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Fire & Ice Ceviche #CooktheBooks #FoodieReads

  Claudia of  Honey from Rock  is hosting our bi-monthly reading group  Cook the Books .  And, if you'd like to join the fun, the posts aren't due till the end of March, so you still have time. You can read her announcement  here . She has asked us to read  Where I Come From: Life Lessons from a Latino Chef  by Aarón Sánchez* which is the book pick for February and March 2021. I have had this on my shelf for a few months and just kept pushing off starting it until I read some other books. When I had a lull...and realized that February was almost gone...I picked it up. And it was a breeze to read and a completely delight! I know that I have seen  Aarón Sánchez on television when we've stayed in hotels and watched the Food Network. Maybe Chopped . Maybe MasterChef   or IronChef . But he never struck me as a television personality that I was compelled to read more about or learn his back story. So, I'm glad that Claudia picked this memoir because his story was absolutely w

Chicken Fajitas #SundayFunday

  Today the Sunday Funday group is celebrating chicken. Thanks to Stacy of  Food Lust People Love , Sue of  Palatable Pastime , Rebekah of  Making Miracles , and Wendy of  A Day in the Life on the Farm  for coordinating this low-stress group. Today Stacy is hosting and she's given us the following prompt: Share your favorite family friendly chicken recipes, cooked any way you like it! Creative or traditional, we are always looking for ways to serve this ubiquitous bird. Vegetarians only: feel free to use protein substitutes. Here's the line-up of how the #SundayFunday bloggers are using chicken in their kitchens... Chicken and Stuffing Bake from Palatable Pastime Chicken Biryani-Gujarati Style from Sneha's Recipe Chicken Fajitas from Culinary Adventures with Camilla Chicken Ramen Noodle Dump Casserole  from A Day in the Life on the Farm Creamy Spinach and Red Pepper Chicken from Making Miracles Saucy Pepperoni Roasted Chicken from Food Lust People Love The Best Bri

Recipe Round-Up: The #FoodNFlix Bloggers are Spirited Away

  This month I invited the bloggers of Food'N'Flix to join me in watching Spirited Away . You can read my invitation here . I think it might have been a challenging movie to find and I apologize for that. Wendy found her copy at the library and I know I purchased it for viewing on Amazon. And it also wasn't a typical genre for our movie picks or the movies we prefer, I suspect. But I am glad that a few of us were able to watch and get inspired into the kitchen. Elizabeth of Literature and Limes served Japanese Chicken Legs . She wrote, "While not my favorite of movies, it was still cute. The imagination throughout was fun and did wave a great plot line together." And she created a winner of a recipe that was teen-approved. That's always a plus. "I was inspired by the scene where Chihiro’s parents devour the food and turn into pigs. Her mom appears to be eating some type of poultry. There are dumplings, rolls. I probably would have eaten all that food t

Hong Shao Niu Rou Mian (Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup) #FoodNFlix

  This month, I am hosting the Food'N'Flix group as we watch and -  hopefully - get inspired into the kitchen by Spirited Away . This is definitely out of the range of movies the group usually watches, but I hope that the other gals join the fun. On the Screen I had never heard of this movie until my boys purchased it on Amazon. They have long been fans of Studio Ghibli movies though I have never watched any of the movies with them. However, the first time they watched it, both commented that I should suggest it to my foodie movie group. I largely ignored that suggestion until I was reading through a list of top twenty-five films that food lovers have to watch. Okay. I was convinced and offered to host it for our foodie, movie-watching group this month. For those unfamiliar, as I was, Hayao Miyazaki is the Japanese animator, writer, director, producer, and filmmaker whose work with Studio Ghibli has resulted in creative and influential animated films, including:  Pri

Pollo a la Catalana + Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat 2019 #WorldWineTravel

  This year a fourth wine blogging group was formed by Jeff of Food Wine Click! and we will be doing a deep dive into the wines of Spain in 2021. January had us looking at Rioja; you can read my article - with the links to everyone else - here . And this month, Susannah of Avvinare is hosting as we head to Catalunya. All of these posts will be live by Saturday, February 27th when we'll be meeting for a live Twitter chat at 8am Pacific. Follow along with the hashtag  #WorldWineTravel and be sure to add that to any tweets you posts so we can see them. Here's the #WorldWineTravel Catalunya line-up... Allison and Chris from Advinetures look at Cava: Spain’s Answer to Champagne . Andrea from The Quirky Cork enjoys Tapas with Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava . Camilla from Culinary Adventures with Camilla shares Pollo a la Catalana + Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat 2019. David from Cooking Chat shines with Mushroom Fricassee and Red Wine from Priorat . Gwendolyn from Wine Predator

The Secrets of a Cursed Family + Grilled Lamb and Apple Chutney #FoodieReads

  I don't usually read anything in the 'thriller' genre, but After Alice Fell by Kim Taylor Blakemore* intrigued me as a historical thriller. I wasn't actually sure what to expect from this novel. But I'm glad I read it. On the Page   Set just after the Civil War, this book was dark and disturbing. But the writing was also incredibly beautiful. War widow and nurse Marion has returned home to live with her brother, Lionel; sister-in-law, Cathy; and nephew from her brother's first marriage, Toby. Marion's sister, the titular Alice, has died while a patient in an asylum and Marion is convinced that the institution is hiding something. Alice had been mute since she was fourteen years old. And, when we discover the cause of her silence, I am pretty sure I gasped aloud. That's a successful thriller, right? Lionel's first wife and Toby's mother, Lydia, died tragically as well. And though Marion isn't initially investigating that death, she does un

Raspberry Basil-Marinated Mushrooms #Sponsored

   This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Quail & Olive . Complimentary product was provided for this post and this page may contain affiliate links. However, all opinions expressed here are my own. When Anni at  The Quail & Olive *asked if I wanted to play with the  Raspberry Basil Vinegar  to create a recipe, I couldn't say 'yes' fast enough. I love a challenge and I really love supporting and highlighting local businesses. So I went to her shop, picked up a bottle, and starting thinking about possible combinations on the drive home. I had some mushrooms on my counter and decided to share my super simple process for making marinated mushroom. You can make this with any vinegar, but I used the Raspberry Basil vinegar and mirrored the flavors with the addition of some fresh basil from the garden. This recipe makes three half-pint jars. You can easily halve the recipe if you don't want that much or don't have enough ingredients. These are als