Thursday, June 30, 2022

Beef and Pork Ravioli, A Book Review and a Nebbiolo from Langhe #ItalianFWT

Delicious mixture of beef, pork, leeks, and cabbage flavored with garlic and rosemary before being made into tender ravioli and tossed in a butter sage sauce.

Ravioli and Wine

Paired with a 100% Nebbiolo from Langhe, it made for a very enjoyable dinner........

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

A Relish Tray and a Review of The Night Watchman

Remember the Relish Trays that you used to find at every holiday gathering or summer potluck party?  I think it's time we revive the ritual and give those fond memories to our children and grandchildren.

Relish Tray

Rituals and Traditions are so very important.  This point was driven home to me as I listened to The Night Watchman during my morning walks.

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Fruit Salad with Rhubarb Syrup, Mint and Basil #SundayFunday

Mixed Berries, Fresh Mint and Basil dressed in a Rhubarb Syrup is delicious as a light dessert on it's own or spooned over pound cake for a more subsantial dessert.

Fruit Salad with rhubarb syrup

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are sharing Fresh Garden Harvest Recipes today.......

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Yellow Tail Wine is from NSW, who knew?? And the Weekly Menu #WorldWineTravel

I thought I was going to have to sit out of this month's World Wine Travel event.  The theme, hosted by Cam of Culinary Adventures with Camilla was Reds from New South Wales.  

When this theme was announced I wasn't concerned about being able to source wines because I was a proud member of and could pretty much get any wine I needed.  Then tragedy struck and is no longer able to ship to Michigan.  I checked with Total Wines and found that they do carry wines from NSW but not here in Michigan.  I checked with my friend Dave who works for a wine wholesaler, he was unable to help me.

Yellow Tail Wine

So I announced to the group that I was unable to participate and Robin of Crushed Grape Chronicles advised that Yellow Tail wines were from Riverina in NSW.  Who knew?  Yellow Tail wine is available everywhere!!!

Friday, June 24, 2022

Tropical Milkshake #DairyWeek

All the Tropical Flavors that you love blended into an American treat, topped with red, white and blue sprinkles making it perfect for Independence Day.

Tropical Milkshake

 Today is the final day of our National Dairy Month celebration.......

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Pineapple Lime Mini Bundts #BundtBakers

Tender cake flavored with lime and fresh pineapple chunks in individual baby bundts that are perfect for taking on your summer gatherings.

Pineapple Lime Mini Bundts

It's time for the Bundt Bakers.........

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Happy Birthday Kirsie--I am serving up your Eclair Cake for #DairyWeek in memory of you.

Cream puff crust and custard filling topped with whipped cream and drizzled with chocolate.  This delicious dessert is sure to become a family favorite.

Eclair Cake

It is the second installment of this year's Dairy Week event......

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Sunshine Sushi Roll and a Book Review #LitHappens

Sunshine Sushi Rolls stuffed with smoked salmon, cucumber, avocado and cream cheese so named because they were inspired by the novel, Klara and the Sun, our June Lit Happens read.


Monday, June 20, 2022

Greek Orange Phyllo Cake #CakeSliceBakers

Orange soaked cake of phyllo dough, eggs, greek yogurt and sugar topped with whipped cream and candied orange slices.

Orange Phyllo Cake

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

Milk Cookies #DairyMonth

 Enjoy these milk cookies with a big glass of cold milk.  They are crispy, delightful and fun to make.

Milk Cookies

The Festive Foodies are celebrating National Dairy Month this week.......

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Strawberries with Minted Yogurt #SundayFunday

Enjoy the best of the Summer Bounty with this easy and delicious recipe.  Perfect for a light dessert, as breakfast in the morning or as a refreshing snack anytime.

Strawberries with Minted Yogurt

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are sharing Yogurt Recipes today......

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Leftover Steak Teriyaki Soup and the Weekly Menu #SoupSaturdaySwappers

 It's grilling season.  For many that means steaks but what to do with the leftovers?  You can serve 4 for lunch the next day with any leftover steak by making this quick and easy Teriyaki Soup. 

Leftover Steak Teriyaki Soup

The Soup Saturday Swappers are starting with Leftovers today........

Friday, June 17, 2022

Cremant Wine Battered Perch; Michigan and French Classics Collide #FishFridayFoodies #Winophiles

Fresh Michigan Lake Perch dredged in a batter made with Cremant from France.  This was the crispiest, tastiest fish I have ever made.  Beer batter has been replaced with Cremant batter in this household.

Fried fish and wine

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Memphis Style BBQ Sauce #MoviesandMunchies

This amazing vinegar based barbecue sauce is the perfect condiment, glaze or addition to your pulled pork, pulled chicken, or Memphis style ribs.  I served it up with pulled pork that had cooked to perfection on the smoker.  

Pulled Pork Sandwich with BBQ Sauce

I was inspired to change up my BBQ sauce after watching Uncorked......

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Baby Babkas #BreadBakers

These little baby babkas are like individual chocolate cinnamon rolls.  So good.  You can add a cream cheese icing for an even closer resemblence to cinnamon rolls but I enjoyed them just as they were.

Baby Babkas

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

Monday, June 13, 2022

Papardelle and Scallops in Saffron Cream inspired by Elsewhere, A Novel by Dean Koontz

Sweet, tender scallops poached in butter and tossed with papardelle and brocolli in a sauce flavored with a touch of saffron.  Comfort food at it's finest.

Papardelle and Scallops

I was inspired to create this recipe after listening to Elsewhere by Dean Koontz......

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Patriotic Jello Bars and the Weekly Menu#SundayFunday

These Red White and Blue bars are the perfect dessert for your July 4th Potluck but are delicious and welcome anytime you want to feed a crowd.

Jello Dessert

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

Saturday, June 11, 2022

A Portable Orange Chardonnay Seltzer Perfect for a Picnic #WinePW

 Ahhhhhhh....Summertime and the livin' is easy....

I love summertime in Michigan.  A lot of people like to vacation in the summer.  We may take some small trips, mostly in different parts of Michigan but for most of the summer there is no place I would rather be than in my own backyard.

fish sandwich and Decoy Seltzer

Friday, June 10, 2022

Chimi Burger #EattheWorld

In the Dominican Republic they call their burgers Chimichurri, not to be confused with the condiment served in Argentina.  The name is the same but these burgers known casually as a Dominican Chimi Burger are all about the sauce and the toppings.

Chimi Burger

Come visit the foods of the Dominican Republic as we Eat the World........

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Spinach Pesto Pasta with Shrimp #ImprovCookingChallenge

This delicious pasta is dressed in a pesto that contains not only basil but also spinach, parsley and roma tomato for an added nutritional boost.  Add some colorful cherry and grape tomatoes, some fresh asparagus and some tender shrimp and you have a complete one bowl meal in less than half an hour.

Spinach Pesto Pasta with Shrimp

Our Improv Cooking Challenge this month calls for us to use Pasta and Greens.......

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Roasted Tomato Caprese #BrunchWeek

Tomato halves seasoned simply with salt and pepper and roasted until flavorful then topped with fresh Mozzarella and basil leaves before being drizzled with olive oil.  A perfect addition to your Brunch or BBQ.

Roasted Tomato Caprese Salad

This is Day 3 of Brunch Week.......

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Sweet Sausage Rolls and a Book Review #BrunchWeek

In a twist on the classic pigs in the blanket these little bite size goodies are baked in a buttery, sweet and nutty sauce.

Sweet Sausage Rolls

Welcome to Day 2 of Brunch Week.......

Monday, June 6, 2022

Crustless Broccoli and Cheese Mini Quiches #BrunchWeek

These little bite size, crustless quiches are perfect for on your brunch buffet or as an appetizer to snack on while waiting for a plated brunch.  

Mini Quiche

Today is the first day of Brunch Week.......

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Grilled New York Strip Steaks with Herb Compound Butter #SundayFunday

We all love grilled steaks but for some reason those we get at a steakhouse have a little something extra that we crave when dining at home.  Enter a herb compound butter that will transport your steaks from deliciously good to amazingly delicious!!

Grilled Steaks with Compound Butter

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are celebrating National Steakhouse Month......

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Roasted Quail Sheet Pan Dinner inspired by The Rose Code and the Weekly Menu

Tender quail, roasted to a golden brown, on a sheet pan along with fingerling potatoes and fresh broccoli makes for a delicious and different dinner. Fancy enough to serve to Royalty as it was in The Rose Code by Kate Quinn.

Quail, potatoes and broccoli

Friday, June 3, 2022

Another Trip to Orvieto to Enjoy Dessert #ItalianFWT

This rustic blueberry crostata is the perfect ending to a wonderful dinner with friends.  I served it up with some homemade Lemon Ice Cream and paired it with a Cardeto Donna Armina Orvieto Classico Superiore.

blueberry galette and wine

The Italian Food Wine and Travel group are visiting the Native White Grapes of Italy......

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Chicken and Cashew Salad with Ginger Dressing #FoodieExtravaganza

This delicious salad is a wonderful and colorful main course dinner with molasses and soy marinated chicken breast on top of tender baby spinach with crunch from the cabbage, cashews and chow mein noodles.  

Chicken and Cashew Salad

It's National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month........