Friday, July 3, 2020

Weekly Menu including the Holiday Weekend.....

We will soon be celebrating Independence Day.  2020 has been a terrible year thus far for the USA.  We could have used some parades and patriotic gatherings.  They will be few and far between and those gatherings that are being held are spurring more strife and division amongst our Nation.  If this is what making America great again looks like.....please time travel me back to when some people thought it wasn't great and needed to change.

We are living in a time when our Governing Bodies are either supporting "peaceful protests" where our police officers are targeted for murder or "Armed Militant Protestors" have been described as "fine upstanding citizens" who just felt the need to storm a state capitol armed to the teeth and scream profanities and hurl accusations at the officers assigned to keep the peace.

Only 7% of police officers would recommend this job in today's world.  What are we going to do when there are no police officers?  We are going to call in the military and all of our rights as we have come to know them will be gone. It is a scary scary time with such great division between our political parties that there is no longer any middle ground.

As for me, I am holding out much hope that our country is strong enough to survive this and that one day soon we will all again unite to be one, undivided country who puts our fellow man's needs first, respects one another and values the diversity and differences that make the country so strong and proud.  We need to come together in the middle and let those on the far left and far right slink away into the darkness.

However you choose to celebrate this holiday, I pray for your health and safety.  If you are here in Michigan, where we expect severe temps all weekend, stay hydrated and cool.  I think we'll be spending a quiet weekend in the pool.  Sunday we are going to see Aunt Irene, she said she is hungry for tacos so we'll be taking the fixings over to have dinner with her.

My Weekly Menu from last week was a complete bust because we had a lot of leftovers from the Teen's birthday party to use up.  I did make some fun Leftover Hamburger Tacos for Tuesday but didn't make the puffy taco shells.

So this week's menu contains many of the items I had bought for last week's menu.  Please stop by each day as I share photos and recipes.  Until we meet again stay safe and have a Happy July 4th.

Peach Glazed Chicken Wings
Macaroni Salad
Cole Slaw

Sunday (Aunt Irene's)
Mexican Rice
Refried Beans
Strawberry Rhubarb Bundt Cake

Meatless Monday
Zuchinni Soup
Caprese Pannini

Taco Tuesday
Mexican Shrimp Casserole

Wednesday (Brinner)
Grilled Breakfast Pizza

Zucchini Chips

Fish Friday
Bay Scallop Scampi over pasta
Tossed Greens Salad

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Char Sui Pork #CooktheBooks

This tender pork tenderloin is first marinated in Char Siu Sauce, roasted and basted with more sauce making a delicious and easy dinner recipe.

I was inspired to share this with you after reading Kitchen Chinese........

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Blueberry Mojito #SummerCocktails

This is the perfect summer refresher, fruity but more bitter than sweet, which is a wonderful way to quench the thirst in the heat.

We are sharing Summer Cocktails today with the Festive Foodies Group.......

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Monday, June 29, 2020

Sourdough Cornbread Muffins #MuffinMonday

These cornbread muffins are lighter and fluffier than regular corn muffins with the wonderful tang of sourdough.

It's how I'm celebrating Muffin Monday this month.......

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Macaroni Tuna Salad #OurFamilyTable

Perfect as a light meal or a side dish this Macaroni Tuna Salad is perfect for summertime and easily made from items you probably have on hand.

The From Our Dinner Table Group is cooking with Pantry Staples today.......

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Happy Sweet 16 and the Weekly Menu

This girl is 16 years old today and has been part of our family for the last 2 years.  It seems like we just got her. She is a lovely young lady who has made great strides and of whom we are very proud.

She is hanging out with her friends tonight to celebrate her day and tomorrow we are having a gathering of family and friends to continue the celebration.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Cooper's Hawk: A Great Concept and a Super Super Tuscan #ItalianFWT

This Super Tuscan from Cooper's Hawk Winery is one of my favorite of their selection.  A blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine is earthy and full bodied.

I was excited when Super Tuscan was our Italian Food Wine and Travel blogging group theme this month so that I could share it with you......

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Sausage Gravy and a Book Review #LitHappens

This sausage gravy is quick and easy to make and turns and ordinary breakfast into something very special.

I was inspired to make this dish after reading American Harvest: God, Country and Farming in the Heartland........

Monday, June 22, 2020

Blue Hawaii Cocktail #FoodnFlix

Sweet, tart, fruity and blue....this cocktail is the original Blue Hawaii first made in 1957 at the Kaiser Hawaiian Village in Honolulu.

There have been many replications of this original cocktail with the name changing to the Blue Hawaiian and the addition of Creme de Coconut.  This original cocktail is more like a Rum Punch than a Pina Colada.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Caramelized Onion Chip Dip #OurFamilyTable

You know that store bought onion dip that you purchase in the dairy case?  You will never buy that again after you taste this homemade version.

We are all about Onions today at the From Our Dinner Table Group.........

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Blueberry Lemon and Lavender Frangiapanne #CakeSliceBakers

Beautiful almond cake layered with lemon curd and studded with blueberries.  A veritable feast for the taste buds.

This is my offering with The Cake Slice Bakers......

Asian Vegetable Noodle Soup and the Weekly Menu #SoupSaturdaySwappers

This delicious Asian soup starts with fresh vegetables and ends with noodles.  The broth is enhanced with ginger, garlic, soy sauce and crushed red pepper.

The Soup Saturday Swappers are going Asian this month.......

Friday, June 19, 2020

Seafood Biryani #FishFridayFoodies

This amazing seafood dish is like a stew combined wth risotto.  It is easy to make, impressive to serve and totally scrumptious.

We are serving up Biryani today with the folks at Fish Friday Foodies.........

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Mini Meatloaf Bundts with Strawberry Rhubarb BBQ Sauce #BundtBakers

These adorable little meatloaves were made in cupcake size bundt pans making 2 or 3 the perfect serving size.

The Bundt Bakers are serving up Meatloaf recipes today......

Strawberry Rhubarb BBQ Sauce #BerryWeek

This wonderful barbecue sauce starts by roasting strawberries, rhubarb and garlic before combining it with other ingredients to make a sauce that is perfect for anything you wish to slather it upon.

This is my final Berry Week recipe........

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Blackberry Glazed Chicken #BerryWeek

These delicious chicken breasts are grilled to perfection and then brushed with a Blackberry Glaze instead of BBQ sauce.  They are delightfully different and incredibly tasty.

This is my second contribution to Berry Week hosted by the ladies of Festive Foodies.......

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Spinach and Berry Salad with Grilled Steak #BerryWeek

A fresh mixture of baby spinach and romaine hearts tossed in poppyseed dressing, covered with assorted fresh berries and cheese and then topped with a wonderful steak grilled to a perfect medium rare.  The perfect summer meal.

We are celebrating Berries all week long with the Festive Foodies.........

Monday, June 15, 2020

Sweet Potato Fries using the Breyville Smart Oven (Air Fryer) #MultiCookerMonday

Sweet Potatoes are so good and so good for you.  If you are hungry for them crispy and fried but don't want to negate the nurtition, just toss them in a little heart healthy olive oil, season them and bake them in an air fryer.  All the goodness of fries without the calories.

Welcome to Multi-Cooker Monday.......

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Smoked 5 Cheese Mac and Cheese #OurFamilyDinner

This Macaroni and Cheese Casserole is a lovely combination of 5 different cheeses mixed together and smoked using cherry wood.

We are cooking up Mac and Cheese with our From the Dinner Table Group.......

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Happenings on the Farm and our Weekly Menu

The State is mostly opened up now at limited capacity.  Hair salons and barbers open this week.  Gyms, Casinos and movie theaters are still closed but outdoor Drive in Theaters are open.  The Teen and 3 of her friends are driving over an hour away to go to the Drive In tonight.  None of them have ever been to a Drive In and that is the nearest one.

Hey, Michigan Capitol protesters: Next time stay in your cars

I'm not sure how our Governer came to be so well hated for trying to keep us safe.  I would much rather err on the side of caution where a strong possibility of death is concerned but evidently I am part of the silent majority because the loud minority have been screaming very loudly.

I have hired my friend Tamie to redo all of our landscaping around the house.  It is back breaking work and Frank and I just cannot handle it on our own.  Tamie is one of the hardest working people I know and in one day made amazing progress.  Can't wait to share photos.  Tamie got laid off during the Pandemic so this is a win/win situation.  Except for Mama and Daddy Finch who are very nervous about having a human out there working near their babies.

Cranbrook Academy of Art - This is the space from Woodward Original on Vimeo.

Tomorrow Jessica's guy, Julien, is shooting a commercial using our home as a backdrop and featuring our Little Angel Face.  That is going to be exciting.  I have downloaded one of their commercials for you to see. Afterwards the Angel Face is going to hang out here for a couple of days.  I'm hoping the weather warms up so she can use the pool.

Other than that the week is more of the distancing while life slowly returns to normal.  Thus far the numbers have been good here in Michigan.  I pray daily that it remains the case but my son, Chuck, was quick to call me to let me know that this is not near over and that we need to remain very cautious.

I am still limiting trips to the grocers to once a week which makes meal planning all that more important.  Here is our menu. What's on your menu this week?

Grilled Chicken Breasts with Blackberry Glaze
Pasta Salad
Tomato/Cucumber Salad

BBQ Beef Roast
Potato Planks
Assorted Grilled Veggies

Meatless Monday
Spinach and Cheese Ravioli

Taco Tuesday
Chicken Fajitas on the Grill

Brats and Cabbage Salad (moved from last week)

BBQ Pork Chops
Baked Beans
Sourdough Corn Muffins

Fish Friday
Out for dinner?

Friday, June 12, 2020

Exploring the Wines of New York's Finger Lakes Region #WinePW

I received samples for the purposes of tasting and pairing for this post.  I received no monetary compensation.  All opinions and writings are stricltly my own.

You are invited to join us as we explore the wine's of New York's Finger Lakes region.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Grilled Chicken Breasts with Balsamic Strawberry Basil Salsa #ImprovCookingChallenge

This is a great summer meal.  The delicious topping takes only minutes and can be quickly tossed together as the chicken cooks on the grill.

Our Improv Cooking Challenge this month is Strawberries and Basil....I think I knocked it out of the park!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Arroz Atollado #EattheWorld

This amazing Colombian Pork and Sausage Risotto is an incredibly delicious one dish meal.

We are traveling to Colombia this month as we Eat the World........

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Southwestern Chicken Skillet with Cornbread Topping #BreadBakers

This amazing one skillet dinner can be made with fresh or leftover chicken.  It is easily adaptable to include your favorite flavors and ingredients and is sure to become a family favorite.

It is what I am serving up this month as the Bread Bakers create recipes using Corn.......

Monday, June 8, 2020

Soft Baked Banana Oatmeal Bars #BakingBloggers

Delicious combination of oats, banana, maple syrup and peanut butter can be put together the night before and baked in the morning for a delicious breakfast topped with a little bit of milk or cream.

Our Baking Bloggers group has gone Bananas this month.................

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Chicken in Lemon Cream #OurFamilyTable

Tender white meat chicken cutlets, dredged in seasoned flour, browned in butter and finished with a lemon cream sauce.

We are having Dairy for Dinner with our From the Dinner Table Group.......

Friday, June 5, 2020

Grilled Quesadilla and The Weekly Menu #sponsored

Our little local beach has opened up here and the Teen was excited to go with one of her friends.  I dropped them off and a short time later she called and said they had run into another friend and he was going to bring them home and so they could hang out by the pool.

She also mentioned that they were STARVING.......

Thursday, June 4, 2020

A Sangiovese by any other Name is still a Dang Good Wine #ItalianFWT

Any trip to an Italian Restaurant has me ordering up a glass of Chianti to enjoy with my dinner.  I also buy Chianti to enjoy at home.  Chianti is made from Sangiovese grapes or a blend containing 80% Sangiovese Grapes.   Italy names it's wines after the area in which the wine is produced.  Hence, Chianti is made in Chianti located in Tuscany.

So Chianti is always Sangiovese but Sangiovese is not always Chianti........

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Sourdough Waffles and Eggs #NationalEggDay

Delicious waffles made with sourdough batter and topped with two perfectly cooked eggs.  A perfect breakfast to give you energy all day long.

The Foodie Extravaganza gang is celebrating National Egg Day.......

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Herbs de Provence #HerbandSpiceDay

Fingerling Potatoes tossed with a mixture of olive oil and Herbs de Provence and roasted to a golden brown.  Crisp outside, creamy inside and perfectly flavored.

We had a spice swap to get ready for National Herb and Spice day celebrated June 10th......

Monday, June 1, 2020

Enjoying the Enlarged Deck with a Good Book and a Glass of Blue Mango Sun Tea from Adagio Teas #Sponsor

We spent a couple of weeks enlarging our deck before Memorial Day.  I was very happy when it was done and I could relax and enjoy it.

I had received some wonderful sponsor gifts from Adagio Teas including the pitcher that you see in this photo and some Blue Mango Iced Tea that is being released for sale today.  I placed a pouch into the pitcher, filled it with cold water and set it out in the sun for a few hours. 

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Noodle Stir Fry with Chicken #OurFamilyTable

This easy, nutritious and delicious stir fry has dinner on the table in less than half an hour. Tender chicken breast and fresh veggies tossed with spaghetti noodles and a flavorful sweet spicy sauce.

The From Our Dinner Table Group are sharing easy stir fry recipes today......

Friday, May 29, 2020

Sourdough Baguette and The Weekly Menu

This super simple baguette recipe using sourdough starter only takes one rise and gives you two lovely loaves of bread for very little effort.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Herb Baked Eggs inspired by Midnight in Paris #FoodnFlix

These delicious eggs baked in cream and butter and sprinkled with fresh herbs make a perfect breakfast or brunch dish.

I was inspired to make this dish after watching Midnight in Paris for Food n Flix this month.....

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Lemon Ice Box Cake #TheJaneAustenSocietyParty

I was invited by  Judy of The Book Club Cook Book to join her for The Jane Austen Society Blog Party this month.  Interested bloggers were sent a pre-release copy of the novel written by Natalie Jenner and published by St. Martin Press to read and review.

You can follow the author, publisher and  The Book Club Cookbook Club at the links below:

I received no monetary compensation for this post and all writing, thoughts and opinions are strictly my own.  As so often is the case when I read a book, this one had me going into the kitchen when I was done reading to created this Lemon Ice Box Cake inspired by the novel.  I thought it would be a nice addition to the party.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Jasmine Matcha Muffins #MuffinMonday #Sponsored

I received product from Adagio Teas for the purpose of testing and sampling.  I did not receive any monetary compensation.  All writings and opinons are strictly my own.

Light fluffy and lemony, these muffins made with Jasmine Match Tea are not only delicious but filled with healthy antioxidants.

Welcome to Muffin Monday being celebrated on this Memorial Day...................

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Grilled Pork Chops with Pineapple Salsa #OurFamilyTable

This entire dish is made on the grill making for easy summer cleanup.  Tender, juicy pork chops topped with a fresh pineapple salsa makes you feel like you are in the Tropics in your own back yard.

The From Our Dinner Table Group is going Tropical today.......

Friday, May 22, 2020

Welcoming Memorial Day Weekend and the Weekly Menu

This has been the strangest year.  We didn't get to gather for an Easter Celebration nor were we able to go to Mass.  Now it is Memorial Day weekend and our church is open for Mass but on a first come/first serve basis with only 100 people allowed and 6' between individuals that do not live in the same household.  Baby steps......I'll take it and hope that this is the way to keep this pandemic under control.
Memorial Day weekend events in the Rochester area |

This Memorial Day I will also be remembering and honoring all of those on the front lines of this pandemic who have given their lives to help others.   May God bless and keep them and all of our fallen in the palm of his hand.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Lamb Stuffed Eggplant and a Perfect Wine from Galilee #WinePW

Disclosure: I received samples from Gregory+Vine for this event.  All writings, opinions and ideas expressed are purely my own.  I received no monetary compensation for this post.

Tender baby eggplant stuffed with a fragrant lamb and pine nut mixture was the perfect dish to pair with this amazing Cabernet Sauvignon from Israel.

Welcome to a special edition of Wine Pairing Weekend...............

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Rhubarb Rose and Almond Cake #CakeSliceBakers

This amazingly moist and delicious cake made with almond flour is lightly scented with rosewater and contains sweet tart bites of rhubarb.

This was my choice of recipe for The Cake Slice Bakers this month.......

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Mushroom Swiss Burger #BurgerMonth

This epic burger is part of a fantastic month-long event hosted by Girl Carnivore, but opinions are always my own!

If there is anything better than a ground beef patty cooked a perfect medium and topped with grilled onions, sauteed mushrooms and Swiss cheese I am not sure what it is.

I wait all winter long for the weather to break so I can put some burgers on the grill and celebrate Burger Month.........

Monday, May 18, 2020

Instant Pot Carrot Halwa inspired by The Henna Artist #MultiCookerMonday

Halwa translates to sweet or candy or dessert.  This Halwa made with a base of carrots is pudding like in consistency, candy sweet and beautifully spiced.  The nut and raisin garnish makes for a wonderful texture.  It looks lovely, smells amazing and tastes delicious....a feast for the senses.

I was inspired to make this dish after reading The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi.  I decided to make it in the Instant Pot for this month's Multi-Cooker Monday.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Please join me as we discover Sangiovese Wines around Italy #ItalianFWT

I am hosting our Italian Food Wine and Travel event this month that begins with this post, continues as we each choose a wine to taste (and pair in some cases) and finishes up with a twitter chat on June 6th at 11 AM Eastern Time.

I chose to look at the varietal of Sangiovese that is grown throughout Italy.  In the USA we identify our wines by the grape or grapes with which it is made.  In Italy the wine is identified by the area in which it is grown.

Chianti, Italy - 7 Good Reasons to visit the Chianti in Tuscany!
image from Google

The most popular area of Italy that uses Sangiovese grapes is Chianti, in Tuscany.  Most of us, when we order up wine with our pizza go for that bottle of Chianti knowing that it is going to be a perfect pairing.

If you want to get a little fancier and a little more high end you might choose a Chianti Classico.  The Classico comes from a separate territory within Chianti and is the oldest and most prestigious wine.

Further south in Tuscany you will find the town of Montalcino.  The wine made here also uses 100% Sangiovese grapes and goes by the name Brunello di Montalcino for the higher end wines and Rosso di Montalcino for the wines that age less than a year.

There are several other areas of Tuscany where Sangiovese is bottled including Montecucco and Montepulciano.  Or you can leave Tuscany and go into Central Italy to Umbria or Lazio.  You can also find this grape growing in Valpolicella, Campania and Sicily.

I hope you'll  join me next month and help me explore all the different wines made with this grape throughout Italy.    You can send me an email ( with your blog post title and blog url by June 3rd so that I can make the initial link list of the other participants to be included in your post.  I will also provide some topics for discussion during our Twitter Chat.

Until then please Stay Home/Stay Safe/ Stay Well.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Minestrone from Campania #SoupSaturdaySwappers

This delicious, fresh, vegetable soup has it's roots in Campania, Italy.  Unlike other Minestrone Soup this version does not contain tomatoes.

We are welcoming Spring with Fresh Vegetable Soups over at Soup Saturday Swappers.......

Sourdough Pretzel Bites #BBQWeek

These soft, savory, pretzel nuggets laced with shredded cheese are a perfect treat to snack on with pre-dinner cocktails or wine.

The next time you are having friends over for a BBQ, put out a tray of these pretzel bites to share along with cocktails while the main course is on the grill.

Friday, May 15, 2020

A Casual COVID19 visit with Charcuterie and Chateau de Poncie Le Pre Roi Fleurie #Winophiles

The Winophiles are visiting the Crus of Beaujolais.  I always thought of Beaujolais as that fun, food friendly wine that needed to be enjoyed while it was young.  I didn't even realize that there was something other than Beaujolais Nouveau.

It turns out that I had a lot to learn and I and the other winophiles are anxious to share that knowledge with you.

Mahi Mahi Matecumbe; A Fish House Favorite and the Weekly Menu #FishFridayFoodies

Every few years we go down to the Florida Keys for a dive trip.  We always enjoy the diving regardless of which Key we visit.  I like exploring the different areas of the Keys but every trip.  Every. Single. Trip.  We always make a visit to The Fish House in Key Largo.

This is my attempt to recreate our favorite dish from this restaurant.  The fresh catch of the day served Matecumbe style.  Normally, if they have Snapper that is what I order.  I couldn't get any Snapper so I made mine with Mahi Mahi for this month's Fish Friday Foodies........

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Grilled Chicken Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette #ImprovCookingChallenge

Tender chicken breast grilled to perfection on top of mixed greens, toasted almonds and herbs that have been dressed with a walnut vinaigrette.  A perfect springtime or summer dinner.

The Improv Cooking Challenge group is sharing meat and nut recipes today......

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Tri Color Potato Salad #BBQWeek

This delicious salad begins with 3 varieties of potatoes tossed in wine while still warm and then dressed with Dijon vinaigrette.

Every BBQ needs Potato Salad and this version is perfect.  It is served at room temperature and is safe to leave out without refrigeration during those summer get togethers.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Pulled Pork using a Smoker #BBQWeek

Pork shoulder roast slow cooked on a smoker and basted with apple cider until fork tender.  Great for dinner that night and for sandwiches the next day.

Welcome to BBQ Week...........

Catalan Coca #BakingBloggers

This Spanish style "pizza" or "flatbread" is quick and easy to make and the perfect Meatless Monday meal.

Yeast dough risen and shaped into a gorgeous oval, painted with olive oil and then topped with thinly sliced vegetables and baked to a golden brown.  Drizzle with a little olive oil and serve as an appetizer, snack or light lunch.
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