Sunday, October 31, 2021

Enfrijoladas de Pollo #SundayFunday

Happy Halloween!!! 

Have you ever tried Enfrijoladas?  In Mexico, when they have leftover frijoles (beans) and stale corn tortillas they turn them into Enfrijoladas.  They are quick easy and versatile.  You can top them with fried eggs or fill them with other leftovers.  Or you can simply sprinkle them with cheese and dig in. In this case I filled them with leftover chicken.

Enfrijoladas de Pollo

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are celebratingHalloween Mexican style with Dia de los Muertos.......

Friday, October 29, 2021

Sourdough Potato Bread and The Weekly Menu

Are you like me and loathe to throw away leftovers?  As the Holiday Season approaches, I spend a lot of time figuring out how to repurpose my leftovers.  This bread recipe that I'm sharing today is a perfect way to use up any leftover mashed potatoes that you may have.

Potato Bread

This recipe creates 4 loaves of bread that is so soft and tender that you might even make potatoes just so you can bake this bread.......

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Wine Wednesday with L'Ecole #Merlotme

I love October. I love when the weather starts to cool and the colors start to change.  I love pulling out the jeans and hoodies and going from gathering around the pool to gathering around the bonfire.  I love that we have lots of birthday celebrations and Halloween to enjoy.  And I love #MerlotMe and the fact that I get to represent L'Ecole Winery with not just one but two posts this month.


As an ambassador for L'Ecole wines I was sent not one, but two, Merlot wines with which to celebrate #MerlotMe.  In return for these wines I agreed to post my tasting and pairing notes during the month of October.  All opinions are strictly my own and I receive no monetary compensation for these writings.

Preparing for the Holidays

Last year the epidemic had our holidays looking very different than they had in the past.  COVID 19 is still affecting how we live our daily lives and it will, again, affect our holidays.  Fortunately, many of us are now vaccinated and able to join together for celebrations again this year.  I am very excited to be planning and hosting gatherings. I"m starting with a dinner for our neighbors to celebrate one of their birthdays on Halloween night.

Halloween Menu

Monday, October 25, 2021

Apple Pie Muffins #Muffin Monday

Having a hard time deciding whether to enjoy these muffins for breakfast or dessert?  Do as I did and have them for both.


It's Muffin Monday...............

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Oktoberfest Breakfast Casserole #SundayFunday

This scrumptious Kielbasa and Pretzel casserole makes a perfect breakfast before a busy day and is hearty enough for  Brinner after a busy day.

Breakfast Casserole

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are celebrating Oktoberfest this week........

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Leftover Roast Pork Chili #ChiliCookOff

I love the "cook once, eat twice" idea of Menu Planning.  In this meal I use leftover roast pork and gravy combined with Mexican beer and spices to make a quick and delicious meal.

Roast Pork Chili

It is National Chili Month........

Friday, October 22, 2021

A Friday Night Cocktail that starts with Alvear Tres Miradas Vino de Pueblo 2018 and the Weekly Menu #WorldWineTravel

 When Martin of Enofylz Wine Blog invited us to join him in discovering the wines of Anadalucia I was anxious to read his invitation post and learn more.  I discovered that the main wines of this region are sherry.  


This reminded me that I had a bottle of  Pedro Ximenez from Alvear Tres Miradas that is considered to be the village blend from Riofrío Alto and Cerro Macho from Andalucia.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Mini Pumpkin Bundts #BundtBakers

These adorable little mini pumpkin bundts start with a boxed cake mix and canned frosting for a fun Halloween treat for your little ghouls and boos. 

Mini Pumpkin Bundts

It's the October edition of Bundt Bakers...............

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Coconut Topping #CakeSliceBakers

Delicious, warmly spiced pumpkin cake with a boiled coconut icing.  I baked mine up in this Jack O'Lantern pan for Halloween but an 8" square pan would work as well, giving you just enough cake to enjoy for dessert one day and breakfast the following morning.

Pumpkin Spice Cake

It's the October edition of The Cake Slice Bakers...............

Monday, October 18, 2021

Pork and Cabbage Starting with Leftovers #Multi-CookerMonday

 On Sunday we had a birthday celebration for our eldest daughter.  I made a very fall like dinner of Roast Pork Loin and Roasted Root Vegetables.  I had planned on making a 3 lb roast but my roast but the smallest in my freezer was closer to 5 lbs.  

Pork roast

 I thought about cutting part off to make boneless chops but it had already been frozen and I wasn't sure when I would get around to making the chops as I had a busy week looming.  I decided to roast the whole thing because then the leftovers could be frozen, if need be.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Rice Krispie Monster Treats #SundayFunday

These easy and fun Marshmallow Monster Treats are sure to be a hit with all your little ghosts, ghouls and goblins this year.

Rice Krispie Monster Treats

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

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Ham and Vegetable Stew #SoupSaturdaySwappers

A wonderful comforting bowl of stew containing ham, bacon, beans, potatoes, turnips, cabbage, leeks, carrots and celery.  This stew will warm your belly and soothe your soul as a perfect, easy one pot meal.

French Ham and Vegetable Stew

It's time for Soup Saturday Swappers........

Friday, October 15, 2021

Supremes de Volaille a l'Ecossaise and a Chardonnay from Burgundy #Winophiles

Sounds pretty fancy doesn't it?  If you want it to sound even fancier, pair it with a White Bourgoin.  The results will be the same because White Bourgoin is simply Chardonnay grown in Burgundy, France.  And Supremes de Volaille a l'Ecossaise?  Well that, my friends, is simply, chicken breasts in a white sauce with vegetables.  Ooooh LaLa......

Supremes de Volaille a l'Ecossaise and wine

The French Winophiles are pairing a favorite recipe from Julia Child, who is not at all French by the way, with a wine from France.......

Gluten Free Smoked Salmon Pasta for One and the Weekly Menu #FishFridayFoodies

Brown rice Fussili tossed with Smoked Salmon in a Caper Dill Cream Sauce.  Tastes like a gourmet meal and is ready in less than 20 minutes.  

Smoked Salmon Pasta

The Fish Friday Foodies are serving up Salmon today........

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Molasses Roasted Pork Tenderloin #ImprovCookingChallenge #MerlotMe

Five ingredients, 30 minutes and the results are a wonderful delicious dinner.  Open up a bottle of Merlot wine and you will think you are having dinner at a fine restaurant.

Molasses Roasted Pork Tenderloin

I am celebrating #Merlotme along with the Improv Cooking Challenge this month........

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

White Clam Pizza #FoodnFlix

Fresh Mozzarella cheese, sweet chopped clams and peppery arugula combine to make this delicious pizza that will make you feel as if you are visiting the Amalfi coast.

White Clam Pizza

I was inspired to make this pizza and open a bottle of wine after watching the 1994 film Only You for FoodnFlix this month......

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Japanese Milk Bread Rolls #BreadBakers

Soft and fluffy with a shiny brown finish, these Japanese Milk Rolls stay fresh longer because they use the tangzhong method.  Not that you will have a chance to find out....they are so good you probably won't have any leftovers to test the theory.

Japanese Milk Rolls

The Bread Bakers are serving up breads made with Tangzhong today........

Monday, October 11, 2021

Ham and Broccoli Stuffed Potatoes #BakingBloggers

Perfectly baked, salt crusted potatoes stuffed with ham and broccoli in a creamy, delectable cheese sauce.

Ham and Broccoli Stuffed Potatoes

The Baking Bloggers are sharing potato recipes today..........

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Makaronia me Yiaourti #EattheWorld #SundayFunday

This creamy and slightly tart Greek pasta is a comforting, meatless entree remeniscent of pasta carbonara but lighter and healthier.

Greek Pasta

We are traveling to Greece for this month's Eat the World Challenge........

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Sweet Poison #HalloweenCocktails

This potion is a fun Halloween cocktail from New York's Jekyll and Hyde Club is the sweetest poison you will ever enjoy.....


Michelle of Our Crafty Cocktail has invited the members of the Festive Foodies to join her in sharing Halloween Cocktails and Mocktails........

Friday, October 8, 2021

Won't you please #MerlotMe?

October is #MerlotMe month and I have been fortunate enough to be allowed to participate in this fun event for the past several years.  Merlot is a French wine grape originally from Bordeaux and one of the blending grapes used for that iconic wine.  

3 bottles of Merlot

This year, as a member of our Wine Pairing Weekend group, I was provided with 3 wines that I poured tasted and paired.  I will be sharing my thoughts about these wines with you today.  I have received no monetary compensation and all writings  and opinions are strictly my own.  

Thursday, October 7, 2021

The Weekly Menu including an Early Birthday Celebration

 As we finish out the first week of October the leaves are slowly starting to change.  Our Corn Maze outing was postponed the second weekend in a row because of rain.  We are hoping it is nice enough and dry enough on Saturday to finally take the Angel Face.  She gets to spend the night with us on Saturday either way so if we can't do the maze again we will at least go out to the pumpkin patch so we can carve pumpkins while she's here.

Fall Decorations

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

BBQ Chicken Tortilla Wraps #NationalCookbookMonth

These super simple, family friendly wraps require only 4 ingredients and a couple of minutes hands on time.

BBQ Chicken Wraps

It is National Cookbook Month........

Karen's Lasagna Bolognese #FoodieExtravaganza

This meaty, rich, and savory lasagna has very little cheese as compared to my other versions but tastes as if it is as cheese laden as any I have made.  

Lasagna Bolognese

It is National Pasta Month.......

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

What's Good?~~This Romesco Sauce!! #LitHappens

I was provided a copy of What's Good? A Memoir in Fourteen Ingredients by Peter Hoffman by publisher, Abrams Press.  I received no monetary compensation for this post.  All opinions are strictly my own.

What's Good

I belong to an online bookclub, led by Cam of Culinary Adventures with Camilla, called Lit Happens.  When Cam asked if any of us were interested in reading this memoir and creating a recipe found in it or inspired by it, in return for a free copy, I was all in.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Grilled Tacos #SundayFunday

These delicious soft grilled tacos start off with the beef being slow cooked with aromatics and spices before being shredded and placed onto flour shells with cheese and grilled.  A little more work but absolutely worth it.

grilled shredded beef tacos
The Sunday Funday Bloggers are sharing Taco recipes today.......

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Celebrating Fall with a Maset Brut Rose #CavaWeek

I was generously provided 3 bottles of sparkling wines from Cava DO along with an invitation to join in a twitter event on Wednesday, October 6th at 9PM ET.  I am looking forward to  the chat and I'm anxious to share my thoughts about the wine that I opened for this article.  I received no monetary compensation for this post and all writings and opinions are 100% my own.

sparkling wines

Friday, October 1, 2021

The Weekly Menu for the First Week of October

Holy cow.....This year is just flying by.  Can you believe it is already October 1st?  Now, I am ready for Fall....hopefully a nice, long fall, with crisp weather, gorgeous colors and hiking weather.  The snow can wait until after Thanksgiving, thank you very much.

Pumpkin Pot Pie

I think I will be revisiting this fun recipe for one of our meals this week.  You will find a link to it below in the Weekly Menu.