There’s A Full Menu For The Week!

Last week was busy with visiting family, and food preparation but not too much time to post. And I was nominated for the Liebster Award again! Love it! The rules have changed. See my first Award Nomination. This is not necessarily for just new bloggers. Now we want to know more revealing information about our bloggers. Yikes!

Today I’d planned to finish another Martha Stewart Triscuit entry. But I’ve lost my light with the rain. And my twenty-nine dollar plate does no justice. 🙁

But, what’s next?

Portuguese Rice Pudding And I’m sharing the secret aside from cooking in cast iron.

Portuguese Black Beans (Feijoada) Recipe straight from a family member who grew up in Brazil.

Involtini for Italian Cuisine Sunday formerly Pasta Sunday.

Fudge PopsThe Fudge Pops were a success! Dot is waiting for a drip. Or more. 🙂

Oven SMores


If you have 2 and 3 Year Olds who want to make S’Mores this might be a better option … And they can participate in the fun! After they have placed their favorite toppings on the graham crackers and have sprinkled with their favorite miniature marshmallows you place the cookie sheet under the preheated broiler for 30 seconds to a minute. Remove and immediately top with another graham cracker. Yum! For the Grown ups use chocolate chip cookies instead of grahams and use your best chocolate.


















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This Versatile Topper Works

As An Appetizer or A Pasta Dish

Appetizer or Pasta DishUse this recipe to top your favorite cracker or toast for an appetizer. Or place this over a thin spaghetti or angel hair for a deliciously light meal.

Family is coming to visit this week. And wanted to get in this post before all heck breaks loose. (If my family reads this, oops, sorry.)

YES, we have winners in the Giveaway. To be announced soon!

Hope you try this very easy tasty recipe! I submitted this in Martha Stewart’s Triscuit Contest just for fun.

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Making Your Own Peanut Butter –

Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter CookiesMaking Peanut Butter Cookies is pretty easy. And this is one cookie most bakeries have figured out. But I’m still looking for the Perfect Peanut Butter Cookie! Most Peanut Butter Cookie connoisseurs have their idea of perfect. Mine is a cookie I remember from my childhood. It was slightly dense, very intense peanut taste, not too sweet, neither caky nor crispy, and slightly sandy in texture. And where did I taste this delicious cookie? Sierra Vista Elementary School! The school cafeteria had a full kitchen … And I believe all the food for the school was cooked in this kitchen at least initially. I have convinced myself the peanut butter was made there too.

I’ve always received compliments on my peanut butter cookie recipes.  (Thank you David for saying mine were better than your wife’s. Yikes.) Yes, I make the ones with the candy kiss too. I certainly appreciated the compliments but realized too, many of my friends didn’t bake. And let’s face it, there is something about a homemade cookie!

After I determined, whether fact or not, the answer to the Perfect Peanut Butter Cookie was adding homemade peanut butter to the recipe it was a done deal. I wasn’t sure how to go about this but…. My first attempt was with raw Spanish peanuts. If anyone tells you the skins pop off easily after roasting, hmm, nope. And it’s messy. Raw peanuts have very little taste and need lots of toasting to achieve what we would describe as a peanut taste. This attempt was a failure. I took a big leap and moved right to roasted salted peanuts. My mistake was adding too much peanut oil. I liked the idea of no honey or sweetener. I moved forward and made these cookies with the second batch of peanut butter and while all was delicious the Perfect Peanut Butter Cookie is still out there.

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Bait & Switch

Got your attention?

Portuguese Marinated Chicken ThighsSounds a bit like a few of my romantic relationships.  But it’s really about food! A Portuguese lamb marinade used for chicken thighs. Use this marinade for your lamb shanks or shoulder. Or if you have a family not too fond of lamb try it on chicken. Thighs vs breast meat? Thighs have a higher fat content. Seemed a better choice. This recipe can easily be used for your barbecue chicken and lamb. Delicious!

Another Perry Recipe! Well for lamb!

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Hot Fudge Sundae

An Ice Cream Treat

Hot Fudge

This is a hot fudge reminder of our giveaway. A recipe you might use on the delicious ice cream you’re going to make with your prize? We hope you win!


Makes a generous 1/2 cup of fudge topping

1/2 Cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 Teaspoon warm water (or 2 teaspoons butter for richer flavor)
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/4 Cup heavy cream
1/2 Teaspoon vanilla

Microwave the chocolate chips in 20 second intervals until the morsels stir into a very creamy mixture. Add the water and sugar and continue to stir until sugar is dissolved. This may take some minutes. Add the cream and vanilla and stir vigorously. If the sauce is too thick add a bit more cream.

It’s ready to go!

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Sunday Italian with Chicken Saltimbocca

Passion may come and go but mine for cooking in particular Portuguese and Italian dishes is constant. Saltimbocca on Kitchen Getaway!

Chicken Saltimbocca

A recipe that’s both easy and impressive. So rich tasting!

When computer housekeeping today I managed to delete my how to photos for this dish. Yikes! I am hopeful the recipe steps will be concise for you.

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