Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Poires belle Helene and a book review of The Lost Feast for #LitHappens

Cinnamon poached pears nestled on top of ice cream and drenched in chocolate sauce.  This classic French dessert is elegant to serve and gives your guests the impression that you have been slaving away for them.  No need to burst their bubble and tell them how easy this is.

Poires belle Helene

I was inspired to make this dish after reading The Lost Feast.......

Monday, July 26, 2021

New England Shrimp Boil #FoodnFlix

Are you ready for a Blast from the Past?  Our FoodnFlix selection for this month is the 1975 Blockbuster Film, Jaws.  

Jaws (1975 Movie)

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Nutty Cracker Jack Pretzel Treats #SundayFunday

Cracker Jacks, Peanuts and Pretzel sticks combine with Marshmallow to make a quick, easy, no bake dessert that is sure to be a hit at your next pot luck gathering.

nutty cracker jack pretzel treats

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are sharing No Bake Desserts today.....

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Chicken Salad starting with Leftovers and the Weekly Menu

 I'm not sure what happened but I missed posting my Weekly Menu last week.  Trust me when I tell you that we did eat.....and we ate well.  One of my favorite meals was this Hard Cider Glazed Rotisserie Chicken that I shared with you on Thursday.  I paired this meal with some Hard Ciders for our World Wine Travel group.  We are meeting for twitter chat today at 11 AM ET if you would like to join us.  You will find us by following #WorldWineTravel.

Chicken Salad

I took the leftover chicken off the bones and turned it into this wonderful chicken salad for lunch the next day.

Friday, July 23, 2021

Smoked Salmon Sushi Bowl #SummerGamesWeek

All the goodness of sushi in bowl form.  Seasoned brown rice, siracha mayo, smoked salmon, edamame and avocado combine making a perfect, portable lunch.

sushi bowl

This is my final recipe for #SummerGamesWeek..............

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Cider Glazed Rotisserie Chicken and a Sampling of Hard Ciders #WorldWineTravel

I was fortunate enough to recieve some samples of hard cider from across the pond courtesy of Winesellers, Ltd.  These samples were provided for tasting purposes only.  I received no monetary compensation for this post.  All opinions are strictly my own.

4 bottles of cider

Welcome to World Wine Travel..................

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Steakhouse Burrito #SummerGamesWeek

Grilled Sirloin Steak placed onto a flour tortilla and topped with a steakhouse salad before being rolled up burrito style.

Steakhouse Burrito

This is my second recipe for this fun event celebrating the Summer Olympic Games.......

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Fudge Cake with Cherries and Pecans #CakeSliceBakers

Dense fudge brownie like cake studded with pecans and dried cherries. No frosting needed but a dollop of ice cream and hot fudge would certainly be delicious.


Fudge Cake with Cherries and Pecans

It's time for The Cake Slice Bakers...................

Monday, July 19, 2021

Pork Satays #SummerGamesWeek

Strips of tender pork tossed in a spicy sauce and threaded onto skewers before being grilled to perfections.  These Satays are a classic Thai street food.

Pork Satay

Buttermilk Fried Chicken #MultiCookerMonday

Most of the time I try to feed my family healthy food.  I try to stay away from fatty, processed foods.  I air fry instead of deep fry.  I serve up lots of fresh fruits and veggies.  I shop locally and organically when possible.  But every once in a while, I get a hankering for some good old greasy, buttermilk coated, deep fried chicken.

Buttermilk Fried Chicken

It is Multi-Cooker Monday.......

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream #SundayFunday

Blueberries and Cream Cheese combine to make this amazing Ice Cream that tastes like the filling of a marvelous cheesecake.  

Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are celebrating National Ice Cream Day.......

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Leftover Chili Burritos #SoupSaturdaySwappers

I often make dinners with leftovers in mind, especially now that my family has shrunk but I still cook for an army.  One of those planned leftovers that I make quite often is Leftover Chili Burritos.  It is a family favorite here and it is sure to become a favorite at your house as well.

Chili Burrito

The Soup Saturday Swappers are repurposing leftover soup today......

Friday, July 16, 2021

Fresh Mint Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream #NationalIceCreamDay

Looking for a fun, delicious way to use up some of that fresh mint taking over your garden?  Look no more.....This creamy, refreshing ice cream is studded with chocolate chunks and oh so delicious.

Fresh Mint Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

The Festive Foodies are celebrating National Ice Cream Day.......

Shrimp Louis Sandwiches paired with an Alsace Pinot Blanc #FishFridayFoodies #Winophiles

Tender shrimp and fresh vegetables enfolded in a classic Louis dressing, served on a lettuce lined croissant and topped with avocado slices.  All the goodness of the salad in sandwich form, perfect for a picnic lunch paired with a Pinot Blanc from Alsace.  Life is very, very good.......

Shrimp Louis Sandwiches and wine

This is what picnic fare looks like when Fish Friday Foodies and the Winophiles get together.......

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Mojito Bundtlets #BundtBakers

These cute little individual bundts are full of the flavor of a summertime classic drink, the Mojito.  Perfect for your next picnic, bbq or poolside gathering.

Mojito Bundtlets

The #BundtBakers are baking up Boozy Bundts today.........

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

An Italian Stew and A Book Review

 As I was linking a book review to my 2021 Reading Page I noticed that I had never written a review of the novel, All the Lines We Leave Behind, by Eliza Graham.  

All the Lines we leave behind

I got this book free on Amazon from the lending library and read it on my phone.  I had completely forgotten about it.  Not because the novel wasn't good....it was good.  It had to be good because I was reading it during a very difficult period in my life and would not have been able to concentrate on a novel that did not allow me to turn off my mind and escape into another world.

Wine Wednesday featuring #L'Ecole Luminesce paired with a Summer Shrimp and Macaroni Salad

Hello and welcome ot Wine Wednesday.  I have been honored to be chosen as an Ambassador for L'Ecole Wines.  As an ambassador, I am sent wine each month and join the others in a Zoom meeting where we learn all about the wine we were sent.  I receive no monetary compensation.  


This month we are exploring a white blend that L'Ecole calls Luminesce.......

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Lemon Zucchini Bread #BreadBakers

This delicious bright, lemony bread studded with lemon zest and shredded zucchini then topped with a sweet and tart glaze is a perfect summertime dessert.  Cooked up in a loaf pan makes it easy to slice and serve when enjoying time outdoors.  It is also a wonderful breakfast with a nice cup of coffee or tea.

Lemon Loaf

The Bread Bakers are sharing their favorite loaves today.......

Monday, July 12, 2021

Sourdough Pizza "Baked" on a Grill #BakingBloggers

Summertime Grilling doesn't have to mean hamburgers and hot dogs.  Or ribs, steaks and chicken for that matter.  Sometimes Summertime grilling can be meatless and pizza!!!  These delicious personal size pizzas start with sourdough pizza dough and can be topped with anything your little heart desires.

Pizza with Tomatoes and Basil

I chose tomatoes and basil as my toppings since that was the theme of this month's Baking Bloggers.....

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Frozen Strawberry Margarita Mocktail #SundayFunday

We had a Fiesta for the Teen's 17th Birthday.  There were enchiladas, fajitas, Mexican pork kebabs, beans, rice and, of course, Margaritas.  A pitcher full of Frank's Fantastic Margaritas for the adults and for the teens and the Angel Face we made up some Frozen Strawberry Margarita Mocktails.

girl drinking Frozen Strawberry Mocktail

Welcome to the Sunday Funday blogging group.......

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Scottish Smoked Salmon Pate paired with Midwestern Wines #WinePW #EattheWorld

This Smoked Salmon Pate contains only 4 ingredients and that includes the lemon juice.  Smooth, rich and decadent it is the perfect appetizer to set out with some crackers or bagel chips and enjoy with a glass of wine before dinner or just as a snack.


Scottish Smoked Salmon Pate

  We are traveling to Scotland today in our quest to Eat the World........

Friday, July 9, 2021

Char Sui Pork and Noodle Stir Fry and The Weekly Menu

I had pulled a package of pork tenderloin out of the freezer intending to make Island Pork Tenderloin on the Grill.  Well, you know how it goes....the best made plans and all that.....Life got in the way, the dinner didn't get made and those pork tenderloin were still in my refrigerator.  Thankfully, they were cryovaced so I wasn't desperate.

A couple of days later I was snooping in the refrigerator trying to decide what to make for dinner when I spied that package of pork tenderloin.  I opened it and used one of the tenderloins for this dinner and the other to make some Mexican Pork Kebabs that I will be sharing another day.

Char Sui Pork and Noodle Stir Fry

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Goldilocks Cocktail #ImprovCookingChallenge

 A perfect blend of Rum, Pineapple and Orange this is a wonderful summer cocktail.  Make up a pitcher to serve at your next outdoor gathering.  Cheers.

Goldilocks Cocktail

It's time for the Improv Cooking Challenge......

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Pickled Rhubarb #NationalPickleMonth

Ok, I know I said no more Rhubarb recipes for a while but I lied.  I had forgotten about the Rhubarb I had pickled in anticipation of joining the Foodie Extravaganza gang in celebrating National Pickle Month.

jar of pickled rhubarb

Monday, July 5, 2021

Beer Brats inspired by the first Immigrants of 97 Orchard #CooktheBooks

97 Orchard was a housing tenement in New York built by the Glockner family who emigrated to the USA from Germany.  Mr Glockner started the tenement advancing from Tailor to Gentleman. So in honor of the Glockners, who were the first residents of 97 Orchard, I am serving up Brats in Beer. 

Bratwurst cooked in Beer

I am Cooking the Books today with our Cook the Books Club.......

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Grilled New York Strip Steaks with Caramelized Mushrooms and Burrata #SundayFunday

Perfectly seasoned steaks, grilled to perfection and topped with golden brown and caramelized mushrooms and smothered with burrata cheese.  OH MY YUM!!!


Grilled New York Strip Steaks with Caramelized Mushrooms and Burrata

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are cooking with Mushrooms today........

Friday, July 2, 2021

Another BIPOC Celebrity Wine that I'm anxious to share with you #ItalianFWT

This Sun Goddess Pinot Grigio Romato is the love child of music icon, Mary J. Blige.  She worked in conjunction with winemaker, Marco Fantinel, using grapes harvested from his families vineyards in Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy. 

Sun Goddess Pinot Grigio Romato

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken Meatballs, A Book Review and The Weekly Menu

These fun and tasty meatballs, made in the slow cooker, are a perfect appetizer for your summer parties.  You only need 3 ingredients, it can be put into the slow cooker a few hours prior to your gathering and forgotten about until your company arrives.  

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Meatballs

Monday, June 28, 2021

Banana Rhubarb Muffins #MuffinMonday

I'm not promising that this is my last rhubarb recipe of the season but we are getting near to the end of the harvest.  However, my freezer is full so I may be sharing another one or two but not one or two a week as I have been.

I'm not complaining.  Rhubarb, like any other seasonal vegetable, is very abundant for a short while and then, unless we preserve it, we have to wait a whole year to enjoy it again.  So when the going is good, I make a ton of rhubarb recipes. 

This recipe combines the tart goodness of rhubarb with the creamy sweetness of bananas in a delicious, tasty muffin that is sure to become a seasonal favorite.

Banana Rhubarb Muffins

Welcome back to Muffin Monday......

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Stuffed Pizza Burgers #SundayFunday

These burgers stuffed with Mozzarella Cheese and Pepperoni then topped with Pizza Sauce, Peppers, Onions and Mushrooms are like having a Pizza Party on a Bun.

Stuffed Pizza Burgers

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are Grilling today.......

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Red White and Blue Strawberry Bites #FestiveFoodies

 These little bites are festive, fun and tasty.  A great addition to your holiday bbq or picnic. 

Red White and Blue Strawberry Bites

The Festive Foodies are sharing some great 4th of July recipes with you today........

Friday, June 25, 2021

Fish Friday in the USA with a Spanish Txakolina Rosé #WorldWineTravel

 I am sharing this post on Fish Friday, however, we actually enjoyed this fresh Michigan perch and walleye paired with this Spanish Wine on Tuesday.  It was Kirsten's birthday and John honored her memory with a gathering.

Spanish Txakolina Rosé with Potluck dinner plate

This is what an American Fish Fry/Pot luck looks like in Michigan.  Freshly caught Walleye (Pickerel) assorted salads and baked beans

Thursday, June 24, 2021

The Pool is FINALLY open, the Bathroom Remodel continues and the Weekly Menu

The pool liner was finally able to be installed and the pool filled on Monday.  Of course, that meant that cold weather came in and the high Tuesday did not even reach 70*.  Frank spent Tuesday installing and hooking up the slide. Yesterday he got the heater turned on and hopefully the weather is nice for this weekend so we can enjoy our pool.

Swimming pool

The new liner and slide with a guest appearance from Cocoa.


The bathroom is ready for tile installation. Unfortunately the timing was a little off and our tile guy is on vacation.  We hope to get started on the installation early next week and he said it should only take a few days to complete.

We have a very busy weekend coming up.  Saturday we are taking the Angel Face to Jurrasic Quest.  It is a drive through exhibit that I understand is supposed to be pretty astounding.  We are all looking forward to it.

Jurassic Quest Banner

When we are done with the exhibit we are heading over to our great nephew's (Frank's Godson) graduation party.  He has grown into a fine young man and I'm sure has a great future ahead of him.

Sunday is the Teen's birthday and we are having a gathering here at the house.  She, of course, wanted Chicken Enchiladas.  I will make up a couple of trays and I'm also grilling up the fixings for Steak Fajitas.  Beans, Rice, Margaritas (virgin for the underage and drivers) and dinner is served.

Kirsten's twin sister, Katrina, and her husband are in town so we will have them, John and Kirsten's Mom over for dinner one day during the week, depending on their availability.

The rest of the week will be spent on the bathroom remodel and enjoying our pool.  I am planning a lot of al fresco meals.  What's on your menu this week?

Saturday
Dylan's Grad Party

Sunday-Birthday Gathering
Chips with Salsa and Guac
Chicken Enchiladas
Steak Fajitas
Refried Beans
Mexican Rice
Birthday Cake

Meatless Monday
Vegetarian Buddha Bowl

Tuesday
Char Sui Pork and Noodles

Wednesday
Steak Stacks
Potato Puffs

Thursday
Asian Pork Satay
Steamed Rice
Cucumber Salad

Fish Friday
Sweet and Spicy Scallops
Grilled Pineapple


Monday, June 21, 2021

Slow Cooker Italian Sausage Tomato Sauce #MultiCookerMonday

 This delicious Italian Sausage Tomato Sauce is easily made in the slow cooker and was delicious served over spaghetti for dinner one evening.  There was enough sauce to use the remainder, sans sausage, over gnocchi a few days later as a quick and easy Meatless Monday meal.  That is a win/win/win.  A Slow cooker recipe that does double duty.

Spaghetti with Slow Cooker Italian Sausage Tomato Sauce

It is Multi-Cooker Monday........

Sunday, June 20, 2021

One Egg Dinner Cake #CakeSliceBakers


This light, fluffy cake is the perfect start to a wonderful dessert.  It takes only minutes to throw together and you only need one egg and items found in every cook's pantry.  You can make this cake your own by deciding how you want to top it.  I decided to make a gingered rhubarb chutney to serve with it.....soooooo good.


One Egg Dinner Cake

It's time for the Cake Slice Bakers........

Magical Cookie Bars #SundayFunday

 Did your Mom make Magic Bars when your were a kid?  My Mom used to make them all the time.  These delicious bar cookies start with a graham cracker crust, topped with sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, pecans and coconut.  The end result is Magical.....hence the name.

Magical Cookie Bars

It's time for Sunday Funday and what is more fun than ooey gooey cookie bars?

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Corn Chowder #SoupSaturdaySwappers #RecipeRedo

 As soon as fresh corn is available my husband buys a case and has me put up corn chowder for the winter.  There is nothing more delicious than fresh corn chowder and this recipe freezes beautifully so that you can enjoy it all year long.

Corn Chowder

The Soup Saturday Swappers are posting Dad's Favorite Soups in honor of all Dads everywhere.......

Friday, June 18, 2021

Another Week Has Passed....Where does the time go??

One thing about doing a remodel is that while it takes a looooong time, that time flies by because you are so busy.  Over the weekend the mud guy came and finished off the walls, due to humidity the sanding of the walls didn't happen until Monday. 

bathroom remodel

The master closet with a cubby for storage.  A desk top will be under the window.  
Shelving will be above the cubby for the printer and supplies.

Linguini with Tuna and White Beans and a Rose from Maury #FishFridayFoodies #Winophiles

 Nothing beats the summertime heat better than a cold dinner with a crisp chilled glass of Rose.  This Linguine with White Beans and Tuna is ready in 15 minutes but can be made ahead of time if you want to take it to your next pot luck.  Served at room temperature and seasoned with olive oil, garlic and lemon it is perfect for dining al fresco.

Linguini with Tuna and White Beans and a Rose from Maury

Fish Friday Foodies pairs up with the Winophiles in today's post.......

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Oreo Bundt Cake #BundtBakers

Starting with a boxed cake mix, a package of oreo cookies and premade frosting makes this dessert easy peasy.  It is so delicious nobody will know that it only took about 10 minutes of hands on time.

Oreo Bundt Cake

The #BundtBakers are making Bundts for Dad today in anticipation of Dad's Day on Sunday.....

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Wine Wednesday featuring #L'Ecole Granache Rose and Asian Shrimp Tacos with Gingered Rhubarb Sauce

I have been given the opportunity to be an ambassador for L'Ecole Wines.  This means that I receive two bottles of wine each month for a virtual taste testing with the staff of L'Ecole and for the purpose of creating a pairing to share with my readers on this blog.  I receive no monetary compensation and all opinions are 100% truthful and 100% my own.

L'Ecole Granache Rose and Asian Shrimp Tacos with Gingered Rhubarb Sauce

This month we are sampling the Grenache Rose from Alder Ridge Vineyard in Horse Heaven Hills. 

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Sourdough Crepes #BreadBakers

These crepes made with sourdough discard do not need to rest overnight.  You mix the ingredients and cook them immediately for a wonderful, custardy crepe to which you can add your favorite fillings.

Sourdough Crepes

The Bread Bakers are sharing Breakfast Bread recipes today.......

Monday, June 14, 2021

Baked Oatmeal with Rhubarb #BakingBloggers

This delicious oatmeal is a great way to sneak veggies into your families diet and to use up all that rhubarb going crazy in your garden.  You will feel like you are having dessert for breakfast.  

Baked Oatmeal with Rhubarb

The Baking Bloggers are baking with Oats today........

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Sandwiches with Blackberry Jalapeno BBQ Sauce #SundayFunday

This Chicken drenched in Blackberry Jalapeno BBQ Sauce is quick, easy and oh so delicious. Pile high onto a bun add a slice of cheese and some bacon strips. This is a great alternative to burgers when looking for a quick and easy dinner.

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Sandwiches with Blackberry Jalapeno BBQ Sauce

Join the Sunday Funday Gang as we make Magic with Berries.......

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Summertime, Summertime, Sum, Sum, Summertime Weekly Menu

We got the Angel Face yesterday and get to keep her right through the weekend.  Last night we hung out at Michelle and Mark's so we could play in the pool.  I took my fish and all the fixins' over to their house and we had dinner together.

girl on diving board at pool

Friday, June 11, 2021

Difficult? Yes....Impossible? No #WinePW

Cheese and wine is a natural pairing, right?  Well, not always.  Sometimes those stinky cheeses that I love so much, Blue, Gorgonzola, Roquefort, etc. do not play well with wine.  They are too strong.  Don't get me wrong I still put at least one on my cheese platters when serving wine. I would just ignore that it wasn't wonderful.

blue cheese on crostini with honey and pecans with a glass of wine

So when Linda of My Full Wine Glass invited the members of Wine Pairing Weekend to join her in sharing Wine Pairings for Hard to Pair Foods my mind went immediately to this pairing.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Makoenva #EattheWorld

 We are traveling to Lesotho for this month's Eat the World Challenge.  Have you ever heard of Lesotho?  I hadn't.  Turns out it is a South African Country of over 2 million people located in the mountains.  

google image of Letsotho

It sure looks beautiful.  I was anxious to learn about it and discover the foods they enjoy........

Garlic and Herb Marinated Chicken Thighs #ImprovCoookingChallenge

Chicken thighs marinated in garlic, herbs and sumac, a commonly used Middle Eastern spice, then grilled until slightly charred in spots and served with a yogurt dipping sauce.  So very delicious!!!

Garlic and Herb Marinated Chicken Thighs

Our Improv Cooking Challenge this month is to share a dish using Yogurt and Sumac......

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Ogórki Kiszone inspired by The Pickle Recipe and the Weekly Menu #FoodnFlix

These Polish Dills are fermented rather than pickled.  Pickling means putting food into an acidic brine.  Fermenting gives you that sour flavor without any added acid.  You simply place the food into a brine with some spices and let it work it's magic.

Ogórki Kiszone

This is the method used to make the pickles in our FoodnFlix selection this month........
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