Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Southwest Meatloaf and a Book Review

This meatloaf is made with crushed tortilla chips and salsa instead of breadcrumbs and ketchup giving it an amazing southwest flavor.


I was inspired to make this meatloaf after reading Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli for our Lit Happens Book Club.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot #MultiCookerMonday

These hard boiled eggs are made in the Instant Pot using the 5/5/5 method.  Guaranteed to turn out perfectly every time.  The shells just slip right off.


It is just one reason why I LOVE my Instant Pot.  Of course, I also love my slow cooker and air fryer.  In fact I love all my kitchen gadgets which is why I'm happy to invite you to check out a new group that I joined called Multi Cooker Monday.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Taco Stuffed Shells and the Weekly Menu #OurFamilyTable

Enjoy Pasta next Taco Tuesday!!!  Jumbo shells filled with taco meat and tomatoes and then sprinkled with more tomatoes and shredded cheese.  A perfect combination.


The From Our Dinner Table Group is sharing Pasta Recipes today......

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Green Gumbo #SoupSaturdaySwappers

This Green Gumbo is made with assorted fresh greens instead of okra and is served with trinity rice for a filling, nutritious one dish meal that will have your family requesting seconds.


Welcome to this month's edition of Soup Saturday Swappers.......

Friday, February 14, 2020

A Special Wine for A Special Night #Winophiles

Happy Valentine Day.  Do you go out for dinner or make a special dinner at home for your love?  I much prefer spending Valentine's Day in and avoiding the crowds.  If your are with me then I have just the meal for you.


To be completely honest with you, this was not the meal I had planned to pair with the wine I chose for our French Winophiles event this month but life with a Teen is unpredictable......

Be My Valentine Margarita #NationalMargaritaWeekend

Invite your Love to be your Valentine with this gorgeous and delicious Margarita.  It is sure to be the start of a wonderful evening.


The Festive Foodies are celebrating National Margarita Weekend.....

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Polish Potato Pancakes #ImprovCookingChallenge

I got the recipe for these potato pancakes from the Polish Village Restaurant in Hamtramck, Michigan.  This restaurant has been around since the Polish Immigrants first settled in Michigan.  My husband's parents had their wedding shower there in 1942.  Guests paid a quarter and got hot dogs and beer.  It was a fun story that Mom would share with us when we would take her out there for dinner.


It is the perfect recipe to share during the Improv Cooking Challenge this month where the theme is Potatoes and Eggs.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Pannekaker and a Book Review #BreadBakers

These thin, crepe like pancakes are commonly served in Norway for breakfast topped with your favorite jam.


We are celebrating Scandinavian Breads this month with our Bread Bakers group and as luck would have it I was reading a fun little book set partially in Norway......

Monday, February 10, 2020

Tepsi Baytinjan #EattheWorld

This traditional Iraqi casserole is cooked up in a skillet before transferring to a casserole. Layer fried eggplant, potatoes, and onions.  Top with tomatoes and sauce then nestle meatballs on top and in between before moving it to the oven for a final bake. Serve it with steamed rice.


Join us as we travel to Iraq and Eat the World........

Roast Chicken Shwarma #BakingBloggers

This delicious, tender, flavorful chicken Shwarma only takes 45 minutes in the oven before you are enjoying it for dinner.


Chicken Shwarma is normally cooked on a grill or rotisserie but you can enjoy it any time of the year by roasting it in your oven during the cold winter months.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

I Give You My Heart Pizza #NationalPizzaDay

Surprise your family on Valentine's Day with this fun and delicious heart shaped pizza.


We are celebrating National Pizza Day with the Festive Foodies.........

Roasted Vegetable Salad with Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette #OurFamilyTable

Roasted squash, beets and parsnips, tossed with bacon and romaine, topped with a roasted garlic vinaigrette and sprinkled with almonds is a perfect Winter Salad.


The members of From Our Dinner Table Group are sharing Winter Salads today........

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Scenes from Last Weekend's Celebration and the Weekly Menu

Last Sunday, we celebrated our Teen receiving the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation.  She is now fully in communion with our faith.  We couldn't be prouder.



After the Mass we invited our friends and family to gather with us for a celebration.  Luckily this was early enough not to interfere with any Superbowl Plans anyone had.

Friday, February 7, 2020

A Gastronomic Visit to Savoie #WinePW

This classic dish from the Savoie area of France, located in the Alps was the perfect pairing for a bottle of Savoie Rosé for Wine Pairing Weekend this month.


This homey, comforting dish of bacon, onions and potatoes topped with melted cheese is an absolutely wonderful celebration of flavors.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Wentelteefjes and a Book Review

I was inspired to make this Dutch Style French Toast after reading the novel The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert.

This wonderful, comforting breakfast was spoken of in the last section of this novel when our protagonist returned to her mother's homeland in Denmark.


This Dutch French Toast is soaked in a flavored custard for half an hour before being pan fried in a generous amount of butter and sprinkled with with a powdered sugar/cinnamon mixture.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Mushroom and Swiss Frittata #FoodieExtravaganza

This delicious frittata is perfect for Breakfast, Brunch, or Brinner.  Filled with sauteed onions and mushrooms, sprinkled with Swiss cheese and finished in the oven it is a complete meal ready in a snap.


We are celebrating National Breakfast Month with the folks over at Foodie Extravaganza......

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

One Skillet Cabbage Dinner #CooktheBooks

One skillet, items normally available in your refrigerator or pantry, 20 minutes and YUM!!


I was inspired to make this dinner while reading the novel Pomegranate Soup for our Cook the Books Club.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Chicken BLT Soup #OurFamilyTable

All the wonderful flavors of your favorite sandwich in soup form.  Life is very, very good.


Join the From Our Dinner Table Group as we share Hearty Homemade Soups......

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Preparing for Confirmation and the Weekly Meny

It's an exciting time in our family right now.  Tomorrow our Teen, Marissa, receives the Sacrament of Confirmation and Friday is our daughter, Nicole's, birthday. 

Some of you may recall that 2 years ago while celebrating the Mass for the students receiving this Sacrament the Holy Spirit came down upon Frank during the Bishop's homily and instructed him to bring Marissa into our family.

I wrote about that experience and how we came to adopt a teenager in this article.  Should you read this article,  you will see that we were planning on adopting two children as Marissa has a younger sister, however, that plan changed when the sister's long standing foster parents decided that they wanted to adopt the sister but not Marissa. Needless to say this is devastating for our girl.

But, she has survived yet another huge blow and is adapting very well to her new life with us.  She does well in school, she is on the bowling team and cheer team, she has a lot of friends and is starting to realize that this IS her forever home.  We are excited to help celebrate this Sacrament in which she enters fully into the Catholic faith.  We will be having a gathering with family and friends following the Mass. 

The Teen always asks for Chicken Enchiladas when we are having a celebration for her. This time is no different so I made up a Menu for tomorrow's feast and I will share some recipes and photos of the party during the week.  

In the meantime, here is our Weekly Menu....hope to see you soon.....

Saturday
Tepsi Baytinijan (Iraqi Casserole)

Sunday
See above Menu

Meatless Monday
Mushroom and Spinach Frittata

Tuesday
Tartiflette

Wednesday
Green Gumbo
Trinity Rice

Thursday
Greek Chicken Pasta

Friday
Out for Nicole's Birthday Dinner





Friday, January 31, 2020

Godendo Aperitivo Prima di Cena #ItalianFWT

I received samples for the creation of this post.  All content, ideas and opinions are strictly my own.  I received no monetary compensation for this writing.

Today we are discussing Italian Wine Cooperatives with our Italian Food Wine and Travel Group.



Join me for Apertivo as we talk.......

Monday, January 27, 2020

Cinnamon Sugar Muffins #MuffinMonday

These delicious, light  muffins are made special with a dip in melted butter and a swirl in cinnamon sugar.


It's time for Muffin Monday......

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Celebrating Chinese New Year 2020

Chinese New Year 2020

The Year of the Rat Menu

Long Life Noodles
Steamed Whole Fish
Stir Fry Vegetables
 Steamed Buns

We celebrated Chinese New Year yesterday........So much fun!!

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Happy Chinese New Year and The Weekly Menu

Today is the start of the Spring Festival.  Better known as Chinese New Year.  Just like Christmas is an entire season, so it Chinese New Year.  It starts with 8 days of Little Year followed by 11 days of Spring Festival and finishes with 4 days of Lantern Festival.

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This year we are celebrating the Year of the Rat.  Thirteen years ago we were blessed with an exchange student from China.  She has gone back to China a few times for visits with her birth family but she has made us her family here in the United States.  If you are a regular visitor to this blog you know her as Tingting or Jessica, as she now calls herself.  She is our daughter and the mother of my Angel Face.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Creamy Mac and Cheese with Corn #NationalSlowCookerMonth

I received Sponsor Gifts to use in the creation of recipes for #NationalSlowCookerMonth.  I received no monetary compensation.  All opinions and writings are strictly my own. I used no sponsor products in this post but prizes were provided for the giveaway.

This creamy mac and cheese made the perfect side dish to one of my holiday meals.  Using the slow cooker allowed me to use my hands on time for the rest of the meal.


Today is the final day of a week long celebration for #NationalSlowCookerMonth........

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Crock Pot Pork Stew and a #Giveaway

I received Sponsor Gifts to use in the creation of recipes for #NationalSlowCookerMonth.  I received no monetary compensation.  All opinions and writings are strictly my own. I did not use any sponsor ingredients in this post.

Tender chunks of pork in a savory gravy with potatoes, carrots and peas cooks away all day long while you are at work or out running errands.


Welcome to Thursday's edition of a week long event celebrating #NationalSlowCookerMonth......

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Southwest Slow Cooker Pasta and a #Giveaway

I received Sponsor Gifts to use in the creation of recipes for #NationalSlowCookerMonth.  I received no monetary compensation.  All opinions and writings are strictly my own.

This delicious and easy meal takes only minutes to put together with ingredients you probably have on hand.  When you get home, dinner will be on the table in the time it takes to boil pasta.


Today is Day 3 of #NationalSlowCookerWeek........

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Pinto Beans with Ham and a #Giveaway

I received Sponsor Gifts to use in the creation of recipes for #NationalSlowCookerMonth.  I received no monetary compensation.  All opinions and writings are strictly my own.

If there is anything more comforting than a bowl of tender, smooth beans with chunks of ham, I don't know what it is.  This recipe, made in your slow cooker is the perfect way to put this homey, delcious meal on your table even during busy weekdays.


Welcome to Day 2 of #NationalSlowCookerMonth........

Monday, January 20, 2020

Clementine and Olive Oil Upside Down Cake #CakeSliceBakers

This lovely cake is a perfect ending to your next dinner party yet easy enough to make for a quick weeknight treat.  Made with ingredients you probably have on hand, one bowl and one pan it is ready in less than an hour.


The Cake Slice Bakers are opening up a new cookbook for the New Year........

Slow Cooker Dinner Rolls and a #Giveaway

I received Sponsor Gifts to use in the creation of recipes for #NationalSlowCookerMonth.  I received no monetary compensation.  All opinions and writings are strictly my own.

These gorgeous dinner rolls were made from frozen to beautiful golden brown in about 3 hrs.  Stunning and delicious.


Today is the first day of a week long event celebrating Slow Cookers.......

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Chocolate Coconut Dream and The Weekly Menu #OurFamilyTable

This amazing cocktail makes the perfect after dinner drink in lieu of dessert.  Made with Coconut Vodka and Chocolate Wine and garnished with chocolate syrup and chocolate coconut, your Valentine is sure to agree.


We are sharing Sweet Valentine's Day Desserts with the From Our Dinner Table Group......

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Green Pork Chili #SoupSaturdaySwappers

This Green Pork Chili starts off by roasting the vegetables, searing the pork and then braising it until the meat is amazingly tender and flavorful.


Serve it up with some warmed tortillas and you have a complete, hearty meal........

Friday, January 17, 2020

Mediterranean Shrimp with a Corsican Wine #FishFridayFoodies #Winophiles

Tender, plump shrimp tossed in Mediterranean spices and then sauteed up with vegetables in a lovely tomato sauce and served over pasta.  A perfect match for an acidic and dry white wine from Corsica, France that has heavy Italian influences.


Today I am linking up Fish Friday Foodies with the French Winophiles and are you in for a treat.......

Thursday, January 16, 2020

5 Ingredient Almond Butter Mini Bundts #BundtBakers

These adorable little mini bundts take only 5 ingredients and minutes to put together.  Baked up in little cupcake size little bundt pans they are ready to enjoy in less than half an hour and is completely gluten free.


We are serving up cakes that only take 5 ingredients this month over at Bundt Bakers.......

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Baked Ham and Cheese Omelet #FantasticalFoodFight

When serving up omelets for more than one person, a great way to save time and all be able to eat together is to bake your chosen ingredients in a pie pan and then serve it up in hot slices all at the same time.


We are sharing Omelet recipes today in our Fantastical Food Fight......

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Sprouted Wheat Waffles #BreadBakers

Add extra nutrition, fiber and flavor to your breakfast with these waffles made from 100% sprouted wheat.


It is time for Bread Bakers........

Monday, January 13, 2020

Hawaiian Sweet Rolls #BakingBloggers

These rolls do not taste like the ones you buy in the grocers, they are waaaaay better in my humble opinion.  It must be the love that is baked in with them.


Flavored and sweetened with pineapple juice, these yeasty rolls are incredibly soft and very fluffy.  They are this month's contribution to Baking Bloggers.......

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Mandu and Korean Meatballs and the Weekly Menu #FoodnFlix

Every culture has it's own version of dumplings.  In Korea dumplings are called Mandu.  I used wonton wrappers instead of making the dough and filled them with a pork/beef mixture filled with veggies.  Easy and delicious.


I was inspired to make these Korean dumplings after watching the film, Always Be My Maybe, on Netflix.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Godforsaken Grapes; The Book, The Wine, The Pairing #WinePW

This month our friend Cam of Culinary Adventures with Camilla invited us to do something different to kick off the New Year edition of Wine Pairing Weekend.


She asked us to focus on grape varieties that are not as popular as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, etc.   You know all those grapes that are normally in the wine we drink especially if you live here in the USA.

Trinidadian Stir Fry Shrimp #EattheWorld

 Plump, tender shrimp are "washed" in lime juice as is customary in Trinadian cooking the stir fried with crisp vegetables and covered with a rum based sauce.  A quick and delicious weeknight dinner.


We are exploring the foods of Trinidad and Tobago this month as we Eat the World......

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Broccoli Cheese Casserole #ImprovCookingChallenge

Tender broccoli florets blanched and tossed with melted cheese and buttery crackers then topped with more crackers and butter and baked to a beautiful golden brown.  This recipe makes enough for a crowd and there won't be any leftovers.


We are cooking up Cheese and Crackers for this month's Improv Cooking Challenge......

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Sauteed Ribbons of Brussels Sprouts #OurFamilyTable

This quick and easy side dish is a wonderful, nutritious addition to your menus in the coming New Year.


We're sharing Healthier Recipes for the New Year with our From the Dinner Table Group........

Friday, January 3, 2020

Ringing in the New Year with Loved Ones and Prosecco #ItalianFWT

Happy 2020 everyone.  I hope you had a safe and joyful NYE and that the year is starting off lovely for you and yours.

We were fortunate enough to spend our New Year's Eve and the first couple of days of the year in Northern Michigan with our Niece and her family.  We ordered in pizza and played games.  The older kids left to go to parties with friends as Midnight approached.


The Teen and her friend nodded out in front of the television until our shouts of Happy New Year awakened them and they toasted in the New Year with a Sparkling Grape Juice.


I had brought along this bottle of Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore to ring in the New Year.  I did not bring any Champagne flutes so we made do with what we had.


This sparkling wine poured clear, bright, crisp and cold just like the first day of the New Year here in Michigan.  Made of 100% Glera grapes in the hills of Valdobbiadene this wine, like all Prosecco wines, is meant to be enjoyed young.  It is grown in morainic soil which is perfect as the area we were in when enjoying it was also formed during the ice age.

Michigan was once ocean and during the ice age land was formed by the glaciers. When the ice age ended our water was now fresh and potable.  However you can still see remnants of the ocean in our State stone, the Petoskey stone, which is fossilized coral and in the salt mines that used to be in operation.

At a price point of about $20 it was a wonderful wine to ring in 2020.  My friends in the Italian FWT group are going to be meeting up for Twitter Chat tomorrow, January 3, at 11 AM ET to talk about the Italian Wines they introduced to their family and friends at the urging of  Jeff of Food Wine Click.  You can learn more at his invitation post.

I hope you are able to join us for chat tomorrow morning.  We love welcoming and introducing new people into our group.  Here are the topics we will be discussing......

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Chinese Chicken Curry #FoodieExtravaganza

This Chicken Curry is not only absolutely delicious, it is ready in well less than half an hour.  You will never order take out again.


Welcome to the first Foodie Extravaganza of the New Year......
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