Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Slow Cooker Butterscotch Pears #SpringSweetsWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of the #SpringSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

These pears, made in a slow cooker, make your house smell delicious and free you up for prepping and serving dinner without having to worry about dessert.  When ready to serve place in a bowl and add a scoop of ice cream.  Life doesn't get much easier or more delicious than that.

Butterscotch Pears

Welcome to Day 2 of Spring Sweets Week.........

Monday, March 20, 2023

One Pan Chocolate Cake #SpringSweetsWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of the #SpringSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

This delicious, fudgy, cake is mixed and baked all in one pan.  You will love the ease of making this cake and your family will love the dense chocolatey goodness.

One Pan Chocolate Cake

Today is the first day of Spring Sweets Week and we not only have some wonderful Sweets to share but also some awesome giveaways from our sponsors!!!  Keep reading to learn more.........

Cara Cara Orange, Semolina and Almond Upside-Down Cake #CakeSliceBakers

 This cake has a texture similar to cornbread as it is made with Semolina and Almond Flour.  It is a very different type of cake but one bite and you will see why it is so popular in France.

Citrus Upside Down Cake

Welcome to the Cake Slice Bakers.......

Sunday, March 19, 2023

Roasted Asparagus and Mushrooms #SundayFunday

This is the perfect starter or side dish for you Easter Dinner.  Fresh Asparagus and Baby Portabellas, roasted to perfection and then placed onto a bed of Arugula before being drizzled with Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar.  

Roasted Asparagus and Mushrooms

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are sharing Easter Recipes with you today.......

Saturday, March 18, 2023

Irish Seafood Coddle #SoupSaturdaySwappers

This delicious soup is ready in less than half an hour, making an elegant starter at your next dinner party or a wonderful lunch or light dinner accompanied by a salad and some bread or dinner rolls.

Irish Seafood Coddle

This is our final Soup Saturday Swap........

Friday, March 17, 2023

7 Generations of Women providing Grand Vin De Bordeaux #Winophiles

In celebration of National Women's Month our French Winophiles group was asked to share French wines by Women Winemakers.  I found this lovely bottle of White Bordeaux that made by Château Haut Guillebot, a winery that has been passed down through 7 generations of women winemakers.

White Bordeaux

Irish Fish Cakes and the Weekly Menu #FishFridayFoodies

These Irish Fish Cakes, starting with leftovers, are delicious.  Should you not have leftover mashed potatoes and/or Cod Fillet you will want to make some just to enjoy this dish.

Irish Fish Cakes

The Fish Friday Foodies are Celebrating Ireland today.....

Thursday, March 16, 2023

A Little Luck o' the Irish to You and a Recipe to Help You Celebrate!!

 Each year I celebrate my brother, Dick's, birthday by inviting him and his wife Jackie over for a Corned Beef dinner.  This year I glazed that Corned Beef with Orange Marmalade and Whiskey.  It was scrumptious!!

Orange Marmalade and Whiskey Glazed Corned Beef

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Enjoying Turkish Coffee while flipping through The Essential Guide to Turkish Wines #WineDownWednesday

Deep, dark and aromatic this Turkish Coffee, made without an ibrik, is worth the extra work when you want to serve up something special with dessert.

Turkish Coffee and a Coffee Table Book

I enjoyed mine while flipping through The Essential Guide to Turkish Wines written by one of my blogging friends Andrea LeMieux of The Quirky Cork.

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Waffle Battered Fried Chicken #MoviesandMunchies

We went to visit our son, Chuck, earlier this month.  Chuck lives in Virginia and the first night that we were there we decided to watch a movie.  I requested that we watch Hidden Figures as I had chosen it for our Movies and Munchies film this month.   

Hidden Figures

I told him that I was going to make a recipe inspired by the movie and he said "Just make Fried Chicken, it's a movie about black women in Virginia".  Sure enough, the very first food scene was a gathering at a church picnic and the first food on the table was Fried Chicken.

Onion Lover Rolls #BreadBakers

These soft, tender, dinner rolls have onions three ways.  There is powdered onion in the initial batter.  Caramelized onions are folded in during the kneading process and also sprinkled on top with fresh red onion before baking.  

Onion Lover Rolls

The Bread Bakers are sharing Breads with Onion or other Alliums today..........

Sunday, March 12, 2023

Quick and Easy Meatless Lasagna and a Book Review #SundayFunday #LitHappens

 This quick and easy Meatless Lasagna is the perfect Lenten Meal.  


I was inspired to make Lasagna while reading It Ends with Us, our Lit Happens selection for March.  I made it Meatless for our Sunday Funday theme this week........

Saturday, March 11, 2023

Olive and Blue Cheese Straws inspired by Mistress of Rome

These easily made little pastries stuffed with Blue Cheese and Kalamata Olives are a perfect addition to a charcuterie board or served all by themselves with a cocktail or glass of wine.

Olive and Blue Cheese Straws

I was inspired to make them after reading Mistress of Rome.......

Friday, March 10, 2023

Instant Pot Beef Shwarma #EattheWorld

Have a hankering for Shwarma but limited on time?  Pull out your Instant Pot and you will have an amazing dinner in less time than it would take to order and pick up carry out.

Beef Shwarma over Hummus

We are traveling to Lebanon this month as we Eat the World.........

Thursday, March 9, 2023

Citrus and Mint Salad with Honey Drizzle #ImprovCookingChallenge #Sponsored

Perfect as an addition to your brunch buffet or as a light dessert, this delicious Fruit Salad is naturally sweet containing no processed sugar.  

Citrus Salad

I'm joining the Improv Cooking Challenge Crew in sharing No Sugar Sweets.......

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Que Syrah Sirah #WinePW

A Rose by any other name would smell as sweet and a Durif wine called Petite Sirah is still as lovely.  But is Petite Sirah the same as Petite Syrah? 

Petite Sirah Wine

Ahhhhhh.....that is the question I posed to my Wine Pairing Weekend Group this month.

Sunday, March 5, 2023

Vegetarian Drunken Noodles #SundayFunday

This is a quick and easy Drunken Noodles recipe.  Drunken Noodles normally have meat or seafood included, however I chose to go vegetarian with this recipe for the Lenten season.  Feel free to add a protein if you like.

Drunken Noodles

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

Friday, March 3, 2023

Spring Vegetable Soup, a Book Review and the Weekly Menu

Healthy, light and delicous this soup is a perfect starter for a Springtime celebration.  

Spring Vegetable Soup

Now that Lent is upon us and Easter is around the corner, my thoughts turn to Spring.  I served this soup for Easter Dinner last year and never got an opportunity to share it with you.  I am happy to rectify that today.

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Seafood Ravioli #FoodieExtravaganza

Tender ravioli filled with smoked salmon and shrimp then drenched in a garlic butter cream.  You will feel like you are dining at a fine Italian Restaurant.

Seafood Ravioli

The Foodie Extravaganza Gang is helping you get ready to enjoy National Ravioli Day.......

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Aglianico and Shwarma? Let's give it a try.....#ItalianFWT

The Italian Food Wine and Travel group are heading to Molise, Basilicata and Campania this month as we head up from the toe of the boot this year. I decided to showcase a wine from Campania as Aglianico is easy to source here in Michigan.

Aglianico Wine

Monday, February 27, 2023

Pineapple Rice Krispie Muffins #MuffinMonday

These are not light and airy muffins.  They are dense and moist.  My husband describes them as a cross between a muffin and a cookie.  

Pineapple Rice Krispie Muffins

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

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Food and Wine of Patagonia and the Weekly Menu #WorldWineTravel

The World Wine Travel group has headed to South America this year to explore the wines, foods and cultures of this vast region.  

Cam of Culinary Cam is hosting this month and invited us to join her in exploring Argentina saying:

For February's #WorldWineTravel event, let's focus on Beyond Malbec from Mendoza. That can mean (1) a Malbec from elsewhere in Argentina or (2) a different variety from Mendoza.

I love Malbecs so I went on a search for one made outside of Mendoza locating a bottle made by Catena Family Wines in Patagonia.

Patagonia Malbec

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

A "Killer" Steak and a review of Murder in Tuscany

My friend Cam of Culinary Cam and I both belong to Kindle Unlimited.  We used to send each other physical books through the mail.  Now we send each other, suggestions through texts LOL.....

Murder in Tuscany

A few weeks ago she suggested a new series by T.A. Williams.  It is a cozy mystery series so I knew that they would be quick and easy reads.  Perfect after I have just gotten done reading some deeper, harder, historical fiction.

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Celebrating Mardi Gras with an Easy Sheet Pan Dinner

Let the Good Times Roll....at least for today.  Tomorrow starts the first day of the Lenten Season for Christians as we prepare for the Easter Celebration.  We will spend the next 40 days atoning for any failures during the past year, abstaining from excess and suffering the Lord's Passion before we rise with Him in jubilation and joy.

Cajun Sheet Pan Dinner

I decided to share with you today an easy sheet pan dinner for you to celebrate Mardi Gras.  You can make a quick stop at the market and pick up all you need to make this dinner when you get home.  

Monday, February 20, 2023

Spelt, Chocolate, and Coffee Cake #CakeSliceBakers

I served up this dense, fudgy, chocolate cake for Valentine's Day but it is the perfect dessert to show your love all year long.  The fact that the recipe makes only a 9" square cake is a bonus in my book.

Spelt, Chocolate and Coffee Cake

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

Sunday, February 19, 2023

Vegetarian Samosas #SundayFunday

Phyllo pastry dough wrapped around a vegetarian samosa filling and then air fried to a crispy golden brown.  They are perfect as an appetizer, a side dish for other Indian food, or as a meal all on their own.

Vegetarian Samosa

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are sharing Indian/Pakistani foods today.....

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Ham and Lentil Soup #SoupSaturdaySwappers

This soup made in the Instant Pot is delicious, nutritious and hearty enough to serve as a main course with a side salad and some good bread. 

Ham and Lentil Soup

 The Soup Saturday Swappers are sharing Lentil Soups today.......

Friday, February 17, 2023

Shrimp Cups #FishFridayFoodies

These gorgeous little shrimp cups look so elegant and taste so wonderful that nobody will guess how very easy they were to make.

Shrimp Cups

It's time for Fish Friday Foodies.......

Thursday, February 16, 2023

A Mardi Gras Salad and the Weekly Menu

This past Saturday we had the neighbors over for an early Valentine's Day Dinner.  I decided since Mardi Gras was right around the corner to make a Cajun Themed meal.

Dining Table set for Valentine's Day

The table was set for Valentine Day and we started and ended with Valentine dishes but in between the Tomato Bisque and the Chocolate Cake (recipe coming soon) we enjoyed Cajun Rockfish, Cajun Spiced Sweet Potato Fries and this wonderful salad that I am sharing with you today........

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Potato Dinner Rolls #BreadBakers #CooktheBooks

These soft, fluffy dinner rolls made with leftover mashed potatoes are so good that you will find yourself making extra potatoes each time so that you have them for these rolls.

Potato Dinner Rolls

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

Sunday, February 12, 2023

Peanut Butter and Pretzel Crispy Treats #SundayFunday

Looking for a quick easy snack to serve up or take to the Super Bowl gathering?  This Peanut Butter and Pretzel Crispy Treats are sure to be a hit.

Sweet and Salty Crispy Treats

Not only is it Superbowl Sunday but Valentine's Day is right around the corner so the Sunday Funday Bloggers have been cooking up some sweet and salty treats for you.......

Saturday, February 11, 2023

Red Velvet Pancakes inspired by 500 Days of Summer #MoviesandMunchies

These gorgeous red velvet pancakes are a great start to a wonderful Valentine's Day.  They couldn't be any easier, starting with a boxed cake mix and topped with a cream cheese sauce they are a delicious sweet treat to show your love.

Red Velvet Pancakes

I was inspired to make pancakes after watching 500 Days of Summer for our Movies and Munchies group.  The Red Velvet Pancakes were chosen because Valentine's Day is right around the corner......

Friday, February 10, 2023

Zganci and the Weekly Menu #EattheWorld

Zganci is a traditional Slovenian dish made with such common, ordinary foods it is often called Poor Man's Food.  Served with cream or yogurt it makes a quick and easy breakfast.


We are traveling to Slovenia this month as we Eat the World........

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Celebrating Black History Month with #WinePW

Each year the Wine Pairing Weekend Group celebrates Black History Month by showcasing wines made by BIPOC owned wineries.  This year I am sharing a bottle of Chardonnay from Brown Estate in Napa Valley.


Sunday, February 5, 2023

Woo Dip Harr #SundayFunday

We have been celebrating Chinese New Year for the past two weeks.  Today is the final day of celebration and we are having a party.  Let's start with a dish that was probably not invented or served in China but is commonly found on Chinese Menus here in the USA.

Woo Dip Harr

Woo Dip Harr is butterflied shrimp with bacon served over caramelized onions that are still slightly crisp. So Good!!!!

Friday, February 3, 2023

Grilled Chicken Panini, a Book Review and the Weekly Menu

I just finished reading A Time for Mercy by John Grisham.  This novel has all the same characters that we came to love in A Time to Kill.  It starts off with a family being terrorized by an alcoholic cop who is a hero in town but has a very dark side when he gets on the wrong side of a beer bottle.  

A Time for Mercy

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Octopus with Polenta and a Rosato from Puglia inspired by The Food Club #italianFWT

Creamy Polenta topped with Grilled Octopus paired with a Rosato from Puglia is a great way to start a meal.

Octoppus with Polenta and Rosato Wine

Join the Italian Food Wine Travel Group as we explore Puglia this month.......

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Paloma for National Grapefruit Month #FoodieExtravaganza

I'd like to introduce to you Paloma, cousin of Margarita.  Made with Tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, simple syrup and club soda, served on the rocks in a salted rim glass.  I think I may prefer this over the popular Margarita.....I've always been a sucker for underdogs.  Cheers!!!


The Foodie Extravaganza Gang are celebrating National Grapefruit Month.......

Monday, January 30, 2023

All Bran Bud Muffins #MuffinMonday

These heart healthy muffins are delicious and a perfect grab and go breakfast.  I made them in the shape of hearts because not only are they good for you but Valentine's Day is right around the corner and these would be the perfect treat for your sweet.

All Bran Muffins

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

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Chili Frito Pie #SundayFunday

This delicious and easy pie has long been a family favorite and is sure to be a welcomed regular in your house too.

Chili Frito Pie

Welcome to Sunday Funday........

Saturday, January 28, 2023

Chicken Tikka Masala inspired by The Hundred Foot Journey and the Weekly Menu #MoviesandMunchies

I made this Chicken Tikka Masala in a slow cooker and it turned out incredibly tender and flavorful with very little effort.

Chicken Tikka Masala

I was inspired to make this dish after watching (again) The Hundred Foot Journey.....

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Chilean Crab Dip and a Modern Style Chardonnay #WorldWineTravel

 Join us as we celebrate the Foods and Wines of Chile.  Welcome to a new year of World Wine Travel.  This year we are exploring the wines of South America.  I am happy to start 2023 off with an exploration of Chilean Foods and Wines.

Crab dip and Wine

I chose this topic as the foods and wine of Chile are easy for me to source in Michigan.  This is not the case with all countries as our liquor laws in Michigan are quite stringent and often it is hard for me to source the wines needed for our events.

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Baked Rice Pudding inspired by Well Behaved Wives

This rice pudding is baked in a water bath creating a custardy texture.  It will transport you back to your childhood and make you feel comforted.  It is great for dessert but I love having it for breakfast.

Baked Rice Pudding

I was inspired to make this rice pudding after reading Well Behaved Wives......

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Holy Cow Chocolate Pie #SundayFunday

This decadent, scrumptious pie is so easy to make and even easier to eat.  I top mine with ice cream and hot fudge sauce.  You are going to love it.

Holy Cow Chocolate Pie

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are sharing favorite birthday recipes today.....

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Polish Vegetable Soup (Zupa Jarzynowa) #SoupSaturdaySwappers

 This easy and delicious soup is great as a first course for your Polish Feast or a great lunch or light dinner with a piece of crusty bread.

Polish Vegetable Soup

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

Friday, January 20, 2023

Apple and Calvados Cake from Normandy #CakeSliceBakers

This delicious cake is more of a coffee cake with chunks of apples in a tender crumb flavored with Calvados covered with a crisp outer layer.

Normandy Apple Cake

It's time for the first Cake Slice Bakers of 2023.......

Lobster Tacos #FishFridayFoodie

Tender, buttery lobster chunks, shredded cabbage and avocado lime crema enfolded in warmed flour tortillas make for a very special Taco Tuesday or a fun and casual Fish Friday.

Lobster Tacos

The Fish Friday Foodies are sharing Lobster Recipes today........

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Relaxing with a Cotes du Rhone and Rummikub #Winophiles

 This Rue de Perle Cotes du Rhone Villages is an inexpensive wine that you can enjoy regularly.  It pairs very well with food as I spoke about in this article from 2015 but it is also nice enough to sip when relaxing with family playing a game or when cuddled up on the couch with a good book.

Rue de Perle Cotes du Rhone

The Winophiles are exploring the diverse region of Cotes du Rhone this month......

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Pierogi Pasta Casserole and a review of The Huntress

All the flavors and goodness of Pierogi without making, rolling and forming the dough.  This pretend Pierogi recipe was inspired by The Huntress in which one of the protagonists pretends to be Polish.

Pierogi Pasta Casserole
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