Sunday, May 19, 2019

Chicken ala King #OurFamilyTable

This fast, easy, creamy and delicious meal is perfect for weeknights.  Serve over rice, noodles, toast  or spoon into puff pastry shells for a complete, nutritious dinner.

The From Our Dinner Table Group are sharing recipes that start with Rotisserie Chicken.....

Saturday, May 18, 2019

A Sad Day for Us and the Weekly Menu

As you are reading this today, we are celebrating the life of a dear man.  Rodney was part of our dive family and he will be so terribly missed. Before he left us he gifted us with his wife, Dee, less than a short 3 years ago.  Dee was such a welcome addition to our family and made our friend so very happy.  We are so glad to enfold her in our loving embrace as the Lord enfolds Rodney in His.

Rodney's legacy as a kind, funny, generous and helpful person will live on forever in our hearts and in our continued relationship with Dee.  We will never again be together with our diving family without his presence being right there in the center of the gathering.

Fasolada #SoupSaturdaySwappers #FoodnFlix

This lemony, white bean, Greek soup is perfect as a starter or paired with a good rustic bread for a hearty lunch or light dinner option.

It's time for Soup Saturday Swappers.  My soup was inspired by the film, "Mamma Mia, Here We Go Again"........

Friday, May 17, 2019

A New Wine paired with an Old Favorite #FrenchWinophiles

This creamy, comforting chicken alfredo is made into a casserole for a delicious, make ahead meal that is sure to become a family favorite.

I served up this old favorite with a new wine for our #Winophiles group.  I can't wait to tell you all about this pairing......

Seafood Stuffed Cabbage Rolls #FishFridayFoodies

Imagine the delight on the faces of your family and friends when they bite into one of these cabbage rolls and discover a filling of succulent and tasty seafood.

Step on in and join the Fish Friday Foodies today........

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Calzone Bundt #BundtBakers

Pizza in a Bundt pan?  Yep this tasty Calzone is shaped into a roll, placed into a Bundt pan and baked to a golden brown with an ooey, gooey center for a fun dinner presentation.

Join the Bundt Bakers today as we explore the world of Savory Bundts........

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Thai Burger #FantasticalFoodFight

Ground pork, diced bacon and Thai flavorings combine to make this juicy, flavorful burger.  Top it with a spicy coleslaw mixture and you have a complete dinner.

We are having a Burger Showdown today over at Fantastical Food Fight and I think I may have this one in the bag!!!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Hibiscus Sweet Bread #BreadBakers

This delicious lemon sweet bread has a special swirl surprise of Hibsicus flowers.  It is perfect for breakfast, a snack or even dessert.

Join the Bread Bakers today as we share bread that includes flowers for this Springtime event.......

Monday, May 13, 2019

Chocolate Orange Shortbread #BakingBloggers

Tender shortbread cookies flavored with orange zest and juice, baked to perfection and dipped in lavender chocolate melts before being decorated with sprinkles. 

The Baking Bloggers are having a Tea Party and I'm bringing these delightful little cookies.......

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Salmon Salad with Fennel and Strawberries #OurFamilyTable

Pearl couscous, napa cabbage, and fennel tossed with a healthy and delicious  yogurt dressing, topped with roasted salmon and garnished with strawberries.  This is sure to become a summertime favorite.

Join the From Our Dinner Table Group as we share our favorite Summer Salads......

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Dammit!! These are some great wines from Williamette. #WinePW

I received two bottles of bio dynamic wines from King Estate for tasting purposes with my Wine Pairing Weekend Group.  As always, all opinions written are 100% my own.....or maybe my husband's but I will quote him LOL....

Jill of Tasting Pour is hosting this event.  I belong to three different groups that contain wine lovers, many of us belong to all three and have grown accustomed to working with each other.   For the past few month's all three groups, French Winophiles, Italian FWT, and this group have been exploring bio-dynamic wines. 

I believe this is the first event though where we are limiting the bio dynamic wines to a specific area in the USA.  It is no surprise that Jill chose Williamette Valley.  You can learn more from her Invitation post.

I had the pleasure, many, many years ago to visit Oregon.  My husband was attending a convention and I was lucky enough to accompany him on the trip.  One of the activities provided was a gorgeous dinner cruise down the Williamette River.  It was there that I learned the proper pronunciation of the river is Will-Yam-et.  Now my title might make a little more sense to you.

King Estate is located at the tip of the Williamette Valley.  They specialize in hand grown Pinot grapes from which they produce Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris that is always certified organic and much of which is certified bio-dynamic.  You can read their website to learn why this is so very important.

I'm going to concentrate on telling you what I thought about the taste of the wines that I was lucky enough to sample.

I served both of these wines up with Easter Dinner.  There were 15 of us enjoying dinner that day so there were other wines as well, but I made sure that these 2 wines accompanied my meal.

I poured the Pinot Gris to pair with my Caramelized Carrot Bisque that I served for the first course.  The wine pours a creamy white.  It has fruit on the nose and is acidic but well rounded with a medium fullness.  It paired very well with the bisque as well as the Spinach/Strawberry Salad that was served after the soup course.

The Pinot Noir was served up with the Entree which included Baked Ham, Roasted Rack of Lamb and Roasted Kielbasa along with all the trimmings.  The wine poured deeper in color than many Pinot Noir that I have tried.  I am a big Pinot Noir fan because it is so extremely food friendly and this bottle was no exception.   

Aged in French Oak barrels this wine is also a little heavier than others I have tried.  That made me very happy.  I could easily see this wine becoming my new go to bottle.  I have yet to try to seek out this wine in Michigan but I do belong to and they are available through them at, I think, a reasonable price for the quality of this wine.

You can find out what Bio-dynamic wines the others tried from this region by following the links below and by joining us for Twitter chat today at 11 AM ET following #WinePW.  See you there.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Aioan Chua Noeung Phset Kretni #EattheWorld

Enjoy the flavors of Cambodia with this Stir Fried Chicken with Mushrooms.

Join us as we Eat the World........

Missing our Moms and the Weekly Menu

It's hard to believe that another Mother's Day has come around without having our Moms here to celebrate.  I am sure they are playing pinochle and having a glass of wine while smiling down upon us.

They loved each other and they loved us.  There were always a lot of laughs and fun whenever we were all together.  Happy Heavenly Mother's Day to them both.  We miss you.......

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Dill Pickle Compound Butter #ImprovCookingChallenge

This combination of butter and dill relish is perfect for shmearing on a bagel with tuna salad, topping a grilled chicken breast or enfolded in ground beef for an amazing butter burger.

I am joining in the Improv Cooking Challenge to see who creates the best recipe containing Butter and Pickles......

Monday, May 6, 2019

More Cayman Brac Memories and a Taco Salad

Good Monday Morning.  I got all my laundry caught up and my groceries bought yesterday after my week long vacation while Frank mowed down the jungle that was our yard before the rains come back today.

We did find time to relax in the evening and celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Taco Salad and Margaritas for dinner.

All your favorite taco flavors combined into a Salad.  Seasoned ground beef, romaine lettuce, black beans, tomatoes, avocados, and cheese all topped with a sour cream dressing.  Delicious!

This salad is easy to make and is perfect for a main course meal or you can double the recipe and bring it along to your summer pot lucks to feed a crowd.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

A couple of days in Cayman Brac and The Weekly Menu

We had an absolutely awesome time at Cayman Brac Beach Resort.  Six luxurious days of diving, relaxation, and pampering.  The staff was excellent, the food amazing and the diving superb.

We missed many members of our usual group who could not be with us this trip.  Rob and Linda, Sherry and Brad, Rodney and Dee.....all of whom were with us in spirit, especially Rodney as he fights his health battle and Dee as she struggles along with him as his caregiver.

Korean Chicken Skewers #OurFamilyTable

These deliciously spicy chicken skewers are sure to be appreciated by all the men in your life on this Father's Day or any day that you want a quick easy dinner that will impress and be loved.

We are getting ready for a #FantasticFathersDay .........

Friday, May 3, 2019

Mexican Casserole #CincodeMayo

I love making meals from planned leftovers.  In this delicious casserole your Sunday Roast Chicken is turned into the perfect meal for Mexican Monday, Taco Tuesday or, in this case, Cinco de Mayo.

Join in the fun as we share recipes to help you celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style......

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Horiatki Salata (Greek Village Salad) #NationalSaladMonth

This wonderful, flavorful salad is hearty enough to serve as a light lunch or perfect as a first course or side to a Greek inspired dinner.

Welcome to National Salad Month.......

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Time to Relax and Rejuvenate #SipbySip

This post was sponsored by Republic of Tea who provided me with two samples for the purposes of this post.  All opinions and writings are strictly my own.

Easy to make and beautiful to present, these open faced cucumber sandwiches are perfect to serve at your next tea party.

Please join us at our virtual #SipbySip tea party today......

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Mama Mia!! Here we go again! #FoodnFlix Invitation Post

This title is a double entendre today.  As I write this post we are on a flight to Cayman Brac for a scuba diving trip.  Regular readers know that we try to get in one or two dive trips each year.  I am waaaaay due for some down time and am really looking forward to this vacation.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again [Blu-ray]

But I am also hosting May's edition of FoodnFlix and have chosen the film Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again for us to watch and to be inspired by......

Friday, April 26, 2019

Cherry Sops Ice Cream Shortcake inspired by The Chef's Secret

Tart cherries cooked in butter and wine until it turns into syrupy goodness.  This recipe can be used as a topping for toast or, as I served it, over ice cream shortcake.

This recipe is based on one found in the Chef's Secret Cookbook written in conjunction with the novel, The Chef's Secret by Crystal King.

Vegetable Sushi and a Book Review #LitHappens

Our Lit Happens pick for this month is The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende. Lit Happens is a Facebook Book Club started by Cam of Culinary Adventures of Camilla.  Members read the same book each month and then have an online discussion about it.

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Come on in and learn more about this fun book club and how to join us.......

Monday, April 22, 2019

Quick Pickled Vegetables #EarthDayRecipes

Ready in just minutes this delicious side dish is perfect for serving with Asian food or a Summer BBQ.

Today is Earth Day, please join us as we celebrate with dishes that feature vegetables and sustainable foods......

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Caramelized Carrot Bisque #SoupSaturdaySwappers

Tender carrots caramelized with onions, garlic and ginger, pureed to a flavorful soup that is perfect for your first course on Easter Sunday.

Welcome to Soup Saturday Swappers.......

Friday, April 19, 2019

Chardonnay? White Burgundy? Chablis!!! #FrenchWinophiles

You're in a restaurant looking at the wine list.  You have decided to have seafood and would now like a bottle of wine that would pair well.  Under the list of white wines you see Chardonnay, White Burgundy and Chablis.  Which do you choose to pair with the seafood?

Would you be surprised if I told you that they are all the same wine?  They may taste a little different because of the terroir in which they are grown or the method used in making the wine but they all are made of 100% Chardonnay grapes.

Fish and Tots #FishFridayFoodies

This easy dish is adaptable to any fish that you want to use.  I used Michigan Walleye or Pickerel as it is sometimes called.

This recipe was shared by our Parish Priest in one of our weekly bulletins.  I think that makes it perfect for Good Friday or anytime you want a quick, easy and delicious casserole.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Candied Jalapeno Cheese Ball #FantasticalFoodFight

Four different types of cheese blended with candied jalapenos and coated with crispy panko bread crumbs.

Perfect to serve up for #NationalCheeseballDay.......

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Slow Cooker Mexican Breakfast Casserole #OurFamilyTable

Layers of potatoes, cheese, Chorizo and vegetables covered with custard and baked in a slow cooker makes this perfect to serve up after church on Mother's Day.

This easy and tasty casserole takes only minutes to prepare and put in the crock pot.  Then you can leave, pick Mom up for church and when you come home brunch is ready to be served.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Wine to Celebrate Earth Day #WinePW

Earth Day is April 22nd and is celebrated in more than 193 Countries in the World.  The purpose of Earth Day is to raise awareness and gratitude for the resources provided us by nature and environment.

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Some things that you can do to protect the earth and the environment are easily adapted to your every day living.  Carry reusable bags in your car for shopping trips. Purchase a steel straw that you can put in your purse to use when eating out.  Use natural fertilizers instead of chemicals.  Buy local and organic whenever possible.  And, if you are a wine lover, as we are start learning about and buying bio-dynamic wines.  

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam #ImprovCookingChallenge

Celebrate Spring by making this small batch Strawberry Rhubarb jam that will be perfect to serve at your Easter or Mother's Day Brunch.

We are sharing Strawberry/Rhubarb recipes today with the crew from Improv Cooking Challenge.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Veggie Enchiladas #EattheWorld

Flour tortillas filled with delicious vegetables, rolled and smothered in cheese.  The perfect way to enjoy a Meatless Mexican Monday or for the final Friday's of Lent.

Stop in and learn why I'm feeling confident enough to share this not very authentic enchilada recipe as we visit Mexico in our Eat the World group.....

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Michigan 4 Berry Pie #FoodnFlix

There is a pie company in my small town of Michigan that is owned by the Achatz family.  The Achatz family has a long history of restaurateurs, cooks and catering.  They are popular family diners throughout St. Clair County, Michigan where I live.  Grant Achatz Sr., one of 11 siblings, is known as the pie man.

There are Achatz pie companies throughout the neighboring counties now and  they are available to be shipped Nationwide.  Their most popular pie is the Crumb Michigan Four Berry Pie.  They offer free shipping.  The cost of one pie is $49.00.  They sell a ton of them.

This is my version of that pie.  Fresh frozen tart cherries from my daughter's tree, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries combine to make the perfect summer treat.

I was inspired to make this pie after watching the documentary "Spinning Plates" for this month's FoodnFlix event.......

Monday, April 8, 2019

Spring Vegetable Gratin #BakingBloggers

This rich, creamy and wonderful gratin is hearty enough to serve as a Meatless Monday meal for 4 people.  I chose to serve it up with Lemon Chicken and easily served 6.

We are celebrating Spring Vegetables with Baking Bloggers today........

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Egg and Smoked Salmon Salad #OurFamilyTable

This delicious egg salad has a pleasant surprise with the addition of mesquite smoked salmon.  Perfect to set out as a spread for crackers as an appetizer or on a croissant for lunch.

We are sharing Egg-straordinary Egg Salads today with Our Dinner Table Group........

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Oven Roasted Salmon with Tarragon Tartar Sauce paired with a Sicilian Grillo #ItalianFWT

This oven roasted salmon couldn't be easier to prepare or more delicious to serve.  Tatar Sauce seasoned with  fresh tarragon adds to the flavor profile.  I served this dish for a dinner party paired with a white wine from Sicily.  Perfect.

Our Italian FWT group visited the Islands of Italy this month.  Come see what we discovered.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Heading towards Holy Week and the Weekly Menu

The 40 Days of Lent are coming to a close.  Soon we will be celebrating our Lord's resurrection and conquest over death.

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Tonight is our second to last Fish Fry.  We have one more next Friday and then we start preparing in earnest for the coming of our Lord.
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