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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WWDH - Eggplant with Tomato, Basil and Parmesan Risotto

First, hello blog.  It has been a long time.  I've missed you.

This is my first Donna Hay recipe!   And, the first time I am writing my post from my Ipad.   So its a day of firsts all around.  To continue in that vein, it is also my first time to cook eggplant!  I'm not sure my ipad photo does this dish justice as it actually was a very pretty presentation of food.  The eggplant was cooked in a hot skillet and I may have had a bit of olive oil overkill with it.   I kept drizzling it on because I did not want the eggplant to dry out.   The risotto was a pretty easy dish to make.   Just took about twenty minutes to  "simmer down."   Some tomato puree mixed with good red wine and vegetable broth, then about 20 minutes of simmering.   Before serving you add some shredded parmesan and fresh chopped basil.  This recipe came from Donna Hays New Food Fast book.     I will say that it was a winner for my DH Chandler (darling husband).  It served us well for our "meatless Monday" with plenty left over for DH's lunch the next day.  The  Wednesdays with Donna Hay (WWDH) group can be checked out at

Friday, August 1, 2014

Ina Garten Fridays - its time for appetizers!

We made appetizers today in our Ina Garten group.   i am having company over tonight for pizza and cards so  the timing for appetizer worked well for me.  This has been a busy summer for us and my blog has taken a beating for it.  I hope to return to more regular blogging in the fall.  Thank you to those readers that still follow along!

I chose ina's sundried tomato dip.   It was very easy to mix up in the food processor.  Unfortunately it called for hot sauce (which i thought i had) and there was none to be in my refrigerator.  So I substituted red pepper flakes.   I think it would be better with the hot sauce as the pepper flakes are a hit or miss type of thing in your mouth!  At any rate it is still tasty and we enjoyed it with toasty ritz crackers.

You can get the recipe for this dip here:

List of our group:
Alyce Morgan
Ansh Dhar
Linda Thompson
Mary O’Brien
Minnie Gupta
Mireya Merritt
Peggy Yarnall
(Rocky Mountain Woman)
Veronica (Vonnie) Gantley 

Check out the other Ina bloggers to see what they all made this week!  If you would like to join our group, email Alyce Morgan.  Please leave a linky below if you made an Ina Garten appetizer and would like to share!

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Ina Garten's Fridays - Desserts

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!  I hope you all have some fun plans including some good barbeque and some fireworks!  Everyone needs a few fireworks on the 4th

Today is the first Friday of the month and that is when our group comes together to make delicious recipes from Ina Garten's selections.   This month is desserts so I chose Ina's Strawberry Country Cake.

It is an easy cake to mix up and it makes two layers.  One is for freezing so we will have that one later to enjoy.  Or, you can use both layers if you choose.  It has just a touch of lemon and orange flavor and smells delicious while baking!

Here is a question for all you cake bakers out there!  I always have trouble getting the two layers to be exactly the same amount of batter because I am eyeballing it.  Do you measure your batter and divide it that way?

The recipe says to bake for 45 minutes, however I had read some reviews that this cake was a bit drier than most so I watched it carefully  in the oven.  Mine was done in 35 minutes.  It did not rise as much as I had hoped it would from based on the photos of Ina's cake.

We came in from an exercise class and I couldn't wait to cut into it and have myself a slice!  But after we ate a slice, we decided it needed more strawberries on top.  So I added more.

Much better!
This cake has almost a cornmeal texture to it.  A bit heavy and dense.  When you bite into it if you are expecting light and fluffy you will be disappointed.  But I had already read the reviews and knew what to expect.  We really enjoyed it.  As you can see, we ate about half of the cake!  We figured we could have two large slices since most cakes have two layers.  Is that a good way of thinking?
If you want a quick, easy dessert that looks elegant, this fits the bill.  Here is a link to the recipe:

Have a SAFE 4th of July!

Here are a few of my blogger friends that also have First Friday recipes.
SSS= Soup, Salad, or Side
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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Ina Garten's Fridays - Easy Weeknight Bolognese

We are not eating a lot of heavy meats this summer.  But...we can never turn down a good bolognese.  Ina calls it her weeknight bolognese for a reason - it is easy to prepare and takes minutes.   Just look at it simmering above. . . the smell it creates in your house will make you hungry for sure!  It calls for a cup and a half of red wine.  Well I'm not a big wine drinker, but when you are cooking with wine it just makes perfect sense to taste the wine along the cooking journey, does it not?  This cabernet was very tasty.

 While I was cooking the sauce, I decided to roast a couple of bulbs of garlic in my toaster oven.  Oh that is soooo good on bread.  I ate enough to ward off at least 100 vampires!

Here is the finished product.  It calls for small shells but I used medium.  This sauce has a kick to it which we loved.  I have listed the link below for the recipe.
Here are a few of my blogger friends that also have First Friday recipes.
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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Ina Garten's Fridays - Soups, Salads and Sides!

Hello everyone and welcome to Ina Garten's Fridays group!  This week we are showcasing soups, salads or sides.  I chose Ina's chicken salad.  Although she has a couple of different recipes, I like grapes in mine so that is the one I chose.  

I have learned to wash my grapes in a water/apple cider vinegar mixture. . . just drop them in for a few minutes and swish around.  It removes all that white moldy stuff on the outside of the grapes.  Just makes me feel like they are cleaner and healthier.

I served my salad with Rice Crackers.  These are fabulous for those looking for gluten free substitutes.  I eat them not to be gluten free, but just because I like that they are crunchy and delicious.

This chicken salad is delicious and would be very nice for a ladies luncheon or even for a quick dinner for you and your family.

Serves Four
Four chicken breast halves (I used boneless)
Olive Oil
kosher salt
fresh ground pepper
1 1/2 T. chopped fresh tarragon (I left this out of mine)
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup green grapes halved
1/2 cup good mayonnaise

Bake the chicken breasts with olive oil drizzled over for about 30-45 minutes in a 350 oven.  Then cool and chop in chunks.  Add in bowl to other ingredients and mix well.

Simple and delicious!
Here are a few of my blogger friends that also have First Friday recipes.
.June 6:  Main Course   July 4:  Dessert/Other August 1: Appetizer/Drinks   Sept 5: SSS  Oct 3:  Main Course Nov 7: Dessert/Other  Dec 5:  Appetizer/Drinks 
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Friday, April 4, 2014


It is hard to believe that a year has passed and my husband will be celebrating again on Monday!  We are thankful for each year that we have and feel very blessed to have each other.

He can never think of anything he wants for his birthday except for my carrot cake!  While this photo does not do it justice, and it would be much prettier in a layer cake formation, I make it a sheet cake so that it is easier to serve and share.  I cannot photo a slice of it since we will be having the official "cutting" tonight at our dance club.

I thank Dorie Greenspan for this recipe and you can google and get the recipe if you want to try it.  It may take a bit more work than a boxed cake mix, but it is well worth the time.  I do not care for carrot cake, but I like this one!  It is chock full of carrots, coconut, walnuts and craisens.  Only one word for that - YUM.

Happy birthday to my wonderful husband and I wish him many, many more! 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Ina Garten's Deviled Eggs!

This is appetizers week in our Ina Garten Fridays group!!  I chose her deviled eggs because we love deviled eggs and I never deviate from my old family recipe so I thought I would branch out and try something different.  I'm so glad I did!  I love these and I am sure my DH will love them tonight for dinner also.

With just these ingredients, you can impress your guests or yourself, with some delicious deviled eggs.

Ina's recipe says to hardboil six eggs.  (I only did five because that was all I had and mine turned out a little fluffier than they probably should have, but delicious just the same).  If you don't know how to boil eggs, please take a minute to learn.  If your eggs turn out green, you have overcooked them.  To make perfect boiled eggs every time, I put my eggs in cold water and put them on the stove, bring to a boil.  As soon as they begin boiling, I take them off the stove and cover and let them sit for 15 minutes.  At this point, they are perfectly cooked and beautifully yellow inside.

Now, mash those yellows up and add 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup sour cream, 1/3 cup grated taco cheese, and a couple tablespoons of finely chopped green onion.

To save time and wash up of more utensils, I always put my filling in a baggie, cut a small hole on one corner, and mash out through the hole to fill the egg.  Is super easy, no mess, and looks almost as pretty as piped ones.  Enjoy!!
Here are a few of my blogger friends that also have First Friday recipes.
  May 2:  SSS   June 6:  Main Course   July 4:  Dessert/Other August 1: Appetizer/Drinks   Sept 5: SSS  Oct 3:  Main Course Nov 7: Dessert/Other  Dec 5:  Appetizer/Drinks 
SSS= Soup, Salad, or Side
Want to join our group?  If you’d like to blog each month, email Alyce at for further information.  If you’d like to join in just once in a while, click on the linky at the end of the post and follow the prompts the first Friday of any month.  Please link Ina recipes only!  Thanks!!