Thursday, April 11, 2024

Enjoying the Hybrid Wines of Old Mission Peninsula #WorldWineTravel

The World Wine Travel group is gathering this month to discuss Hybrid wines.  These are wines made by crossing two grapes to make a new varietal.  In Michigan, we have many hybrid grapes.  Native to our State are Riverbank Grapes, most often used as ground cover or as food for birds and small animals.  They can also be turned into jams and are safe for human consumption.


The first grapes grown commercially in Michigan were juice grapes, Concord and Niagara. Michigan still produces much of the grapes used by Welch's in their juice.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Poached Halibut in Orange Lemon Sauce and a Cookbook Review #EattheWorld

Tender, white, flaky Halibut Fillets poached in an Orange Lemon Sauce and served over Braised Romaine Lettuce leaves.

Poached Halibut

Eat the World Challenge is traveling to Denmark this month.....

H is for Hash

Turn that leftover Corned Beef and Cabbage Boiled Dinner into breakfast the following day with this delicious Hash topped with a Fried Egg. 

Corned Beef Hash and Egg

You will be wishing you had more leftovers......

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Multi-Grain Dinner Rolls and a Book Review #BreadBakers #LitHappens

A combination of Oat Bran, Flax Seed, Whole Wheat, and Unbleached Bread Flour topped with Everything Bagel Seasoning.

Dinner Rolls

The Bread Bakers are sharing Multi-Grain bread recipes today.......

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Dirty Shrimp #SundayFunday

Called "Dirty" Shrimp because the buttery beer sauce is "muddied" with herbs.  This shrimp is tender, flavorful, and scrumptious.  

Dirty Shrimp

It's National Beer Day and the Sunday Funday bloggers are sharing recipes made with beer.

Friday, April 5, 2024

Sharing a Delicious Cake Recipe and our Upcoming Road Trip North

You don't have to choose between Carrot Cake and Pineapple Upside Down Cake.  You can combine them into one scrumptious dessert that will have your family fighting for the last piece.

Pineapple Upside Down Carrot Cake

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Queen Bees....The Round-up #Movies and Munchies

 I hosted our Movies and Munchies group this month and chose the movie Queen Bees an older generation rom/com that takes place in a retirement community.  It was a lot of fun and everyone who joined in had great reviews.  They were also inspired to make some wonderful recipes that I am sharing with you today.

Queen Bees

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Mastering the Art of French Hot Chocolate #CooktheBooks

I just finished reading a fun murder mystery starring chef, Julia Child. The novel was purely fiction but portrayed the chef as a good friend of the protagonist in the story.

Mastering the Art of French Murder

The title of the book is, of course, a take on the title of Julia Child's world-renowned cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Carrot Pineapple Slaw

With only 5 ingredients and 5 minutes, you have a wonderful side salad for whatever you are serving up. Shredded carrots, pineapple tidbits, raisins, mayo, and cinnamon combine for a savory, slightly sweet addition to your dinner.

Carrot Slaw

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Hot Beef Sundae #SundayFunday

Surprise your family with Sundaes for Dinner!!!  Tomorrow is April 1.  Turn your Sunday Pot Roast leftovers into a fun April Fools Prank with this Hot Beef Sundae......

Hot Beef Sundae

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Preparing for Easter and a Weekly Menu featuring leftovers

We are now starting the celebration of the Easter Triduum. We start with Mass tonight for Holy Thursday.  Friday is a day of sorrow and mourning as we acknowledge that our Savior died, nailed to a cross, to redeem us to everlasting life.  Saturday night we will celebrate the Easter Vigil with a Mass and then Sunday is a day of glorious celebration that we will celebrate with a Dinner with family and friends.

Easter Menu

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Roast Beef and Stilton Melt inspired by A Fatal Grace

Thinly sliced roast beef, horseradish and stilton blue cheese spread, and peppery arugula snuggled between slices of buttered French bread and grilled to perfection.

Roast Beef and Stilton Melt

G is for Grits

Cheesy Grits topped with perfectly cooked Shrimp, Bacon, and Vegetables, this classic southern dish is comfort food at its finest.

Shrimp and Grits

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Friends in Napa; A Book Review #sponsored

I received a pre-release copy of Friends in Napa for review purposes.  I am not receiving any monetary compensation for this post.  All writings and opinions are strictly my own.

Friends in Napa

Monday, March 25, 2024

Irish Soda Bread Muffins #MuffinMonday

I baked these muffins up as part of my St. Patrick's Day festivities but they are such a delicious combination of savory and sweet that they need to be made more than just once a year.

Irish Soda Bread Muffins

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

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Banana Cream Pie #SundayFunday

Slices of perfectly ripe banana with homemade custard, covered in whipped cream and garnished with more banana slices in a flaky pie shell.  Such delicious childhood memories.

Banana Cream Pie

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are having a Dinner Party......

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Greek Chicken and the Weekly Menu

Tender chicken breasts marinated in lemon and herbs and then baked in the oven. This entree is easy, healthy, and delicious.  I served it with a side of cabbage salad and roasted baby potatoes.

dinner plate

The chicken remained juicy and flavorful.  I think this marinade will be revisited during the summer months with the chicken going onto the grill rather than in the oven.

Friday, March 22, 2024

Blood Orange Creamsicle Pie #Spring SweetsWeek

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

 Do you have fond memories of Push Ups?  You know, those frozen orange creamsicle treats you used to get from the ice cream man.  They are wrapped up in cardboard and you push them up past the cardboard wrapper with a stick.  They used to be one of my favorites and this fun, delicious cake brought back many fond food memories.

Blood Orange Creamsicle Pie

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Banana Rum Cake #CakeSliceBakers

This cake contains very ripe mashed bananas and perfectly ripe candied banana slices.  Having rum in the candied banana, cake batter, and frosting this is a rum cake like you have never enjoyed before.

Banana Rum Cake

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

Lemon Cream and Candied Ginger Crepes Cake #SpringSweetsWeek

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

Tender crepes layered with homemade lemon curd cream and flavored with candied ginger pieces. This is a decadent, delicious spring dessert that would be perfect for Easter or Mother's Day gatherings.

Lemon Cream and Candied Ginger Crepes Cake

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Croque Monsieur and a Murder at the Matterhorn

Toasted slices of French Bread smothered with slices of Ham, Gruyere Cheese, and Bechamel.  Ooh La La......

Croque Monsieur

This sandwich is a great way to use up some of your leftover Easter ham this year.......

Monday, March 18, 2024

Holiday Fruit Salad #SpringSweetsWeek

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

This tasty and refreshing fruit salad is the perfect addition to your Easter Brunch Table.  Fresh and canned fruits combined with cream cheese and yogurt dressing sweetened with natural honey, and flavored with warm spices and vanilla paste is a wonderful way to add some healthier sweets to your diet.

Fruit Salad

It is also the perfect start to our Spring Sweets Week event.......

Sunday, March 17, 2024

Asparagus and Herbed Ricotta Tart #SundayFunday

Flaky puffed pastry filled with a creamy cheese filling and topped with crisp asparagus pieces before being draped with prosciutto and baked to a golden brown.  Perfect as a light lunch or dinner, as a first course of an elegant dinner party, or as an appetizer at a cocktail party.

Asparagus Tart

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

Saturday, March 16, 2024

A Perfect Friday Night....Wine and a Book

I recently learned from my friend Evelyn Basile of Fine Wine Buzz that the book Let's Talk About Wine by Steve Ratliff was available for free from Kindle for a limited time.  Steve Ratliff was offering this book to any who wanted it but requested that we post a review on Amazon upon completion of the book.

Let's Talk About Wine

I immediately ordered the book but waited to read it until last night when I finished reading another novel.  I will be reviewing it for you very shortly.

Friday, March 15, 2024

Shepherd's Pie for St. Pat's Day, A Book Review and the Weekly Menu

Ground lamb and tender vegetables in a savory gravy topped with mashed potatoes.  This dish is a great alternative for those who don't care for corned beef and cabbage this St. Patrick's Day.

Irish Shepherd's Pie

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Cannoli Pie for Pi Day and #MoviesandMunchies

I was originally going to make Maruya (Banana Fritters) for this month's Movies and Munchies post but then I decided to post on Pi(e) Day.  Since there was a ton of food to choose from inspired by the Netflix film Queen Bees, pie being one of the many items, I decided to celebrate Pi Day with a movie review.

Queen Bees

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

F is for Fajitas

This bowl is a perfect way to enjoy Fajitas that are Gluten-Free, healthy, and colorful.  A great way to serve your family a rainbow of foods that are nutritious and delicious.

Chicken Fajita Bowl

F is for Fajitas.  It is also for Favorite, Fun, and Festive.  This is one of my family's favorite dinners.  They love it because it is fun and feels like you're attending a fiesta.  I love it because it is easy, healthy and nutritious.

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Hot Cross Buns Muffins and a Book Review #BreadBakers

These delicious muffins filled with warm spices and dried fruits and crossed with a citrus glaze will make a great addition to your Easter Brunch.

Hot Cross Muffins

The Bread Bakers are sharing Easter Breads today......

Sunday, March 10, 2024

Gado Gado #EattheWorld

This Indonesian Salad is dressed with a delicious peanut sauce.  It is wonderful with a stirfry or with the Beef Rendang that I am also sharing with you today.

Gado Gado

We are traveling to Indonesia today as we Eat the World......

Beef Rendang #SundayFunday

Chunks of Beef slow-cooked in warm spices and coconut milk until fall-apart tender, start off in the slow cooker, and finish on the stovetop thickening the sauce into a glaze.

Beef Rendang

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

Friday, March 8, 2024

Lemon Butter Chicken and the Weekly Menu

Chicken cutlets lightly breaded and seared to a golden brown served in a bright, lemony, butter sauce.  This delicious dinner is ready in only half an hour, making it perfect for a quick dinner before we had to run out to choir practice, last night.

Lemon Butter Chicken

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Pasta, Wine, and a Cookbook Review #ItalianFWT

Homemade Fettuccine Noodles tossed with Mascarpone, Ricotta, and Fresh Herbs.  I opened a bottle of Collezione di Paolo Poggerissi 2021Chianti and a Marco Bonfante 2022 Gavi di Gavi to see which paired better with this dish.

Pasta and Wine

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Mexican Pizza for Taco Tuesday

Crisp Corn Tortillas covered with Refried Beans, Cheese, and chopped Tomatoes then topped with Lettuce, Avocado, and a drizzle of Ranch Dressing.

Mexican Pizza

Monday, March 4, 2024

Hawaiian Pork Roast and a Book Review of Moloka'i #LitHappens

I just finished listening to our Lit Happens selection for March.  This year we are concentrating on Historical Fiction set in different areas of the USA. 


Camilla of Culinary Cam is hosting this month and chose the novel Moloka'i.

Sunday, March 3, 2024

Shrimp and Asparagus Crepes ~~Recipe Redo

These easy and delicious crepes filled with shrimp and asparagus in a creamy mushroom sauce are a wonderful first course or fish course for your Easter Dinner.  

Shrimp and Asparagus Crepes

We are sharing Fresh Spring Recipes today.....

Irish Cream French Toast Casserole #SundayFunday

Day-old bread, cut into chunks and soaked in an Irish Cream and Egg mixture overnight before being baked, resulting in a custardy bottom layer with a toasted top.  This is a great way to start off your St. Patrick's Day celebrations.

Irish Cream French Toast Casserole

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are sharing St. Patrick's Day Breakfast ideas today......

Friday, March 1, 2024

Pizza Bites and the Weekly Menu

What are your plans for this weekend?  Our weekend is pretty clear so I'm thinking that a Family Game Night might be a distinct possibility. We love games in this family and we have a plethora of them.  Games for just two people to Games for a crowd.  

Pizza Bites

Of course one of the best things about Family Game Night is the snacks....Like these easy, peasy, and delicious pizza bites.

Thursday, February 29, 2024

LA LA Land; The Roundup #MoviesandMunchies

I hosted our Movies and Munchies Group for February and chose the Movie LA LA Land based on a review by Woman's Day Magazine listing it as one of the top Valentine's Day Movies.

LA LA Land

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

E is for Eggs

This quick Asian Stir-Fry is perfect for a Meatless Lenten Meal.  It is delicious, nutritious, and ready in a flash.

Tomatoes and Eggs

E is for Eggs.  It is also for Easy.  We are working our way through the Alphabet this year and this week we are sharing recipes and/or foods that start with the letter E.  This recipe is both......

Monday, February 26, 2024

Banana Pineapple Muffins with Macadamia Nuts #MuffinMonday

I was cleaning out my freezer the other day.  I had about 10 overripe bananas in there and also half of a bag of Macadamia Nuts.  I thought these would make a great muffin and I was right.  I have been patting myself on the back ever since.

Banana Pineapple Muffins

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

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake with No Cook Fudge Frosting~~Recipe Redo

This flashback to the Fifties is a perfect dessert for the upcoming Easter festivities.  The mayonnaise creates a moist, tender crumb and the sprinkles add Spring flair.

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

Chinese Steamed Eggs #SundayFunday

This method of cooking eggs results in a smooth and silky custard-like dish that you can garnish with any flavors you want.  I served mine with chopped scallions and a little chili oil.  So delicious......

Chinese Steamed Eggs

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are serving up Hot Breakfasts today......

Friday, February 23, 2024

Friday Night Cocktail and The Weekly Menu

This cocktail is the official drink of Catalina Island according to their website.  I learned of it when making a cake named after the cocktail.  I shared the recipe for Buffalo Milk Swiss Roll on Tuesday.  When reading about this cocktail, I noted that we had all the ingredients needed and asked Frank to make us one to try.

Buffalo Milk Cocktail

They were delicious so I decided to make the cake for our daughter's birthday and to start the celebration with these drinks.

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Chinese 5 Spice Scones and a Book Review

These flaky and savory scones are flavored with toasted sesame seeds and Chinese 5 Spice Powder, fusing the cultures of England and China. 

Chinese 5 Spice Scones

I was inspired to meld these flavors while reading Babel, a mystical, alternate-reality novel with some speculative historical fiction......

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Buffalo Milk Swiss Roll #CakeSliceBakers

There is a popular drink from Santa Catalina Island called Buffalo Milk.  I had never heard of it until I read about it in The Cake Book while reading this recipe.  This cake has all the same flavors of banana, chocolate, and cream.  

Buffalo Milk Swiss Roll

I added a scoop of Chunky Monkey Ice Cream.....Perfection!!!!

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Crepes Sushi #SundayFunday

These fun little appetizers are fun to make, serve, and eat.  Tender crepes spread with Boursin Garlic Chive cheese and stuffed with Savory Fillings cut into bite-size pieces to look like a Sushi Roll.

Crepes Sushi

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are sharing Savory Pancakes today......

Friday, February 16, 2024

Remembering Egypt with a Casual Gathering and the Weekly Menu

 It has been 4 months since our trip to Egypt and Scuba Diving in the Red Sea.  Sunday afternoon the gang is coming over to share memories and have some laughs.  It is always a good time when we are together with our "Dive Family".

Scuba Divers

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

D is for Dark Chocolate Mousse on Valentine's Day

Light and Fluffy.  Rich and Decadent.  This delicious dessert goes together quickly but needs to be refrigerated before being served. It would be perfect for Valentine's Day or any day that you want to spread a little love and happiness.

Dark Chocolate Mousse

D is for Dark Chocolate.  It is also for Decadent and Delightful.  We are working our way through the Alphabet this year and this week we are sharing recipes and/or foods that start with the letter D.  Thanks for stopping by......

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Chocolate Crepes #BreadBakers

These delicious, tender chocolate crepes topped with Strawberry Cheesecake Whipped Cream and Raspberries are a wonderful choice to serve to your Valentine tomorrow morning for breakfast or tomorrow evening for dessert.

Chocolate Crepes

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