Thursday, March 31, 2022

Off the Menu Round-up #MoviesandMunchies

March has come to a close and so has our Off the Menu Movies and Munchies event.  I think for the most part the group agreed that this was a fun and mindless little rom com.  I know that they all agreed that there was tons of food inspiration to be had.  

Off the Menu

Monday, March 28, 2022

Mini Chocolate Chip Muffins #MuffinMonday

Perfect little pop in your mouth treats.  These tender little morsels are chock full of mini chocolate chips but are not overly sweet.  I packaged them up 3 to a snack bag for our dessert table at the Parish Fish Fry.

Mini Chocolate Chip Muffins

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

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Corn Dogs #SundayFunday

You don't have to wait for the carnival to come into town to enjoy this iconic treat.  Hot dogs coated in cornbread and deep fried to golden perfection.


The Sunday Funday Bloggers are sharing Foods on a Stick today......

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Coconut Madeleines inspired by Champagne Widows #WomenHistoryMonth

I am happy to be celebrating Women History Month with you.  Many of my blog posts have focused on women in food, in wine, in books and in films.  Today I am again honoring the women of history.  I am making a recipe that was written by Ina Garten, a well known female chef, in what was once a male dominated field.

Coconut Madeleines

I was inspired to make these delicious little cake/cookies after reading an historical fiction novel written by a female author, Rebecca Rosenberg, featuring the Women of Champagne who kept the wine flowing during the reign of Napoleon.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

South Australian Chardonnay with Pesto Bruschetta Chicken #WorldWineTravel

This dish reminds me of Spring for some reason.  It is a scrumptious dinner that combines all the flavors of Bruschetta and Pesto without the carbs from the baguette.  Of course, I paired mine with pasta but if you are watching your carbs it would be perfect with just a side salad and a glass of this crisp, amazing Punt Road Chard from South Australia.

Pesto Bruschetta Chicken and Wine

The World Wine Travel group are sipping the White Wines of South Australia this month.......

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Banana Bread with Swirls of Nutella #CakeSliceBakers

What's better than banana bread?  Banana bread with swirls of Nutella.  This delicious recipe makes 2 loaves that are delicious after dinner as dessert or in the morning with your coffee.

Banana Bread with Nutella Swirl

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

Okra Mexicana #SundayFunday

Okra and tomatoes make a great marriage.  The addition of Mexican flavors make this dish one that you will be coming back to each time you are looking for a side dish for your fiestas.

Okra Mexicana

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are cooking up Okra today.......

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Italian Bean Soup with Greens #SoupSaturdaySwappers

This delicious, healthy soup comes together in minutes and is hearty enough to be served as a vegetarian main course.

Italian Bean Soup with Greens

The Soup Saturday Swappers are adding greens to their soup this month.......

Friday, March 18, 2022

Ligurian Seafood Salad and the Upcoming Weekly Menu #FishFridayFoodies

This delicious Meditteranean salad is perfect as a starter to a wonderful dinner party or as the entree of an elegant lunch or light dinner.  Chock full of  marinated seafood tossed with a white bean salad, it transports you to a seaside restaurant for a wonderful, relaxing meal.

Ligurian Seafood Salad

We are sharing steamed fish/seafood recipes today with the Fish Friday Foodies crew......

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Domaine de Marcoux Lirac La Lorentine to Celebrate Women's History Month #Winophiles

This  bottle of Lirac wine comes from a 20 acre Châteauneuf du Pape vineyard that is ran by sisters, Catherine Armenier and Sophie Estevenin, whose family has been tending vines in the area since the 1300's.

Lirac wine

The Winophiles are celebrating Women's History Month.......

St. Patrick's Day Bundt #BundtBakers

Swirls of green inside along with the green icing topped with gold makes this a perfect cake for St. Patrick's Day.  The Bundt Bakers are celebrating Spring today........

Bundt Cake

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Homemade Ranch Dressing and a Book Review #LitHappens

This herby, tangy buttermilk dressing takes only minutes to make, costs less than the bottled version and contains only ingredients that you can pronounce.  This recipe gives you two cups of dressing that will be good for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.  Or so they say....mine never lasts that long.

Ranch Dressing

It is perfect for dressing salads, putting on sandwiches or dipping vegetables for a snack.  I used some of this batch to cream some cucumbers and onions so I left it thick.  Then I put it in the refrigerator and packed it in the Teen's lunchbox with carrot and celery sticks before adding a little more buttermilk to it for dressing a salad.

Monday, March 14, 2022

Syrniki #CooktheBooks

These Ukrainian Pancakes are a wonderful way to start the day topped with powdered sugar and a schmear of jam but they would be equally as good as a start to a dinner party topped with smoked salmon or a dollop of caviar.


I was inspired to make Syrniki after reading Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews.....

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Dingle Pie #SundayFunday #PiDay #StPatsDay

So here we are getting ready for St. Patrick's Day with the Sunday Funday Bloggers but it is also PI(e) Day tomorrow, 3.14, and the French Winophiles are celebrating Women History month so I wanted a dish that I could pair with a lovely red blend from Lirac.

Dingle Pie

My solution to this conundrum? This savory, delicious pie made with slow braised lamb in an herb gravy.

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Two Special Dinners, Continued Fish Fry Saga, and the Weekly Menu

2 weeks down, 4 weeks to go with our Lenten Parish Fish Fry's.  They have been incredibly successful and  I am very tired.  Saturday's are my re-coup days.  We had final clean up this morning and now it is time for Aleve and relaxation.


Thursday, March 10, 2022

Fritada de Chancho #EattheWorld

Pork stew meat slow cooked until fork tender and then browned in an orange juice mixture, is a traditional and popular dish in Ecuador.

Fritada de Chancho

Join us as we Eat the World.......

Grilled Rachel Tacos #ImprovCookingChallenge

Change up your Taco Tuesday and use up some of that leftover Corned Beef that you will be cooking up next week with this fun take on a Rachel Sandwich.

Grilled Rachel Taco

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

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Join in the Fun as We Explore New Varietals and Share our Discoveries #WinePW (Ligurian Seafood Salad)

 I love learning about wines.  I visit different wines each month with our Wine Pairing Weekend Group as well as our Italian Food Wine and Travel Group, our French Winophiles group and most recently our World Wine Travel group.  

Gavi Wine

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Boxty #BreadBakers

These Irish Potato Pancakes use both mashed and grated fresh potatoes mixed with flour and eggs that are then fried up to a beautiful golden brown.


It's time for Bread Bakers......

Monday, March 7, 2022

Sweet Potato and Beet Hash #MoviesandMunchies

Colorful and nutritious this dish is a delight for the stomach and the eyes.  I was inspired to create this dish after watching the film "Off the Menu".

Sweet Potato and Beet Hash with Egg

Sweet potato, beet, poblano pepper hash is served up beautifully golden and crisp.  This would make a perfect side dish to any meal however I served it topped with a perfectly fried egg on Ash Wednesday when we abstain from meat.

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Celery Steak #SundayFunday

This is a wonderful way to take an inexpensive cut of meat, tenderize it in a marinade and stir fry it up with vegetables for a healthy, nutritious, delicious meal that doesn't break the budget.

Celery Steak

Join the Sunday Funday Bloggers as we celebrate National Celery Month.......

Saturday, March 5, 2022

Shredded Italian Beef Sandwiches #SupperClubSaturday

This Italian Beef Sandwich starts with rump roast slow cooked until fork tender in Italian seasonings.  Then it is shredded and placed back into the juices until you are ready to make the sandwiches, served with the au jus for dipping.

Italian Beef Sandwiches

It's time for Supper Club Saturday................

Friday, March 4, 2022

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Discovering Ziobaffa Wines #ItalianFWT

 Zioboffa Organic Toscana is, as are many wines from Tuscany, a Sangiovese blend.  It pours a deep red and smells of flowers and fruit.  It is well balanced and a bit other words, it is wonderful.


The Italian Food Wine and Travel group are taking a look at Organic and Natural wines in Italy this month.....

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup #FoodieExtravaganza

This soup is a great way to use up leftover corned beef after St. Pat's Day however it is so delicious that you aren't going to want to wait another whole year to enjoy it.  Luckily it is just as delicious using a thick slice of corned beef from the deli.

Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup

The Foodie Extravaganza Gang are sharing Leftover Makeovers with Corned Beef today in anticpation of the upcoming celebrations......

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Please Join Me in watching Off The Menu for #MovieandMunchies

Welcome to our 3rd Edition of Movies and Munchies a new group of Film Loving Foodies.  We all watch the same movie during the month, create a recipe inspired by the movie and post about it on your blog and/or instagram.  It is a lot of fun and anyone is welcome to join.  You can find out more on our Facebook page

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