauce and then a generous portion of fried onions......Pure Nirvana.  Join us as we Eat the World........

Everything Sourdough Bagels #BreadBakers

Homemade Bagels made with Sourdough discard and sprinkled with everything spice mix.  What a great way to start the day!!!

Join the Bread Bakers today as we share Breads with Seeds............

Monday, September 9, 2019

Quiche with Potato Crust #BakingBloggers

These fun little Quiche cups are perfect for a brunch buffet.  You can add any fillings you like or make 2 or 3 batches so there is a variety to offer.  I served this batch up at room temperature as part of an appetizer spread that I put out before dinner at our Labor Day gathering.

Made with a hash brown crust these little bites of goodness were perfect for this month's Baking Bloggers theme of potatoes..........

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Pizza Dough made with Sourdough Discard #OurFamilyTable

This is one of my favorite ways that I have found yet to use up my sourdough discard.  This pizza crust is delicious!!  It is chewy and toothsome without being thick.  It has become my new favorite crust and my new favorite sourdough recipe.

The From Our Dinner Table Group are sharing Quick and Easy Pizza Recipes today..........

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Appassimento Method explained in Layman Terms #ItalianFWT

When Katarina of Grapevine Adventures invited the members of ItalianFWT to join her in sampling wines made in the Appassimento Method, I wasn't sure what to expect.  Upon reading her invitation post I learned that this method is made by dehydrating the grapes before the wine making.

Drying the grapes beforehand usually results in a sweet wine, comparable to the Ice Wine made here in cold climates.  Ice wines made here in Michigan are very popular and sought after. They are also very pricey.

However, the drying of these grapes can be done using several different methods meaning that not all wines made in this method are necessarily sweet.  This made me happy because I don't care much for sweet wines.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Italian Meatball Stew and the Weekly Menu

This rich, warm and comforting stew is perfect as the summer melts into fall and the days grow shorter and chillier.  Beef and Italian sausage meatballs in a tomato sauce with potatoes and green beans makes a complete one pot dinner.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Feed a family of 4 for one day in under $16 #HungerActionMonth

September is Hunger Action Month.  You can learn more about Hunger in America at Pass the Plate , part of Feeding America.  At these websites you will learn how you can help feed the hungry in America.  You will be given an opportunity to donate, volunteer or even to write your State Representative regarding this terrible problem.

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Kate of Kate's Recipe Box asked the members of Festive Foodies to join her in attempting to feed a family of 4 only spending the allotted $5.50 or less per meal per family that they would receive from government assistance.

Amazing Cherry Almond Sourdough Scones #FoodieExtravaganza

Tender flaky biscuits studded with dried cherries and slivered almonds are perfect with your tea for breakfast or for an afternoon snack to carry you through the day.

We are having a Tea Party today over at Foodie Extravaganza........

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Chicken Enchilada Rice Bake #OurFamilyTable

This tasty one pot meal starting with leftovers, stretched with the addition of rice is a delicious, easy and quick weeknight meal.  Look at that golden melted cheese and only one pan to clean.  OH MY YUM!

The From Our Dinner Table Group are sharing their Best Rice Recipes for Dinner today.........

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Strudel #PBChocSat

This delicious dessert is sure to be a hit with your entire family while watching and cheering on their favorite or local football team.  Flaky puff pastry filled with chocolate and peanut butter.  Who doesn't love chocolate and peanut butter?!

The Festive Foodies are celebrating Peanut Butter and Chocolate Saturday today.........

Friday, August 30, 2019

Happy Labor Day Weekend and the Weekly Menu

Wow! And just like that Summer is at an end.  I know that in many States summer ended for the kids in August when they returned to school but here in Michigan most of the schools don't begin until after Labor Day.

So last weekend was spent doing this.  Then the week was spent registering for school, getting school id and schedules, buying school supplies and, of course, a new outfit for the first day of school which is Tuesday.

But we have a couple last hurrahs before then.  Tomorrow we are heading over to the Art Fair in our town.  Not only do you get to see and buy great stuff but you run into all your local neighbors and friends so it is a great time.  Afterwards we are going to Frank's brother, Dan's house to share his birthday dinner.

On Sunday, after Mass, we are heading over to the New Baltimore Art Fair where Nicole and Pierre have a booth and are selling their wonderful Petoskey and Pine products.  When Nic and Pierre close up for the night they are coming to our house for dinner.  

On Monday, Amy and Doug, Jessica, Melody, Julien and his family, John, Kirsten, Rob, Linda, their daughter and son in law, and Karen are joining us for a BBQ and last dip in the pool before we close it up for the season.

Tuesday is a half day for the start of the week and our new fall routine which for Frank and I means returning to the gym.  

The rest of the week will be spent just getting back into the groove.  Making sure we get enough sleep and proper nutrition so here is our Weekly Menu that I hope inspires you as you get back into the school time groove as well.

Dinner at Dan's 

Sunday-Family Dinner
Antipasto Salad
Italian Meatball Stew

Monday-Family BBQ
Mini Quiche with Potato Crusts
Drunken Honey Wings
Cheese and Fruit Tray
Grilled Assorted Sausages
Assorted Deli Salads
Chocolate Caramel Apple Slices
Apple and Oatmeal Cookies

Hungarian Mushroom Soup and Salad
Sourdough Dinner Rolls

Wednesday (Moved from last week)
Middle Eastern Potatoes
Steamed Broccoli 

Smoked Country Ribs
Leftover Deli Salads

Out for dinner

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Apple Cinnamon Glazed Roasted Quail #FoodnFlix

These roasted boned quail in a cinnamon apple glaze are tender, delicious and quick to make.

This meal was inspired by the film Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.........

Monday, August 26, 2019

Chocolate Chip Sourdough Muffins #MuffinMonday

These small batch muffins are made using the discard from your sourdough starter.  A delicious way to start the day.

Happy Muffin Monday......

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Pork and Apple Kabobs #OurFamilyTable

These delicious kabobs combine all the best flavors of Fall.  Tender pork chunks, sweet chunks of red apple and onion, coated with an apple cinnamon glaze.  You are going to love them!!

The From Our Dinner Table Group are sharing Apple recipes today.......

Friday, August 23, 2019

Happy Birthday to me and the Weekly Menu

I wasn't sure what to expect for life in my 60's but so far so good.  I made it through the first year and am looking forward to the next 9.

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Each year I try to experience or learn something new.  Last year I tried sky diving.  I am not sure what I will attempt this year.  I've already taken guitar, quilting, painting, cooking, lessons.  I have done scuba, ziplining, skydiving, and spelunking.   I have visited many new locations and look forward to visiting many more.   Perhaps this year I should plan something calmer....perhaps a cake decorating class....I am pretty bad with frosting LOL.

Today we are going to celebrate my birthday at Rob and Linda's Lakeport house.  It is right on the beach and this may be our last chance as they have decided to sell and make their permanent home in Arizona. 

Since they have everything already packed away, I am providing my own birthday dinner for everyone LOL.  Jessica and Julien are coming and bringing his folks who are visiting from France.  They are also bringing wine and cheese.  I have some leftover turkey filling that I used for tostadas that I'm going to warm up and serve with corn tortilla scoops as a snack.

So I'm starting the Weekly Menu on Friday (today) this week since last week when I made the menu I didn't realize I was cooking.

Saturday we have a retirement party to attend in the afternoon and then Amy, Jen, Lili and I are heading to Windsor, Canada for a Martina McBride concert so Frank and Marissa are on their own.

The rest of the week is busy each day but we should be having dinner at home for the most part. 

Fish Friday
BBQ Oysters with Butter Herb Wine Sauce
Fish Packets with Herb Compound Butter
Roasted Baby Potatoes
Garlic Toast
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Strudel

Saturday-Retirement Luncheon
Frank and Marissa on their own

Roast Quail
Vegetable Rice Pilaf

Meatless Monday
Creamy Garlic and Spinach Pizza

Chicken Enchilada Rice Bake

Middle Eastern Potatoes
Steamed Broccoli

Ham and Cheese Quiche with Potato Crust

Fish Friday
Shrimp Scampi over Angel Hair Pasta

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Turkey Tostadas #FantasticalFoodFight

This meal, made in one pot and ready in less than half an hour is the perfect Taco Tuesday offering.  Made with ground turkey it is perfect when you are watching your red meat consumption.   It is chock full of nutritious legumes and vegetables.  A meal that you will enjoy serving as much as your kids enjoy eating it.

The contenders in Fantastical Food Fight this month are competing to see who makes the best meal in under 30 minutes..........

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Home Sweet Home and The Weekly Menu

We had a lot of fun in California.  We arrived on Monday, rented a vehicle and drove to my brother's house where we were greeted by the whole family.

Tuesday we went ziplining and then had a whole slew of family and friends over for a BBQ.  Wednesday we spent at the beach and Thursday we met up with a couple of my blogging friends, Cam of Culinary Adventures with Camilla and Lori of Draceana Wines.  Thursday evening was a last hurrah with the family at my nephew Scott's house.

Friday morning, after my last walk with my niece, Natasha, and a wonderful breakfast made by my sister in love, Mary, we hit the road to head back south for a family wedding on Frank's side.

First order of business was meeting up with friends, Karen of Karen's Kitchen Stories, Tara of Tara's Mulitcultural Table and Lauren who used to blog over at Sew You Think You Can Cook.  While we enjoyed dinner and getting to know each other in person, Frank took Marissa to Redondo Beach and some shopping.

The following day we attended the wedding which was just lovely.  The Mass was wonderful, the reception was a blast.  We danced, drank and laughed the afternoon away.  The highlight for Marissa was getting a lesson on being a DJ.  Sunday was the Poprawiny or second wedding held at Frank's cousin's house.  This is a fun Polish Tradition where all the out of town guests are hosted for a second day of food and drink.  

Monday morning was spent with Frank's cousin Kay and her husband Chuck, the parents of the groom, before catching our flight home in the late afternoon.

Today will be spent catching up on the mail, doing laundry, paying bills and going to the grocers.  Vacation is over but I am always glad to be home.

Marissa starts Scuba Lessons on Thursday and then on Friday we are going to our friend's the Green's for dinner with Jessica, Julien, the Angel Face and Julien's parents who are visiting from France.

Therefore, this is a very short menu but I am happy to share it with you and will have a more complete menu for next week coming up soon.

Wedding in California


Airport Food

Taco Tuesday
Turkey Tostadas

Chicken Normandy
Egg Noodles
Green Beans

Poor Man's Spaghetti

Out for Dinner at the Greens

Monday, August 19, 2019

Individual Pommes Anna #NationalPotatoDay

These individual serving size Pommes Anna are adorable.  They are buttery, garlicky and make a gorgeous presentation as a side dish to whatever you are cooking up.

Happy National Potato Day!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Banana Split Pie #OurFamilyTable

Graham cracker crust with layers of chocolate, pineapple, strawberry ice cream, whipped topping, drizzled with more chocolate and topped with a cherry.

Life doesn't get much simpler or more delicious than this Banana Split Pie.  Easy to put together ahead of time and pull out after a fun family dinner on a hot summer night.  Our daughter, Jessica, snuck back into the freezer for a second serving later that evening.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Watermelon Soup #SoupSaturdaySwappers

This delicious chilled soup is perfect for the first course eaten al fresco on a hot summer day.

The Soup Saturday Swappers are sharing Fruit Soups to enjoy for these dog days of summer........

Friday, August 16, 2019

Grilled Salmon Packets #FishFridayFoodies

Wild line caught salmon filet topped with a wild mushroom blend and surrounded by asparagus, wrapped in foil and grilled to perfection, topped with Japanese Ponzu Sauce.  A perfectly delicious and healthy dinner without any dirty pans.

The Fish Friday Foodies are visiting Japan today.........

Monday, August 12, 2019

Peach and Nectarine Cobbler #BakingBloggers

Sweet peaches and nectarines combine to make a wonderful base for the tender biscuits that top this cobbler.

We are baking with peaches and nectarines this month over at Baking Blogger.  Come join the fun.....

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Stone Fruit Salad #OurFamilyTable

August is National Peaches Month.  In this delicious salad you combine peaches with other seasonal stone fruits, almonds and celery.  Add some Greek yogurt dressing and you have a quick, easy and delicious side dish for your next picnic or bbq.

Join the Folks from the Our Dinner Table Group as we celebrate sweet, juicy, tree ripe Peaches.......

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Pinchos #EattheWorld

White meat chicken, tossed in adobo seasoning, grilled to juicy tenderness and drenched in barbecue sauce.  These skewers are called Pinchos and are common street food in Puerto Rico.

Join us as we Eat the World!!!

Exploring the Wines of New Zealand #WinePW

Are you familiar with wines from New Zealand?  I was not until this month when I was lucky enough to receive a sample from New Zealand Wine Growers.  All opinions and thoughts in this article are my own.

Welcome to Wine Pairing Weekend.......

Friday, August 9, 2019

Israeli Veggie Skewers #FarmersMarketWeek

Baby potatoes, eggplant, tomato, onion and beets grilled until tender and charred and then drizzled with a lemon, garlic and rosemary dressing.

This is the final day of Farmer's Market Week.......

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Grilled Steaks with Mango and Jalapeno #ImprovCookingChallenge

Juicy, delicious T-Bone steaks, grilled to perfection and topped with a salad of Mango, Jalapeno and Macadamia Nuts.  So good!!

Welcome to the Improv Cooking Challenge.......

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Turkey Burgers #FoodieExtravaganza

If you stay away from turkey burgers because you are afraid they will be dry and tasteless, fear no more.  This burger may actually beat out beef to become one of your favorites.

It is National Sandwich Month..........

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Caprese Burgers #FarmersMarketWeek

Farm fresh mixture of grass fed beef and bulk Italian Sausage, formed into a patty, grilled to perfection and placed on a toasted bun that has been spread with homemade basil pesto.  Top with freshly picked tomato, fresh mozzarella cheese and a sprinkling of additional basil.  This is a burger that will haunt your memory until you make it again.

Welcome to Day 2 of Farmer's Market Week........

Monday, August 5, 2019

Help! I have no meal plan dinner and the Weekly Menu

What to do when you failed to work on your Weekly Menu as scheduled, it is nearing 6 pm and you have no idea what to make?  This is the quandary in which I found myself tonight.

First I thought to make a quick stir fry but when I went into the freezer to look for shrimp I was disappointed.  However I did find a package of stew meat, frozen solid.  Luckily I have an instant pot and this recipe for Instant Pot Goulash was created.

While the instant pot did it's work I decided I better get a Weekly Menu planned so this doesn't happen again tomorrow night.  Normally I plan and post my Menu on Saturdays but this past Friday knocked us for a loop when Frank had to have emergency surgery and needed to go for his post op check at the office located quite a distance from us.  This meant a 3 hr. round trip plus the time spent in the office.

When we got home Saturday, I threw together BLT's and Corn on the Cob.  Sunday, John and our friend, Gary went to pick up the new grill we bought before the emergency surgery.  When they returned with the grill we had Kirsten and Gary's wife, Jackie, come over and threw some burgers on.

Today was another Dr. appt. when we got home, the Teen wanted to go shopping so back into the car I went.  When I got home the second time I was faced with the dilemma as described above.  So I got to work and here is the Weekly Menu for the rest of the week.

BLT sandwiches
Corn on the Cob

Grilled Burgers
Kale slaw
Potato Salad
Baked Beans

Instant Pot Goulash

Taco Tuesday
Turkey Tostadas

Beans and Rice

Tea Brined Pork Loin
Mashed potatoes
Pickled Cabbage and Apples

BBQ Pork Sandwiches (using leftover pork roast)

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Yield: 4 servings

Instant Pot Goulash

prep time: 5 Mcook time: 60 Mtotal time: 65 M
Perfect for those nights when you forgot to plan dinner. Frozen stew meat, canned tomatoes and chiles, onion and Italian herbs go into the Instant Pot to make the base for this easy and delicious Goulash. You will be sitting down to dinner in one hour.


  • 1 lb. stew meat, can be frozen
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes with chiles
  • 1 t. dried Italian Seasoning
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 lb. pasta of choice, cooked per package directions
  • Parmesan cheese


How to cook Instant Pot Goulash

  1. Place the stew meat, tomatoes with chiles, onion and seasoning into an Instant Pot.  Make sure the vent is closed and press the automatic meats/stew button.  The timer should set automatically to high pressure for 60 seconds. 
  2. When done, allow the pressure to go down for 10 minutes before using the quick release method.  Stir the pasta into the goulash, coating the noodles and breaking up the meat.  
  3. Serve sprinkled with Parmesan cheese, if desired.
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Blaukraut #FarmersMarketWeek

Fermenting is a great way to preserve some of the fresh bounty at the Farmer's Markets this time of year.  I made up a batch of this Blaukraut using red cabbage, onion and apple.

After about 10 days it was ready to be served alongside grilled Bratwurst.  The second jar will be great this winter, put into the crockpot with sausage for a one pot meal.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Cupcake Cones #OurFamilyTable

Delight your youngsters when they return home from the first day of school by surprising them with these fun and tasty cupcake cones.

Dark chocolate cupcakes baked in a wafer cone and topped with whipped cream and sprinkles.  What a great way to celebrate the first day of school.

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