November 2016 - Our Sunday Cafe, the Retirement Edition!
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Sunday Supper Suggestion, Family Favorite Macaroni Salad

Celebrate the family with your own Sunday Supper. Sunday Supper is one of our favorite ways to bring the family together! We offer the following suggestion, and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Like most every other family, the macaroni salad we eat has evolved. I prefer a light dressing so that the individual components of the salad can shine through. This is a basic salad and can be adapted for your own family. The last time I made this salad, I used dried tortellini for the pasta, it was delicious!

Family Favorite Macaroni Salad
Family-Favorite Macaroni Salad

Family-Favorite Macaroni Salad
by the seat of my pants
serves 6-8

3/4 c small shell macaroni or salad macaroni
1 c frozen peas
4 green onions, thinly sliced or 1/2 c diced onion*
2 hard cook eggs, diced
2 stalks celery (try to use the inner stalks, they are tender and sweet)
1/3 c chopped "bread and butter" style pickles
1 tomato, diced
1/3 c sliced black olives if desire

3/4 c mayonnaise
2 T Dijon mustard
2 T sweet pickle juice
2 T milk
1/4 t garlic salt
fresh ground pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to package directions.

When ready to drain pasta, add peas to the colander and if using regular onion, top the peas with the diced onions, drain pasta over the peas and onions. This will blanch the onion and thaw the peas. Let cool.

You can also make this salad with cooked cheese tortellini.

Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl.


Combine all ingredients for the dressing, mix until smooth.

Gently fold the dressing into the salad ingredients to combine well.

Refrigerate until serving time.

Enjoy!

Thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 

If you like what you see here, we would appreciate it if you told your friends (we would love more followers!), if not, tell us. Our goal is to share relevant information that you will use and enjoy. 


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Look for more suggestions, by searching #SundaySupperSuggestion.

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souper sundays @ kahakai kitchen
merry monday linkup @ meatloaf and melodrama



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Sunday Supper Suggestion, Truffle Oil Mustard Chicken with Apricots

Celebrate the family with your own Sunday Supper. Sunday Supper is one of our favorite ways to bring the family together! We offer the following suggestion, and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!


Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

Truffle Oil Mustard Chicken with Apricots
Truffle Oil Mustard Chicken with Apricots

The other day we were shopping to find planters and "whatnots" for the yard. During our search at Ross, we also found a can of Truffle Oil. It goes without saying that I had to give it a try. Even though at the time, I did not have any idea what I might do with it.

Fast forward a couple of weeks, and finally while gallivanting through some blogs on my lunch break, what should I see but Truffle Infused Mustard featured in a recipe for sliders at October Farm. Jaz gave directions for making this delicious mustard.

The best part is that it is not hard and uses prepared mustard of your own choice preference. This recipe is a starting point, and the possibilities are endless, that is the wonderful thing about mustard.


Truffle Oil Infused Mustard
by the seat of my pants

1 c spicy brown mustard (not hot, you want a mild mustard for this recipe)
1 T dijon mustard
1 T yellow ball park mustard - don't leave this out.......
2 T Truffle Oil

Stir together. Trust me you will use this on each and every sandwich you make, and by the way, pretzels are delicious dipped into this stuff!

But let's get on to the chicken, I have a hungry husband.....

Truffle Oil Infused Mustard Chicken with Apricots
by the seat of my pants

6 chicken thighs
2-3 T Truffle Oil Infused Mustard (see above)

flour for sprinkling, approximately 1/4 c cup
garlic salt
fresh ground pepper
2 t olive oil
2 t butter

1 16 oz apricot halves, drain and reserve 1/4 c syrup
1/2 c chicken stock

Spread 1 T mustard over the chicken thighs. Sprinkle with flour. Heat oil and butter in large skillet, when sizzling, swirl to combine and then add chicken, flour side down. Sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper, sprinkle with additional flour.





















Saute on medium heat for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown.

Turn over, spread additional mustard over the golden brown chicken.

Brown the other side, add apricots, reserved syrup, and chicken stock. Cover and simmer 20-25 minutes. When cooked, increase heat and simmer off excess fluid to make a slightly thicken pan sauce.


Serve over rice with an assertive green vegetable on the side. We had a delicious head of broccoli rabe, this was perfect.

Serves 4-6

Enjoy!

Thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 

If you like what you see here, we would appreciate it if you told your friends (we would love more followers!), if not, tell us. Our goal is to share relevant information that you will use and enjoy. 

And now, it is very easy to sign up for Our Sunday Cafe posts by email. You will find the form located in the left sidebar, thank you for subscribing!

Look for more suggestions, by searching #SundaySupperSuggestion.

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foodie friday @ rattlebridge farm



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Sunday Supper Suggestion, Blue Cheese Biscuits

Celebrate the family with your own Sunday Supper. Sunday Supper is one of our favorite ways to bring the family together! We offer the following suggestion, and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

I love blue cheese, absolutely love it. I will often buy a big chunk or container of crumbles, use it many times over and then I tend to forget about it, in the back of the fridge. When I come across it again, it is a bit aged, still good mind you, just stronger and not quite as pretty on a salad.

Cheese should never be wasted, never I say! These biscuits are just the ticket to use up and enjoy all that delicious blue cheese flavor.

Easy Drop Style Blue Cheese Biscuits.
Blue Cheese Biscuits

Blue Cheese Biscuits
adapted from: Adventures in Life and Food
makes 1 dozen drop biscuits
450-degree oven

2 1/4 c flour
2 1/2 t baking powder
3/4 t baking soda
1 t salt
1 T sugar
6 T butter cut into small cubes
1 c crumbled blue cheese
1/2 c grated Colby Jack cheese
1/4 c chopped onion, sauteed until golden brown and cooled OR 2 green onions sliced thin
1 c buttermilk

Combine flour, baking powder, soda, salt and sugar. Whisk to combine. Cut in butter until mixture is the texture of cornmeal or coarse crumbs. I usually do this by hand, pinching the butter into the flour.

Stir in cheeses and onions, gently mixing to combine. Add buttermilk and stir to moisten evenly.

Drop into 12 equal sized mounds on prepared baking sheet.

Blue Cheese Drop Biscuits, ready to bake.
Blue Cheese Drop Biscuits, ready to bake.

Bake 16-20 minutes until golden or until done in your oven. Turn pan around for even baking if needed at the half way point.

Enjoy!

Thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 

If you like what you see here, we would appreciate it if you told your friends (we would love more followers!), if not, tell us. Our goal is to share relevant information that you will enjoy and use for yourself and your family. 

You can also sign up for Our Sunday Cafe posts by email, thank you for subscribing!

Look for more suggestions, by searching #SundaySupperSuggestion.

this post is shared with:
merry monday @ meatloaf and melodrama
full plate thursday @ miz helens
our simple homestead blog hop @ on the home front
foodie friday @ rattlebridge farm 



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Sunday Supper Suggestion, Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Centers!

Celebrate the family with your own Sunday Supper. Sunday Supper is one of our favorite ways to bring the family together! We offer the following suggestion, and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Easy Cream Cheese Center in a Chocolate Cup Cake.
Self-filling Chocolate Cupcakes. 
Chocolate Cupcakes
adapted from:  The Frugal Foodie Cookbook
350 degrees

Chocolate Cake Batter
3 c flour
2 c sugar
1/2 c cocoa powder (press through a sieve)
2 t baking soda
1 t salt
2 c cold water
2/3 c oil
2 T vinegar
2 t vanilla

Combine all dry ingredients, in a large bowl. Add all wet ingredients, mix whip a whisk, until smooth.

Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Filling
1 8 oz package cream cheese
1/3 c sugar
1 egg
1 c chocolate chips


Cut cheese into 1-inch cubes, combine with sugar and egg, until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips.

Assemble the cupcakes:

Divide batter into 24 prepared muffin cups. Top with the filling, evenly.

I can be messy with batter, don't let that deter you from these goodies!

Bake 25 minutes or until done in your oven.


Makes 24 cakes

Serve with vanilla ice cream! For a special dessert, frost with your favorite chocolate buttercream frosting or glaze.

Enjoy!

Thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 

If you like what you see here, we would appreciate it if you told your friends (we would love more followers!), if not, tell us. Our goal is to share relevant information that you will use and enjoy. 


And now, it is very easy to sign up for
Our Sunday Cafe posts by email. You will find the form located in the left sidebar, thank you for subscribing!

Look for more suggestions, by searching #SundaySupperSuggestion.

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homestead blog hop 108 @ the not so modern housewife


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