"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!


Arborio Rice Pudding #French Fridays with Dorie: Rice Pudding & Caramel Apples

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This week the French Fridays with Dorie group is making croquants which is a nut cookie. My baker is allergic to nuts, so I decided to do a make up of the easiest dessert I could find in the cookbook. 


Mustard & Onion Chicken Breasts #Simple Eating

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I am writing this Monday night and we are bracing for a Nor'East here in New York. Our town is expecting 20 to 30 inches of snow fall tonight. It is not suppose to be icy, so I hope the power will stay on... we have a wood burning stove to keep warm. 


Roasted Salmon: New England Style # The Culinary Lives of John & Abigail Adams A Cookbook #Weekly Menu Plan

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This post is sponsored by Rosana Y. Wan and Schiffer Publishing. All opinions are my own. 

The Balch family has been in America since 1636. Through my husband's family history the story of how the United States became a country is very vivid. My kids have always gotten so excited to see a family name on a statue or included in an American history story: a relative road with Paul Revere and fought at Bunker Hill. 


Spice-Crusted Swordfish #French Fridays with Dorie

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We have been on a roll this month making fish recipes for French Fridays with Dorie. I couldn't be happier. Fish is delicious, cooks quickly, is low in calories and high in nutrition. Yes, it is much better for you than any meat.


Cabbage Soup: White Bean & Kale #Healthy Eating

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We just had a serious bout of freezing weather here in New York. My family and I needed a hearty soup to warm us up. There is really bad cold going around too, so I decided to make a soup that contained vitamin C rich cabbage and vitamin A rich kale to give our immune systems a boost.


Curried Mussels #French Fridays with Dorie

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Mussels are one of my husband's favorite seafoods because it always makes him think of our romantic trip to Amsterdam, Bruges and Brussels BC (Before Children). Our favorite part of the trip was sitting in an outside square in Brussels, people watching and eating large pots of steaming mussels while drinking Chimay beer.


Turkish Stuffed Cabbage: Etli Lahana Dolmasi #Food of the World

Turkish Stuffed Cabbage: Etli Lahana Dolmasi: simplelivingeating.com

Twenty years ago I went to Istanbul for my 30th birthday. I am the only woman I know who had 10 belly dancers perform at her party, and one of them was my sister... which explains how I ended up in Turkey for this birthday. 

Sparkling Wines are not just for the Holidays! #Segura Viudas #Freixenet #Weekly Menu Plan

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This post is sponsored by Segura Viudas & Friexenet Sparkling Wines. All opinions are my own. 

The holidays are over and it is NOT time to put the sparkling wine away. Americans, we are in a bad habit... maybe it's our Puritanical heritage, but we seem to deny ourselves the pleasure of drinking sparkling wines throughout the year.


Caviar Aspic Terrine: Arman's Caviar in Aspic #French Fridays with Dorie


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I was busy thinking about my New Year's menu and caviar struck me as a good idea for accompanying champagne. The aspic part of this recipe didn't really register in my head until I started to write the shopping list... unflavored gelatin? I remember ASPIC. It was on the party table when I was a kid somewhere between the port wine cheese rolled in walnuts, and the French onion soup mix dip.


Red Lentil Stew #Heathy Eating #Easy International Recipe

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I've heard a lot of talk of folks making beans especially lentils to bring prosperity for the New Year. Beans look like coins... money... you get the symbolism.


Spice-Rubbed Salmon with Pomegranate Raita #The Wellness Kitchen Cookbook #Weekly Menu Plan

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This post is sponsored by Adams Media. All opinions are my own. 

It was all fun and games until I tried to zip up my jeans this morning. Time to get back on the healthy eating track. I am not an advocate of crash diets of any sort. I think that eliminating food groups most likely means eliminating nutrition. Moderation is the Mediterranean way. 


Weekend Bites Last Party #Weekend Bites

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Happy New Year to all of you wonderful cooks. It has been a pleasure hosting Weekend Bites with Adelina from Home Maid Simple for the last two years, but it is time to say goodbye to our Friday food party. 

We both have new plans for the coming year.  I am going to seriously start working on a cookbook. I'm sure you understand, but I will miss checking out your recipes each week, though I'm certain I will click on your postings on other linky parties. I always do! 

May 2015 be a healthy and prosperous year for you and your family!!!!


Instead of features this week. I would like to say a special thank you to the bloggers who have been the most loyal to this party. I appreciate you being with us every week.

Winnie from Something Sweet

Annamaria from Bakewell Junction

Linda from With a Blast

Annie from Annie's Noms

Katherina from Culinary Flavors

Catherine from Living the Gourmet

This list doesn't look long enough, so I'm sure I've missed a few... but please know I have genuinely appreciated your visiting and contributing to this party each week.