Monday’s Road trip with Tom and Lisa

Happy Monday ! This week we stayed close to home and did some shopping at our local farmers market to get ready for some holiday cooking ! On my shopping list – fresh vegetables to cook for my holiday meal :fresh greens,Yams,honey and more… Lisa 

One of our favorite market is the market in Lafayette – not only does it  have great fresh merchandise but great gifts for the coming holiday season. A perfect spot to find unusual gifts for Mom and Dad – Who enjoy handmade gifts …. https://www.facebook.com/LafayetteFarmersAndArtisansMarketAtMoncusPark

Welcome to the Market : 

This  holiday week it’s all about giving Thanks ,great recipes and more   Lisa 

A Dish Best Served Cold * Rosie Genova

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The national bestselling author of The Wedding Soup Murder returns to the Jersey Shore where a killer is stirring up trouble during a hurricane…

At the Casa Lido, the end of summer means a party, and hit whodunit writer Victoria “Vic” Rienzi and her family are cooking like crazy for the restaurant’s seventieth anniversary celebration. As they chop onions and garlic, old family friend Pete Petrocelli stops by, saying he knows something that would make for a good mystery novel. Curious, Vic asks Nonna to elaborate on Pete’s claim and learns of a relative who mysteriously disappeared back in Italy…

The night of the party brings a crowd—and a full throttle hurricane. When the storm finally passes, everyone thinks they’re in the clear—until the first casualty is found, and it’s Pete. Remembering his visit, Vic isn’t certain Pete’s death was an accident and decides to dig deeper into his story. What she finds is meatier than Nonna’s sauce…

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“A perfect storm of great atmosphere, likeable characters, excellent plotting, and nifty transitions between New Jersey’s past and present. Highly recommended!”-Suspense Magazine

About the Author

A Jersey girl born and bred, Rosie Genova left her heart at the shore, which serves as the setting for the Italian Kitchen Mysteries. The first book in the series, Murder and Marinara, was a Suspense Magazine Best Pick of 2013 and was a finalist for the 2014 Daphne Award. An English teacher by day and novelist by night, Rosie also writes women’s fiction as Rosemary DiBattista. She lives in central New Jersey with her husband and the youngest of her three sons.

Let’s Get Cozy with Some BBQ *

That’s Cozy Mysteries featuring BBQ – perfect for  your  holiday read.   Lisa 

 

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Rossalyn Channing’s savory new bacon-heavy business in a small town is booming, and she, along with son Ryan, is settling in quite well, until one of her favorite television shows comes to town wanting to film nearby. Rossie directs them to a place that she knows and is dismayed when her location turns out to be tragic. Sinister character emerge on all sides, and Rossalyn fears for her life and Ryan’s safety. With the help of some unexpected friends, will she manage to solve the murder before it’s too late? Find out in this next exciting installment of the Hawg Heaven Cozy Culinary Series!

 

 

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When an anonymous food critic blasts several local restaurants- including Aunt Pat’s-Lulu Taylor and her customers are biting mad, especially when they learn that Eppie Currian is the pen name of their friend Evelyn’s cheating boyfriend. When “Eppie” gets his own fatal review, the list of suspects is longer than the list of specials at the best BBQ place in Memphis.

About the Author

Riley Adams is the bestselling cozy mystery author of the Southern Quilting mysteries, Memphis Barbeque mysteries, and the Myrtle Clover series. She lives in Matthews, North Carolina, with her husband and two teenage children.

Melville * Catfish Capital of Louisiana

Happy Monday Morning !

I am home today  & Guess what it’s  National Catfish Day –

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My small town  of Melville calls it self  Catfish Capital of Louisiana. .  Since it’s located on the banks of the Atchafalaya  River. So come visit – Good time * Good Food

History : 

This town’s history and commerce are tied to the Atchafalaya River. Historically, the town made its fortune in river commerce and then as a crossing point for the railroad. Documents also indicate that Melville had several fish docks and ice houses. By the turn of the century, 50 barrels of fish were being shipped from Melville each day.

Remnants and photos of those early days can be found at the town’s grocery and hardware store, Cannatella’s, which has been in business for over 100 years serving authentic Italian sausage and muffulettas, a famous Louisiana deli sandwich made with Sicilian sesame bread, an olive tapenade, and cured Italian meats.

 

 

 

Famous for : 

Biker enthusiasts and fans of the film Easy Rider can get to Melville by way of scenic Highway 105, where the memorable last scene of the film took place.

 

Check Out – Lisa’s Daily  Grind for great catfish recipes. 

  Today’s Recipe :  Daily Recipe – Catfish

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Happy Father’s Day

Happy Sunday ! And if you live in the US   :   Happy Father’s  Day

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And yes that’s my Dad & me as a baby. So to everyone out there Happy Father’s Day –

If you stop bye  Lisa’s Daily Grind today it’s Fig Cake on the menu : Lisa’s Daily Grind recipe

You might ask about Figs & My Dad but you will find the answer on the post -so enjoy .Today’s recipe and the great projects on the blog daily.   Lisa

 

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Sourdough Bread Recipe *

Welcome to Wednesday ! i am away from home today but I made this Sourdough Bread last weekend. Its the first time I made starter & Bread from scratch. Lisa

So first You need to make the Starter.

  1. So you need to plan ahead -but once made you can keep feeding your starter.
  2. Om Monday I put  3/4 C plus  ( 2T)  of AP flour & 1/2 C warm water. Stir. And lightly cover & let set on counter ( some where safe)
  3. On Tues,Wed.Thurs & Friday – I add 3/4 C flour & 1/2 C warm water. S tiring each Day.

*This starter uses No Yeast & just the air /nature .

On Saturday I made the bread in bread machine  using this starter:

 . Using this recipe  from  genius kitchen

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  • 1 cup sourdough starter, you must have a starter available
  • 34 cup water  warm
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast (not rapid rise yeast)
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Place first 4 ingredients in – Mix & let sit. About 10 minutes  Then add remaining items. Se to Basic cycle. Enjoy

Thursday Recipe * Quiche 2 Ways

Thursday and Its Food Day !!! 

Today its all about quiche :  One with spinach & the other without. My Mom was gifted with some large farm fresh eggs  & had  left over ham and Sunday Brunch is served .  This  quick and easy Quiche was fun & a family affair as everyone help prepare the meal -Enjoy!  Lisa

  • 2 frozen  bought Pie crust (thawed)
  • 6 large ( farm eggs )
  • 1 pkg shredded cheese
  • 1 half/half
  • chopped cooked ham ( 2 pies )
  • Fresh chopped spinach  ( 1 pie)
  • Trinity ( chopped onion,bell pepper,celery)
  • Dried spices & salt/pepper to taste

 

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Pre Bake shells in a 350 oven for 10-15 minutes. Chop left over ham & prepare spinach .

Mix in a large bowl Eggs ,then cartoon of half/half & all half of the cheese. Check seasoning & add what needed.  Set aside. In a skillet with a small amount of butter – wilt seasoning & add chopped ham. In one shell place 1/2 the seasoning /ham mixture in the bottom of pie shell. Take the rest of the mixture back  to the stove & add spinach and wilt . When done goes in bottom of the other pie shell. Add 1/2 the egg mixture to each shell.

Bake for 15 minutes at 375 – Lower to 350 add rest of cheese & bake another 30 minutes. Check that everything is set then remove.  Lisa

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Natchioches Meat Pies

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Today’s Sunday  * April 8th and its National Emanada Day ! But Meat pies are big in lots of different cultures  in the world . They can be sweet or savory these hand pies are a big in Louisiana . The town of  Natchitoches la is famous for them & even a yearly festival.

It has a savory meat filling in a crescent-shaped, flaky wheat pastry turnover. It is similar to a Spanish picadillo beef empanada. Varieties are found throughout the colonies of the Spanish Empire. The Natchitoches meat pie is nearly identical to the traditional ground beef empanada of Argentina, Empanada de Carne.

The meat pie is found all throughout Louisiana, including southern Louisiana which tends to have a spicier version compared to its northern counterpart, but its origins are found to be from Northern Louisiana

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Empanada Day !!

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An empanada (Spanish pronunciation:  is a stuffed bread or pastry baked or fried in many countries of The Americas and in Spain. The name comes from the Spanish verb empanar, meaning to wrap or coat in bread.

Empanadas are made by folding dough over a stuffing, which may consist of meat, cheese, corn, or other ingredients.

Easy Recipe from Pillsbury recipes
1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped Save $
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls Save $
1 egg white, beaten
1 egg yolk, beaten
  • Into 10-inch skillet, place ground beef, onion, salt and pepper. Cook over medium-high heat until beef is browned; drain. Stir in cumin, chili powder and tomato sauce. Reduce heat to low; cook 5 minutes longer.
    Heat oven to 400°F. Place silicone baking mat on cookie sheet with sides.
    On baking mat, unroll dough into 1 large rectangle; press perforations and edges to seal. Using 4-inch round cutter, cut out 8 dough rounds.
    To make each empanada, place about 2 tablespoons beef mixture onto center of each dough round. Using pastry brush (or fingers), gently brush edge of each round with beaten egg white. Fold dough round in half to cover filling; press edge together to seal. (To make decorative edge, fold dough over itself so that it forms a rope look.) Lightly brush tops of empanadas with beaten egg yolk.
    Bake 10 to 12 minute or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Monday Morning * PB&J sandwich day

Welcome Monday Readers –

Thanks for being part of my March Birthday celebration. Now on too April

April theme for my book tours is : Mystery books. If like me some of the first books you read may have been Nancy Drew ,Hardy Boys ,Box Car Children & Magic Tree House. This months I will be promoting some of my favorites ? Have a suggestion drop me a line-

 

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Today is National Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich Day

I am asking favorite Jelly ? Do you cut the crust off ?

 

So today for Lunch  PB & Jelly.  And after I may make my PB&J Thumbprint cookie -to celebrate ! Recipe is on my blog so enjoy Lisa

 

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich song (family guy)

First you take the peanuts
And you crunch ’em,
You crunch ’em
First you take the peanuts
And you crunch ’em,
You crunch ’em

For your peanut, peanut butter
And jelly
Peanut, peanut butter
And jelly

Then you take the grapes
And you squish ’em,
You squish ’em
Then you take the grapes
And you squish ’em,
You squish ’em

For your peanut, peanut butter
And jelly
Peanut, peanut butter
And jelly

Then you take the bread
And you spread it,
You spread it
Then you take the bread
And you spread it,
You spread it

For your peanut, peanut butter
And jelly
Peanut, peanut butter
And jelly

Then you take your sandwich
And you eat it,
You eat it
Then you take your sandwich
And you eat it,
You eat it

‘Cause its good, peanut butter
And jelly
Good, peanut butter
And jelly

First you take the peanuts
And you crunch ’em,
Then you take the grapes
And you squish ’em,
Then you take the bread
And you spread it,
Then you take your sandwich
And you eat it

‘Cause its good, peanut butter
And jelly
Good, peanut butter
And jelly!