Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Big Night Roundup #MoviesandMunchies

This month I invited our Movies and Munchie group to join me in watching Big Night.  I wanted to watch this after reading Taste, a memoir by Stanley Tucci.

Big Night

Monday, August 29, 2022

Lemon Zucchini Muffins #MuffinMonday

Still looking for ways to use up that Zucchini?  I've got you covered with this small batch of tasty Lemon Zucchini Muffins.

Lemon Zucchini Muffins

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

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Hummus Flatbread Caprese #SundayFundayBloggers

This is a wonderful appetizer or light Meatless Monday meal.  It is ready in less than half an hour using store bought products for a semi homemade treat.

Hummus Flatbread Caprese

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are cooking with Garbanzo Beans......

Friday, August 26, 2022

Coronation Chicken Salad and the Weekly Menu #FoodiesRead

Coronation Chicken Salad was created by chefs of the Cordon Bleu Cookery School for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.  It is the result of Anglo Indian cuisine developed during the British Raj in India in the 1930's.

Coronation Chicken Salad

I was inspired to make this chicken salad after reading the Arctic Curry Club....

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Quicksilver 3 Cheese Hamburger #FoodiesRead

This delicious burger is stuffed with 2 kinds of cheese and then topped with another slice creating a wonderful taste sensation perfect for the end of season barbecues.

3 Cheese Hamburger

I was inspired to make this burger while listening to Quicksilver, a novel by Dean Koontz.

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Plum Cake #CakeSliceBakers

 I served up this plum cake for my friend and neighbor, Michelle's, birthday.  It was a wonderful, seasonal way to celebrate her day.

Plum Cake

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

Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup #SoupSaturdaySwappers

 It's pepper season and I am lucky enough to have a generous neighbor.  Every day he brings me bounty from his garden, including peppers of every shape, color and size.  I decided to use some of them to make this quick and delicious Stuffed Pepper Soup using my Instant Pot.

Stuffed Pepper Soup

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

Friday, August 19, 2022

Tortellini Salad with Grill Roasted Shrimp, Tomato and Green Beans and the Weekly Menu #FishFridayFoodies

Life and Dinner doesn't get much easier or more delicious than this quick and easy main dish salad.  Perfect for those hot dog days of summer that we still have to look forward to......

Tortellini Salad

The Fish Friday Foodies are making Summer Salads this month.......

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Applesauce Spice Cake with Chocolate Chips #BundtBakers

With just one bowl and 15 minutes time you can whip up this scrumptious Applesauce Cake flavored with warm spices and studded with chocolate chips.

applesauce spice cake

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

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

An Edible Cheeseboard and a Crisp Rosé from Languedoc #Winophiles

Looking for a fun way to start off your next party?  Whether around the pool, campfire or tv watching the game, this edible cheeseboard is going to be well received and the talk of the party.

edible cheeseboard

I made this cheeseboard on the grill because we were poolside and it was too hot to turn on the oven but as fall approaches I have visions of making it again to serve inside.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

White Lasagna inspired by The Woman in the Library

This fun murder mystery within a murder mystery was the first novel I have ever read by Australian author Sular Gentill.  It will not be the last.

The Woman in the Library

I listened to this novel, downloaded from the library onto my phone, during my daily walks.  I can't wait to listen to the next that I will be downloading as soon as I'm done listening to my current Dean Koontz novel.

Monday, August 15, 2022

Hoppin' John and a Book Review

I had the Blue Plate Special, An Autobiography by Kate Christensen on my bookshelf for quite a few years now.  I'm not positive but I think I got it from my friend Cam of Culinary Adventures with Camilla. 

Blue Plate Special

I pulled it off the shelf one day as I headed out to the pool.......

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Zucchini Casserole #SundayFundayBloggers

This casserole is a great way to use up the last of your summer zucchini as the weather starts to cool a bit.  Pasta, zucchini, beef, cheese and tomatoes combine to create a comfort casserole reminiscent of the goulash you enjoyed as a kid.

Zucchini Casserole

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are using up Zucchini this week......

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Sweet Potato Pie, A Book Review and The Weekly Menu

This is the first time I have ever made or eaten a Sweet Potato Pie....Well, as far as I know.....It tastes just like a pumpkin pie, my very favorite pie, so perhaps I have had it unknowingly.  I wish I had known this a couple of years ago when COVID first hit and the stores were out of everything including pumpkin.  

sweet potato pie

I was inspired to make this pie after reading The House on Harbor Hill......

Friday, August 12, 2022

Cajun Shrimp #FarmersMarketWeek

 Tender, juicy shrimp tossed with bell peppers and corn, flavored with Cajun seasonings and lemon, creates a delicious dish that you will be proud to serve.

Cajun Shrimp

We are celebrating farmers markets this week........

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Mexican Street Corn and Sausage Salad with a Vino Blanc #ImprovCookingChallenge #WinePW

This scrumptious salad was a wonderful way to enjoy the sweet corn so abundant in Michigan right now.  I paired it with a Spanish Vino Blanc from Coopers Hawk Winery.

Mexican Street Corn Salad and Wine

It's Wine Pairing Weekend..................

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Fenkata #EattheWorld

This Rabbit Stew is the National Dish of Malta, our desitination for this month Eat the World Challenge.  Tender rabbit in a savory wine gravy with potatoes, carrots and peas makes for a perfect one pot meal.


Join us as we explore the food and culture of Malta.......

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Coco Bread #BreadBakers

Made with coconut milk and just a touch of sugar, these yeast rolls are firm on the outside and soft on the inside.  They are the perfect accompaniment to your salad or soup.

Coco Bread

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

Monday, August 8, 2022

Japchae (Korean Glass Noodles) #FarmersMarketWeek

Korean Glass Noodles combined with an assortment of stir fried vegetables in a savory sauce is the perfect as a meatless entree or as a side dish to Korean Fried Chicken.


We are celebrating Farmer's Markets this week........

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Quick and Easy Pork Pho #SundayFunday

This is a wonderful second meal made with leftover pork tenderloin.  Tender slices of pork and rice noodles in an aromatic, delicious broth garnished with bean sprouts and peanuts.

Pork Pho

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are sharing recipes that feature Sprouts today......

Saturday, August 6, 2022

An Italian Merlot? Sì, Grazie #ItalianFWT

 Today the Italian Food Wine and Travel Group is exploring Italian Wines made from Non-Native Grapes. 

Italian Merlot

I found this bottle of Merlot at my International Marketplace.........

Friday, August 5, 2022

Beef Roast on a Spit and the Weekly Menu #LitHappens

Cooking this New York Strip Roast on the rotisserie creates an amazing crust on the outside.  Place a pan of root vegetables underneath the roast as it cooks and all those delicious drippings flavor your vegetables and gives you an amazing dinner without much hands on work.

Beef and Potatoes plate

I was inspired to make this Beef Roast on a Spit after reading the Kitchen House, our Lit Happens selection for August.

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Mock Turtle Soup #CooktheBooks

Mock turtle soup is made not from turtle but from beef.  It was created in the 18th century in England as an imitation of Green Turtle soup.  It is the strangest soup I have ever made, containing cookies and hard boiled eggs, and it was surprisingly tasty.

Mock Turtle Soup

It's time for our August/September edition of Cook the Books.......

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Zucchini Agrodolce #NationalZucchiniDay

Tender, garden fresh zucchini, seasoned and sauteed in butter before being tossed in sweet and sour balsamic vinegar sauce.

Zucchini Agrodolce

It's National Zucchini Day.......

Monday, August 1, 2022

Big Night Sparkling Risotto and a late Weekly Menu #MoviesandMunchies

I am hosting our Movies and Munchies group this month and asked the others to join me in watching Big Night written by and starring Stanley Tucci.

Big Night

I wanted to watch this movie after reading Tucci's "Taste: My Life Through Food" for our Cook the Books selection.  You can read my review here.