Cobh, Killarney, Doolin & the Cliffs of Moher

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I'm kind-of-sad to be posting the last group of photos from our trip to Ireland this past November.  We had such an amazing time and wanted to share this special place with you.  If you ever have questions about traveling in Ireland, just send a message and we'll fill you in on what we've learned.  We're not experts ... just everyday travelers. One of the nice things about traveling . . . Continue Reading

Butternut Cashew Chili

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I know ... what self-respecting man is going to want meatless chili on Super Bowl Sunday?   You may know someone that would throw a flag on this game plan - but hear me out.  This chili delivers on the flavor and the cashews give you a first down on the texture.  Alright - enough with the football references.  I'm just cheering (oops) on our meatless Monday meals and this one would be . . . Continue Reading

Cork Ireland – a visit to The English Market


For all you foodies out there, I thought you might enjoy a quick peek at our trip to the English Market in Cork, Ireland.   Cork is in the south-western region of Ireland and is the second largest city and the third most populated in Ireland.  There's a lot to do in Cork but it was a very rainy day and since we were just passing through, a few hours drooling at the market was the perfect . . . Continue Reading

Rice Noodles with Edamame and Cashews

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Simple meatless Monday meals are turning in to some of my absolute favorite dishes.  Late last summer my husband asked if we could eat fewer meals with red meat and to tell you the truth, I'm really not missing the meat!  Especially when there are meals like this to be made! The book titled Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi is one of my favorite go-to cookbooks when I need meatless . . . Continue Reading

Chunky Vegetable Soup with Smoked Paprika

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Leeks, carrots, zucchini, celery, onion, and green beans are just a few of the fresh ingredients that make this heart healthy soup a perfect meatless Monday meal.  My husband and I recently found a local restaurant, the Smyrna Turkish cafe, that is both a Mediterranean grocery store and restaurant.  You can purchase fresh homemade dishes by the pound or eat among the aisles of the store . . . Continue Reading

Dingle Ireland

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One of my co-workers asked me if I was going to post more Ireland photos.  Little did he know, I still have hundreds to sort through, but this will be a good start!  Thanks for asking Chuck.  Pull up a chair and pour a cup of tea because this might take a minute!  We visited Ireland in 2009 and went back again this past November 2014.  My husband, his sister-in-law Rita and I enjoyed 9 . . . Continue Reading

Wild Rice and Mushroom Pilaf

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I don't know about you, but I'm so glad to be back to a normal eating pattern; the holidays absolutely wore me out this year.  The decorations are packed and put away, and after 9 long months of helping our daughter and son-in-law renovate an old house, they moved in this past weekend.  The garage is now empty, my car is actually back where it used to live, and we have our weekends free . . . Continue Reading

The top 14 of 2014


Goodbye 2014 and hello 2015!  I'm thrilled to see which recipes were your favorites during 2014.   It's very exciting to see the classic recipes ... the real food that appeals to everyone.  Homemade speaks to us all, whether it be desserts, a nice chicken dinner or a warming, hearty soup.  Sometimes around my annual blogging-anniversary I like to post my favorite recipes from the past . . . Continue Reading

Homemade Hawaiian Sweet Rolls

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Not only has Christmas come and gone with lightening speed, 2014 is about to expire never to come again.  We steam-rolled from Thanksgiving to Christmas and now we have another milestone holiday centered around celebrating with family, friends, food and drinks.   If you're looking for a New Year's recipe - you may want to take a closer look at these lovely rolls.  Have you ever had . . . Continue Reading

Almond Cranberry Scones

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 I've mentioned before that I'm a big fan of Food 52.  Food 52 sends out email posts a few times a week and I always find enticing recipes and reviews of gorgeous kitchen tools that make me want to whip out the credit card.  When I read about a recipe by Judith Rae for Almond Scones I knew I'd have to make them one day.  Then to seal the deal Monica, from Playing with Flour, posted these . . . Continue Reading