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Collection of Recipes – Thanksgiving 2021

The countdown has begun here in the states, and the pressure is on naturally for all those planning to feed the clan. I, for one, have not slept for more than a few hours each night this week. Can’t really say it is because of Thanksgiving dinner. But when I am up, I do think about dessert and some of the trimmings. Then I mentally scan the cupboards to note which and what ingredients might be missing. Now, although I am planning on remaining basic, in terms of the menu. I do find myself wanting to switch it up a bit…mostly the sides and you guessed it, desserts. Here’s a link to Turkey, or a bird of your choice recipes to consider.

Happy Weekend and all…

I love waking up to a message from our global team in the UK – wishing me a happy weekend. Funny how that works. 6a.m. in California while it is 2p.m. in the UK, where everyone-well at least for our company-is getting ready to unplug from all things work. Anyway, what are you up to this weekend? As I mentioned in my last post, I was going to chase Fall. But, due to the dry weather we are experiencing in California, the leaves are not turning color as beautifully as I had imagined in my head. At least in California. Not sure in other parts of the world. Although someone I work with in the east coast mentioned how green and plush all things were in his state and he wondered if winter was really around the corner… Lots happened this past week. Mostly binge-watched a Netflix mini-series and I have to say I am actually traumatized from being able to decode the underlying message in the series. Have you seen Midnight Mass? I can’t …

Food: Chicken Taco

I have been stuck on rotation lately, pretty much making the same meals every week. Too busy at work for sure, and not enough time to get as creative as I’d like for dinner. Also my craving has been off – mostly stress eating. So, tonight I am going for this awesome twist on tacos and naturally I feel the need to share. Disclaimer: Full photo and recipe credit here

Thanksgiving…

A co-worker of mine tucked away in a far far away place – somewhere in the northern hemisphere asked if I were celebrating Thanksgiving with family this year. Sure, I said, with my every day family. I’m cooking as usual, but not the traditional turkey, which for years, I’ve mentioned not a popular bird in our home. So chicken it will be, plus all the trimmings I don’t mind making enough for leftovers. Because you see the week after thanksgiving will be the busiest week at my day job. and oh before I forget – check out this handy guide to finding just about any recipe – Thanksgiving or not. What are you doing this thanksgiving? Will you be travelling to family, staying home, or not even considering the holiday for any number of reasons?

Food: French Onion Soup with A Twist

It’s strange how I tend to forget about French onion soup for the family. I suppose mostly because there are mixed feelings about the onion part. I love it, and the rest of the family tends not to. But this recipe is one I am going to put on this week’s menu – served with a day-old artisan loaf. (Wine of course for me) INGREDIENTS 6 tablespoons salted butter 4 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced 1 1/4 cups dry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc 3 cloves garlic minced or grated 2 cups cremini or wild mushrooms, sliced 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage 1 teaspoon honey 6-8 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce (or soy sauce) 2 bay leaves kosher salt and black pepper 1/2 cup heavy cream 6 slices french bread 2 cups shredded Gruyère cheese (Munster Cheese or Havarti for me) – (click here for the full recipe how to)

Food: Dinner Tonight – Lentil Salad

I have a bag of lentil I’ve been itching to cook up – normally I drizzle olive oil, a squeeze of lemon, chop up fresh cilantro, and dice up chives and voila a quick and easy dish after a busy day.  But today, this recipe sparked my desire to up the simple meal to this variation – I will use Halloumi cheese naturally – which is the best grilling cheese in my opinion.  Paired with a bottle of white or red (for me) and now we have a gourmet stay-in dinner. INGREDIENTS Kosher salt ¾ cup black beluga lentils 3 Tbsp. sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar 1 Tbsp. honey 5 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided Freshly ground black pepper 8 oz. grilling cheese (such as bread, Halloumi, or paneer), torn into 2″ pieces 1 lb. sweet mini peppers, ribs and seeds removed, halved lengthwise, cut into thirds if large ½ tsp. dried oregano ¼ cup (packed) basil leaves, torn if large Flaky sea salt  {continued}     Featured image source and full credit

Food: Chicken Florentine

I decided to take this week off – from work and even the new /strange lifestyle we’ve all been living since the social distancing and all. It is a staycation naturally, where I had to find creative ways to be outdoors and away from San Francisco’s dreary ‘summer months.’ In case you don’t know, San Francisco has the coldest summer with heavy fog, drizzle, wind and nothing but gray. I’ll be talking about the staycation next week, once I’ve put my concept together on how to present the blog post to you all. In the meantime, just know, I am still cooking at home, in the evenings and this recipe is the winner for tonight’s dinner: Yes mother, we are having chicken 🙂 INGREDIENTS 1 large egg, beaten 1/4 cup all-purpose flour or use gluten free 4 boneless skinless chicken breast cutlets (about 3/4 inch thick) kosher salt and pepper 10 tablespoons cold salted butter, cubed (see note) 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes 4 cloves garlic, smashed 2 tablespoons fresh chopped thyme 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes 4 ounces buffalo or regular mozzarella, torn 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1/2 cup fresh basil, …

Food: Side Dish 101

I live for side dishes – and with each meal plan them carefully so to use up the freshest of ingredients I purchased from the grocers. Which is what led me to this list of side dishes to consider adding the perfect to the simply meal. I normally shift between roasted tomatoes, cabbage slaw, roasted peppers, roasted potatoes and sometimes rice. {featured image and source full credit}

Food: Dinner Tonight- Coconut Basil Chicken

I’ve been craving flavorful meals, zesty, spicy and full of energy (yes food can have energy) so with chicken breast being thawed today, I am going to attempt this recipe for tonight’s dinner – in hope my mother will appreciate the cuisine. A little less on the spicier side for her palette INGREDIENTS 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts, thinly sliced 1 1/2 tablespoons yellow curry powder 1 teaspoon ground turmeric 1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper using more or less to your taste kosher salt and black pepper 3 tablespoons sesame oil or extra virgin olive oil 2 zucchini or summer squash, diced 2 ears sweet corn, kernels removed from the cob 2-3 medium shallots, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated 1 inch fresh ginger, grated 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes 1 can (14 ounce) coconut milk juice and zest from 1/2 a lemon 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped 1/4 cup fresh basil, roughly torn 2 cups cooked basmati rice toasted sesame seeds for serving {more} {featured image and recipe full credit and source}