Monday, December 10, 2018

Weekly Favorites 12/2/18 to 12/8/18

I took last week off from the blog, but I'm back with two new posts this week! First, is the Weekly Favorites!

Snowball Cookies - via Noshing with the Nolands

I love these cookies, the sweet powered sugary goodness! Whenever I am at a Christmas party and there's a cookie assortment and these are a part of it, I have to load up on them! And now, without even really looking, I've found a recipe!

25 Lasagna Recipes Your Family Will Love - via The Spruce Eats

I've always loved lasagna! I've even made a version substituting the eggplant for the noodles. What caught my eye here, was substituting Italian sausage for beef. I don't know why I never thought of that!

Summer Salad with Basil Garlic Dressing - via Living Lou

I've always enjoyed a good salad, piled high with lettuce, veggies, maybe some chicken. But what makes the salad, is the dressing. A good salad dressing can really tie it all together. I can't wait to try out this basil garlic dressing

Salmon & Leek Parcels - via In Season Recipes

Stuffed pastry can be a thing of beauty, and these salmon & leek parcels are no exception! These would make a great finger food to pass around at parties!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Weekly Favorites 11/18/18 to 11/24/18

One of the things that I enjoy most about putting the Weekly Favorites together, is going beyond the four articles I share each week. It gives me the opportunity to find new voices and new blogs to check out, and sometimes I do just that. Exploring the posts beyond what I share to see what else these fellow food bloggers and cooks have to offer!

Dinner Divas Weekly Meal Plan: Week 84 - The Speckled Palate

I don't normally look at meal plans or anything like that. At least, not in the past. Things have changed around here in the last few weeks with the arrival of a new baby! We've had some generous friends bringing us meals a few nights a week and we've managed to live off of the left overs, but I imagine before too long we'll have to start taking care of ourselves again!
Mulled Cider Recipe - via Wholesome Ireland

The sense of smell is an amazing thing. Different scents can remind you of different memories. The smell of mulled cider reminds me the holidays around the house when I was a kid. My mom would always have a pot mulling spices boiling on the stove, not necessarily for cider, but to for the aroma around the house.

Gobi Aloo Fry Recipe: Potato Cauliflower Fry Recipe - via Mahas Lovely Home

I really like using cauliflower as featured ingredient in dishes. It has a great texture and flavor, and is full of nutrients. One of my favorites is to make mashed cauliflower. This Potato Cauliflowr Fry Recipe sounds likes something right up my alley!

10 Easy Bruschetta Recipes - via The Speckled Palate

What's better for parties than finger foods that can be carried around with or without a plate? And what's more classic party finger food than bruschetta? These 10 variations will make planning the food for your next party super easy!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Weekly Favorites 11/11/18 to 11/17/18

Time for a new batch of Weekly Favorites! This week, it only seemed fitting to do a post all about Thanksgiving! As you prepare your Thanksgiving Day meal, I hope these offer you some inspiration!

Manchego & Chorizo Tapas with Saffron Aioli - via Hardly a Goddess

For a long as I can remember, in my family, the appetizers have been held in almost as high regard as the official meal! Almost to the point where your not hungry when the table is set! I'm thinking these Manchego & Chorizo Tapas will make a great addition to the official Thanksgiving Pre-Game!

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes - via The Artisan Life

A few years ago, I got ambitious and decided I was going to get up run on Thanksgiving morning to help counteract all of the calories I was going to consume that day. I ended up finding out that to even make a dent in those Thanksgiving calories, I would need to run close to a marathon. So the easier solution is to just make some healthier food!

Holiday Stuffing Balls Recipe - via The Dizzy Cook

I can't decide if these stuffing balls would make a great appetizer, or if it's just a way to simplify trying to stack everything for Thanksgiving on the plate! Either way, these definitely look and sound amazing!

20 Minute Cranberry Orange Chutney Recipe - via Went Here 8 This

I've always loved cranberry sauce, and not just at Thanksgiving! It goes with more than just the traditional turkey. My mom has always put orange zest in her cranberry sauce. This is a simple version of a quick hearty chutney that can be used around the Thanksgiving table!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Sautéed Mushrooms

Sautéed Mushrooms with Steak and Loaded Mashed Potatoes
Sautéed Mushrooms with Steak and Loaded Mashed Potatoes
It's no secret I like to grill. Steaks, chicken, pork, seafood, vegetables, it doesn't matter. I just like the flavor. But I think that one of the things that is often overlooked, is what goes down on the plate next to what you just perfectly grilled! I like to do some simple sauté mushrooms as a side when I grill.

The Recipe

The Ingredients:

  • 1 Package of Mushrooms - Washed and Quartered
  • 1 Shallot - Diced
  • 3 Garlic Cloves - Minced
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • Red or White Wine (Optional)

The Method:

Shallots, Garlic, and Mushrooms Ready for the Pan
Shallots, Garlic, and Mushrooms Ready for the Pan
Remember when I said this was simple? In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add in the mushrooms, shallot, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Stir the vegetables around occasionally. When the mushrooms are evenly brown, no more than 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and it's time to eat!

To add a little more flavor, add some red or white wine. The mushrooms will absorb the flavor and have a little but more pop!

Happy Eating!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Weekly Favorites 11/04/18 to 11/10/18

Another week, and time for a new batch of favorites. It's been a long week to say the least, so my sweet tooth kicked in. This week's batch of favorites, features all things sweet!

Soft Chocolate Cookies - via Game of Cookies

What is better than chocolate cookies? Maybe a chocolate cookie with a glass of milk? Sounds good to me right about now!

 Bakewell Shortbread Bars - via Feasting is Fun

There's just something about a baked good that is portable. Let's start there. But the raspberry filling and almond topping?

Crushed Candy Cane Cookies - via Rosevine Cottage Girls

Okay, remember when I asked what's better than chocolate cookies? Well, dip it in a peppermint candy and you have the perfect candy cane cookie for the holiday season!

Oreo Pie Crust - via Picky Palate

I was excited to come across this one! I once tried to make a chocolate cookie crust for a chocolate cheesecake that didn't turn out very well. Now that I've found this, I may have to revisit that recipe!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Rye Bread Recipe

For as long as I can remember, I've loved rye bread. I remember my dad always having a loaf of rye bread in the pantry. So, it's probably an association thing for me. Nostalgia. It brings back memories.

Rye Bread Fresh from the Oven
Rye Bread Fresh from the Oven
Back in college, I got really in to making various types of bread. There were French breads, multi-grain breads, and then rye. My recipe is the result of a lot of internet research and base off of several recipes that I found, one from Emeril specifically. This

The Recipe

The Ingredients:
Rye Bread Dough, Ready to Rise
Rye Bread Dough, Waiting to Rise

  • 1 Envelope Yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons Melted Butter
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Warm Milk
  • 1 and 1/2 Teaspoons Salt
  • 1 Cup Rye Flour
  • 2 and 1/2 Cups Bread Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Caraway Seeds
  • 1 Teaspoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Large Egg, Beaten

The Method:

Combine the yeast, sugar, 2 eggs, and milk with a dough hook. Add the salt, rye, flour, and caraway seeds. Beat on medium until the dough forms a ball. Using the olive oil, grease a large glass bowl. Place the dough ball in the bowl and cover. Let sit to rise for one hour

Risen Rye Dough
Risen Rye Dough
Knead the dough into the desired shape. I prefer something short and fat that I can slice and make sandwiches out of. Place the shaped dough in to a bread pan and let rise another hour. 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees with a water bath. A water bath can be as simple as a pot of water on the lower rack of the oven. Wash the dough with the beaten egg and sprinkle with caraway seeds. Bake for 45 minutes. Let cool on a baking rack.

Happy eating!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Weekly Favorites 10/29/18 to 11/3/18

It's a new week, with a new batch of favorites! I've got some articles and recipes that I'm really excited about this week!

Quick Sautéed Mushrooms with Fresh Herbs - via Real Food for Life

Sometimes when I grill steaks, I like to get fancy and sauté some mushrooms in butter with shallots and garlic and maybe a little red wine. These herbed mushrooms are a great variation on that. I can't wait to try it out on the next steak night!

Grilled Chicken - via Times Food

I love grilled chicken. In fact, the post from way back when I decided to reboot my blog, was for grilled chicken! This grilled chicken recipe has an Indian flavor to it and uses ingredients like garam masala, coriander, and cummin!

Spiced Baked Eggs with Potatoes - via Home Style

When I saw the picture of these baked eggs and potatoes, I was hooked! Whenever I'm at a restaurant and they have a breakfast with eggs and potatoes, it makes ordering so easy for me! 

Chef's Thanksgiving Recipe: Sugar Pie Pumpkin Maple Muffins - via Portola Hotel

Well, Thanksgiving is right around the corner! I always like to try something special for Thanksgiving to mix it up a little bit. I think these muffins will make a great Thanksgiving breakfast!


Weekly Favorites 12/2/18 to 12/8/18

I took last week off from the blog, but I'm back with two new posts this week! First, is the Weekly Favorites! Snowball Cookies - via...