Thursday, September 30, 2021

Words on Bathroom Walls~~ The Round Up #FoodnFlix

This month I invited our FoodnFlix Club to join me in watching Words on Bathroom Walls and then create a dish inspired by the movie. 

Words on Bathroom Walls

I love this young adult film about a high school senior with mental illness who dreams of being a chef.  It is based on the novel by Julia Walton.  I have that on my tbr list now.  

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

A Strong Brunello is perfect with a Venison Meatball Stew #ItalianFWT

The Italian Food Wine and Travel group are spending the next few months exploring the 3 Big B's of Italy, Brunello, Barbaresco and Barolo. 

bottles of wine

 I am hosting this month as we start the adventure with Brunello.......

Wine Wednesday~~Celebrating the Harvest with L'Ecole Frenchtown Red

 I am very pleased to have been chosen to be an ambassador for L'Ecole wines.  Each month they generously send me two bottles of wine.  One to open and taste with them during a zoom meeting with staff and winemaker.  This meeting is where we learn the background of each wine, how it was made, what they were striving for and how well said wine meets their expectations.  It is very interesting and I get to spend an hour with like minded bloggers who have become friends over the years.


I get no monetary compensation as an ambassador. I am just supplied with wines, asked to join the zoom meeting when possible and to taste and pair the wines I have been sent.  I then share my thought about this wine with my readers.  All opinions are 100% my own and reflect only my thoughts and palate.

This month we are tasting and pairing their Frenchtown Red.  This is an early harvest red blend of 6 different grapes.....a preview of the wines to come.

Monday, September 27, 2021

Apple and Zucchini Muffins #MuffinMonday

A few years ago I was given fruit trees as a birthday gift.  This year, I got my first apples. Only 6  and they were small but, added to the zucchini I had from my neighbor, they made delicious muffins and quick breads.

Apple Zucchini Muffins

It's time for Muffin Monday...............

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Affogato Martini #SundayFunday

This wonderful cocktail is not only the perfect after dinner drink, it is also your coffee and dessert.  So good.  The perfect ending to your next adult dinner party or date night.

Affogato Martini

It's Sunday Funday.....come see what our Bloggers are sharing........

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Out with the Old, In with the New and the Weekly Menu

The weather is still pretty warm here during the day but the nights are chilly and perfect for bonfires so fall is in the air and now it is in my house as well.

I removed all my summer knick-knacks and decor and brought in the Fall decorations.  I will put out the Halloween decorations in a couple of weeks and work them into the landscape and then replace them with the Thanksgiving decor once Halloween ends.

Friday, September 24, 2021

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies #WholeGrainsWeek

These cookies are super delicious and gluten free made with nutritious, whole grain, chickpea flour.  Your kids will never know that you snuck in extra fiber and protein into their lunchbox.  

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is the final day of Whole Grains Week.........

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Sazon Goya Grilled Chicken Thighs and an Old Vines Garnacha #WorldWineTravel

The World Wine Travel group is still traveling around Spain this year.  It has been such a fun adventure.  This month we are visiting Navarra.  I opened a bottle of Bodegas Nekeas El Chaparral Old Vines Garnacha 2018 that I paired with a casual dinner of Grilled Chicken Thighs that had been marinated in olive oil and Sazon Goya seasoning, steamed rice and fresh buttered corn off the cob.

Dinner plate with wine

The Teen and I had gone to get our nails done....well she got her nails done, I got a pedicure.  We called Frank and let him know that we were on the way home and he made this delicious dinner for us.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Couscous with Summer Squash, Mint and Pistachios #WholeGrainsWeek

Light and Lemony this couscous salad is full of zucchini, summer squash, mint and pistachios.  A perfect accompaniment to grilled chicken and served at room temperature accommodating those last cookouts of the year.

We are still celebrating Whole Grains Week.......

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Chicken Kreplach #LitHappens #FoodiesRead

 It took me a long while to read the book The Family by David Laskin.  Not because it was a bad book.  In fact, it was an interesting look at a Jewish family, some who migrated to other countries and some of whom remained in their home countries during the 20th century.

The Family

This book was chosen by Amy of Amy's Cooking Adventures for our Lit Happens Book Club.....

Monday, September 20, 2021

Stuffed Acorn Squash #WholeGrainsWeek

It is harvest season and the perfect time to enjoy the first winter squash varieties.  One of my favorite is acorn squash.  This delicious dish makes a hearty main course.  Perfect for the first day of our Whole Grains celebration.

Stuffed Acorn Squash

Kahlua Cupcakes #CakeSliceBakers

Chocolate cupcakes flavored with Kahlua and topped with a Kahlua Buttercream are a perfect little after dinner treat with your coffee.

Kahlua Cupcakes

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

Shumai (Shrimp and Pork Dumplings) #MultiCookerMonday

This Shumai is tender dough wrapped around a shrimp and pork mixture and then steamed in an instant pot.  It is wonderful as part of an appetizer platter or as a component to a Chinese meal.


We are using our small kitchen appliances today. It is Multi-Cooker Monday.......

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Spinach Pesto Pasta #SundayFunday

This pesto is made with basil and spinach for a little extra oomph and nutrition.  I'm always looking for ways to sneak extra veggies into my family meals and this recipe is perfect for the job.  You can use any pasta you like for this recipe.  I used a spinach and cheese ravioli that I had bought while at the Farmer's Market.  

Spinach Pesto Pasta

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are sharing Pesto recipes today......

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup and the Weekly Menu #SoupSaturdaySwappers

My husband loves chicken tortilla soup.  I had planned to make him some for a Taco Tuesday dinner last week and then forgot to take my chicken out of the freezer.  Instant pot to the rescue.  I had dinner on the table in a little over an hour.

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

I'm sharing this recipe with the Soup Saturday Swappers today.......

Friday, September 17, 2021

Roasted Chilean Sea Bass One Skillet Dinner #FishFridayFoodies

This easy and delicious one skillet dinner is started on the stove and then finished in a hot oven.  This meals tastes indulgent and fancy but in reality is ready and on the table in less than half an hour.

Roasted Chilean Sea Bass Skillet and wine

The Fish Friday Foodies are roasting their fish/seafood today........

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Root Beer Bundt #BundtBakers

 This fun rootbeer flavored cake, topped with ice cream, is just like eating a root beer float.!!!

Root Beer bundt

The Bundt Bakers are baking cakes with syrup today........

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

A Month Long Exploration of the Wines of Cotes du Rhone #Winophiles

I am very pleased to be able to host our French Winophiles group this month as we explore the wines of Cotes du Rhone.  Our administrator, Jeff of Food Wine Click, was able to procure some of us samples with help from Teuwen Communications, through the generosity of our sponsor, Cotes du Rhone.  All thoughts and opinions written in this article are strictly my own.  I received no monetary compensation for this post.

bottles of wine

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Scallion Flatbread #BreadBakers

This unique and easy flat bread is baked on the stove top.  Perfect for when it is too hot for the oven or if your oven is filled with other goodies.  Flavored with Chinese 5 Spice, scallions and sesame seeds this bread is the perfect accompaniment to your meal or as a stand alone snack.

Scallion Flatbread

The Bread Bakers are visiting China this month.......

Monday, September 13, 2021

Pierogi Shepherd's Pie #BakingBloggers

This delicious one skillet dinner starts with ground beef  sauteed with onion and garlic, drenched in gravy with vegetables and topped with potato cheese pierogi before being finished off in the oven.  Delicious, easy, quick and convenient.  A perfect weeknight meal.

Pierogi Shepherd's Pie

The Baking Bloggers are making dishes with ground and/or minced meats today.......

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Ground Beef Stir Fry and an abbreviated Weekly Menu #SundayFunday

A quick, easy and flavorful dinner that is ready to go on the table in half an hour.  Perfect now that school is back in session.

Ground Beef Stir Fry

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are showcasing Ginger today.......

Friday, September 10, 2021

Drinking and Dining Sustainably and Organically featuring a Guyanese Chickpea Salad #EattheWorld #WinePW

This delicious and easy salad goes together in a snap.  The bright vinaigrette is perfect with the creaminess of the chickpeas.  I served it as a side salad but also enjoyed it for a light lunch one day with a glass of wine.  

Chickpea Salad with Wine

We are traveling to Guyana today in the Eat the World Challenge........

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Asian Noodle Salad #ImprovCookingChallenge

This easy peasy pasta salad with a peanut butter and ginger dressing is a perfect side dish for serving at a potluck or a wonderful meatless entree.

Asian Noodle Salad

It is my offering with Peanuts and Ginger for our Improv Cooking Challenge......

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Grillled Beets with Caramelized Citrus Drizzle #FoodnFlix

This wonderful platter of golden and red baby beets is drizzled with citrus that has been caramelized on the grill, olive oil, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper. 

Beet Salad

 I was inspired to make this salad after watching the movie "Words on Bathroom Walls".........

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Zucchini Fritters (Gluten Free) #SundayFunday

These vegetable fritters are high protein, gluten free, vegan and whole grain.  Nutritious, delicious and a great way to use up the zucchini that is going crazy in everyone's gardens right now.

Zucchini Fritters

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are cooking and baking with Chickpea Flour today.........

Saturday, September 4, 2021

September means Labor Day and Canning Season (and the Weekly Menu)

Where does the time go?!!  It is already Labor Day weekend, which is officially the end of summer here in Michigan.  All public school students return to class on Tuesday.  Most schools are opening for in person classrooms this year.  Some are offering both in person and virtual and allowing the parents to choose.  

Labor Day Graphic

I would like to take this time to thank all the teachers who have had it so rough the last couple of years as well as all the front line workers.   I want to thank all the service industry who continued to provide for us during this incredibly difficult time.  Special shout out to medical personnel, hospital employees, police officers, firefighters, and medics.  Enjoy your extra day off.

If you are not enjoying an extra day off this weekend because your job is essential and you cannot be spared, you are in my thoughts and prayers today.

Friday, September 3, 2021

Baked Tomatoes Marchigiano Style and a Verdicchio Wine #ItalianFWT

Enjoy those sun ripened tomatoes from your garden with this delicious dish that is great as a side dish or can be served up for a vegetarian main course.

Baked Tomatoes and Wine

Marche, Italy is home to this delicious baked tomato dish that I served up with a crisp, bright Verdicchio from the same area.