Sunday, July 5, 2015

Mimi's Tomato Salad with Shallots and Parsley

This is my second post for the new group I am in called Weekend in a French Kitchen.  This recipe comes from the second book we are using which is Mimi Thorisson’s book A Kitchen in France.   I am very excited to be in this group, cooking along with dear friends, and enjoying a new adventure!Thank you to the Three French Hens and their Chickadee for managing this group!

The author of the book says the first thing she tells her students is that a shallot is not an onion.  Well in my household, if it looks like an onion, smells like an onion, and tastes like an onion, husband does not eat it!  I did the recipe exactly as written however and it was quite tasty.  I love fresh tomatoes and the dressing was a simple Dijon mixed with olive oil and it was very flavorful.  Very easy to put together and delicious compliment to our meal.  The salad consisted of fresh tomatoes, parsley, shallots and a Dijon dressing.

Check out our website and join us!  You can purchase the cookbooks on Amazon.  I look forward to cooking and learning more about French food with this group. 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

WWDH - Apple Blueberry Coconut Cobbler minus the coconut

This week in our Donna Hay cooking group we made this Apple blueberry coconut cobbler.  I was donna hayunsure whether to make it or not because I cannot eat oats and it called for oats and coconut as a topping.   Then I decided I would just leave the coconut and oats off the top.  Because we do not need a lot of sugar in this household I also decided to make it into two small servings    I tried my best to measure the  portions correctly and ended up just eyeballing everything!    i think it turned out pretty well!   It has fresh apples, blueberries, cooked with sugar and vanilla bean a d then topped with a biscuit like dough.   Check out our website at

Weekend in a French Kitchen - Skate with Brown Butter and Capers

I signed up for a new cooking adventure!  It is called Weekend in a French Kitchen.  We will be cooking authentic French dishes from two separate books each week.  Chandler has been to France many times and explored so he was super excited to try my new dish and he was not disappointed.  I hope to get the chance to visit France in the near future.
Our first dish was Skate with Brown Butter and Capers and can be found on page 50 of Daniel Boulud's book (which he co-authored with Dorie Greenspan) named Café Boulud.  Since I am highly allergic to shellfish, I tend to shy away from any seafood dish due to cross-contamination, but I wanted to try this one and make it completely by the recipe.  Skate fish was not available here so I made it with tilapia, another mild white fish.  This was not a difficult recipe and came together quickly.  We really enjoyed it.  I only had a few bites of the fish but it was very tasty!  It was fish, capers, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, parsley and butter, plus salt and pepper.  The entire meal took only about thirty minutes to prepare.

The other book we will be using is A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse by Mimi Thorisson.  My first recipe out of this book will be posted tomorrow.

     If you would like to read about our group and see how the others prepared their dish, click this link here.   Next week's recipe is Chilled Spring Pea Soup, page 112.  We are not allowed to publish the actual recipe, but you should purchase the books.  They are wonderful.  

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

EWE - Spinach, Goat Cheese Frittata

This week in our Eating with Ellie group I chose for our group to make a frittata.  To me, a frittatta is nothing more than a baked omelet.   This one had ten eggs in it.  i thought i was choosing an economical dish but since the Asian Bird Flu scare the prices of eggs are skyrocketing!  Along with the eggs came spinach and onions and I added a few mushrooms.  then it is topped with goat cheese and broiled for two minutes.  I left off the chives.   It wa just okay to me.   I would have preferred a bit more flavor.  

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Eating with Ellie - pizza strudel

This week Margaret chose pizza strudel in our Ellie Kreiger group.  We get our recipes from the Weeknight Wonders book.   i do not know if it is just my taste buds this week but I have not made anything this week to rave about.  this strudel was just okay to me.  however, my DH thought it was quite tasty.   I think it needed a little more flavor.  But it was easy to prepare for sure.  I forgot to spray my pan with non stick spray and I had a little trouble getting it off the pan in one piece but it finally let loose.   check out our website if you want to see how the others in the group liked it.
It was filled with spinach and tomatoes, basil and mozzarella cheese.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

WWDH - Twice cooked crispy chicken

Thank goodness my friend Margaret reminded me that tomorrow was Wednesday.   It was my pick this week and I chose this chicken dish of Donna Hays.  first you cook the chicken in a spicey mixture of soy sauce, chicken broth, anise star, cinnamon stick and chinese wine.  Then you take the chicken out of that and refry it in peanut oil.  i used olive oil instead.  mine burned just a tad as it was frying.  Then you slice up the chicken and serve it over steamed greens.  The closest thing I had in my refrigerator to steamed greens was some fresh zucchini.   That is what I served it with.   The chicken was tasty but I really could not taste the spices very much.   if you want to see what the others in the group did with this recipe check out our website at    Better yet, buy the book On the Shelf by Donna Hay.  her recipes are easy and delicious.

Friday, June 12, 2015

EWE - watermelon, snap pea, and tomato salad

I am running just a day late in posting this.  I was so excited to make this healthy salad for us this week.   It was so pretty in Ellie's Weeknite Wonders cookbook.  Kayte chose it for our group.  the flavors blend very well together and did I mention it is healthy?  It is watermelon mixed with fresh sugar snap peas (I had never eaten these raw before), feta cheese, grape tomatoes, red onion, fresh mint and feta.   the dressing is just olive oil and lemon juice, topped with salt and pepper.  We did really enjoy this salad.

Monday, June 8, 2015

TWD - Dorie's Chocolate Cherry Brownies

Those of you who truly know me know it would be hard for me to resist a good brownie.   I have indulged in dark chocolate ones, brownies filled with nuts, brownies with peanut butter swirls, and some with toffee.  Dorie Greenspan does it up right with her version that is chock full of dried cherries and rich semi-sweet chocolate.  No nuts in these.  For those of you who love oooey gooey goodness, this is the one.  The only problem I had with these is they were hard to slice evenly because of the gooeyness.  Is gooeyness a real word??  If not, it is for purposes of this blog post!

wouldn't one of these be great with a glass of ice cold milk?  

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Wednesdays with Donna Hay - Pasta with smoked salmon and dill sauce

For those of you who love salmon and pasta, this is a great dish and very easy preparation!  I did not use smoked salmon but rather substituted fresh.   As most of you know due to my shellfish allergy I rarely eat fish of any kind.  However I did try this dish.   I liked the lemon flavor that came through and the dill but this was not my favorite dish.   I probably will not make it again.   Chandler said he would give it about an eight a scale of 1 to 10.   He loves salmon and was very surprised I prepared it for him!   All in all I'm glad I tried it.   Check out our website to see how the others liked it.  We do not post the recipes here as we would prefer for you to buy the book.   Come join us and cook with us!   The ingredients were smoked salmon, pasta, capers, green onions, lemon juice, fresh dill and fresh Mint, plus olive oil.   Oh my dish is missing the capers because when I opened them they were not sealed.  I will be taking those back to the store.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

WWDH - Hot Potato Mustard Sauce

In our Donna Hay group Kayte chose these hot mustard potatoes.  I am usually not a big fan of mustard but these were easy and delicious!  I used the red potatoes (as you can see).   I followed the recipe with the exception of red onion.  That is where i draw the line.   No one here eats red onion!  These wereso simple to prepare.   You just cook your potatoes.  Mix together mustard, olive oil, white wine vinegar, parsley and red onion.   They sort of reminded us of a hot German potato salad taste.   Join our group!  No commitments.   Cook when you can.   Click here

Thursday, May 14, 2015

EwE - Asparagus and mozzarella pizza

This was my pick this week for our Eating with Ellie group.  I just finished eating it for my lunch and I loved it!  Today is my first day after ending my radiation treatments and I am so excited to have my life back!  It was fun to actually go to the grocery store and purchase what I needed for this pizza.  Ellie did it again as this was simple to make and delicious.  The ingredients are just pizza crust, mozzarella, asparagus, parmesan and some fresh basil on top.  I might have needed a few more asparagus spears on there.  As I was eating it, I kept thinking some red pepper flakes cooked in it might have been good as well.  But it was delicious just this way!  I also made a second pizza for my lunch for tomorrow and added some tomatoes to it.  If you want to see what the others in the group did with this recipes, check out this link.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


I'm taking a short break in my blogging and cooking!   Just a couple of weeks so watch out I'll be back!   I'm going to radiation treatments right now and there are some days where I'm pretty tired.  So right now I'm taking care of me and cooking is put on hold!   I am anxious to get back to it however!  So hope you have a nice week and wonderful weather and I hope to be back next week or the next with some delicious recipes!   Blessings on all of you.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Asian Chicken and Vegetables in Foil -EwE

Margaret chose this simple but delicious chicken for us in our Eating with Ellie group.  Because  it is cooked in the foil packet it is really moist.   We are not huge lovers of green pepper so I left that one out.  I think this would be good with some added vegetables like broccoli or even sliced potatoes.  It did take about 45 minutes to prepare.   It is chicken with green onions, red and green peppers, sauce, and toasted sesame seeds to serve.
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WWDH - Green Olive Baked Chicken

This week in our Donna Hay group it was my pick.   I thought this was not only an extremely easy dish to prepare but also a pretty dish.  It has very simple ingredients.  chicken, of course, green olives, cherry tomatoes, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper.   You can find the recipe here:

I will definitely be making this another time and it would be great to share with some friends!  Very tasty!  enjoy!

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

EwE - Tuscan Kale Salad

We have tried to love kale and we just do not.   Have tried it many different ways.  I wanted to try this recipe so I substituted some mixed greens for the kale.  It was delicious!  This was my first time to have pine nuts.  I liked them!   This salad is so easy to make and amazingly flavorful.  Just raisens, toasted pine nuts, greens, and a dressing made with olive oil, red wine vinegar.   Kayte chose this for us to try.  Check out our website at

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

WWDH - Ricotta Herb Rigatoni

Rigatoni with fresh basil and ricotta cheese!    This dish was delicious and so easy to prepare!  We try to do at least one meatless meal each week and this was perfect.   My photo does not do it justice.   Margaret chose this dish for us in our Wednesdays with Donna Hay group.   It is rigatoni pasta, ricotta, fresh basil and parsley, black olives, salt and cracked pepper.  Check out our website Here
Hope you all have a blessed Easter.   Maybe the bunny will hop your way and bring some fun surprises!
Matthew 28:6.  He is not here for he has risen!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

EWE- Zucchini corn and spinach saute

Its Thursday and that means I cook something delicious with my eating with Ellie Kreiger group.   This week chaya from our group chose the  zucchini corn and spinach sauté found in Ellie Kreigers Week Night Wonders book.   I love zucchini so I am always looking for different ways to prepare it.  The addition of corn onions garlic and spinach made this a delicious side dish that would go with pretty much anything!   Come join us each thursday for delicious and healthy food!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WWDH - Poached Chicken in Coconut Milk

I did not really want to make this because it just frankly did not appeal to me looks wise.  but I was anxious to get back to cooking so I decided today was the day.   For those of you who follow my blog and do not know my situation, I have had a biopsy and two surgeries in the last two weeks.  I am doing well, but having anesthesia twice in a week has left me without a lot of energy.  Plus I am healing so my body is working hard toward that!  I will be having rads in the coming weeks.  Not looking forward to that!

after searching in the store for red curry paste and finding it, I was dismayed when I started cooking this to discover it contained shrimp which I am allergic to.  So I had to make a quick decision for a suitable substitute.   i used sirachi sauce and added some red pepper flakes.  It was delicious!   We were really surprised how good this was.   served over rice.   I really cannot imagine it being much better with the curry paste.   come join us in cooking Donna Hay recipes on Wednesdays!  You can find the recipe in her book New Food Fast on page 67.   As always I forgot to top this with cilantro.  I seem to be making a habit lately of leaving out one ingredient!  You can find the recipe here.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

EwE - Peach Chicken with Crispy Breadcrumbs

This week in our Eating with Ellie group it was my pick.   I chose this chicken with peaches.   Even though peaches are not in season, the recipe states that frozen ones can be used.   this chicken was tasty but it was not a favorite for me.  it was an easy preparation as are most of Ellie's recipes.   You cn find this recipe in Ellie's Weeknight Wonders book.  Our group does not publish the recipes out of respect for the author.   come join us as we cook each Thursday!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

EwE - Crispy Parmesan Chicken Breasts

first, thank you to everyone who has been praying for me and supporting me!   

Now about this chicken!   I was not prepared to like this.   I do not care for parmesan cheese nor do i care for dijon mustard.   I tried baking this in the oven first but i then had to take it out and skillet cook it in order to get that crunchy parmesan topping ellie talks about in her recipe.   The chicken breasts were huge so i always slice mine in half.   They cook much quicker that way and they are just the right size for serving.  Margaret at chose this and I thank her because I will be making this one over and over!   You can find this recipe in Ellie Kreigers Weeknight Wonders cookbook.  Check out our website for more delicious Ellie ideas!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Eating With Ellie - Chicken Paprikash

Kayte chose this dish from Ellie's Weeknite Wonders cookbook.  Our group enjoys cooking each week together and discovering new and healthy foods.  I was not sure we would like this particular dish, but boy was I wrong!  It will definitely be a repeat at our house.  And very easy to prepare.  I left out the bell pepper because that just is not a favorite for us.  Basically you just cut up some chicken thighs (I used breast instead) and saute the chicken with onions, bell pepper and garlic, then adding some paprika (I used smoked paprika, but a sweeter one would also work well), some chicken broth and sour cream.  It called for cayenne but I was out of that so I used a few squirts of Sirachi Sauce from my refrigerator.  Everything is better with Sirachi Sauce, right?  Then you serve it up over some egg noodles and you have a delicious dinner!  We added some brussels sprouts for a side dish to ours.  When my DH came home from work, the first words out of his mouth were "something smells delicious."   And he was right.

Check out our website to see how the others in the group enjoyed this dish.  

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

WWDH - Too Easy Blueberry Muffins

There is nothing better than the smell of warm blueberries wafting through your house.  These are wonderful and easy to prepare.   Who wouldn't want to wake up to these for breakfast or brunch, or even just for an afternoon snack with your cup of tea?   This is a Donna Hay recipe chosen in our group this week by Chaya of Bizzy Bakes.   These have very simple ingredients that most of us have in our pantry already.  And plenty of frozen blueberries.  Check out our website and see how the others did with their muffins.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

EwE japanese vegetable pancakes

This week in our Eating with Ellie group, Chaya chose the Japanese Vegetable and Shrimp Pancakes.  Due to my shellfish allergy, I just simply left the shrimp out of these.  I had my doubts about these while they were cooking, but we ended up really enjoying them.  The photo does not do them justice.  The sauce gave them a little kick that they needed.  I think they might have even been better the second night.  I halved the recipe and it made nine pancakes for us!!  They were really easy to mix up.  Napa cabbage, eggs, flour, scallions, carrot, a little soy sauce and ketchup for the sauce.  Just fried up in a little olive oil.  And they are healthy which is an additional reason to try them!!  Makes a really good side dish or I am sure with the shrimp added would be a quick and delicious entrée for a busy weeknite.

You can find the recipe in Ellie's Weeknite Wonders cookbook or online here:

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

WWDH - Chicken Dukkalah with Couscous and Tahini Yogurt

I am really enjoying the Donna Hay recipes that I have made so far.  This week we made this chicken that was covered with Dukkalah.  I had no idea what that was, but after much googling, I decided to make my own rather than go looking for it in the grocery.  It was toasted seeds and nuts and a few spices.  Was not hard to make and it was quite tasty even on its own.  I overcooked my chicken a bit though so it was kind of dry.  I forgot to photograph the tahini yogurt that was supposed to be served with this.  The couscous was also easy to make and it was more flavorful than I had expected.

If you want to see what the other members of the group did with their chickens, check it out here:

If you want the recipe, you will need to email me.  I do not think this one can be found online.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Marquise au chocolat - TWD

I was so excited to try this recipe.  There seemed to be a lot of concern in the group about using raw eggs.  I am not in favor of raw eggs in my recipes either so I looked for a way around that.  I did purchase some organic, pasteurized ones to use, but then in the end, I substituted greek yogurt for the egg yolks.  I used 1/4 cup yogurt per yolk.  I felt safer eating and serving it. I figured there are lots of eggless ice cream recipes out there so surely this would work. 

I halved the recipe and made in a small loaf pan since there are only two of us here to eat it.  I was worried about not being gentle enough with the "folding" so I'm not sure I mixed it in well enough.. But now I wish I had made the entire recipe.  It froze well and was light and very tasty.  I love anything chocolate so this was right up my alley.  And it was very easy to prepare.  I also love that you can make it, freeze it, and just take out a serving or two when you want it.  Unfortunately, we were so excited to eat it that we ate it while it was still pretty frozen.  I think it was getting even better as it thawed a bit, but we couldn't wait for that.  We have more of it in the freezer, so maybe next time we can eat it properly.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

EWe-Pasta with spinach, garlic, and grape tomatoes

It was my pick this week in our Eating with Ellie group.   I chose this pasta dish because it looked tasty and would serve well for a night when we wanted to go meatless.  Or, it would be a great side dish for almost any entree.  I am extremely pleased with this dish.   It is healthy, easy to prepare, and delicious! Not to mention it is a pretty enough dish to serve guests.  It is definitely going to be on our menu rotation!

You can check out the rest of our group at this link:

We do not post recipes but you can find it in Ellie Kriegers Weeknite Wonders book or you can find it here.

 It is made with penne pasta, garlic, spinach, grape tomatoes and topped with grated parmesan.


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

WWDH - Slow cooked beef ragu

This is only the second recipe I have tried of Donna Hays.   Sarah chose this slow cooked beef ragu for our Wednesdays with Donna Hay group.   I substituted a chuck roast for the brisket.  The recipe called for instant polenta and that was not to be found at the grocery near me.   So I googled polenta and made it from scratch.   It is just cornmeal, water and butter boiled for a few minutes.   It was a delicious addition to the ragu.  Really easy to prepare!  The ragu was so flavorful.  We really loved this recipe.   I cannot wait to eat the leftovers tonight!  The beef was cooked for several hours in the oven with tomatoes, red wine, rosemary, carrots, garlic and onion.  The recipe can be found here

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

EwE - Shotgun Wedding Soup

Today Margaret chose Ellie Kreiger's Shotgun Wedding Soup for our group.   I am all about homemade soups so no one had to coerce me to try this one.   All of Ellie's recipes are easy to make and healthy to boot so it is always a win win idea to cook from her selections!

This soup was a bit similar to an egg drop soup as far as preparation, but not taste.   I halved the recipe since there are only two of us eating and it made enough for us to have a bowl each for our lunch the next day.  It is made by browning some ground turkey with onion, then adding broth, garlic and swirling some beaten egg with parmesan and parsley into the broth.  Then you add some spinach and that is it!   I actually added some tiny pasta to mine to give it a little more umph.   

Ellie suggests serving with her tomato bread so I did.   I have to say I even though the soup was good, I enjoyed the bread more!   I will definitely be making that bread on a regular basis!

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Brown Butter and Vanilla Bean Weekend Cake - TWD

This was the first thing I baked from Dorie Greenspan's new book, Baking with Chez Moi.  Yes, I am a little behind the rest of the group in Tuesdays with Dorie.  My favorite cakes of all time are plainer cakes.  You can have your sweet gooey frostings and fillings.  I'll take a plain cake any day of the week!  This one fit the bill.  In France, apparently they have their "weekend" cakes and this is one of them.  No fuss, no frills, just delicious.  A blank slate, I can only imagine the creative ways you could serve this.  Or just serve it plain.  Maybe with an afternoon cup of hot tea and a good book?

It did not rise as much as I had hoped.  Not sure what happened there.  Also, be careful with the timing if you cook this.  At 55 minutes, even with a foil tent, mine got a little brown around the edges.  But oh the crunchy goodness of those edges.  YUM.

You can check out the other bakers here to see how theirs turned out:

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

EwE Shrimp, spinach and garlic

Eating with Ellie!   Some of us used to be in an Ellie Kreiger group which after several years together folded.   Some of us decided to resurrect the group under a new name and cook from Ellie's latest book - Ellie's weeknite wonders.    Kayte chose this shrimp recipe as our first in the new group.  Since i am allergic to shellfish i substituted chicken.   

It has been a bad winter here for sickness and we have had our share already.   Yesterday on my way home from work i came down with either a cold or the flu.  The jury is still out.  I just know i feel like a train ran over me!   So wrapped in a blanket, i gave my DH step by step directions and he actually cooked this dish for us.   He did a great job!   Those of you who know him know that cooking is not his forte!  Im so proud of him.  That just goes to show how easy Ellies recipes are to prepare if he can do it!

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