Panko Crusted Salmon with Orange Sauce

Wow, the two ingredients for the Crazy Ingredient Challenge stumped me for a bit this month: citrus and bread crumbs.

CIC - citrus and breadcrumbs

I’d be shocked I am the only one in the group to make something breaded with an orange sauce, but I have a secret ingredient. This Panko Crusted Salmon with Orange Sauce is simple and quick and delicious and healthy and can be made gluten-free if desired. Panko Crusted Salmon with Orange Sauce Continue reading

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Calabrese Antipasto and Tasty Tuesdays Link Up

Nothing says Thanksgiving to me more than Antipasto and Pate. Huh?

When you party with the Lalanne clan it is pretty easy to figure out the Pate part and our family recipe is oh so easy to make and delicious too. But the Antipasto, well I have to admit, I have no idea where the recipe came from originally. I don’t think it was from the Italian side of my family. It has always been served on the French side with the salad course at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Go figure.

A little research tells me this is technically a Calabrese Antipasto. Most recipes call for cauliflower and carrots, but our version has never had any fresh stuff in it. It also doesn’t need any cooking, just dump everything together and chill before serving.

It is traditionally served “before pasta”, but as I said above we have it with the salad course before the turkey at Thanksgiving or ham at Christmas.  It would also make a good appetizer on some crackers or crostini. Or just eat it straight out of the bowl like I do, ooops, uh, strike that last comment. Continue reading

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Brandied Whole Cranberry Sauce

Brandied Whole Cranberry SauceI am a big fan of cranberries. I like them dried and I like homemade cranberry sauce. But, I can’t stand … uh… do not really care for jellied cranberry sauce straight from the can sliced with the ridges still on it. If you do, enjoy! I like my cranberries plump and tart with a little sweetness.

M’s mom makes this version for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The trick to keeping the cranberries big and whole is to bake them low and slow. And adding some brandy or rum, well that just makes it extra tasty. Continue reading

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Tasty Tuesdays Link Up and 7 Soup and Chili Recipes

Another batch of scrumptious recipes were shared on the Tasty Tuesdays Linky last week. Since it is actually dipping in to the 70’s around here this week, I thought I would feature some of the soup and chili recipes that were shared last week.

7 Healthy Soup and Chili Recipes

30 Minute Chili from Domain of the Mad Mommy
Chicken Enchilada Soup from Miz Helen’s Country Cottage
Speedy Soup Rolls and Root Vegetable Soup from Snapshots and Snippets
Easy Beet Soup from the Good Mama
Chicken and Spinach Soup from Penguins in Pink
Chicken with Wild Rice Soup From 2 Kids and Tired Cooks
Crockpot Veggie and Quinoa Chili from Divas Run for Bling


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Ultimate Virtual Cookie & Goodies Party And Giveaway


Gingerbreadman Cookies and CandyWelcome and come on in to the Ultimate Virtual Cookie & Goodies Party And Giveaway!


We have been working hard behind the scenes to bring you the best and most fun virtual party you will attend this season!

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Over the next 13 days we want you to share your absolute Best Cookie and Goodie recipes with us! We also want you to share your Free Printable Holiday invitations, party décor and anything; Thanksgiving and Christmas themed which you have Free Printables for! No Round Ups, please.

We will be Pinning all of your wonderful Recipes and Free Printables to our Ultimate Virtual Cookie & Goodies Party Pinterest Board.

We will be hosting a Twitter party loaded with prizes! What would a party be without prizes?! Mark your calendar for November 11th at 8pm EST and go to TWUBS to pre-register, here.

Prizes included in the Twitter party; 6 dozen eggs from NestFresh Eggs, The Picky Palate Cookbook from Marilyn’s Treats, Birch Lane Pillow cover Valued at $59, Set of 6 snowflake ornaments via SkyBlueFancy Etsy shop, “Baked with Love by” labels valued at $25 from The Road To Domestication and $20 e-gift card courtesy of your Hosts!!!

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All of our party Hosts and Co-Hosts have joined together to bring you a HUGE Paypal Cash prize in our party Giveaway along with some fabulous prizes brought to you by our Sponsors!


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  1. $350 Cash with winner option of either Paypal or Amazon
  2. Value $75 includes; The Pasta Shoppe - box of holiday pasta $25 and Birch Lane $50 gift card
  3. Value $42 includes; Fun Pasta Fundraising -box of holiday pasta $25 and Family Finest Cookie Kits-2 coupons, $12 value and Northern Whimsy Custom Recipe cards ($5 value) plus 75% off anything in the store
  4. Value $43 includes; Jamberry Nails-holiday nail wraps – (1 sheet, $15 value) and Chloe + Isabel- organic teardrop earrings RV $28
  5. Value $89 includes; Farmer’s Bounty Pet-Food & two treat varieties – $38 value and Princella Sweet Potatoes – A Sager Creek Company (3 free cans Sager Creek Veggies – $6 value) and Tandoor Chef -Coupons for 3 free dinners, $18 value and The Piping Gourmets Whoopie Pies! (3 Coupons for products, $27 value)

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A Giant Thank You to all of our wonderful sponsors!

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Please join with us as we Thank our Sponsors! We have some fabulous prizes for our Giveaway both on the Rafflecopter AND at the Twitter Party thanks to the good folks at: (6 dozen Eggs)

Marilyn’s Treats (The Picky Palate Cookbook Value $17.99)

DIY Decorating Addict (6-month Subscription to online “DIY Decorating Addict” magazine via Dianne Corriere (Twitter Party) – only available on Apple products )

The Pasta Shoppe ($25 Value, box of Holiday pasta)

Fun Pasta Fundraising ($25 Value, Box of Holiday pasta)

Northern Whimsy Custom Recipe cards ($5 value) plus 75% off anything in the store

Jamberry Nails (Holiday Nail Wraps)

Family Finest (2 coupons, $12 value)

Farmer’s Bounty Pet (Food & two treat varieties – $38 value)

Princella Yams - A Sager Creek Company (3 free cans Sager Creek Veggies – $6 value)

Tandoor Chef (Coupons for 3 free dinners, $18 value)

The Piping Gourmets (3 Coupons for products, $27 value)

Sky Blue Fancy Etsy Shop (Set of 6 Snowflake Ornaments, Value $18)

Birch Lane ($50 Gift Card and a Pillow Cover)

Chloe + Isabel (Organic Teardrop Earrings a $28 value)


Meet your co-hosts

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An Alli Event | Life With Lorelai | Meatloaf and Melodrama | Table and Hearth

2 Crochet Hooks | A Life In Balance | Marilyn’s Treats | Kupon Girl

Sharing A to Z | This & That | The Rustic Willow | Second Chances Girl

Love Create Celebrate | That Recipe | Flourishing At Home

Pint Size Farm | Living Contently | The Evolution of Mom

Let’s Party!

Here are the Rules:

  • Link up to 6 Post over the 13 days of the party
  • Share the party on social media using #Ultimatecookieparty
  • NO Round Ups
  • Visit a couple of links and comment or share


Share you original posts for any winter holiday, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas. Recipes and Free Printable’s Please. No crafts. It’s all about the Cookies and Goodies!


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Pecan Maple Cream Tassies – Fill the Cookie Jar

Pecan Maple Cream TassiesIt’s the first Thursday of the month which means it is time for our monthly Fill the Cookie Jar post, where a group of bloggers get together and post a cookie recipe based on a monthly theme.

And the theme for November is Thanksgiving. I bet you didn’t see that one coming.

And what do we have for dessert in most American households on Thanksgiving?

Cheese! … Oops, that’s probably just the Lalanne clan. I meant PIE!

So, I came up with these mini pie cookies: Pecan Maple Cream Tassies. Continue reading

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Hot Water Pie Crust – Tasty Tuesdays Link Up

Before we jump into another Tasty Tuesdays Link Up with fabulous recipes shared by my fellow bloggers, I want to share this recipe for Hot Water Pie Crust with you because I am already in the Holiday spirit.

I have a fear of pie crusts, they intimidate me. I have ruined far too many (yes, one is too many in my book) So when I saw this recipe in an old cookbook from the PBS Series Cooking from Quilt Country: Hearty Recipes from Amish and Mennonite Kitchens, I knew I had to give it a try. Continue reading

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Kolache – Sweet Nut Roll

Kolache or KolachI know, you may not have even thrown away the jack-o-lantern from Halloween and here I am jumping to Christmas. Don’t worry, I am not skipping over Thanksgiving. The next few posts are going to be Thanksgiving related. But, I am participating in a Christmas recipe/craft link party this weekend and I need to get this posted early.

For those of you unfamiliar with Kolache it is a Central European (Hungarian, Czech, Ukrainian, etc.) treat made with a rich brioche like dough filled with sweetened nut or seed filling.

In my husband’s house it was breakfast every Christmas morning. You can enjoy it any time of the year, but since the only time my Mother-in-Law makes it is in December I automatically associate it with Christmas. When, I handed a plate of it to my neighbor she said she is going to make it for Thanksgiving morning. So make it now, pin it for the holidays or a lazy weekend morning, whatever you want. Continue reading

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Photo A Day – Food Theme with recipes

October 2014 FMS PADThis month Chantelle Elem at Fat Mum Slim changed up her normal Photo A Day prompts and assigned a letter to each day plus the numbers 1 through 5. You can take a picture of ANYTHING that symbolizes the prompt to you.

As soon as I saw the list, I knew food was going to be the easiest way to complete the challenge this month. Plus it gave me a post a day on my social media accounts.

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you may have seen them daily, but here they are all together. Continue reading

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Curried Turnip Greens – Tasty Tuesdays Link Up

The turnips I planted in my homemade self watering containers are going crazy!

turnip leaves

So I picked off a handful or two of the larger leaves and left the rest so the turnip roots underneath will have food to keep growing. Most stores here in California cut the greens off of the turnips before selling them (unlike beets that have the roots and the greens) probably because turnip greens are one of the most bitter greens so most people wouldn’t bother to cook them. Such a shame.

All greens are loaded with vitamins and nutrients, but in order to cut the bitterness most recipes for turnip greens involve cooking them for a long time and adding salt and pork fat (bacon or salt pork). Continue reading

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