"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!


Giardiniera on a Muffuuletta Sandwich #The Everyday Fermentation Handbook #Weekly Menu Plan

Giardiniera on a Muffuletta Sandwich- simplelivingeating.com

This post is sponsored by Adams Media. Opinions are my own.

Fermentation, microbiome, gut health.... have you heard the buzz?  Good health begins in your stomach. Adding fermented food such as pickles, sauerkraut, yogurt, to your diet can improve your digestive abilities and may improve your immune system. It seems that we have been overly sterilizing our foods and getting back to eating foods that have naturally occurring good bacteria in them may help balance our system.


Slow Cooker Chicken Okra Stew #Weekend Bites

Slow Cooker Chicken Okra Stew- simplelivingeating.com

My family and I have started to adjust to our busy Fall schedule. I am making lots of slow cooker meals because two nights a week my kids are at a fencing class. They leave at 5:30 and are back home at 8:30 pm. I never know if they want to eat before or after it, so I like to have dinner ready. If I don't have something made, they snack. Even quality granola bars are not going to give them the same nutrition as a home cooked meal... so slow cooker to the rescue!


Vanilla Vegetable Salad #French Fridays with Dorie

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A salad made with fresh carrots and yellow squash mixed with fresh greens just sounded perfect for a late summer meal. It was the vinaigrette that was questionable. Extra virgin olive olive, good,... lemon juice, good,... vanilla extract... odd?


Skillet Mushroom Mac-n-Cheese: & Fun with French Cheese #MAKE IT MAGNIFIQUE #Weekly Menu Plan

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This post is sponsored by The Cheeses of Europe Marketing Council. Opinions are mine.

Is your mac-n-cheese recipe getting to be a little boring? How about cheeseburgers... yawn? There is a way to wake up your meals. Just switch out plain old American cheese with a French cheese such as: Brie, Camembert, Emmental, Raclette, Mimolette, ComtĂ© & Fourme d’Ambert. 


Chicken Curry in a Hurry #Weekend Bites

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I have been in nothing but a hurry since school started after Labor Day. My husband had surgery on his arm. He is doing well. My daughter joined the Field Hockey team and both of my kids need to be driven to their fencing class twice a week... oh, yeah, and all of those doctors appointments that I put off, because who wants to go to the doctors in the summer!


West African Tuna Salad inspired from Tuna and Mango Ceviche #French Fridays with Dorie

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Southern Italians have a strong connection with Africa. Physically it is so close. Many of us have African blood pulsing through our veins. My oldest sister has always had a strong affinity with African culture, especially it's dance. 


Umbrian Roast Chicken with Vegetables, Roccafiore Organic Wine: Fiorfiore #Weekly Menu Plan

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This post is sponsored by Roccafiore wines. Opinions are 100% mine.

Sipping a glass of Fiorfiore organic white wine on a beautiful Autumn afternoon I am transported to the rolling hills of the Roccafiore Vineyard and Spa in the Umbria region of Italy.


Pardina Lentils a version of French Lentils # Weekend Bites ( formally Foodie Friday) #French Fridays with Dorie

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I have truly been meaning to get back to my regular blogging schedule, but September has been a busy month.  Last night I attended a cooking demonstration at the The Daily Meal with Chef Kerry Heffernan, formally of NYC's famed Eleven Madison Park restaurant . He made some really interesting dishes from local and wild fish/fowl and herbs of Long Island where he lives. Check out the menu. I never even heard of whelk or knew you could eat bluefish cheeks? 


Vegetable Quinoa Soup #Food of the World

Vegetable Quinoa Soup- simplelivingeating.com

I had just come down from the cool Andes Mountains into the Amazon basin town of  Puerto Maldonado. It was so hot and humid you could cut the air with a machete. 

Mason Jar Salads: 50 Layered Lunches to Grab and Go #Healthy Eating #Weekly Menu Plan

Apple and Frisee Salad- simplelivingeating.com

It is only in the last year or so that I have discovered the wonders of salad for lunch. It is healthy, low in calories, and because it is not loaded with carbohydrates it helps to keep you from being tired in the late afternoon.

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Curried Chicken, Peppers and Peas en Papillote #Foodie Friday #French Fridays with Dorie

Curried Chicken, Peppers and Peas en Papillote- simplelivingeating.com

Back from vacation, kids back to school... slowly getting back into my regular blogging schedule...

I have never been a fan of papillote cooking, pouch cooking. I usually find that flavors don't intensify enough by steaming. I did make a mild fish dish that had a very delicate herb seasoning that worked really well with this technique, but in general I have not had much success with this type of cooking.