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......

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Sweet and Spicy Chicken for your Valentine

This dish is perfect for date night.....a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy....just like you hope your evening to be.

Sweet and Spicy Chicken

Boneless, skinless chicken thighs with honey and turmeric glaze spiced up with a bit of heat from cayenne pepper.

Vegetable Biryani #SundayFunday

Warm Spices, Basmati Rice, Garbanzo Beans, and Raisins.  A wonderful Vegan meal that even your hardcore carnivores will love.

Vegetable Biryani

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are sharing Vegan Main Dishes today........

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Chicken Palau in an Instant Pot and the Weekly Menu #EattheWorld

Basmati Rice, warm spices and tender chicken cook up quickly and deliciously in an Instant Pot for a great, comforting family meal.

Chicken Palau

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

Friday, February 9, 2024

Marry Me Chicken and Cantina Zaccagnini Il Vino Dal Tralcetto Rosé; A Perfect Pairing for your Valentine #WinePW

A delicious and easy chicken recipe that will impress your loved one paired with an Italian Zaccagnini Rosé is a perfect way to celebrate Valentine's Day.   With a name like Marry Me Chicken you can't go wrong expressing your love with this dish.

Marry me Chicken and wine

This month the Combined Wine Writers Coordinated Group is joining with the Italian FWT group to share Valentine's Day celebrations with Pink Wine.....

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Celebrate Mardi Gras with these Oven Baked Cajun Sweet Potato Fries #FoodieHoliday

Sweet Potato slices tossed in Cajun spices and baked until crisp outside and tender inside.  These potatoes are the perfect side to your Mardi Gras Feast this year.

Cajun Sweet Potato Fries

Today is Potato Lovers Day and we are having a Foodie Holiday Celebration......

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Drop Biscuits and a Book Review #LitHappens

These super simple Drop Biscuits are perfect for breakfast with some Sausage Gravy, split open for lunch and filled with Virginia Brand Ham or as a side dish to a Virginia Brunswick Stew.

Drop Biscuits

I was inspired to make these Biscuits after reading our Lit Happens selection for this month......

Monday, February 5, 2024

Sweet Potato Sushi and a Book Review #CooktheBooks

Vegetable Sushi containing Sweet Potato Fries, Avocado, and Cucumber makes a wonderful appetizer, snack, or light meal.

Sweet Potato Sushi

I adapted this recipe from one shared in our Cook the Books Club Selection for February/March......

Sunday, February 4, 2024

Copy-Cat Olive Garden Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup #SundayFunday

This copy-cat Chicken Gnocchi soup is quick, easy, and just as delicious as the version sold in Olive Garden Restaurants.  Thick and hearty, you can pair this soup with a salad and some good bread for a complete meal that is ready in less than 30 minutes.

Chicken Gnocchi Soup

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are sharing Homemade Soup Recipes today.......

Friday, February 2, 2024

Cashew Shrimp and the Weekly Menu

Welcome to February!!!  Tons of celebrations this month to ward off the winter doldrums, starting with Lunar New Year.  

Cashew Shrimp

This delicious and healthy Cashew Shrimp is perfect for a Fish Friday or a wonderful way to celebrate Chinese New Year.