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Sunday Supper Suggestion, Serendipity Creole Chicken

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!

One must have a sense of humor in the kitchen!

Serendipity Creole Chicken
inspired by: Claudia @ What's Cookin' Italian Cuisine

6-8 chicken legs or 6 thighs or andy combination your family prefers
2 large green peppers - cut lengthwise into 1-inch strips
1 can chickpeas - drained
1 16 oz can tomato sauce
1 c red wine 
garlic salt and pepper
1 - 2 tsp creole seasoning (I used Tony Chachere's) 
generous 1/4 t oregano leaves
olive oil

Freshly cooked rice 

Heat olive oil in large skillet with a lid, add chicken sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper, brown well, turn, repeat seasoning with garlic salt and pepper, brown.  

Scatter peppers and chickpeas over browned chicken. Pour tomato sauce and wine over, then sprinkle with the creole seasoning and oregano. 

Serendipity Creole Chicken, with peppers and garbanzo beans.
Serendipity Creole Chicken
Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for an hour. Remove cover and simmer an additional 15 minutes for the mixture to thicken slightly.

Serve chicken and the tomato broth in a flat soup bowl over a scoop of rice. 

Delicious!  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. 

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PS, you may also enjoy our Homemade Household page, it can be found right at the top of the blog!

Look for more suggestions, by searching #SundaySupperSuggestion.

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whats for dinner @ the lazy gastronome
fabulous friday @ our holiday journey
souper sunday @ kahakai kitchen

art of homemaking @ strangers and pilgrims
modest monday @ the modest mom
tickle my tastebuds @ loris creative creations
hearth and soul @ apriljharris.com
homesteader hop @ homesteading with heart
wasteless wednesday @ skip the bag
homesteading blog hop @ not so modern housewife
full plate thursday @ miz helens
simple homestead blog @ oak hill
weekend potluck @ mommys kitchen
pinterest party @ as for me and my homestead
friday favorites @ diary of a real housewife
friendship friday @ create with joy
foodie friday @ rattlebridge farms
weekend cooking @ beth fish reads

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Sunday Supper Suggestion, Brown Sugar Loaf Cake

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!


Brown Sugar Loaf Cake
Brown Sugar Loaf Cake

Brown Sugar Loaf Cake
adapted from:  cakes from scratch in half the time
by:  Linda West Eckhardt
350 degrees


the intro:  Luscious and sweet, this dark, caramel-colored sugar cake is crumbly, spicy and everything nice.

2 large eggs - room temperature or see warming tip below
1/4 c butter
1 c brown sugar
1 1/4 c flour - divided
1/2 c chopped pecans
1 1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1 t cinnamon
1/8 t cloves (original recipe called for 1/2 t, but cloves and I don't get along!)
1/2 c milk
1 t vanilla

Prepare to bake:  Arrange the rack in the middle of the oven and preheat it to 350 degrees. Spritz a 9X5 inch loaf pan and the shiny side of a piece of aluminum foil large enough to cover the top of the pan with pan spray. Place the unbroken eggs in a bowl of (comfortable) hot water.


Make the batter:  Cream the butter until light, then add the brown sugar and beat until fluffy. Separate the eggs. Add 2 of the yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition, then add the egg whites and beat well.  Toss 1/4 cup of the flour with the nuts. Mix the remaining 1 cup flour with the baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and cloves. Add to the butter mixture in thirds, alternately with the milk and vanilla. Fold in the nuts.






Bake the cake:  Pour the batter into the prepared pan, lay the foil, shiny side down, loosely over the top, and bake for 25 minutes.



Quickly remove the foil and continue baking until a wooden pick inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 20 more minutes. Cool in the pan on a rack for 5 minutes, then turn out onto the rack to cool completely.
When cool, place on a serving platter, add a knife and let everyone serve themselves. Store any leftovers in plastic wrap to keep it moist.


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!


PS, you may also enjoy our Homemade Household page, it can be found right at the top of the blog!

Look for more suggestions, by searching #SundaySupperSuggestion.

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whats for dinner @ the lazy gastronome
the art of homemaking @ strangers and pilgrims
modest monday @ the modest mom
cookbook countdown @ cookbook countdown
homestead blog hop 119 @ not so modern housewife
homesteader hop 38 @ homesteading with heart
tickle my tastebuds tuesday @ loris culinary creations
hearth and soul @ apriljharris.com
full plate thursday @ miz helens
simple homestead blog hop @ oak hill
weekend potluck @ mommys kitchen
pinterest party @ as for me and my homestead
friday favorites @ diary of a real housewife
foodie friday @ rattlebridge farm
fabulous friday @ our holiday journey

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Sunday Supper Suggestion, Mustard Oregano Chicken and Chops

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!

We have been enjoying this dish for many years. I have served it at my Sunday dinners, more than once. It would be safe to say this is one of our regularly enjoyed dinners. The first time I made up this recipe, I used pork chops. Delicious!

Mustard Oregano Pork Chops
Mustard Oregano Pork Chops
Mustard Oregano Pork Chops served with buttery mashed potatoes!

Before I knew it, we tried chicken thighs, again, dinner was delicious! Now I make this up from time to time and I usually double the marinade and increase the meat in each packet. That way we have four packages of 6-8 pieces of meat in each packet. There is nothing better than a great dinner and leftovers......

Mustard Oregano Chicken or Chops
adapted from: Fix Freeze and Feast
makes 3 packages of 4 servings

12 large bone-in chicken thighs OR 12 pork loin chops

1/2 c prepared mustard
1/4 c red wine vinegar
1/4 lemon juice
1/4 c vegetable oil
2 T honey
3 t dried oregano
3 t minced garlic (about 9 cloves)

Remove skin from chicken, remove excess fat from chops if needed.

Place 4 chops or thighs in three freezer bags, set aside.

Combine all marinade ingredients, mixing well.


Divide between the three (or more) bags.


Seal the bags, removing as much air as possible.

Massage the bag gently to place the marinade over all the surfaces of the meat.


Lay bags flat and smooth into place on a large flat pan. Place in the freezer and freeze until firm. Remove from pan and stack in the freezer as you wish.

Mustard Oregano Chicken 
Mustard Oregano Chicken with a Grilled Romaine Salad


To cook:

Outdoor cooking ~
Thaw completely in the refrigerator. Prepare a medium fire in your grill. Cook chops or thighs, turning occasionally until internal temperature is 160 degrees for chops OR 165 degrees for thighs. Remove from heat and let rest 5 minutes before serving

Indoor cooking ~

Arrange chops or thighs on a prepared broiler pan. Broil meat under high heat 5 inched from the heat source, turning frequently for 15-18 minutes or until meat tests done with a thermometer, 160 degrees for pork and 165 for chicken. Let rest 5 minutes before serving.

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!

PS, you may also enjoy our Homemade Household page, it can be found right at the top of the blog!

Look for more suggestions, by searching #SundaySupperSuggestion.

this post shared with:
whats for dinner sunday link up 79 @ the lazy gastronome
the art of homemaking @ strangers and pilgrims
tickle your tastebuds tuesday @ loris culinary creations
hearth and soul @ apriljharris.com
homestead blog hop @ the not so modern housewife
full plate thursday @ miz helens
simple homestead blog hop 87 @ oak hill homestead
weekend potluck @ mommys kitchen
foodie friday @ rattlebridge farm
friday favorites @ diary of a real housewife
pinterest party @ as for me and my homestead


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Roasted Lemon and Basil Salad Dressing

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…


It has been bitter cold here, much colder than usual, we have been told! This is our first winter on the peninsula, so we have nothing to compare. Our neighbor's fountain in the front yard is but an iceberg. After years of heating with wood in our Vancouver house, I have been freezing! But today we were visited by a heating company to give us an estimate to install a wood stove. Unusual or not, it is too cold for me, without a fire to get warm by!

Last summer when it was warm and we were grilling in the backyard, on a lark, I asked my husband to grill up some of the lemons, that came in the big bag from Costco. Who would have known that the grilled lemon halves would add a bit of sunshine to or our winter meals? Yes, you did read that right, we grilled (roasted might be a better term...) lemon halves. The lemons were cut in half, and the fruity side was put down on the grill to roast to a puckery caramelized goodness, then packaged up carefully and put into the freezer.

Roasted Lemon And Basil Salad Dressing, grill the cut edge of half a lemon for a new take on flavor!
Roasted Lemon and Basil Salad Dressing

Those grill lemons were turned into a delicious salad dressing, and while it was not the warmth of the sun, it was a taste of springtime! Even if you do not have grilled lemons, give this dressing a try. Then next summer grill up a few, and stick them away in your freezer to bring out on the coldest of days to add a bit of springtime to your winter meals.

Roasted Lemon and Basil Salad Dressing, creamy and light in flavor.
Roasted Lemon and Basil Salad Dressing

Roasted Lemon and Basil Salad Dressing
by the seat of my pants

1/2 c lemon juice, (we used grilled lemons from the freezer)
1/2 c oil
1/4 c sugar
1 T red wine vinegar
2 (rounded) T golden flax seeds
1/4 t garlic salt
1 t dijon mustard
2 t dried basil leaves

Combine the lemon juice, oil, sugar and flax seeds in a blender. Blend until the seeds have been chopped into small pieces.

Place contents from the blender to a screw top jar, add remaining ingredients, cover and shake well.

Drizzle over mixed greens, tomato slices or leftover steamed vegetables.

Roasted Lemon and Basil Salad Dressing, delicious on mixed greens.
Roasted Lemon and Basil Salad Dressing.
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!


PS, you may also enjoy our Homemade Household page, it can be found right at the top of the blog!

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hearth and soul @ apriljharris.com
tuesdays with a twist @ back to basics
delicious dishes @ walking on sunshine
tuesdays st our house @ our home away from home
tickle my tastebuds @ loris culinary creations
homestead blog hop @ the not so modern housewife
modest monday @ modest mom
homemaking party @ classical homemaking
full plate thursday @ miz helens
wasteless wednesday @ skip the bag
simple homestead blog hop @ oak hill
homesteader hop @ homesteading with heart
weekend potluck @ mommys kitchen
foodie friday @ rattlebridge farm
friendship friday @ create with joy
pinterest party @ as for me and my homestead
weekend cooking @ beth fish reads
whats for dinner sunday link up 79 @ the lazy gastronome
souper sundays @ kahanai kitchen 
the art of homemaking @ strangers and pilgrims 
tickle your tastebuds tuesday @ loris culinary creations
hearth and soul @ apriljharris.com

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Sunday Supper Suggestion, Onion Gratin

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!


Onion Gratin
Onion Gratin

If you like onions, you will like this simple and delicious dish. I made this for the last Sunday Cafe and it was well received by all, even the non-onion lovers. I do have to confess that I got a bit carried away with deleting the images from my camera and this is the only survivor. But it is simple to put together and, honestly, what is done is done!

Onion Gratin
By the seat of my pants
400-degree oven

2 or 3 onions, sliced about 1/2 inch thick, you can ring out or leave in a solid slice
olive oil
dry bread crumbs (1/2-3/4 cup)
Parmesan cheese (the green can is fine for this dish)
salt and pepper


Cover the bottom of a large lidded pan with a thin layer of olive oil. Add onions, then season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with a layer of dry bread crumbs, then the Parmesan cheese. Bake covered for 20 minutes, remove the cover and bake an additional 20-30 minutes or until golden and bubbling.

Note:  The onions will not be completely cooked, they will be crisp-tender.

If you want fully cooked onions, bake for 30 minutes covered, BEFORE adding the dry bread crumbs and cheese.

Serves 6-8


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!

PS, you may also enjoy our Homemade Household page, it can be found right at the top of the blog!

Look for more suggestions, by searching #SundaySupperSuggestion.

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merry monday @ meatloaf and melodrama
melt in our mouth monday @ make ahead meals for busy moms
inspire me monday @ create with joy
whats for dinner sunday link up 78 @ the lazy gastronme
hearth and soul @ apriljharris.com
tuesdays with a twist @ back to basics
delicious dishes @ walking on sunshine
tuesdays st our house @ our home away from home
tickle my tastebuds @ loris culinary creations
modest monday @ modest mom
simple homestead blog hop @ oak hill
homesteader hop @ homesteading with heart
weekend potluck @ mommys kitchen
foodie friday @ rattlebridge farm
friendship friday @ create with joy



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Winter Pear and Gorgonzola with Balsamic Vinegar and Toasted Walnuts, a starter

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…

The other kitchen change in place for 2017 is a reduction in meat consumption. The goal is to balance the ratios between omega 6 and omega 3 fats in our diets. Which brings us to this delicious Winter Pear and Gorgonzola Cheese starter plate. It is fresh and delicious! We paired this with a (meatless) main dish salad. 

We had been busy with errands throughout the day, coming home to a relaxed dinner was just the ticket. Our internet was out for most of the day, either from the freezing windstorm during the night or possible damage to the optic cable, we never did know.  

Our recipe, if you will, serves 2, but you can easily multiply for those around your table.

Winter Pear and Gorgonzola with Balsamic vinegar and Toasted Walnuts, a starter
Winter Pear and Gorgonzola with Balsamic Vinegar and Toasted Walnuts

Winter Pear and Gorgonzola with Balsamic Vinegar and Toasted Walnuts
by the seat of my pants

1 firm yet ripe Pear
scant 1/4 c Gorgonzola cheese
scant T olive oil
scant T Balsamic vinegar
scant 1/4 c toasted walnut halves

In a small bowl, mash the Gorgonzola cheese together with the olive oil, to a chunky mass. Cut pear in half, remove stem and core, leaving pear half intact, place each half on individual serving plates.

Divide the Gorgonzola mixture between the pear halves. Drizzle each with the Balsamic vinegar and arrange the toasted walnuts over and around the pear half. 

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!

PS, you may also enjoy our Homemade Household page, it can be found right at the top of the blog!

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wonderful wednesdays @ 2 chicks and a mom
homestead blog hop 116 @ not so modern housewife
homesteader hop 35 @ homesteading with heart
homemaking party @ classical homemaking
full plate thursday @ miz helens
simple homestead blog hop 85 @ oak hill
weekend potluck @ mommys kitchen
pretty pinterest 138 @ annies noms
friday favorites @ pennies passion
funtastic friday @ olives and okra
foodie friday friends @ walking on sunshine
friendship friday @ create with joy
foodie friday @ rattlebridge farm
weekend cooking @ beth fish reads
the art of homemaking mondays @ strangers and pilgrims
merry monday @ meatloaf and melodrama
melt in our mouth monday @ make ahead meals for busy moms
inspire me monday @ create with joy
whats for dinner sunday link up 78 @ the lazy gastronme
hearth and soul @ apriljharris.com
tuesdays with a twist @ back to basics
delicious dishes @ walking on sunshine
tuesdays st our house @ our home away from home
tickle my tastebuds @ loris culinary creations
modest monday @ modest mom

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Sunday Supper Suggestion, Swedish Saffron Bread

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!

Many years ago I had the privilege of attending a small gathering at Wild Oats, our small town organic market. The cook/speaker was cookbook author Tom LaCalamita, and he prepared an assortment of food from his upcoming book, Pressure Cookers for DUMMIES - A reference for the rest of Us! Mr. LaCalamita is an easy going friendly speaker and cook. That last part is important because he is just like us. A home cook who cooks for his family and enjoys good food.





Now some 15 years later, Wild Oats is gone, absorbed by a large grocery group. Our town is not as small and I have more Tom LaCalamita books. As it turns out, the man loves bread. A nice coincidence, because I love baking bread.

Use your bread machine for the dough, Swedish Saffron Bread.
Swedish Saffron Bread

Swedish Saffron Bread
from:  The Ultimate Bread Machine Cookbook
by:  Tom LaCalamita

2 1/4 t yeast
3 c flour
1/3 c sugar
dash salt
approximately 1/2 t saffron threads, crumbled to make 1/4 t powdered saffron
3 T soft (room temp) butter
1 egg
3/4 c PLUS 2 T milk, warmed to room temp

ingredients needed before baking:
1 egg
1 t water
6 blanched almonds - if desired
6 raisins - if desired




Load ingredients into ABM in order given. Process on dough cycle.


When dough cycle is complete, divide the dough into two equal portions, on a floured surface.


Squeeze each piece into a rope approximately 14-16 inches long. Cross the pieces of dough in a large X on a prepared baking sheet.


Coil up each end of the dough toward the center. Let rise again until doubled in bulk, 45 - 90 minutes depending upon the warmth of your kitchen or proofing area.


When the dough had doubled, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Make the egg wash by beating together the egg and water. Carefully "paint" the dough with the egg wash, and arrange the raisins and almonds.


To be honest, there was not a photo of how the bread was to be decorated, and my mind could not establish a pattern with 4 dough coils and the 6 almonds and 6 raisins. And then I realized, I'm not Swedish! So this is my way, 3 raisins on each coil and sliced almonds over all. Then it went into the oven...............


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!


PS, you may also enjoy our Homemade Household page, it can be found right at the top of the blog!

Look for more suggestions, by searching #SundaySupperSuggestion.

this post shared with:
whats for dinner @ lazy gastronome
the art of homemaking @ strangers and pilgrims
merry monday 135 @ meatloaf and melodrama
melt in your mouth 288 @ make ahead meals
inspire me monday 261 @ create with joy
january tidy up @ our holiday journey


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