"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!

31.3.14

Pea Recipes: Give Peas a Chance #Healthy Eating #Weekly Menu Plan

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Indian Rice: Peas and Onions
Indian Rice: Peas and Onions 

Peas are a funny vegetable. People seem to love them or hate them. I never got the hating them idea... they are so mild and the texture is pleasant... not bitter, not stringy... what's not to like? Also did you know that peas are high in vitamin C and A, so I say

Give peas a chance! 

27.3.14

Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken #Foodie Friday

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slow cooker moroccan chicken: simplelivingeating.com

The snow is almost completely gone and the temperatures during the day are sometimes above freezing. I have warm weather exotic places on my mind... yes, I am Moroccan Musing again.

26.3.14

Vegetable Barley Soup with the Taste of Little India #French Fridays with Dorie

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vegetable barley soup with the Taste of Little India: simplelivingeating.com


My father was stationed in Calcutta, India during the Second World War, he was only 18 years old. He never talk about India. Once in a while my family and I would ask him why he wouldn't go to the beach with us. His response was...
I had enough heat for a lifetime in India.

25.3.14

Simplify Your Wardrobe: Before you go Spring Shopping! #Simple Living in Practice

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spring basics: simplelivingeating.com


The snow is finally melting and our days are getting above freezing. It is time to shed heavy wool sweaters and corduroys... and replace them with cotton tops and jeans. But when I looked into my Spring bin of clothes... some looked dingy, others looked out of shape, and some just didn't fit right.

Time to do some Spring shopping, but before you just wander into the mall and get seduced by all the latest trends. Take a real inventory of your clothes and have a list what you actually need.

Here is how I approach Spring shopping.

24.3.14

Maple Sugaring #Simple Living in Practice #Weekly Menu Plan

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Our maple sugaring is going well this year... we are on track to have at least 1 gallon more than last year. The color is richer this year. I wonder if it has to do with it being such a cold winter?

We may not make a ton of maple syrup and it does take hours to make even just a pint... but this is a tough time of year... late Winter, early Spring. Maple sugaring is a good excuse to have friends over and start socializing again after the long cold... extremely cold winter.

20.3.14

Crab Quiche with Potato Crust #Foodie Friday

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Crab Quiche with Potato Crust: simplelivingeating.com

This is the last of my Irish inspired recipes. It has been a good month in Ireland. Next month my Food of the World cooking group will be exploring the cuisine of the nearby United Kingdom: Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Whales. You are welcome to join us by posting your recipe inspired by the cooking of this area on this blog: April 8th. If you want a reminder please subscribe to Food of the World Party mailing list you'll find it on this last party post.

19.3.14

Scallop Pancetta & Onion Tart: Scallop & Onion Tartes Fines #French Fridays with Dorie

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scallop pancetta & onion tart- simplelivingeating.com

I know it's Spring because everyone in the family's activity level is increasing. Tuesday night when I was making this dish, I really needed to be in two places at once. My daughter is working lights for the school musical, and my son was at fencing practice; both needed to be picked up about the same time. Thank goodness my husband was working from home because it takes 20 minutes to get anywhere... the biggest down side to living in the country. 

17.3.14

16.3.14

Blog Posts Features for 2014

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 Dairy Free Chocolate Pie
Dairy Free Chocolate Pie

Asparagus Pizza
Two Tartines from La Croix Rouge
Due to an editing mistake I lost most of the features for this year that were in this post. I appologize if your feature is no longer included in this list. 

13.3.14

Green Irish Soup: Leeks & Parsnips #Foodie Friday

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Irish Green Soup- Leeks & Parsnips- simplelivingeating.com

There was always a color war on St. Patrick's Day when I was a kid. I grew up in a predominately Italian & Irish neighborhood. The Irish Catholic kids would wear green to school on St. Patrick's Day, and the Italian Catholics wore red for St. Joseph (his saint's day is March 19th). We would fight over which saint was better. 
Being Italian my argument was usually,
"So what St. Patrick rid Ireland of snakes... he doesn't have a pastry like St. Joseph."

10.3.14

Irish Whiskey Steak #Food of the World

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Irish Whiskey Steak: simplelivingeating.com


Jameson whiskey has been distilled in Ireland since 1780. It is the most widely distributed Irish whiskey in the world. I'm not a whiskey drinker, but I have heard of Jameson.

Irish Whiskey Steak: simplelivingeating.com

When a beverage has been around a country for 234 years it's not surprising that it has made it's way into their cooking. Liquor adds depth and a sophisticated flavor to any meal. It doesn't take much, a shot of sherry in a soup. A splash of wine in a sauce... or a shot of whiskey on a steak to make an ordinary dish suddenly have a complex flavor, and unlike butter it doesn't have fat. 

Cooking with Maple Syrup: IT'S SUGARING TIME! #Healthy Eating #Weekly Menu Plan

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Maple sugaring: simplelivingeating.com
My husband and son reducing maple sap to maple syrup. 

When the days go above freezing and the nights are still below freezing it is time to tap our Maple trees. We hope to have a good flow for the next few weeks.

Maple syrup is not just good on pancakes. It is a wonderful ingredient to use in many dishes. 

Check some of these out:


6.3.14

Irish Potato Pancakes (Boxty) with Parsnip: #Foodie Friday

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Irish Potato Pancakes w/ Parsnip: Boxty: simplelivingeating.com

Boxty on the griddle,

And Boxty on the pan;

The wee one in the middle

Is for Mary Ann.[3]

Boxty on the griddle,

boxty on the pan,

If you can't make boxty

sure you'll never get a man.[4]

Boxty on the griddle,

Boxty on the pan,

If you don't eat boxty,

You'll never get a man.[5]



Making Boxty which is an Gaelic word meaning potato bread, has been an Irish tradition for so long there is a song written about it. A pretty sexist song... but it's old, so we won't judge it to harshly.

Boxty can be made thick like a latke or thin like a crepe depending on how much milk you add to it. It always has cooked and raw potatoes in it, and it is fried on a griddle.

5.3.14

Two Tartines from La Croix Rouge: Tartine Norvegienne & Tartine Saint-Germain #French Fridays with Dorie

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two tartines from la croix rouge: simplelivingeating.com

Cafes are so much a part of the rhythm of Paris life. The cafe is where you do business, have lunch with friends... and spend time contemplating the existential meaning of life...

I have spent time pondering life in Parisan cafes. How could I not, I share a birthday, November 7th, with both Albert Camus, the author and philosopher who promoted the idea of absurdism: why we can't find meaning in life... and the song writer and singer Joni Mitchell who's song, Free Man in Paris, has always spoken to me personally.

3.3.14

Ode to Ireland: Irish Recipes #Healthy Eating #Weekly Menu Plan

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Irish Lamb Stew
Irish Lamb Stew

It is almost time to be "wearing the green" St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner and my Food of the World group is visiting Ireland this month. I have been researching this country's cuisine and let me tell you what they eat in Ireland is a bit different than what Irish-American's eat. 

I find the same thing is true with Italian and Italian-American cuisine. I think what happens when a people immigrant is that they can't find exactly the same foods and spices that they had in their native country, so they make due with what they do find in their new home.