"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!


Tuna Rillettes: Curry & Cream #French Fridays with Dorie

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My daughter was bored and hungry."

"What do you need to make for French Friday this week?"

"Tuna Rillettes."

"Is that something we can eat for lunch?"


"Then make it."


Vanilla Sugar-Crusted Scones for your Downton Abbey Tea Party!

Vanilla Sugar Crusted Scones: simplelivingeating.com

Racking your brain for a theme for your Mother's Day Celebration... well, I'll let you in on a little secret your mom loves Downton Abbey and everything old England that goes with it. 


Dandelion Salad: Adirondack Cookbook #Healthy Eating #Weekly Menu Plan

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I lived next door to my grandmother who was from Italy and every Spring she would send all of grandkids around the neighborhood to knock on people's doors and ask:
"Can we pick your dandelion leaves?"


Root Vegetable Mashed Potatoes: Clapshot #Foodie Friday

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I have had an enjoyable month visiting the UK. The diversity of the cuisine was surprising. My family really loved the food I made from Northern Ireland and Scotland. This root vegetable mash is based on a traditional Scottish dish called, "Clapshot" you make it by mashing together, "neeps and tatties" (turnips and potatoes) along with carrots and chives and sometimes onions.


Veal Stew: Green-as-Spring Veal Stew #French Fridays with Dorie

Green-as-Spring Veal Stew- simplelivingeating.com

I just wasn't ready to start cooking again. My children and I had come back from a foodie stay in New York City. I really was enjoying having breakfast, lunch, and dinner prepared, served and cleaned up for me. This Green-as-Spring Stew was the first meal I cooked on our return home.

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How Stonyfield Greek Yogurt Fuels my Family's Marathon! #Healthy Eating #Weekly Menu Plan

Stonyfield Greek Yogurt: Breakfast: simplelivingeating.com

My alarm rings at 6:00 am and I am off and running. I have to let the dog out before... well, you know what will happen. While my dog does her business I make coffee and put together a quick healthy breakfast.


Favorite Easter Recipes #Foodie Friday

Simple Pizza Rustica: aka Pizzagaine Italian Easter Pie: simplelivingeating.com

Simple Pizza Rustica: aka Pizzagaine Italian Easter Pie

Happy Easter to all of you celebrating this Sunday. It was Spring Break this week for my kids, so we did lots of running around and had a foodie overnight in New York City that I will write about once the celebrating ends and the kids get back to school. 


Steamed Bok Choy: Baby Bok Choy, Sugar Snaps, & Garlic en Papaillote #French Fridays with Dorie

Steamed Bok Choy- baby bok choy, sugar snaps, & garlic en papillote: simplelivingeating.com

This dish is prepared en papaillote which is french for "in parchment" or in this case aluminum foil. En papaillote is basically a steaming technique which is great to use with subtle flavored foods like fish and vegetables.


Bourbon Chicken Milanese: The Lucky Santangelo Cookbook #Weekly Menu Plan

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"If anything, my characters are toned down - the truth is much more bizarre." Jackie Collins

Well, Lucky Santangelo the sexy glamorous daughter of the gangster Gino must be an interesting real life person. She sure can cook up a storm in Jackie Collin's new cookbook: The Lucky Santangelo Cookbook.


Haddock with Parsley Cream Sauce #Foodie Friday

Haddock w/ Parsley Cream Sauce: simplelivingeating.com

This haddock dish was inspired by the traditional Scottish chowder called Cullen Skink which is a smoked haddock soup. I couldn't find smoked haddock where I live, but I could find fresh haddock along with parsley, cream, leeks and shallots which are often put into this Northern coastal chowder. I served it with clapshot a mashed potato, carrot, and turnip dish that I will write about in a later post. 


Carrot Leek Celery Quiche: Maraichere #French Fridays with Dorie

Carrot Leek Celery Quiche: Maraichere: simplelivingeating.com

Real Men Don't Eat Quiche... do you remember this book that made quiche eating controversial? It is hard to believe that as a society we once defined a man by what he ate. 


Beef & Potato Patties: Northern Irish Pasties #Food of the World

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Food of the World has brought me to a chip shop in Northern Ireland. Chip shops are like burger joints in the US. These are the places to get a quick cheap bite to eat. French fries are what folks in the UK call "Chips". In the US "chips" are potato chips, but in the UK potato chips are called "crisps"... and they say we speak the same language?

Asparagus Recipes #Seasonal Eating #Weekly Menu Plan


Asparagus with Fig Balsamic Vinegar
Asparagus with Fig Balsamic Vinegar 

How do I know it is Spring? My grocery store is bursting with asparagus. The word comes from the Greek asparagos meaning a shoot or sprout... and isn't that what Spring is all about? Plants finally shooting up from the thawed earth.


Warm Corn Salad with Huevo Frito #Foodie Friday

Warm Corn Salad w/ Huevo Frito- simplelivingeating.com

My daughter has been learning about healthy eating this year in her Home Economics class. I have always considered myself to be a good eater. I eat very little red meat and cheese, but since I have been involved in a French cooking group I have been making more beef and pork. 


Strawberry Shortcake: Visitandine #French Fridays with Dorie

strawberry shortcake:visitandine: simplelivingeating.com

I've always had unusual relationships with nuns. They either saw the light of Jesus in me or thought I was a "daughter of the devil". I either was very devout in their eyes or... I asked too many questions and had no faith at all.