#SundaySupper Progressive Dinner Will Make You Droooool!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have always known that eating Supper Around the Family Table is the best nourishment we can give our families. It is about so much more than just the food that is served.  It is something that the entire family looks forward to. It is about commitment to each other, positive communication and time together. In my heart I know that this is the most important thing I have done for my family.

What I did not realize until recently is how powerful food can be. I have met, connected and shared recipes with an amazing group of people that were brought together by our love for food, family, friendship and mutual respect for each other.

I am honored to say that we are kicking off the first #SundaySupper of 2012 with a Progressive Dinner hosted by some of the most amazing Cooks, Chefs, Moms, Dads, Wine Connoisseurs.   Their recipes and blogs will blow you away!

They have put together the most impressive #SundaySupper that I could ever have imagined!

  • We are starting off our Progressive Dinner Cocktail Hour with Oyster Shooters by my friend Jeff @catholicfoodie ~ www.catholicfoodie.com Seriously, how fun is that! Who wouldn’t want to join us for this Progressive Dinner
  • Valerie @ValerieMCathell  from http://artc1heartnsoul.blogspot.com/ is bringing some amazing appetizers: Prosciutto Puffs & Stuffed Mushrooms…Yum!
  •  Have I mentioned that we have our own wine connoisseur, Eileen @wineeveryday from www.wineeveryday.net  She has a passion and knowledge for wine that is second to none.  Eileen  paired Valerie’s mouth watering appetizers with  Mumm Napa Brut Prestige … What could possibly be better?
  • Sue @ssunithi from http://www.suesnutritionbuzz.com/ is keeping us healthy! I love her recipes and when she decided to contribute her Tuscan Chicken, Bean and Spinach Soup and Eileen paired it with 2010 Rooster Hill Vineyards Medium Sweet Riesling … it truly was a match made in Heaven!
  • Salad time brings us to Renee’s @reneedobbs  www.magnoliadays.com  scrumptious creation of  Pear and Stilton Salad Paired with Perrin Reserve 2010 Cotes du Rhone Blanc.  Renee’s recipes are so inspiring.  I love her photography, creativity and most of all inspiration!
  • I am excited to be bringing the Main Course to our #SundaySupper Progressive Dinner  and am honored to say I am cooking a Rustic Chicken Dish inspired by Mario Battali joining us for #SundaySupper on 12/5/11.  He whipped up and tweeted the most amazing Rustic Chicken….Seriously, who wouldn’t want some?  Click here to see his  #SundaySupper Rustic Chicken . Eileen suggested I pair it with  2009 Annabella Caneros Pinor Noir  
  • And with that yummy Wine Sauce in the Chicken… you need some bread to go along… Luckily Donna @dbcurrie from http://cookistry.blogspot.com/ was baking some fresh Brioche for us… Is there anything better than homemade fresh baked bread….totally drooling!
  • Just when we think we can’t eat another bite… Erin @bigfatbaker http://bigfatbaker.com/blog/ brings us …. Lavender Shortbread Cookies.  Not only is Erin an amazing baker and cook, she is a student at Purdue.  Her blog is just fabulous and she amazes me with her energy! Eileen suggests we pair the yummy cookies with  Cupcake Prosecco.  What a way to end our meal!
 It is so true that Food brings us together and I am so fortunate to be breaking bread this #SundaySupper Around the Family Table with such a great group!
Join us today and every Sunday as we bring #SundaySupper Around the Family Table to your home!
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Shrimp Bisque in Puff Pastry for a Special #SundaySupper

This was no ordinary Sunday Supper.  After all, it was Christmas Day.  I love, love, love planning our Christmas Menu.  Although, I have to admit, there really isn’t much to plan.  We have our traditional meal and very rarely deviate.

Sure we will try a new vegetable dish or add a second dish…but our menu is pretty much set in stone.

Our Crown Pork Roast is always the main dish.  If you haven’t tried making a Crown Pork Roast, you really should.  It is so easy but so amazingly juicy and tender.  It just melts in your mouth.  Mashed Potatoes and Slow Roasted Carrots are a must.

The Port Wine Gravy is the perfect addition to the Crown Pork Roast and Taters.

Just so we didn’t get bored, this year, I added Grouper over thinly sliced Sweet Potatoes. It was amazing and we loved having a little Surf and Turf action!

Our all time favorite, showstopper, the thing we crave all year and makes our mouths water is….

The Shrimp Bisque in Puff Pastry …. I am not kidding… You have not lived until you try this amazing soup.  You don’t just eat it like regular Soup, you have to break up the buttery croissant topping and fold it into the Soup.  When mixed with the chunks of shrimp and the creamy soup….It really is that good!

It is amazing how our Holiday Dinners change as the kids get older.  We enjoyed sitting around the dinner table chatting with them for hours.  My Dad loves to hold court during our meals.  We enjoyed hearing him talk about his days on the vineyards in Portugal,hunting, fishing and sharing his world with us.

 

The memories that were made this year at Christmas will last a lifetime….My children were truly blessed to have spent another Christmas with their Grandparents… This truly is the best Christmas gift of all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHRIMP BISQUE IN PUFF PASTRY

  • 4 Tablespoons of Butter
  • 2 Green Onions chopped
  • 1 pound of shrimp, I prefer fresh, not cooked
  • 2 Tablespoons of Flour
  • 2 32 oz containers of Chicken Broth, warmed
  • 1/2 Cup White Wine or Sherry
  • 8 oz of tomato sauce*
  • 16 oz container of  Half and Half
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 4 Tablespoons of fresh parsley
  • Sea Salt and Fresh Pepper to taste
  • 2 packages of Crescent Rolls
In a large heavy pot heat oil. 
Add Shrimp and Green Onions and Saute lightly.
Remove Shrimp to plate.
Add flour and mix the roux well.
Add warm Chicken Broth and mix constantly until there are no lumps.
Add Sherry or Wine.
Add Tomato Sauce and continue to stir.
Add the Parmesan Cheese and stir until smooth. If consistency is too thin, more parmesan cheese may be added.
Chop the shrimp in 3 and add to soup.
Add parsley, salt and pepper to taste and stir well.
Simmer on low for 3 hours.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Unroll the crescent rolls and combine 2 triangles to make a rectangle, making sure the seams are sealed.
Ladle the soup into oven proof ramekins and place the Crest Rolls on top making sure it is a tight seal all the way around.
Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until pastry is puffy and golden brown.
Kid Ratings: Alexandra 10, Ronnie 10, Reis 10, Riley 9.5 ~ Even the Adults wanted to rate it ~ Ron 10, Isabel 10, Vovo 10, Vo 10
*This recipe was already amazing and made even better by using Muir Glen Organic Tomatoes.


One Pot Chicken and Pasta for Football #SundaySupper

It doesn’t get any better! What a great Football Season my boys have had this year.

They worked hard, played their hearts out and the results showed!  Reis and Riley’s teams are both going to the Super Bowl!

Not only is this a dream come true for them but it’s what memories are made of… these are the moments they will remember for the rest of their lives and relive with their children one day.

We were exhausted and  needed an easy Sunday Supper this week.  Reis loves to cook and helped me come up with this easy One Pot Chicken and Pasta Meal.

Quick, Easy, Nutritious and Delicious was the name of the Game Around the Family Table this Sunday Supper.

FAMILY FOODIE ONE POT CHICKEN AND PASTA 

2 lbs Chicken Breast, I prefer tenderloins

2 Cups Flour

1 Tablespoon Garlic and Pepper Seasoning

1/4 Cup Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon Garlic Goodness by Intensity Academy or 1 Tablespoon minced Garlic

1 Cup White Wine

2 Cups Chicken Broth

1 lb Spaghetti

1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese

Parsley to sprinkle on top (optional)

  • Heat the Olive Oil in a large pan, I prefer using an electric skillet
  • Mix Flour and Garlic Pepper Seasoning on a large plate
  • Cut the Chicken into bite size pieces
  • Dredge the chicken in the flour and cook on high
  • When chicken is done, add Garlic Goodness, Wine and Chicken Broth and Simmer
  • Cook Pasta
  • When the sauce is becomes a creamy consistency, add pasta to the skillet and continue to simmer for 10 minutes
  • Sprinkle Parmesan Cheese and Parsley on top and serve
We enjoyed this easy dish with Broccoli and a Caesar Salad.  It was the perfect meal after a busy weekend.
Kids Ratings: Ronnie 10, Reis 9, Riley 9.5
You will love Intensity Academy Sauces . Great way to add flavor to your meals.

Chicken Peppers and Onions #SundaySupper was a Victory

Riley is our youngest Son.  He was born in July and went to his first Football Game before he was even a month old.  Needless to say, he has literally grown up on the Football Field.  It’s not hard to believe that his passion is Football.

When he was only in Kindergarten, he told me, “Mommy, I am going to be just like Tim Tebow and play football for the University of Florida.”  While most kids played with cars or legos, Riley would spend hours making up plays for his imaginary team. After writing down all the  X’s and O’s, he would run the plays up and down our hallway.

This is Riley’s 5th year playing Football and year after year, he watched his brother’s teams go to the playoffs and his team  never made it.  Well, his time finally came….Riley’s first playoff game was yesterday and what a game it was!

The celebration started when we scored with just over a minute left in the game. That quickly turned into heartache as the other team ran back the kickoff. Off to OT. It was 4th down and 3 yards to go and they gave the ball to Riley. He was stopped and then out of nowhere, we saw the ball come out of the pile as he stretched the ball across the goal line for the winning TD just like you would see on TV on Sundays.

It was one of those moments that a Mother will never forget.   What is better than watching 9 and 10 year olds work so hard to achieve Victory?

I have always said that my kids have learned the greatest life lessons from playing sports. Riley learned today to never give up, if you work at something hard enough, your day will come.

Playoffs were on Sunday and you all know how Important Sunday Supper is in our home.  I had planned on making Bifes a Portuguesa (Portuguese Beef) when we got home.  We were having such a great day at the Football Field, everyone was hungry.  We did something that we rarely do. We hit the concession stand!

Did I lose my mind? Here it is a Sunday, I can’t stand the processed and fried food that is sold at most Concession Stands…Did I get so caught up in this win that I actually agreed to have Sunday Supper at the Football Field?  Yep, I did!

And guess what?  This ” foodie” was shocked.  This concession stand had a Chicken Sandwich that was to die for.  Not your chicken patty kind of sandwich but a real chicken breast that was grilled in front of my own eyes, then cubed and topped with peppers and onion, served on a fresh bun.

America’s food culture is changing.  As a Mom that has spent the last 13 years at  sports fields, my heart swelled.  Finally there are options for our children that include real chicken and fresh vegetables.  This is a true Victory for our Nation.

The Family Table can be anywhere as long as it full of love and good food.  Although my heart  remains Around the Family Table in our home, every once in a while, there are exceptions for Sunday Supper. Especially when they involve Memories that will last a lifetime.

We were all exhausted when we got home, but being the Football Family that we are, continued to watch the games.  What a day to be just like Tebow….Riley and Tim Rocked this Sunday!

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.

 

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the SAME

Six weeks doesn’t seem so long until it is your turn to wait for your College Freshman to return home.    This is the first time Alexandra  has been away from our family for 6 Weeks! As you can imagine, we can’t wait to see her and spend time as a Family.

The morning she is due back.  I get a text from her… “Can’t wait for a Family Foodie Dinner!”
At that moment I knew.. As much as college life has changed her, she is still the same….

the girl who loves to eat, eat, eat and try new foods…

the girl who would rather eat chick peas than a cookie…

the girl who loves to hang out with her brothers…

the girl who would rather go for a ride to run errands  than stay home alone…

the girl who thinks her Dad is still the funniest guy she has ever met…

When I asked Alexandra what Family Foodie should cook for dinner…. she texted back …. MEATBALLS

It is so true The More things change, The More they stay the same….

…the girl we still think of as our baby is figuring out the world on her own but her Heart Remains Around the Family Table!

I must warn you…this hands on  recipe!

FAMILY FOODIE MEATBALLS

3 lbs Ground Pork

3 slices of white bread

1/2 C Milk

3 Eggs

1 TSP Garlic and Pepper Seasoning

1 Cup Seasoned Bread Crumbs

1/2 C Parmesan Cheese

Sea Salt

Place the milk in a deep bowl and soak the bread until soggy all the way through.  Pick up the bread with your hands and squeeze it gently. Put the bread in a large mixing bowl.

Add the pork, garlic & pepper seasoning, grated cheese, eggs and bread crumbs.  Mix all ingredients with a wooden spoon and then use your hands to massage the ingredients until well blended.

Roll the Meatballs and place them 2 inches apart on glass baking dishes.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for approximately 45 minutes or until golden brown on top.  Add them to your Homemade Sauce! (Recipe to follow)

They will be crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside…. Perfect!

Ratings by the Boys & Alex

Alex 8, Ronnie 9, Reis 9, Riley 9

Truly a Favorite at our Home!