Blog of the Week – Chasing Tomatoes

I have been doing what I love best, perusing the internet looking for interesting blogs when  I came across ‘Notes from the Cookie Jar’.

This blog has lots of interesting information  – in fact it was the first post I came across entitled Parents Bullying Survival Guide, that led me to investigate further into the blog. Lots of really good reading about a variety of subjects.

This led me to another blog also owned by ‘Scattered Mom’, named ‘Chasing Tomatoes’.

And here I found recipes to truly whet the appetite.

The very first image of the Maple Ginger Glaze Salmon drew me in. Being a lover of Salmon,  I am always on the lookout for interesting sauces to try out with it. But the intriguing part of this recipe is not only the yummy sauce but the novelty of cooking the salmon on a cedar plank. Scattered Mom states that using a cedar plank to cook the salmon on is generally something you would do on a barbecue, however she has adapted the recipe so that you can cook it using the plank in the oven.

Another yummy recipe is the Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins these look and sound delicious. The food photos on  Chasing Tomatoes really invite you to get into the kitchen and start cooking.

We are always looking for healthy alternatives to eating and followed Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution shows plus his 30 minute meals program. Everything Jamie does is aimed at promoting healthy eating habits by using fresh produce.

Well Scattered Mom is part of the Jamie Oliver Food Revolution, rating a mention from Jamie Oliver on Twitter and a mention in his newsletter video for Food Revolution Fridays and Food Revolution Road Trip.

Believe me, you will find lots to interest you on both blogs. And you can join Jamie Oliver’s food revolution and set your family on the path to better health through healthy eating.


 

 

Blog of the Week – Three Many Cooks

Three Many Cooks

I was recently over browsing around one of my favorite blogs “The Pioneer Woman Cooks’ when I came across a Delicious Website that Ree featured called Three Many Cooks.

So off I went to check out this website that has been put together by Pam Anderson and her daughters Sharon and Maggy.

I started at the first post I came to which is entitled Marathon Women and relates the story of when Pam and Sharon competed in a marathon. I became totally engrossed with the story and went on to read quite a few more posts before I pulled myself up and remembered that I was also here to check out the recipes.

Well the first delicious recipe I would like to recommend is the  Orange Cream Cheese Strata with Cranberries and Walnuts.

But there are so many other tasty recipes to try.

This is a site full of wonderfully inspirational stories about women supporting each other and the camaraderie between the women is lovely to see. Believe me you will get lost in time once you start reading about Maggy’s adventures in Malawi, Sharon’s cooking adventures and Pam’s recipes.

Just today I was reading Pam’s latest article about her father in law, and what a remarkable man he seems to be considering his age of 91. Such a refreshing story where you can read how Pam made Fajitas from her beef carnita recipe,which is made from pulled chili-braised chuck roast. And then there is Maggy’s tale of a family visit to Hershey Park in Pennsylvania. Hmmm, more chocolate.

So why not head on over to Three Many Cooks where you will find tasty recipes and an enjoyable read.

Getting Back to Blog of the Week

I have been very remiss of late and have not been adding the blog of the week as often as I should. So in an attempt to rectify this situation I decided to start by dropping in on one of my many favorite sites Months of Edible Celebrations.  Louise gives so much interesting information and past history about recipes that I always become totally absorbed by what I am reading and time passes all to quickly.

If you are ever stuck for an idea on what to prepare for a particular celebration, then Months of Edible Celebrations will certainly give you great recipe ideas. It seems there is a celebration on almost every day of the year.

While checking out whats new on Months of Edible Celebrations this morning, I came across a recipe the I haven’t made for many years, it used to be a favorite of my friends and family – Baked Alaska.  We knew it as Bombe Alaska but the principle is the same.  Although a cake base is generally used, when I was at school (seems like a hundred years ago) we were taught to place the ice cream on pineapple rings which also makes for a tasty dessert.

The recipe is courtesy of the Millennium Hotel, Anchorage, and my thanks to Louise for mentioning it.  I have to say it brought back some very pleasant memories.

Blog of the Week – Months of Edible Celebrations

Months of Edible CelebrationsThis week I have a real treat for you.

 Our blog of the week is

 Months of Edible Celebrations

This blog by Louise is  a exactly what the title says, edible celebrations by month.

I thought this title was intriguing and  I was totally sucked in (no pun intended) when the first story I came across was called ‘Nibbling my way to Count Dracula’s’.

The tale of Dracula and Transylvania is interspersed with recipes such as Chicken Paprikash and Oszre Valo Ecetagy Keszitese (a wine vinegar for Autum). 

Louise tells us what the celebration days are for each month,  and then she gives us a beautiful narrative along with recipes to cook for the day.

And just as I finished reading about United Nations day via Argentina which includes a recipe for Humita Mendocina – a tasty creamy corn pudding; up pops a post all about pumpkin days, just in time for Halloween.

I love this blog.  Louise has included  lots and lots of great reading,  she keeps you up to date with all the celebration days that you may like to cook for and there are many excellent recipes included.

Thoroughly recommend that you visit Months of Edible Celebrations, I just know you will end up like I do, totally engrossed in the stories.  A worthwhile way to take some time out for yourself.

Blog of the Week – Noshtalgia

NoshtalgiaOur ‘Blog of the Week’ this week is Noshtalgia.

 And here, once again,we have another  blog chock full of tasty  recipes to tempt your taste buds.

What a great name for a blog – Noshtalgia. 

When I first found Julie’s blog I was captured by her Hats off to A Special Lady post, for a couple of reasons. Firstly it brought back memories of the era I was raised in where my grandmother and all her friends would never dream of leaving the house without their hat and gloves, and immaculate hair.

I too belong to the big hair brigade and find it hard to accept the flat look of today. I can’t help it, I like big ‘Fran Drescher’ style hair.

The second reason was the clam sauce, in fact there are two beautiful recipes for clam sauce – Aunt Lena’s Red Clam Sauce and Julie’s White Clam Sauce.  You see I love clam sauce over pasta and these recipes really appeal.

And if you are anything like me, you will find Julie’s ‘ No Knead To Thank Me’  post on no knead home made bread recipes a godsend.

You will find a wealth of great recipes on Noshtalgia that you will really want to get right in and try. The recipes are accompanied by interesting anecdotes which give the recipes a homey touch.

So its that time again – grab a coffee, put your feet up and browse through Noshtalgia for some inspiration and a pleasant read.