Spicy Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup for French Fridays with Dorie & Food Revolution Day

Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup / Patty's Food

  Today is my second day home from vacation and I’m running around while trying to get to the giant pile of laundry on top of my washing machine.  Today is also the cook’s recipe choice for  French Fridays with Dorie and Cook & Share Food Revolution Day.  I think Dorie’s spicy Vietnamese chicken noodle […]

Mint Chocolate Cookies and Cream Mini Cheesecakes

Mint Chocolate Cookies and Cream Mini Cheesecakes

It’s good to be home after a quick trip to St. Louis -just in time for this month’s chocolate party featuring mint which I am lucky to have growing in my garden all year long.  Once again I created a press box goodie for my son to share with his co-workers and friends.  One of […]

burrata with heirloom tomato, raspberry, basil and mint salad, my guest post for spicie foodie

burrata with heirloom tomato raspberry  salad

Today I’m guest posting for Nancy at Spicie Foodie, if you’re not already following my friend Nancy-this would be a great time to check out her blog!  Nancy is celebrating her 3 year blogoversary by hosting a series of guest posts this month.  She asked me to contribute one and  I’m happy to be part […]

easy thai basil ginger-pickled cucumbers

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I love the scent of vanilla sugar.  This morning I topped off my canister of vanilla scented sugar with a new bag of sugar from the market-just smells so good!  I am a baker at heart, but today it’s all about chilled spicy pickled cucumbers.  This easy recipe is perfect for a Summer picnic.  It’s […]

Dark Chocolate Mint Zucchini Cake

This dark chocolate mint zucchini cake makes a wonderful birthday cake for anyone lucky enough to have a Summer birthday.  When I came home from vacation the baby zucchinis in my garden had gotten bigger and multiplied, signaling the time to get serious about zucchini consumption.  I’ve wanted to make a chocolate zucchini cake for […]

Coconut Lemongrass Braised Pork for French Fridays with Dorie

Okay here’s another one that I wasn’t going to make because my husband is not a fan of pork.  I thought about subbing in chicken or fish but decided on cubed pork loin because it really sounded good in this recipe and guess what??  Not a big surprise, it was good!  This is a recipe […]

Quinoa, Fruit and Nut Salad For French Fridays

  Because of black quinoa’s striking color, reminds me of wild rice, I decided to use it in my salad this week for French Fridays with Dorie.  Attempting to give my salad even more visual pizazz  I added orange zest and crème fraiche with sprigs of watercress on top.  I did a fair amount of […]

Sea Scallops With Caramel-Orange Sauce For French Fridays With Dorie

We love sea scallops but rarely make them at home so this simple but delectable recipe was ideal for us.  Just for fun I added candied orange zest which finished the dish with a little flourish. I used stalks of early Spring asparagus with thinly sliced raw fennel and fresh mint dressed in olive oil, […]

Greek Salad with Grilled Calamari

We enjoyed a fresh Greek style salad for dinner last night with a bottle of Russian River Valley Lynmar Chardonnay . I mention this chardonnay because both the Reserve Vineyard Designates and the Russian River Valley/ Sonoma Coast releases are some of my favorite wines. In the past it was poured by the glass at […]

Fresh Mint Brownies

My son Taylor is visiting me and he likes brownies, or anything chocolate but without nuts. I thought I would see if I could slip him a brownie with a little candied fresh mint leaf on it, actually I think he removed the leaf before he ate one. But, the leaves are good and add […]