Friday, December 31, 2021

Celebrating New Years Eve on the 6th Day of Christmas

Another year is in the books.  It was a very tough year for so very many of us.  I, for one, am very happy to celebrate the end of this year and I pray that the New Year is better for all of us.

Goodbye 2021

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Planning the Weekly Menu on the 5th Day of Christmas

On the 5th Day of Christmas my True Love gave to me.....5 Golden Meals. (Well, 7.....My True Love is being generous this year).  Merry Christmas everyone.  I hope that your holiday season has been Merry and Bright.  Mine has been busy and delightful.

 Graphic from Wikipedia

We have been sharing a lot of meals and festivities with family and friends this past week culminating with tomorrow's New Years Eve celebration for the 6th Day of Christmas.  I know that the ringing in of New Year ends the holiday season for many but in our household we still have 6 more days of festivities up until Epiphany when we celebrate Little Christmas, Italian style.

New Years Day is the 7th Day of Christmas. We are going for Spaghetti Dinner at Frank's brother's house.  His wife Rebecca started this annual tradition when she joined the family.

So here is our Menu for the last week of Christmas.  Are you still celebrating?

Spaghetti Dinner at Dan and Rebecca's

Trashy Ginger Beer Chicken 
Kale Salad
Raspberry Parfaits

Meatless Monday
Huevos Rancheros

Taco Tuesday
Chicken Mole Tacos

Lamb and Lupini Kafta
Lebanese Rice
Roasted Carrots with Balsamic Chocolate Glaze

Thursday-Little Christmas 
Antipasti Platter
Citrus Salad
Garlic Bread
Befana Cake

Fish Friday
Shrimp Ramen

Monday, December 27, 2021

On the Second Day of Christmas we are celebrating with Snickerdoodle Muffins for #MuffinMonday

Are your Christmas Cookies all gone leaving nothing but crumbs and fond memories?  Are you missing having a cookie with your morning coffee?  All is not can make these Snickerdoodle Muffins and enjoy all the flavors of your favorite cookie during the remaining days of Christmas.

Snickerdoodle Muffins

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

Sunday, December 26, 2021

ABC Dip (Artichoke, Brie, Crab) for the 1st Day of Christmas #SundayFunday

Happy 1st Day of Christmas.  No I don't have a Partridge recipe to share with you today but I do have a wonderful, creamy and cheesy seafood dip recipe that is perfect for your next gathering during this 12 Days of Christmas.


The Sunday Funday Bloggers are sharing NYE ideas today.......

Friday, December 24, 2021

Merry Christmas; Let's Celebrate with Cava #WorldWineTravel

 Merry Christmas Eve Everyone.  Whatever your plans are for this evening a bottle of bubbly always makes for a better celebration.  I know when people think of bubbly, Champagne comes to mind followed by the price tag and the decision to forego the sparkling wine.  

Cava and glasses

There are tons of sparkling wines out there that I daresay are just as good, if not better, than those from Champagne, France.  Some come from other areas of France but many come from other countries and some of my favorites come from Spain where they are designated Cava.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

My Grape Paris Book Review and The Christmas Week Menu

I'm going to be sharing my Christmas Day Menu with you today along with the rest of the week.   I am not serving Ham this Christmas but if you are and you are looking for a way to use up some of the leftovers, this quiche is exactly the recipe you need.  It is quick and easy, using store bought pie dough and canned cream soup.  It turns out perfectly any time and it is always a hit.

Ham and Cheese Quiche

So the premise of this quiche is you take one can of cream soup, any flavor you wish.  Meat of choice, vegetable of choice, cheese of choice, 4 eggs, light cream and a pie crust and you can have any flavor quiche you want, knowing that it will turn out perfectly.

Monday, December 20, 2021

Rum Cake #CakeSliceBakers

Perfect for the Christmas season this spice cake has rum both in the cake itself and in the caramelized pecan topping.  

Rum Cake

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

Beef and Sweet Potato Stew #MultiCookerMonday

I love making stew in my slow cooker.  It guarantees you moist, fork tender meat each and every time.  In this version Beef and Sweet Potatoes are joined with Poblano Chiles and Southwestern spices for a flavorful, comforting dinner with barely any hands on time.

Beef and Sweet Potato Stew

Welcome to the final edition of Multi Cooker Monday........

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Tenderloin Tips over Lemony Pappardelle #SundayFunday

Beef tenderloin tips in a creamy mushroom sauce served over lemony pappardelle egg noodles.  This is pure comfort food that will continue the warmth of the Christmas season right through dinnertime.

Tenderloin Tips over Lemony Pappardelle

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are sharing Christmas Pasta Recipes today.......

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Creamy Leek Soup with Shoestring Potatoes and the Weekly Menu #SoupSaturdaySwappers

This amazingly delicious, sinfully creamy, decadent soup is a wonderful holiday treat.  It makes a perfect, impressive first course at your Holiday Dinner Table.

Creamy Leek Soup with Shoestring Potatoes

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

Friday, December 17, 2021

Slow Cooker Shrimp Boil paired with a Cremant Cocktail for a fun Holiday Celebration #FishFridayFoodies #Winophiles

Shrimp Boils are not just for summertime fun.  They can be just as fun during the busy holiday season utilizing your slow cooker to free up your time for gift wrapping and cookie baking.

Shrimp Boil and Kir Royale

I served my shrimp boil up with a traditional French Cocktail, a Kir Royale, often served at Christmas gatherings and inspired by the memoir, My Grape Christmas.

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Magical Ingredients Honey Cake #BundtBakers

 Light cake soaked with honey and topped with a peach jam and honey glaze.  This cake is a beautiful centerpiece for your brunch table.

Honey Cake

Welcome to the December edition of Bundt Bakers.......

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

A Christmas Partridge for my True Love #BreadBakers

This adorable loaf of sweet yeast bread, served with an orange honey butter, is perfect gracing your Christmas Brunch.  Give your true love a Partridge this year.

Partridge Sweet Yeast Bread

The Bread Bakers are creating Bread Art today.......

Monday, December 13, 2021

Shrimp and Pork Roll Lettuce Cups #BakingBloggers

These delightful appetizers combine Asian Flavors with French Pastry (well, okay crescent rolls but we'll pretend it's puff pastry).  I paired it with a Spanish Sparkling Wine and it was a perfect match.

Shrimp and Pork Roll Lettuce Cups

The Baking Bloggers are sharing Appetizers today.......

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Beef and Bean Sloppy Joes #SundayFunday

This delicious and healthy version of the classic version is just as comforting and soothing as the recipe you've always used and it is ready in less than half an hour.  

sloppy joe

Join the Sunday Funday Bloggers as we cook up quick meals during this busy season.......

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Assyrtiko from Santorini paired with Greek Mac and Cheese #WinePW

This Assyrtiko is crisp, bright and acidic.  It comes from Santorini, a Greek Island that was devastated in the 16th Century BC creating a rugged landscape and giving the native wine grape, Assyrtiko, it's minerality.

Greek Wine

The Wine Pairing Weekend Group are traveling to the Greek Isles this month.

Friday, December 10, 2021

Hadgi Badah ( Iraqi Cardamom Cookies) and The Weekly Menu #EattheWorld

For the final Eat the World challenge of the year it was suggested that we secretly be assigned another member of our group and then make a dish that they had previously shared with us while Eating the World.

Eat the World Logo

I was very excited to get assigned my dear friend Camilla's blog, Culinary Adventures with Camilla.  Cam is such an amazing cook and she specializes in foods that are from different cultures and lands.  She prides herself on having an adventurous palate and is pleased to have developed that trait in her children.

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Cashew Caramel Cookies #ImprovCookingChallenge

If you are a cashew lover you are going to be nuts over these delicious cookies topped with melted caramel.

Cashew Caramel Cookies

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

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Cheers to a Happy Holiday with L'Ecole Wines

 I have spent the past year being an ambassador for L'Ecole wines.  Each month I was provided wine in order to taste, pair and share my thoughts with my readers.  I received no monetary compensation and all opinions were strictly my own.

Gift box from L'Ecole Wines

This month I was thrilled to receive a gift box containing 2 bottles of wine, two packages of chocolates and a nifty, heavy duty, corkscrew.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Butternut Squash Frittata inspired by The Gathering Table

 This easy egg dish is great for using up any leftovers that you have in the refrigerator.  It is great for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Today's version features Roasted Butternut Squash but you can add any items that you love and have on hand.


I was inspired to make this frittata while reading The Gathering Table by Kathryn Springer.......

Monday, December 6, 2021

Cranberry Popcorn #FoodnFlix

Popcorn, dried cranberries, slivered almonds and pecan halves tossed in a glaze of honey and maple.  A beautiful festive snack to keep on hand during the holidays.

Cranberry Popcorn

This recipe was inspired by the movie The Family Stone.  

Sunday, December 5, 2021

South African Double Crunchers #SundayFundayBloggers

 These might go down as my favorite cookie that I bake this season.  Crunchy coconut, oatmeal cookies sandwich a chocolate cream cheese filling.  Soooooo Scrumptious!!

South African Double Crunchers

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are baking up Christmas Cookies from Around the World today.......

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Bite Size Nut Tarts and a Book Review along with the Weekly Menu

A mixture of pecans, cashews and almonds fill these little bite sized cream cheese mini tarts.  Perfect for your Christmas Cookie Tray.

Mini Nut Tarts

These little treats are being taken along with several other types of cookies with me this afternoon to my sister in law, Rebecca's, house for a Christmas Luncheon and Cookie Exchange.

Friday, December 3, 2021

Beef and Mushroom Pie with a Renato Ratti Marcenasco Barolo 2017 #ItalianFWT

 Have leftover beef from your Holiday dinners?  Turn them into this amazing one skillet dinner.  Pop open a bottle of Barolo wine and you have another guest worthy dinner to share.

Beef and Mushroom Pie with Barolo Wine

Join the Italian Food Wine and Travel group as we visit Piedmont for the last of the 3 Big B's, Barolo.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

It's a Virtual Baby Shower and I'm bringing a Cobb Dip #FoodieExtravaganza

This dip is the perfect appetizer for any occasion.  It is quick, easy, delicious and even gives you some vegetables. It is like a Cobb Salad on a cracker.

Cobb Dip

The Foodie Extravaganza gang is having a Virtual Baby Shower.....