Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Cab Franc around the World Invitation Post #WinePW

We will be celebrating #CabFrancDay on December 4th where we feature Cab Franc as a stand alone grape instead of a blending grape.  I thought I would continue the theme throughout the month and  decided to invite the Wine Pairing Weekend Group to join me in sharing the food pairings that we have discovered that pair well with this lovely wine.

I am showcasing a wine from our very own, Lori of Dracaena Wines.  So go out, grab a bottle of Cab Franc and meet up with us on Twitter Chat on December 12th at 11 AM ET following #WinePW.  We love when visitors pop in and tell us all about their experiences with our topic.

If participating with a blog post please stop by the event page and post your information.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Butterscotch Pear and Cranberry Pecan Bread Pudding #FamilyBakingChallenge

Melissa's Produce is hosting a Family Baking Challenge for the next six weeks.  It is an opportunity for families to bake together and be entered into a drawing with a chance of winning some great prize packages. 

Heather of Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks  arranged for 12 of us to receive fresh produce from Melissa's to use in this challenge.  There was also a bag of King Arthur organic flour in the box.  I have worked with products from both of these sponsors in the past and have always been pleased with the results.  I received no monetary compensation for this post and all writings and opinions are strictly my own.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Caesar Cole Slaw #SundayFunday

 This fun spin on a Caesar Salad is a great side or starter for your holiday parties.  

It's Sunday Funday and we are celebrating That Holiday Feeling.............

Saturday, November 21, 2020

The Weekly Menu including Thanksgiving Dinner

Well....many of us might have to dig deep to find things for which to be grateful for at Thanksgiving in this 2020 world.

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It is hard not to get the doldrums and I have been having my fair share of the blues.  So today and each day up to Thanksgiving Day I am going to think of 5 things for which I am grateful this year.

Puree of Celery Root Soup #SoupSaturdaySwappers

This creamy, comforting soup is perfect on those blustery cold days.  It goes together quickly and easily and makes a great lunch or light dinner served with a salad and some crusty bread.

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

Friday, November 20, 2020

Hot Chocolate and Halva Pudding paired with Lion De Tanesse L'Amour #CakeSliceBakers #Winophiles

This delicious, chocolatey, gooey cake is so amazing.  Paired with a glass of Sweet Bordeaux it was exactly the kind of comfort I needed as the holidays approach during this ongoing pandemic.

Join me as The Cake Slice Bakers collides with the French Winophiles..........

Crispy Bacon and Brussels Sprouts Salad with Seared Scallops #FishFridayFoodies

This elegant dish is perfect as a starter for your holiday meal or even as the meal itself if you serve full size portions.  Crisp bacon, sauteed with shredded brussels sprouts until tender and then topped with lovely seared scallops.

We are serving up Fish for Thanksgiving this month with our Fish Friday Foodies Group......

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Peanut Butter, Nutella and Banana Bundt #BundtBakers

This cake is loaded with nutty flavors.  Delicious banana cake flavored with both peanuts and hazelnuts.  

I served this up as a Birthday Cake for my neighbor........

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Cranberry Rice Pilaf #CranberryWeek

This Cranberry Rice Pilaf is full of Fall flavors and the perfect side dish for your Holiday table this year.

We are celebrating Cranberries this week with the Festive Foodies crew.....

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Cranberry Pecan Sourdough Bread #CranberryWeek

 This bread takes a long time to make.  It needs to rest for an hour, rise overnight and then rise for another hour or two after forming into a loaf and before baking.  I was thinking it was hardly worth the trouble and then I put it in the oven.....and the smells coming from the kitchen got my stomach to a rumbling. It needs to rest for another hour before you can slice it.  I had to force myself to wait.  Just look how gorgeous this loaf is........

Let me tell you, this bread is definitely worth the wait.  Tender, airy bread chock full of dried cranberries and toasted pecans.  Spread on a schmear of butter, take a bite, and you will know that it was time well spent.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Instant Pot Butter Beans and Sausage #FoodnFlix #MultiCookerMonday

This quick and easy main course dish uses butter beans and smoked sausage.  No need to soak or parboil the beans, the instant pot ensures fully cooked, soft and creamy beans.

I was inspired to make this meal after watching the film, Knives Out........

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Seared Scallops and Spaghetti Squash and the Weekly Menu #SundayFunday

Beautifully seared Scallops atop a wonderful heap of Spaghetti Squash makes for a delicious, healthy and carb free comfort meal.

We are celebrating Squash today with our Sunday Funday Group......

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Let's Celebrate Thanksgiving by Eating and Drinking Locally #WinePW

 Our WinePW group is sharing our thoughts on wine from Under the Radar Regions this month.  I live in Michigan and we have a lot of wineries on the west side of our state.  However, when people think about Michigan they think about lakes, sand dunes, fall colors, boating, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, skating, etc.  We have all of those wonderful things but we also have wine, whiskey and beer.

Friday, November 13, 2020

Pecan Pie Cookies #ChristmasCookies

Disclosure:  I received sponsor products to use in the creation of these recipes.  I did not receive any monetary compensation.  All opinions are my own. 

These delicious, tender cookies are like popping a tiny pecan pie into your mouth.  They are sure to be a hit on your Holiday Cookie Tray this year.

Today is the final day of Christmas Cookie Week.......

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Paprika Oil #ImprovCookingChallenge

 This delicious and easy soup is a wonderful first course for your Holiday dinners.  The combination of cauliflower and pear is seasonal and delicious.  The paprika oil drizzle adds a splash of color and flavor.

We are making recipes with Cauliflower and Paprika for this month's Improv Cooking Challenge.....

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Almond Shortbread Bites #ChristmasCookies

 Disclosure:  I received sponsor products to use in the creation of these recipes.  I did not receive any monetary compensation.  All opinions are my own. 

These tender little shortbread bites are flavored with almond extract and made festive with the addition of red and green sprinkles.

We are celebrating Christmas Cookie Week........

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Banana Fritters #EattheWorld

 These Banana Fritters are a wonderful breakfast, snack or even dessert.  A different way to use up some of those overripe bananas on your counter.

We are traveling to Jamaica today with the Eat The World group.......

Taco Tuesday Calzone #BreadBakers

 Celebrate your next Taco Tuesday with these fun and easy Taco Calzones.  Your family will thank you.

We are making Stuffed Breads today with the folks over at Bread Bakers........

Monday, November 9, 2020

Peppermint Patty Cookies #ChristmasCookies

Disclosure:  I received sponsor products to use in the creation of these recipes.  I did not receive any monetary compensation.  All opinions are my own. 

These delicious and easy Peppermint Patty Cookies start off with a box of chocolate cake mix and are topped with a Junior Mint before being baked.

This is my first recipe as we kick off Christmas Cookie Week.........

Sourdough Rolls #BakingBloggers

This recipe uses both yeast and sourdough starter creating light, fluffy dinner rolls with that classic sourdough taste.

The Baking Bloggers are sharing Yeast Breads today........

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Cheddar Horseradish Dip #SundayFunday

Sharp Cheddar, Cream Cheese and Horseradish Sauce combine to make a wonderful tongue tingling treat to enjoy while awaiting your Holiday Feast.

We are sharing Holiday Nibbles with our Sunday Funday Group today........

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Primitivo: Old World vs New World #ItalianFWT

Are you familiar with Primitivo?  We used to believe that Primitivo was made with the Zinfandel grape but Wine Spectator reports that, while closely related, Primitivo and Zinfandel are actually both clones of a Croation grape called Crljenak.

I would have never learned this had our Italian Food Wine Travel group not chosen to delve into the world of Primitivo this month......

Friday, November 6, 2020

Apple and Kohlrabi Slaw #HolidaySides

 This sweet and slightly spicy salad is a great addition to your Holiday Table.  The crunch of the sweet apples combined with the spicy bite of the kohlrabi wrapped up in a creamy dressing pairs wonderfully with roasted poultry.

Today is the final day of the Holiday Sides event........

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Mushroom and Boursin Cheese Omelet because Paris Never Leaves You

 I won a book in a raffle offered by The Book Club Cookbook last month.   I love this group, they offer numerous giveaways each month of many different genre of books.  Historical fiction is one of my genres of choice so each month I enter and quite often I get sent a copy of the book they are profiling.

This time I wond Paris Never Leaves You by Ellen Feldman.......

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Gluten Free Gingery Peanut Pasta #FoodieExtravaganza

 An easy Thai inspired dish that is perfect for a quick Meatless Monday meal using ingredients you probably have on hand.

  The members of Foodie Extravaganza are celebrating National Peanut Butter Month......

Maple Glazed Delicata Squash #HolidaySides

This easy and delicious squash makes the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving or any Fall Comfort Meal.  No need to peel the squash, roast it until nice and crisp and the skin adds to the wonderful flavor and texture of this dish.

Today is the second day of the Holiday Side Dish Event.....

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Crimson Lake Spiked Coffee #FoodiesRead

The Teen got me a book as one of my birthday gifts.  She knows how much I love to read and she thought that this book sounded like I would enjoy it.

Monday, November 2, 2020

Sweet Potato Salad #HolidaySides

This wonderful salad of roasted sweet potatoes, red onion and feta cheese is the perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving turkey this year. 

We are sharing Holiday Sides this Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Just in time for your Holiday Meal Planning......

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Pecan Crusted Pork Chops with Apples #OurFamilyTable

Bone in Pork Chops, browned and then covered with a lovely pecan crust before being baked to tender perfection.

The From Our Dinner Table Group are celebrating National Pecan Month.......

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Please join me for Knives Out #FoodnFlix



I'm excited to be hosting FoodnFlix for the month of November.  FoodnFlix is a fun little group that gets together each month and watches the same movie at their leisure.  Once we watch, we create a dish that was inspired by the chosen film.

Friday, October 30, 2020

Have a Hauntingly Bootiful Weekend; Here's the Weekly Menu

We celebrated our Halloween earlier this week with a Pirate Bite Food and Wine Pairing Dinner.   It was a great time with good friends. 

I won't be serving anything quite this fancy for dinner this week but I do have some fun meals to share with you.....

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Enjoying the last Grilled Steaks of the Season with a Glass of Duckhorn Merlot #MerlotMe

 Hard to believe that October is already over.  Soon we will be going into a New Year.  God willing it will be a year with less turmoil, strife and devestation than 2020.  

Not that there haven't been any bright spots in 2020, but in this household most of those bright spots were born of mishaps.  My husband is alive, walking and expecting a full recovery after a very serious accident.  That is a great miracle.  An even greater miracle is that our Angel Face who was with him in the accident didn't suffer a scratch.

Our children are all back to work and doing well financially after having been displaced during the onset of the pandemic.  The Teen is doing well in school this year albeit distance learning.  And while some of my family and friends contracted COVID19, I didn't lose anyone to it.  We did, however, lose several friends and family members who passed away for various reasons.

Good things happened as a result of the qaurantining too.  We spent a lot of time working around the yard, enlarging our deck and adding a patio.  This meant when the world reopened we were able to easily social distance and spend time with family and friends. 

I also got a lot of reading in, I built some puzzles and I spent a wonderful summer in the pool.  We went on lots of hikes in the spring and are back to hiking again now that the weather has cooled and the mosquitos have disappeared.  And we grilled.....

This month was spent celebrating #MerlotMe.  That is sure to brighten up anyone's life.  I was given several bottles for tasting purposes from various wineries and have been writing about my tastings all month long. 

This last tasting is a Merlot from Duckhorn.  We opened this bottle on an Indian Summer day when we were grilling up some steaks.  I had saved this bottle just for an evening like this, when Frank and I had a night alone and were able to relax and catch up over a nice dinner and a nice bottle of wine.  

I'm very familiar with Duckhorn wine and love their product.  While I did get this bottle as a sponsor gift and I appreciate it very much, all opinions are 100% true and my own.  I purchase their Decoy quite often for an everyday wine and have purchased the Duckhorn when having dinner parties and want to serve something special.  

I hope you have enjoyed celebrating #MerlotMe with me this month.  I have enjoyed sharing my tastings with you.  If you missed any of them you can find them at Wooohoooo It's #MerlotMe month and Good Friends, Good Food, Good Wine, Good Times x 5.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Arrrrgh Matey....It's a Pirate Bite Wine and Food Pairing

We had such a great time last night with our friends Bob and Cathy.  If you are regular readers you might remember that Bob and Cathy live in Houghton Lake about a 3 hour drive north of us.  We join them several times a year for wine and food pairing dinners held at Springbrook Inn in the neighboring town of Prudenville.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Savory Zucchini Muffins #MuffinMonday

These savory muffins are chock full of zucchini, cheese and flecks of oregano.  They are a perfect pairing for whatever is being served for dinner.

Welcome to Muffin Monday.......

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Classic Glorified Chicken #OurFamilyTable

 This dish immediately transported me back to my childhood.  It is easy and delicious. Chicken pieces, drizzled in butter and baked, topped with cream of mushroom soup and baked a little longer until you have tender, juicy chicken and a wonderful gravy for your mashed potatoes.

We are sharing Vintage Recipes today over with the From Our Dinner Table Group......

Saturday, October 24, 2020

The Weekly Menu leading up to All Hallows Eve

October is coming to a close.  Next Saturday we will be celebrating Halloween COVID19 style.  It won't be too different for us.  We live in the country and never get any beggars to our house.

Courtesy of Google Images.

Slow Cooker Chicken Chili #ChiliCookOff

This chicken chili chock full of southwestern flavors is easy as can be.  Just place everything into your slow cooker and walk away.  When you are ready for dinner it takes only a moment to cut up the chicken and add the creamy cheesy surprise that makes this dish so amazing.

The Festive Foodies are having a Chili Cook Off today.......

Friday, October 23, 2020

Palacsinta and a Book Review #FoodiesRead

Tender pancakes made in the Hungarian fashion of adding carbonated water as the liquid, rolled and topped wtih fresh berries and powdered sugar.

These Hungarian Crepes called Palacsinta were inspired by the novel The Dutch House by Ann Patchett.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Good Friends, Good Food, Good Wine, Good Times x 5 = an amazing #MerlotMe Month

Disclosure:  I received samples of wines with which to celebrate #MerlotMe.  All thoughts and opinions are strictly my own.  I received no monetary compensation for this post.

October is the month dedicated bringing awareness to the often misunderstood and maligned Merlot wine.  Merlot is a noble grape that unfortunately became so popular that mass production became more important than quality.  

This, along with a movie called "Sideways",  created a situation where consumers were hesitant to buy Merlot.  The wine industry, recognizing the error of their ways, set about to rectify the problem.  They have been extremely successful.  

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Cinnamon Apple Scones inspired by The Secret, Book and Scone Society #CooktheBooks

Flaky dough studded with apples and flavored with cinnamon, these fresh apple scones are a delicious way to start the day.

I was inspired to make these scones after reading our Cook the Books Selection for this period......

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Malted Chocolate Cake with Baileys Irish Cream Ganache #CakeSliceBakers

This cake is very deceiving with it's look of elegance.  It goes together very quickly and is just as rich and decadent as it looks.  

It is my selection for this month's edition of The Cake Slice Bakers......

Monday, October 19, 2020

Air Fryer Roasted Broccoli #MultiCookerMonday

The next time you are looking for a vegetable side but are tired of the same old steamed veggies and didn't leave enough time to roast your veggies, turn to the air fryer.  This broccoli was roasted in the same amount of time it would have taken to steam them.   So very delicious.

It's time for Multi-Cooker Monday.....

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Frank is back to teaching and the Weekly Menu

Howdy Folks.  Good news around here.  Frank continues to heal up beautifully, in fact he is feeling so well that he is giving a CPL class Sunday.  Not bad when you consider only 2 months ago we weren't sure he was going to live or ever walk again.

Marissa's uncle Mark's father passed away last week. Friday night we stopped  by to celebrate his life before heading over to Amy's to celebrate her birhday.

Here are the Teen and the Angel Face serenading Amy for her birthday.  It was a fun evening with tons of love filling the house.  Amy brings out the best in everyone she meets.

Yesterday spent getting ready for the class  so we threw hot dogs on the grill, opened a can of baked beans and made a blue box of mac and cheese.  The Teen was in heaven!!

As always, we are serving breakfast and lunch to Frank's students today.  Afterwards, we will grab dinner out before we head over  to John and Kirsten's for a visit.  Their son Mike and his wife, Amy who blogs over at Amy's Cooking Adventures, came into town for a Wedding.  I always look forward to seeing them when they are here.

The rest of the week is pretty quiet so I will be sharing some more #MerlotMe posts sharing the wines I received and the recipes I made.  Stop by and hang out for a while.

Hot Dogs
Baked Beans 
Mac and Cheese

Sunday-CPL class
Apple Cinnamon Scones
Yogurt bar with granola and berries

Chicken Chili
Zuchinni Cheddar Muffins
Malted Chocolate Cake with Bailey's Irish Cream Ganache

Dessert at John and Kirsten's.

Meatless Monday
Poached Eggs on Toast

Taco Tuesday
Taco Pasta Skillet

Grilled Steaks
Potato Planks
Steamed Green and Yellow Beans

Meatballs in Mushroom Gravy
Mashed Potatoes

Fish Friday
Roasted Salmon with Orange Butter Glaze
Vegetable Rice Pilaf

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Bloody Night Soup (Roasted Beet Soup) #SoupSaturdaySwappers

 This soup made with roasted beets is not only delicious it is also a great Spooky Soup to warm you up on a chilly Halloween night....

We are sharing Spooky Soups to celebrate Halloween with the Soup Saturday Swappers.......

Friday, October 16, 2020

Bourride served with a Chardonnay from Jura #FishFridayFoodies #Winophiles

 Fall weather always makes me crave comfort foods.  Unfortunately, for me, that brings to mind rich, hearty soups and stews as well as pot roasts and pasta dishes.  Delicous but not necessarily healthy.  This Fish Stew soothed me and settled that craving.  Delicious and Healthy.  That is a big win!!

Fish Friday Foodies are serving up comfort food today.  I paired this lovely fish stew with a bottle of wine from Jura to include the French Winophiles group as well........

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Chocolate Pumpkin Bundt #BundtBakers #Choctoberfest

 Chocolate, pumpkin and warm fall spices combine to make a wonderful seasonal dessert.

Join me today as Bundt Baker collides with Choctoberfest.......

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Copy-Cat Cheesecake Factory Brown Bread #BreadBakers #Choctoberfest

I haven't been to a Cheesecake Factory in years.  I think the last time may have been when we took an impromptu trip to Chicago probably 8 years ago now.  Frank loves going to the Cheesecake Factory.  I think it's a fun place to visit but I am overwhelmed by the menu that is pages upon pages upon pages.  Too many choices gives me anxiety. That's why I'm happy that they place a loaf of this bread on the table to soothe you while you peruse that booklet.

Welcome to Bread Bakers which is colliding with Choctoberfest for me this month.......

Monday, October 12, 2020

Daube de Boeuf À la Gasconne to Welcome you to #Choctoberfest

 This rich and delectable beef and root vegetable stew is slow braised in wine and then finished off with dark chocolate before serving over a pile of mashed potatoes.  What a perfect fall comfort meal!!

It is my first recipe that I will be sharing this week as we celebrate a fun event that we call Choctoberfest!!

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