"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!


Fromager d' Affinois New Double Creme Cheese #Weekly Menu Plan

Fromager d' Affinois:  simplelivingeating.com

This post is sponsored by Fromager d' Affinois. All opinions are my own.

We had my family over this past weekend to help us make maple syrup. Yes, it's sugaring time in the Northeast! We finally have days above freezing, so the sap is flowing. Having cheese to sample was perfect for our breaks from cutting wood and straining the sap.


Next-Day Beef Salad #French Fridays with Dorie

Next-Day Beef Salad- simplelivingeating.com

A few years after I graduated college I worked in New York City as a business manager for a small concert opera company. It was very culturally enriching to be immersed in "the world of opera" but it did nothing to enrich my bank account. It was a non-profit company and I made very little money; which was not a big deal because I was in my early 20's, living in a rent controlled apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan close to Central Park.


Mujaddara (Lebanese Lentil, Rice and Spinach Soup) #Bob's Red Mill Everyday Gluten-Free Cookbook

Bob's Red Mill Everyday Gluten-Free Cookbook

This post is sponsored by Bob's Red Mill. All opinions are my own.

We are visiting Lebanon with Food of the World this month, so when I was asked to review: Bob's Red Mill Everyday Gluten-Free Cookbook this Lebanese soup recipe caught my eye.


Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix #Among Friends Hand-Crafted Baking Mixes #Weekly Menu Plan

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix: simplelivingeating.com

This post is sponsored by Among Friends Baking Mixes. All opinions are my own. 

My kids are always looking for snacks after school, and they whine and complain that I never have "anything" to eat in the house.


French Egg Drop Soup: Côte d' Azur Cure-All Soup #French Fridays with Dorie


French Egg Drop Soup-simplelivingeating.com

As a kid when you got sick in my house you ate toast and drank tea. If you coughed at night you got a shot of blackberry brandy, and if you wanted soup it was chicken. 


Paprika Chicken with Chili Pepper Sour Cream #Simple Recipes


Paprika Chicken with Chili Pepper Sour Cream  http://www.simplelivingeating.com/2015/03/paprika-chicken-with-chili-pepper-sour.html #chicken recipe #mexican food

This a simple flavorful recipe that everyone in the family will enjoy. It is just chicken rubbed with some Spanish Paprika. You can use any type of paprika you like; smoked Paprika is delicious with this recipe also. 


Confessions of a Serial Entertainer by Steven Stolman #Cookbook Review

Mater's Mess- simplelivingeating.com

As the title: Confessions of a Serial Entertainer  suggests Steven Stolman just can't stop throwing parties. Even when guest refuse to go home...he is willing to whip up one more dip, pour another cocktail, and charm everyone with a bit of small talk.


Slow Cooker Beef Marengo #French Fridays with Dorie

Slow Cooker Beef Marengo: simplelivingeating.com

I really would have followed the recipe this week if I had found humanely raised stewing veal. Wholefoods only had quality expensive cuts of veal that I wasn't going to chop up and throw into a stew.


Lebanese Beef Baked Potatoes #Food of the World

Lebanese Beef Baked Potatoes: simplelivingeating.com

Lebanese cuisine is a perfect blend of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cooking. Olive oil, fruits, vegetables and a low amount of meat is eaten just like in the Mediterranean. Hummus, kebabs, baba ganoush are also a regular part of the diet, just like in the Middle East.


Stuffed Cabbage with a Morel Cream Sauce #French Fridays with Dorie


Stuffed Cabbage with Morel Cream Sauce- simplelivingeating.com

When I ask my children to try something before they proclaim that they don't like it, I usually remind them that "It's not calves brains." 


Slow Cooker Chicken Coq au Vin Blanc

Slow Cooker Chicken Coq au Vin Blanc: simplelivingeating.com

I've always been a fan of Chicken Coq au Vin. Chicken slowly cooked in wine with mushrooms, onions, carrots, celery to name a few of the wonderful vegetables that are usually included in this meal.