Saturday, February 23, 2019

Let the Good Times Roll and the Weekly Menu

Last night we hosted a Mardi Gras get together at the house.  It was a great time starting with Hurricanes and ending with Beignets.

You can't have a Mardi Gras Celebration without Hurricanes.  These sweet fruity drinks with plenty of rum are an iconic New Orleans cocktail.



Step in as I share details of the party, our upcoming week, a Hurricane recipe and the Weekly Menu......

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Individual Nutella Swirl Pound Cakes #BundtBakers

Tender, moist pound cake with a swirl of chocolate hazelnut spread.  These individual sized little Bundts are perfect as a surprise treat in the lunch box.


It is time for Bundt Bakers. Won't you join me?.......

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Ritzy Kisses #FantasticalFoodFight

Have an extra 10 minutes? Surprise your family with these easy peasy morsels of chocolate mint goodness......


It's time for the Fantastical Food Fight.......

Monday, February 18, 2019

Please join us as we discover Cabernet Franc Around the World for #WinePW

Cabernet Franc used to be best known for blending with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec to become a Bordeaux, one of the most beloved wines in the world.

image from Wine Folly found on Google Images


Lately, though this black grape is becoming a star all of it's own.  The Medieval town of Chinon in France's Loire Valley has always used Cab Franc as their main varietal yet, depending on the soil and area in which it is grown (the terroir) Chinon wines can be very different from each other.

Tech Sheet from Draceana Wines found on Google Images.


Here on this side of the globe, Cab Franc is becoming more popular and thrives in California.  In fact, one of our members of this group, Lori, owns Draceana Wines in California that specializes in Cabernet Franc.  Unfortunately, I am unable to purchase her wines here in Michigan but can't wait to try it the next time I am out west.

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Photo from Google Images

Not to despair though, as Cab Francs become more popular they are getting easier to find wherever you live.   Now is the time to purchase too before everyone discovers them and the demand gets large.  Cab Francs are full bodied and fruity.  They are wonderfully tanic but not so much as to not be enjoyable on it's own and they age beautifully.  That means if you purchase now, while demand is low and price is reasonable you can place them in your cellar and in 10 years have a very dear and expensive bottle in your collection that you can open to enjoy.


I enjoyed this bottle of Cab Franc from South Africa in 2016 when this group last visited this varietal.  I loved it and it has stuck in my mind, hence my choosing this theme for this month's event.

I have asked my fellow bloggers at Wine Pairing Weekend to join me in exploring Cabernet Franc Around the World this month.  We will be getting together to discuss the wines we tasted and the pairings we made on March 9th at 11 AM ET following #winepw.  We would love to have you join us.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Crock-Pot Spinach and Chicken Lasagna #OurFamilyTable

Though not beautiful, this creamy lasagna cooked up in a slow cooker using leftover chicken is amazingly delicious and super easy.


Join the members of From Our Dinner Table as we share Slow Cooker Recipes.....


Saturday, February 16, 2019

Dreaming of Provence with a Rabbit Lasagna and a Clos Cibbone #Winophiles

Tender layers of noodles, rabbit and mushroom ragout, and a brie and truffle bechamel sauce....you will swear that you are in Heaven....or at least Provence.


I made this amazing dinner to pair with a Provencal wine after reading A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle for our French Winophiles group.

Pappa al Pomodoro #SoupSaturdaySwappers

This hearty tomato and bread soup is a filling meal all by itself.  Pair it with a salad and dinner is served.


Please join the Soup Saturday Swappers crew as we share Italian Soups today........

Friday, February 15, 2019

Korks and Kisses and the Weekly Menu

Last Sunday we attended a Wine Tasting Dinner with our good friends, Bob and Cathy, who live in Houghton Lake.


It was a wonderful time and I can't wait to share it with you......

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Pasta with Wine Herb Sauce #ImprovCookingChallenge

This quick and easy dish is perfect for those days when you walk into the house starving after a long day without any idea of what you are making for dinner.


I'm taking part in the Improv Cooking Challenge......

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Navajo Tacos and a Book Review

Indian Fry Bread topped with seasoned ground meat and beans, topped with cheese, shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes.


I was inspired to make this dish after reading Indian Killer by Sherman Alexie for our Lit Happens Book Club.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Adjaruli Khachapuri #BreadBakers

This amazing bread is filled with two different kinds of cheese and then topped with a delicious runny egg.


I made this to share this month with the #BreadBakers, come on in.......

Monday, February 11, 2019

Crempogen (Milk Pancakes)

These Welsh pancakes are light, fluffy, tender and delicious.  I topped mine with butter and pure maple syrup but you can use your favorite toppings and serve them for breakfast, a snack or dessert.


Join the Baking Bloggers we they celebrate British Baking......

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Venison Shepherd's Pie #EattheWorld

This casserole made with ground meat and vegetables topped with cheddar laced mashed potatoes is a classic comfort food from our friends across the pond......


Join us as we travel to England to Eat the World.........

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Food and Wine of Uruguay; Chivito Sandwiches paired with Garzon Cab Franc #WinePW

OH MY YUM!!!  This sandwich may be the best thing I have made this month!!

Crisp bacon, thinly sliced ham, tender filet mignon cutlets seared to perfection, piled high on ciabatta bread, dressed with lettuce and tomato and topped with a perfectly cooked sunny side up egg.......


This sandwich called the Chivito paired wonderfully with a Cab Franc from the same Country.  Join us over at the Wine Pairing Weekend group as we visit Uruguay.....

Friday, February 8, 2019

Lobster Thermidor #FishFridayFoodies

Tender, sweet chunks of lobster tossed in a rich, creamy sauce, placed back into the tail, covered with a delicious, crisp, panko and parmesan crust and broiled to a gorgeous golden brown.  Your Valentine will be thrilled.....


This recipe and others we are sharing today on Fish Friday Foodie are "Quite the Catch" and perfect for a romantic dinner with your Valentine.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Let's get ready for the weekend and our Weekly Menu for next week.

Today is our daughter, Nicole's birthday.  We aren't going to be able to see her today but we will be catching up with her later in the month. They aren't available this weekend because they will be selling their wonderful Petoskey and Pine products at a local craft show.


But we will be planning a family dinner soon and I will let her choose all her favorite foods........

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Potato Chips in an Air Fryer #FoodieExtravaganza

Crisp, delicious potato chips made with just a touch of heart healthy olive oil and air fried to a golden brown.


Join the Foodie Extravaganza folks as we celebrate potatoes this month.........

Monday, February 4, 2019

Cheers!! It's Chinese New Year #CooktheBooks #FoodnFlix

This quintessential celebratory cocktail, the Singapore Sling, is the perfect way to kick off Chinese New Year.


This cocktail was inspired by the book and movie Crazy Rich Asians, both of which are another perfect way to celebrate Chinese New Year.........


Sunday, February 3, 2019

Sweet Potato Gnocchi #OurFamilyTable

Light, fluffy dumplings of Sweet Potato and Ricotta Cheese covered in a savory Browned Butter Sage Sauce.


It's all about potatoes today with the From Our Dinner Table team........


Saturday, February 2, 2019

A Quick and Simple Weeknight Meal and the Weekly Menu

And just like that, it is February.  Tomorrow starts the week long celebration of the Lunar New Year, known also as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival.

Let's kick off the celebration with Dan Dan Pork, an Asian flavored ragu that is served over noodles.  In our house we call it, Chinese Spaghetti.


This quick and easy dish is perfect to enjoy during midweek.  I thought I would share it with you today and you could plan it for dinner on Tuesday, February 5th, when we celebrate the Year of the Pig.......

Friday, February 1, 2019

Peppermint Bark Hot Cocoa #WarmUpDrinks

Smooth, creamy, rich and decadent...this hot cocoa flavored with Peppermint Bark candy is like dessert in a cup.


Join us as we share Winter Warm Up Drinks............................
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