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June 14, 2017

Summer is the perfect time to get together with friends and family.  Food plays a major part in this ritual.  I love to cook for people; it is my way of showing that I care.  I enjoy making them an assortment of yummy dishes.  Not too long ago, I decided to have an early summer gathering.  Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate, so we could not host it outdoors.  My plans, however, were flexible.  I decided to bring summer inside and share the warmth of good food despite the rainy day.

One of the food concepts that I love comes from the Spanish - tapas, or small plates.  It's basically appetizers or very small dishes that you can put together to make a complete meal.  It provides a lot of food variety as well as allows you to control your portion size.  It's a gathering of different kinds of food.  I've included pictures to show examples of this concept, and how I decided to arrange things.  I hope to inspire you to create your own gathering of food, f...

April 4, 2017

I think of March as "Irish Month" because of Saint Paddy's Day.  I had a blast cooking up everything Irish last month.  Clodagh's cookbook was one of the one's that helped me most during my endeavor.  The book is beautiful with lots of lovely pictures of Ireland.  There are also amazing food pictures that show you what you are making.  It is an absolute joy to leisurely page through her book and dream of Ireland.  I also dream of eating the delicious food pictured.

Most of the time I found the ingredients to be easily accessible.  Last month one of her recipe's that I featured on the blog was Crispy Chicken with a Creamy Irish Whiskey and Mushroom Sauce.  The recipe ingredients listed a cut of chicken that is not readily available here in the states.  So I substituted the cut with skin on, bone in chicken breasts, and they worked well in the recipe.  I also substituted the wild mushrooms with cremini mushrooms, because I love cremini mushrooms and prefer th...

January 20, 2017

It is getting towards the end of January, and I am guessing all those New Year resolutions on dieting and losing weight are not as appealing as they once were.  I am one of those people that shy away from dieting resolutions.  You might wonder why that is.  You see...I feel it sets me up for failure.  About 4 years ago, I weighed an extra 40 plus pounds.  I would go on diets and lose the weight.  I would then lose my resolve (especially when the food tasted so good) and gain the weight back quickly.  Honestly, my weight has fluctuated a lot in my adult life.  It is a struggle, even today! 

A few years ago, I decided no more diets.  So what did I decide to do instead?  I focused on good clean eating, portion control, and most important, persistence.  By persistence, I mean that even when you indulge once in a while (and believe me, I do indulge occasionally), you still work towards your goal.  For instance, I might decide to have a junk f...

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