"The best times you are going to have in life are at the dinner table and in bed." Old Italian saying. So relax, and enjoy the simple things!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Osso Buco in a Tomato Orange Sauce: Osso Buco å l' Arman #French Fridays with Dorie

Osso Buco in a Tomato Orange Sauce: Osso Buco a l arman: simplelivingeating.com


I didn't know that the French had hijacked the beloved Italian dish: Osso Buco? I grew up eating this dish flavored with a lot of pepper and garlic. Dorie Greenspan's recipe a l' Arman (after the French artist) is a lot more sophisticated and very French. It contains oranges and herbes de Provence.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Easy Crockpot Mexican Pork Stew #Dei Fratelli Ripened Recipe Contest #National Tomato Month #Weekly Menu Plan

Easy Crockpot Mexican Pork Stew: simplelivingeating.com

This post is sponsored by Dei Fratelli. All opinions are my own.

Until field hockey season is over we are in over drive at the Balch house. You see my daughter is determined to keep up with her fencing too, which means 2 nights a week and Saturday on top of her field hockey practice and game schedule. My son has been busy with both fencing and Boy Scouts and my husband has been traveling... lets just say I have I lot less time to spend in the kitchen because I am driving so much.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Beer & Butter Roasted Vegetables #Weekend Bites

Beer & Butter Roasted Vegetables- simplelivingeating.com


Our pool club has a beautiful grove area by a lake. An old tradition of having an Octoberfest was resurrected this year. We have been having a dry and mild Autumn so the event had gorgeous weather. Some families brought desserts and others were designated to bring side dishes. Many types of German sausages were provided.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Weight Loss Yogurt Cereal Breakfast #Healthy Eating #Weekly Menu Plan




In Mireille Guiliano's famous book: French Women Don't Get Fat.  She shares a recipe for what she calls: Magical Breakfast Cream. It is a yogurt cereal concoction that is very healthy and helps stave off hunger, so you can make it to lunch without snacking.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Apple Cake #Weekend Bites

Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Apple Cake- simplelivingeating.com


We have been going apple picking with friends of ours every year since our kids were toddlers. They have been living in Brooklyn for a while now and the traffic to get out to the orchard is just not making it a fun thing to do anymore. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes with Garlic & Potatoes #French Fridays with Dorie

Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes with Garlic & Potatoes- simplelivingeating.com


We are on an ugly food roll in French Fridays with Dorie: celery root two weeks ago, monkfish last week and Jerusalem Artichokes this week... it must be Halloween season because I feel like I've have been concocting witches' brews for the last month. Don't be surprised if we roast eye of newt next week!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Belgium Mussels #Food of the World

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When I think of Belgium I think of mussels. I was fortunate enough to visit Brussels on my way to a wedding in Amsterdam. There were street vendors and outdoor cafes overflowing with mussels. Yes, everyone must eat "Mussels in Brussels." with a side of pommes frites...

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