Thursday, September 29, 2022

Welcome Home Marina!!

While we were on vacation our first exchange student came back to the USA with her daughter, Little Miss M, to join her fiance who has been working and living here in the States since COVID struck stranding her in Russia while he was not allowed to leave here.


Since we weren't home upon their arrival, John picked them up at the airport and sent me this photo to let me know that they were here safe and sound.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Le Calendre Valpolicella; Romance is not just for special occasions #ItalianFWT

Verona, home to the love story of Romeo and Juliet.  Also, home to the wonderful wine Valpolicella that rivals Chianti for the love of romantics in Italy and world wide.

Wine in toast

Welcome to Italian Food Wine Travel........

Monday, September 26, 2022

Cinnamon Pear Muffins #MuffinMonday

 Tender crumb chock full of fresh, diced pear, flavored with a touch of cinnamon.  A perfect Fall treat.

Pear Muffins

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

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Black Bean and Pumpkin Quesadillas #SundayFunday

Pumpkin, Black Beans and Cheese flavored with Taco Seasoning and served up in crisped flour tortillas make for a perfect Meatless Meal.

Pumpkin and Black Bean Quesadillas

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are serving up Pumpkin this week.......

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Saying Farewell to Summer with a Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc #WorldWineTravel

The World Wine Travel group has exited Australia and have now stopped on New Zealand.  Australia was a tough country for many of us as we struggled to source wines from the more remote areas of the land down under.


New Zealand appears as if it is going to be problematic for me as well.  While I had no problems finding wine in Michigan from the Martinborough and Marlborough regions, I have had no luck finding wines from New Zealand outside of those areas.

Monday, September 19, 2022

Coconut Biscuits for A Few Right Thinking Men

This is a historical fiction novel set in New South Wales during the depression.  It is a political novel revolving around 3 factions, the Old Guard (read Republicans), the New Guard (read Trumpsters) and the Unionists (read Democrats).  There are also some Communists in the story but most of them are not really communists but are just accused of such by the New Guard, and looked at suspiciously by the Old Guard.

A Few Right Thinking Men

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Oktoberfest Casserole #SundayFundayBloggers

Potatoes, Bratwurst, Cheese, Sauerkraut, Beer and Pretzels combined to create a casserole fulfilling your Oktoberfest craving in one dish.

Oktoberfest Casserole

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

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Friday, September 16, 2022

Lobster Roll BLT #FishFridayFoodies

Who says you can't have your Lobster Roll and BLT too?  The best of both worlds are combined in one delicious sandwich.

Lobster Roll BLT

The Fish Friday Foodies are talkin' Lobster Rolls this month...........

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Kugelhopf #BundtBakers

This delicious yeast cake is more like a bread and delicious for breakfast with your coffee in the morning.

Almond and Coffee Kugelhopf

It is time for Bundt Bakers..................

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Lemonati Kota sta Karvouna for The Old Duck's Club

Chicken breasts marinated in lemon and oregano before being grilled to perfection.  Serve it up as a salad as I did or with a side of Pilafi for a heartier dinner.

Lemonati Kota sta Karvouna

I was inspired to make this Grilled Lemon Chicken after reading The Old Duck's Club......

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

A Great Burger on Homemade Pretzel Hamburger Buns paired with a Malbec from Argentina #BreadBakers #Winophiles

 A while back I shared with you a 3 Cheese Hamburger that I had made for dinner one evening.  What I didn't share was my recipe for the Homemade Pretzel Bun on which I served it or the Malbec Wine with which I paired it.  

Hamburger on Pretzel Bun with wine

Today I am sharing both the recipe for these delicious, toothsome buns and my wine pairing notes.It is time for Bread Bakers and the French Winophiles..........

Monday, September 12, 2022

Mushroom Spaghetti inspired by Letters to Juliet #Movies and Munchies

This easy Mushroom Spaghetti is made in one pot.  Simply saute your vegetables, add your sauce and tomatoes and put the spaghetti into the pot dry.  It will cook as the flavors meld together for an easy, tasty meal.

One Pot Mushroom Spaghetti

I was inspired to make this pasta after watching Letters to Juliet for our Movies and Muchies this month.

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Shredded Beef Taco Bowl #SundayFunday

Turn your leftover beef brisket into a second dinner with this easy peasy and delicious Taco Bowl recipe.

Taco Bowl

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are sharing Hearty Bowl Meals today..........

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Teisen Nionod and the Weekly Menu #EattheWorld

 Layers of potatoes wth onions and cheese, baked to a golden brown make a perfect side dish.

Teison Nionod

We are travelling to Wales today.............

Friday, September 9, 2022

Red Wine with Fish? Let's take a look....#WinePW

Yes we have all heard the old adage "Red wine with Meat, White wine with Fish".  Those old sayings come in very handy quite often but they are not rules set in stone.  

So what if you prefer red wine over white, or vice versa?  And what about Rosé and Sparkling Wines?  What is the rule for those?

Red Wine/White Wine fact sheet

photo from Google images

Well, today the Wine Pairing Weekend crew are going back to school where we learned the Golden Rule and I'm breaking them all......the rules that is......

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Cheese Toasts #ImprovCookingChallenge

These scrumptious little cheese toasts are quick and easy to put together.  I did it without a kitchen!!!  

Perfect as an accompaniment to soup, as an appetizer or as a snack these cheese toasts are delicious anytime.

Cheese Toasts

The Improv Cooking Challenge has us combining cheese and onions today.......

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Easy Chicken Soup with Drop Dumplings #FoodieExtravaganza

This easy peasy chicken noodle soup starts with packaged stock and a rotisserie chicken.  The dumplings are only 4 ingredients that mix together in seconds and turn an ordinary chicken soup into a hearty, delightful main dish.

Easy Chicken Soup with Drop Dumplings

The Festive Foodies are celebrating National Dumpling Day........

Monday, September 5, 2022

Fall Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette inspired by The Wizard's Butler #LitHappens

Crisp Romaine lettuce, dried cranberries, candied walnuts, apple slices and blue cheese dressed in a delightful Balsamic Vinaigrette.


I was inspired to make this salad after reading The Wizard's Butler......

Sunday, September 4, 2022

Crescent Roll Pizzas #SundayFunday

4 Ingredients + 15 Minutes = 1 Happy Kid!!

It doesn't get much easier than popping open a can of crescent rolls, placing on some pepperoni and cheese, rolling it up and baking.  You will be rewarded with huge smiles and maybe even some hugs when the kids get home and thank you for their lunch.

PIzza Crescent Rolls

Can you believe that it is already September?!!  Where does the time go?  

Saturday, September 3, 2022

Friday, September 2, 2022

Zuppa Gallurese and a Cannonau di Sardegna #ItalianFWT

The Italian Food Wine and Travel Group are visiting Sardegna this month, better known to some as the Island of Sardenia.  Located in the Meditteranean, this large Italian Island has about 1250 miles of shoreline.

Sardinia Wine Map

It is famous for its beautiful beaches and rugged terrain but it is also becoming well known as a wine tour destination as is shown by this map taken from google images.