Sunday, February 1, 2015

Silent Sunday 2-1-2015

Have a great day!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Friday Favorites from The Girl Who Ate Everything, Yammie's Noshery, The Slow Roasted Italian and Once Upon A Chocolate Life

Good morning! Happy Friday and a happy Super Bowl party weekend. As I said yesterday, the game to me is all about the food and if I manage to step away from the table long enough to watch the tv, the commercials! 

Although I will not be having a party I thought I would share my favorite party recipes this week, just in case you are looking for a last minute idea.

Ham and Cheese Sliders from The Girl Who Ate Everything

These delicious Ham and Cheese Sliders from The Girl Who Ate Everything are so easy to make for a crowd and are one of those party foods that you cannot stop at just one. 

Soft Pretzel Bites from The Slow Roasted Italian

I LOVE pretzel nuggets with mustard and cheese and if you follow me on Instagram you can see that I consume them frequently. I will be making these 30 Minute Pretzel Nuggets from the Slow Roasted Italian this afternoon as a trial run for Sunday. The recipe make 64 nuggets, hopefully I can save a few for my husband.

Artichoke Dip from Yammies Noshery

If you read my post yesterday than you can seen that I have a fondness for cheesy, creamy, fattening dips. I have a "go to" recipe for Spinach and Artichoke dip that I make often but I thought I would try something different this time, and THE Best Spinach and Artichoke Dip EVER from Yammie's Noshery seems like it will fit the bill nicely.

From Once Upon A Chocolate Life Blog

Bake Chocolate Fudge from Once Upon A Chocolate Life

Of course one cannot have or attend a party without a few treats! I prefer mine chocolate and have a ton of recipes and ideas on my other blog, Once Upon A Chocolate Life. I will be whipping up a batch of this Baked Chocolate Fudge as well as a few cereal treats.

Tell me what are your favorite party foods? Are you a pizza, sub-sandwich, barbecue person? Or do you prefer all of the little dips and nibbles? Share your favorite party recipes please!

On a side note, did you know that this week is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz? Ten years ago, 1500 survivors came to the reunion, this year less than 300. The survivors are dying and soon there will be no one to tell of their experience in the first person. Please do not let this world wide atrocity die off in history. Share this article,  70th Anniversary of Liberation of Auschwitz and any books and history that you know about these horrific atrocities.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the Super Bowl or whatever else that you have planned.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

10 Scrumptious Dips for the Super Bowl

Cheesy Corn Dip from Closet Cooking

Good morning! How is your week? Did you survive the storm? It snowed about 2 inches here which is  a rare occurrence, and I felt like a kid on a snow day! I love snow, probably because we do not get too much. So I spent the day at home working and baking.
This weekend is the Super Bowl, they say that during the 4-5 hours of the game people consume an average of 2400 calories. Honestly, I would have thought that number much higher. In fact if I attend a Super Bowl party I do not even see the game because I am glued to the food table. Comfort food and junk food are two of the major food groups right?

Corn and Cotija Dip from Minimalist Baker

Easy Feta Dip from The Girl Who Ate Everything!

My favorite things to make and eat at parties are dips. I like them with veggies, on crackers and bread and of course chips too. Today I thought I would share a few of the dips I hope to make or eat this Sunday.

White Pizza Dip from How Sweet It Is

Queso Fundido with Chorizo from Smells Like Home

Vidalia Onion Dip from The View from the Great Island

Artichoke Roasted Garlic Dip from Wonky Wonderful

Taco Dip from Deliciously Sprinkled

Baked Fontina Cheese from Smells Like Home

What do you think? The cheesier the better I think. What are your favorite dip recipes? I would love the hear about whatever dips or tasty treats you will be making for the Superbowl.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Indian Butter Chicken

Good morning!I hope that you had a fabulous weekend. I did, but it was busy and I feel like I need a "snow day" to relax. Unfortunately, or fortunately, I will not be having any snow, a little rain and grey days but not much else. How about you? Are you in the path of the the "storm of the century?" If so, do be careful and stay inside with a pile of good books, food and candles.

Although I ate out the majority of the weekend I did have a leisurely afternoon Sunday cooking with my husband.  One to the dished that we made was this easy and scrumptious Indian Butter Chicken. You can serve it with basmati rice, white or brown rice or even over cauliflower rice. 

Indian Butter Chicken
Recipe from Mel's Kitchen Cafe


1 medium yellow onion, peeled and diced
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1japaleno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons garam masala
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon cardamon
1 can, 6 0z. tomato paste
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup fat free 1/2 & 1/2 or heavy cream or regular half and half
11/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 3/4 chunks
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1teaspoon salt
3 tablespoon butter

Rice for serving
Chopped cilantro for garnish


In a large skilled, heat the oil over medium heat until hot. Add the onion, ginger and jalapeno and cook for 4-5 minutes or until the onion is translucent. Make sure to stir ofter. Then add the garam masala, garlic, chili powder, cardamon, and coriander. Stirring constantly for mother minute.

Scrape the mixture into a blender or food processor and add the tomato paste and chicken broth. Blend until the mixture is smooth. Pour the sauce back into the pan and add the half and half. Stir and bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat. Add the chicken pieces and the salt and pepper and stir. Cook for 10-15 minutes until the chicken is cooked and the sauce is slightly thickened.

Add the 3 tablespoons of butter and stir until melted. Serve the chicken over hot rice and garnish with cilantro.

In the interest of blogger honesty, I have made this several times and the first three times I forgot to add the butter, in fact I simply overlooked it in the recipe. I actually said to my husband, "I am not sure why they call this butter chicken, there is no butter in the recipe." I blame that on old age, but in fact I was in a hurry. Whatever the case, I could not tell a difference with or without the butter, so if you want to save a few calories, skip the butter.

I hope that you have a great week. Be safe!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Friday Favorites from Broma Bakery, Iowa Girl Eats, Pip & Ebby, Well Plated and More

Good morning! I hope you had a great week. Are you ready for the weekend? I am so ready as I mentioned yesterday, to just relax and nest. Throw in some tasty meals and a book and I will be content. 

This week it seems that comfort food was on the mind of many, including myself. Chocolate and cookies are a perennial favorite, typically the dough or the cookies still warm from the oven. This week, Broma Bakery made Copycat Levian Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies. I already whipped up a batch of this dough and it is "marinating" in my fridge as I type this. I will keep you posted on how they taste.

Iowa Girl Eats

In addition to chocolate and cookie dough, pasta, in particular spaghetti is one of my favorite things to eat. In fact for many years as a child it is the only things I would eat. Thankfully I have grown out of that phase and eat spaghetti only occasionally. This week, Iowa Girl Eats made a 30 minute Vegetable Ragu and I can tell you it is FABULOUS! I made it this week and it was a challenge not to eat the entire pan!

Image Pip & Ebby

 While sitting around reading, watching a movie or relaxing this weekend a dip or two would be an excellent snack. Pip & Ebby made Crock Pot Ruben Dip that looks easy and delicious.

Image She Wears Many Hats

And She Wears Many Hats made Baked Bacon Cheese Onion Dip. I have had this dip without the bacon and it is delicious. It would make a fabulous addition to your Super Bowl party.

Image from Well Plated

Last but not least, MY FAVORITE thing in the world! I could literally live on hot chocolate, chocolate chaud, or European drinking chocolate. Whatever you call it, it is thick, rich and delicious. This delectable recipe from Well Plated is based on the famous hot chocolate from Angelina's. So if you are craving a little chocolate, or a reminder of your last trip to Paris you should try this recipe.

I know there are many books, movies, and other interesting things around the web this week that I could have posted about but sometimes it really is all about comfort and food.

If you found something great this week, please share!

Have a safe and happy weekend.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Mid Week Musings

Good morning! I am feeling a little discombobulated this week as I was out of town most of last week and over the weekend to celebrate the christening of my grandson, or to be more precise, my step-granson. 

It is always nice to be with family and go away for a bit but there is no place like home. I know this might seem a little strange as I love adventures and travel but I find as I age that I prefer my time at home to traveling.

I have yet to pinpoint the reason. It could be age, it could be because the "golden age" of travel is past and now it seems as if the airlines are simply moving cattle, or it could be that home seems safe and the world seems like it is going to "hell in a hand basket." I don't know but whatever the case it is nice to be back at home in back into my routine.

Do you ever feel like that or are you one of those that prefers to be out and about all the time?

I am looking forward to the weekend, fingers crossed the weather will be nice. Although we have had a mild winter I am sick of it already. The temperature is up and down and up and down, one day you are out in shorts and a t-shirt and the next bundled up like you are going on an arctic expedition.

I am so looking forward to the weekend, a date with my husband, dinner with friends and a good book. What more could I ask for?

What are your plans for the weekend? Will you be heading out on an adventure, staying close to home, or are you as yet undecided?

I want to try a few new recipes as well simply because I love the smell of baking or a pot of simmering something in the house on a winter weekend, it seems more cosy.

Do you do a lot of baking, cooking on the weekends? Or do you prefer to cater in? 

I hope that you have a wonderful day. Relax and get ready for the weekend. 

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