Italian Wedding Soup #SundaySupper

I love this time of year. Football season is wrapping up.  Luckily both Reis and Riley’s teams are going to play-offs.  It’s getting chilly out.  And we are all starting to think about the Holidays.

This time of year always reminds me of the Traditions we have nurtured in our homes. Those traditions become such a big part of our families.  After a busy Saturday of Football, I asked the boys what they would like for this weeks Sunday Supper.  I was so surprised by Ronnie’s answer.  He told me he was craving Italian Wedding Soup.  The reason I was so surprised is that this is a dish that I normally only cook as a starter to a Holiday Meal. My family loves it but it never occurred to me to make it for Sunday Supper.  After thinking about it.  Italian Wedding Soup really is a meal in itself.  Pasta, eggs, spinach and meatballs… pretty hearty.  I made a simple garden salad to go along and warm crusty bread and boy was it good!

Since it is Football Season, our Sunday Supper Around the Family Table quickly turned to all the great plays, missed catches and great calls in this weeks football games. Reis’s team is 10-0. What a huge accomplishment!

Alexandra called home from College and when she heard what I was making, said “What! that should be illegal for you to make Italian Wedding Soup when I am not home!”

 

ITALIAN WEDDING SOUP

Follow Recipe for Family Foodie Meatballs. Make half of the recipe and roll them into tiny meatballs. Click below.

Family Foodie Meatballs 

 

 

3 Eggs

1 10 oz package of Chopped Spinach

1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese

3 32 oz packages of Chicken Broth

8 oz Orzo Pasta

  • Make meatballs and set aside.
  • Mix Spinach Eggs and Parmesan Cheese well
  • Bring Chicken Broth to a boil
  • Drop the Spinach mixture into the boiling water by the spoonful
  • Reduce heat to a simmer
  • Add Meatballs and Orzo pasta and simmer on low for 3 hours, stirring occasionally
Kid Ratings: Ronnie 10, Reis 10, Riley 9
This Sunday, I made the full version of my Meatball Recipe and made a quick marinara sauce. Now I am all set for dinner options for the week.

 

Mmmm….A Match Made in Heaven Banana Bread with a Touch of @lindt_chocolate Sea Salt Chocolate

I love traditions.  Fall always reminds me it is time to bake breads.  One of my favorites is Banana bread.  I have a recipe that has been passed down in our family for years by my Sister-in-law.  It is so well known and loved in our family that it is known as Aunt Mary Jo’s Banana Bread.

The Bananas were sitting on the counter waiting to become overly ripe so I could make my Banana Bread.  I received a nice surprise from Lindt Chocolates.  A beautiful package with the most delicious chocolates, truffles and desserts.  When I saw the Touch of Sea Salt Dark Chocolate, Black Currant Dark Chocolate and White Coconut Chocolate….I realized it was a Match Made in Heaven!

The funny thing is, our Wedding Favors were made by Lindt Chocolates.  I have been in  love with  their Chocolate Creations for over 20 years.

Incorporating the Chocolates into the Banana Bread was a huge success. It was really hard to choose between the White Coconut Chocolate Banana Bread and the Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Banana Bread. They were both incredibly delicious!   The Smooth White Coconut Chocolate was an amazing addition to the Banana Bread.  But, we all agreed that the surprise of the Sea Salt in the Banana and Chocolate combination was to die for!

Aunt Mary Jo’s Banana Bread

3 Very Ripe Bananas
1 cup Sugar
1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
2 Cups Flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Vanilla
Optional:
1/2 bar of Lindt A touch of Sea Salt Chocolate, Black Currant Chocolate and White Coconut Chocolate  (use entire bar if using large Loaf Pan)
I made 3 small loaves, each with a different flavored Chocolate
 
Preheat Oven 350 degrees
 
Mash the bananas and mix with Sugar and Oil
Add the remaining ingredients and mix until fairly smooth
Butter loaf pan. I like to use the minis, so i used 3 minis
Fold batter into the pans while adding the 3/4 of the Chocolate. Sprinkle 1/4 of the Chocolate on top.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes
 
So here is your chance….Do you have an old family recipe you’d like to share?  Do you love to Bake? Are you a Chocoholic?

Lindt Chocolates is having a Fall Recipe Contest with great prizes!  Did I mention the Kitchen Aid Mixer? Take a peek…

Lindt Chocolate’s Fall Recipe Contest Details

I am looking forward to your family recipes and new creations!

Good Luck!

 
 

One Pot Chicken Marsala & Green Beans Almondine #SundaySupper

I have liked Chicken Marsala for as long as I can remember. But I can recall the first time that I truly fell in love with it!  We were moving from Philadelphia to Florida and knowing that NYC would no longer be just a hop, skip and a jump away, we decided to go into the City for the day.  Ron and I went to see a Broadway Show and eat Dinner at Carmine’s, NYC’s Legendary Family Style Restaurant.  That was back in 1996.  Isn’t it funny, I can’t tell you the name of the show we went to see but I can tell you exactly what we ate! For me, It’s always been about the food!
That was the day that I fell in Love with Chicken Marsala. The funny thing is that it really wasn’t about the Chicken, it was about the Pasta. I loved that their pasta was served with the Marsala Sauce instead of Tomato Sauce. Since that day, many moons ago, I have cooked my version of Chicken Marsala and it has become a favorite Around the Family Table.

My boys love my easy version of Chicken Marsala and hovered in the Kitchen all afternoon waiting for the moment that they could dig into one of their favorite meals.

CHICKEN MARSALA FAMILY FOODIE STYLE

2 lbs. Chicken Breast Sliced Thin

1 Cup Flour

2 Eggs

2 TSP Garlic

16 oz.  Sliced Mushrooms

1/4 Cup Olive Oil*

1 Cup Marsala Wine

3 Cups Beef Broth

1 Package Brown Gravy (powder)

1 lb Penne Pasta

Sea Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper to taste

Parmesan Cheese

I like to cook this meal in my electric frying pan. It is large enough for our family and a great one pot recipe. I double the chicken since I like to use the battered chicken for the next night’s meal.

  • Heat the Olive Oil in frying pan on hig
  • Mix flour w/ salt & pepper on a plate.
  •  Beat the eggs in a shallow bowl.
  • Dip Chicken in egg and coat with flour. Saute the Chicken on both sides
  • Remove Chicken from the Pan and let it sit on paper towels to absorb any excess oil
  • Add Garlic and Mushrooms to pan and saute.  Do not remove the flour or bits from the chicken left in the pan
  • When mushrooms are slightly brown, add Marsala Wine
  • Combine the package of brown gravy with the Beef Broth and Add to the mushroom Sauce
  • Simmer until sauce thickens.  This is a light sauce.  If the sauce becomes too thick, add more beef broth or water
  • Add the Chicken to the sauce and simmer for 5 mins.
  • Cook pasta and add to the sauce
  • Serve family style in a large bowl and add Parmesan Cheese

GREEN BEANS ALMONDINE

2 lbs Fresh Green Beans

2 TSP butter

1/4 Cup Sliced Almonds

1 TSP Garlic

Sea Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper to taste

  • Remove ends of green beans and slightly boil them until crisp, not soft
  • Add butter garlic and almonds to frying pan and saute until the almonds are lightly browned
  • Add Green Beans and saute for 5 mins.
  • Season with Sea Salt and Pepper

Kid Ratings: Ronnie 10, Reis 9.5, Riley 9

*I love Portuguese Olive Oil and Gustare Olive oil is just amazing in this recipe

What was Around the Family Table at your home for Sunday Supper?

Here is your Top 10 All time Favorite #Foodie Movie Scenes

If I wasn’t sure, I am now. We are so Passionate about our Food!  Who would have ever thought that asking the question…What is the greatest movie made with food in it?… would bring about 2 days of non-stop Twitter streaming!  I have to tell you, it was the funnest two days I have had on Twitter.  And I have had lots of fun on Twitter before!

Accordingly to my Twitter Followers, here are the Top Ten All Time Favorite Food Movie Scenes.  Just click on the name and you can view the scene.

1. BIG NIGHT …..“Mangia”

2. CHARLEY AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY/WILLI WONKA …. OOmpa Loompa

3. JULIE AND JULIA “What is it that you really like to do?….Eat!…and you are so good at it!” I could so relate!

4. RATATOUILLE “Ratatouille…you must be kidding!”

5. CHOCOLAT “To awaken the passion”

6. BABETTE’S FEAST “The best turtle Soup”

7. EAT PRAY LOVE….”He’s in the room with a naked girl…He’s won the Lottery!”

8. TORTILLA SOUP ….”What happened to we honor dinner time?”

9. ANIMAL HOUSE …. “That Boy is a P-I-G PIG!”

10. WHEN HARRY MET SALLY … “I want what she had”

Although I loved most of the movies above my two Favorite Movie Food scenes were not mentioned… not even once! I was so surprised.

11. MYSTIC PIZZA ….“Men!”

12. MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING … “He don’t eat no meat?”

Anyone that follows my blog can guess why these two movies are my favorites!

Did we miss any?  What’s your favorite Movie scene featuring food?


What is the greatest Food Movie ever made?

I have had the funnest day ever on Twitter.  I am not kidding! Who knew that so many people would come up with so many great answers to this question! It is so true that Food nurtures our souls and so many aspects of our lives! We are more passionate about food than almost anything else.

My all time favorite “Food” Scene has been the same since the first time that I saw this movie…. Of course, this is also one of my all time Favorite Movies!  Being an immigrant, I totally related to this movie the first time that I saw it!

I could remember thinking my friends would think my family was so “weird”…. my Mom always cooked Portuguese Food and in an era where grilled cheese, PB&J & Spaghettios were the norm… Bacalhau, clams, chorizo & Pasteis De Nata were not something my friends were accustomed to eating.

I can still remember bringing Ron home from College for the first time to meet my parents.    Here I was bringing home this blond hair, blue eyed boyfriend to meet my parents who spoke broken English, cooked things he had never heard of and would greet him by kissing him on both sides of his face. Not to mention, they wanted me to marry a nice Portuguese boy!

I’m sure you’ve guessed it by now…. MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING is my favorite food movie and the “He don’t eat no meat” is my favorite Food Scene…. I can relate to this movie on so many different levels.  You have no idea!

Every time that I even think about this scene, it just brings me back to my childhood.

What is your all time Favorite Food Movie or Scene?

Rosemary Pork Tenderloin,Potatoes & Roasted Apples & Carrots #SundaySupper

“We can do no great things, just small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa

We had such a great but busy week at our house. It was definitely one of those whirlwind kind of weeks.

Four Football Games, Middle School Dance, Book Report Due, Volunteering getting ready for our School’s Annual Fall Festival, Howl-o-Scream, Birthday Party, Grand-Opening of a new restaurant in town….on top of everyday school, work,  football practice….made for an exhausting week!

While I don’t particularly care for these kind of weeks, they are inevitable when you have a large family with active children.

The best part of my week is always Sunday Evening when we regroup as a family and enjoy each others company Around the Family Table.  This week, we found out that Reis not only danced with almost everyone in his class, he danced with the 7th and 8th grade girls too! Riley was so excited he scored a touchdown at this weeks football game. Ronnie had finally found his wallet that he had been searching for all week….under his bed. Howl-o-Scream was a blast.  We were so excited that our four Football Teams had all won and replayed many plays while eating dinner.  We were all so disappointed in the Gators and the Eagles.  I never thought I would hear these words come out of my husbands mouth…”I think it may be time to become a Buccaneers Fan.” But we did hear them!

I am never sure if our Family Table is more about the food or the memories that are made…. This weeks dinner was amazing and so easy to make.  I was missing the Fall weather and since we had a rainy day in Florida, I was inspired to create a Fall Menu for this weeks Sunday Supper.

Rosemary Roasted Pork Tenderloin and Potatoes

2 Pork Tenderloins

1/4 cup of Olive Oil

4 Springs of Rosemary*

2 Large Onions

3 Lbs. of Potatoes

Sea Salt and Pepper to taste

Although the ingredients are the same for both dishes, use 2 separate baking dishes as the Potatoes take longer to cook

  • Brush the Pork Tenderloins with Olive OilSprinkle w/ 2 sprigs of Rosemary Leaves, Sea Salt and Pepper over the tenderloin.
  • Slice the onions into thin rounds. Layer 1 of the onions on top to the tenderloin
  • Cover with plastic wrap and let the tenderloin marinade for 2 to 3 hrs
  • Cube the potatoes, add olive oil, 1 sliced onion, sprinkle with 2 sprigs of Rosemary Leaves, Sea Salt and Pepper and mix will in separate large baking dish
  • Preheat oven to 375 and Roast the potatoes for 1.5 hrs, stirring occasionally
  • Add the Pork Tenderloin last 1/2 hour. Use meat thermometer for desired temperature. Let tenderloin sit for 10 mins. before slicing into thin rounds.

Baked Apples and Carrots

4 Large Apples

8 Large Carrots

4 TB S Olive Oil

2 TBS Cinnamon

2 TBS Sugar

  • Peel Carrots and slice into rounds
  • Peel Apples and cube (make the cubes larger than the carrots as they will cook quicker)
  • Add Olive Oil, Cinnamon and Sugar and Mix Well
  • Bake at 375 for 1 hr
  • Your house will smell amazing
  • This goes so well with the Pork Tenderloin and Caramelized Onions

Kid Ratings: Ronnie 9.5, Reis 9, Riley 10

Sometimes Fast Food is Around the Family Table

Last week I received a phone call from my good friend Lucille. Her son Gregory had another seizure.  Unfortunately for Greg, this time, he had fallen and had to be taken to the hospital to get 9 stitches on his lip and had chipped 2 teeth.   Gregory has a special place in my heart, I have known him since he was a toddler and he is one of those kids that brings so much joy to everyone. Greg, his brother Steven and my son Ronnie were quite a “crew” in their toddler days.  It wasn’t until recently that Greg started having seizures.

As a Mom, my heart broke for my friend Lucille.  I wanted to do something for her, knowing that there really wasn’t anything that I could do to ease her worry.  Being the Foodie that I am and believing  that Food cures all, Chicken Noodle Soup was in order.  But I was having one of those days that I just didn’t have time to make homemade soup.

Deciding that it was much more important for me to be there for a friend, I went through the Chick-Fil-A drive-thru and picked up Chicken Noodle Soup.  I have had their soup before and it is very good.

When I pulled around and saw this sign…. all I could think was…. they just get it!

Everyone knows  that I believe  the most important time you can spend with your family is Around the Family Table.  There are however times that no matter how much we plan, it is just not possible.  Chick-Fil-A has always impressed  me with their Fast Food Choices.  Fruit salad instead of fries, great salads…. and have you tried their carrot raisin salad? Delish!

When I saw that Chick-Fil-A was bringing back the Daddy Daughter Date Night… I realized that Chick Fil-A is a brand that is not only about their own success but also wants to help Families Succeed.  While all Fast Food Restaurants market to families…. Chick-Fil-A found their niche and they do it well.  Think about the lasting memories these Dads and Daughters will have.  They can then pass it down to their daughters…What a great tradition.

I love that while they want us to break bread with them during our busy week, Chick-fil-A is closed on Sundays.  They encourage us to bring back Sunday Supper Around the Family Table.

Food is Love and never miss an opportunity to show someone how much you care about them.

Every busy Mom deserves a night off…. so no recipe with this post.  Instead my kids have rated Chick-Fil-A.

Kid Ratings: Alexandra 10 (it is the only fast food restaurant she eats at), Ronnie 9, Reis 9.5, Riley 8.5

Guest: Gregory 9.5