"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!


Panettone French Toast Pudding #Weekly Menu Plan

Panettone French Toast Pudding: simplelivingeating.com

Not another Fruit Cake or Panettone? What to do? What to do? Well, Christmas is over and it is time to start thinking about New Year's Eve or Day which ever you celebrate. You can put those cakes to good use. 


Quick and Easy Panettone Dessert #Weekend Bites

Quick & Easy Panettone Dessert- simplelivingeating.com

If you get a Panettone or a Fruit Cake as a gift here is a quick and easy dessert that you can make using either type of holiday bread. 


Yunnan Ham with Broad Beans & Goat Cheese #The Yunnan Cookbook #Weekly Menu Plan

Yunnan Ham w/ Broad Beans & Goat Cheese- simplelivingeating.com

This post is sponsored by Direct Contact PR. All opinions are my own.

China is a vast country that is too hard to comprehend in it's entirety. Looking at the cuisine of one region gives one a much better sense of a piece of it's culture than a broad Chinese cookbook.


Chicken Breast with Dried Cherry Sauce #Weekend Bites #Stoneridge Orchards Montmorency Cherries

Chicken Breast w/ Dried Cherry Sauce- simplelivingeating.com

This post is sponsored by Stoneridge Orchards. All opinions are my own.

Happy Holidays everyone. Thanks for stopping by today. I know you are busy cooking, wrapping, and possibly still shopping for presents. If you are baking for the holidays I'm certain you have dried cherries on hand for putting in cookies and breads. 


Orange & Olive Salad #French Fridays with Dorie

Orange & Olive Salad: simplelivingeating.com

I was extremely skeptical about this recipe, so much so that I decided to just slice a single orange and a few slivers of onion to test this recipe solo at lunch.
Now I'm a Mediterranean girl and I love olives and onions, and oranges are terrific in season but the thought of putting these three ingredients together with olive oil and salt... just seemed odd. 


Feast of the Seven Fishes: Fish Recipe Round-Up #Weekly Menu Plan

Haddock with Parsley Cream Sauce: simplelivingeating.com
Haddock with Parsley Cream Sauce

It is a Southern Italian tradition to have a feast of seven fishes on Christmas Eve. The origin of the tradition is debated, but most likely the seven fishes represent the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church.


Sugar-Free Holiday Ricotta Loaf #Weekend Bites #Lily's Sweets

Sugar-Free Holiday Ricotta Loaf- simplelivingeating.com

This post is sponsored by Lily's Sweets. All opinions are my own. 

During the holidays when family and friends get together there is usually one or more guests who can't eat sugar. It is nice to have a little treat that they can enjoy too. This Sugar-Free Holiday Ricotta Loaf does the trick in my family. Everyone likes it just because it tastes good!


Slow Cooker Beef & Dried Apricot Tagine #French Fridays with Dorie


Slow Cooker Beef & Dried Apricot Tagine: simplelivingeating.com

Tis the season to be extra busy and there is no exception in the Balch house. On top of shopping for Christmas presents and holiday parties. My son is working toward a Boy Scouts merit badge in rock climbing and my daughter just won her first foil competition. Plus she is participating in a softball clinic. 


Chicken with Pineapple Sauce #Samoa #Food of the World

Chicken with PInapple Sauce- simplelivingeating.com

I love being part of Food of the World because I never know what part of the world I will get to explore. Samoa a group of islands in the South Pacific was chosen for this month, and I have to say quite frankly, I barely even heard of the country, other than that I knew the US had a territory in the region. 

The Stuffing That Almost Wasn't. #Win a Year's Supply of Applegate's Natural Good Morning Bacon #Weekly Menu Plan

stuffing: simplelivingeating.com

This post is sponsored by Applegate. All opinions are my own.

There was the "Year Without a Santa Claus." but could you image a Thanksgiving without BACON. No I didn't say turkey; I said BACON.


Shrimp & Andouille Sausage with Curried Rice #Weekend Bites

Shrimp & Andouille Sausage with Curried Rice- simplelivingeating.com

Excuse the not so great photos this was an unplanned recipe. When I saw how rapidly my family was devouring this dish I realized that I should share it with you because it was really simple to make and full of flavor.


Tartine de Viande des Grisons #French Fridays with Dorie


Every once in a while I am reminded that I know nothing about beef. I am a child of sausage manufacturers. I never ate hamburgers; growing up we had sausage patties. The only other meat we ate was chicken. 


House Trip: Local Food Guide to New York City


Girl with pizza: simplelivingeating.com

In association with House Trip I bring you a guide to New York City Food.

I went to college in New York City and lived in Manhattan for several years afterward. I currently live only an hour from NYC by train.
 I often visit New York City with the sole intention of eating.