Food For All Reasons

Food For All Reasons A food blog by Marsha and Jen - to instruct and inspire in the kitchen.

Jen here. I had a jar of Wegmans Peruvian marinade in my pantry and decided to use it last night. Boneless, skinless chi...
03/25/2020
Grilled Peruvian Chicken | Wegmans

Jen here. I had a jar of Wegmans Peruvian marinade in my pantry and decided to use it last night. Boneless, skinless chicken thighs were grilled to perfection by my hubs. All in the family LOVED it.

For those of you who have a Wegmans, this marinade is endorsed by my family. https://shop.wegmans.com/recipes/4414

Good morning, Foodies, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  While we are “social distancing” these days, it’s a good time to tr...
03/17/2020
Chocolate Chip Pie

Good morning, Foodies, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! While we are “social distancing” these days, it’s a good time to try some new recipes for the family and today is a good day for it! This is one of the great recipes I keep handy to pull out when needing something quick and easy. Enjoy!
~ Marsha

Sometimes we have a favorite "go to," no-fail recipe that we make over and over again, always well-received by family and friends. This ...

Irish Stew with Lamb.
03/16/2020

Irish Stew with Lamb.

Good evening, foodies!  Got a jump on the Irish dinner we’ll enjoy tomorrow by cooking the Corned Beef today.  We also h...
03/16/2020
Irish Soda Bread

Good evening, foodies! Got a jump on the Irish dinner we’ll enjoy tomorrow by cooking the Corned Beef today. We also have some favorite sides, one of which is Irish Soda Bread. It is super easy with no yeast or rising time to worry about. Here is the recipe for you. Enjoy!
~ Marsha

This was my first experience making this traditional Irish bread served on St. Patrick's Day and it won't be my last. As it is not a ...

Marsha here ~ Hubby and I hosted our couples’ small group last night for a “That’s Amore” Italian Valentine’s Dinner and...
02/12/2020

Marsha here ~ Hubby and I hosted our couples’ small group last night for a “That’s Amore” Italian Valentine’s Dinner and what a fabulous array of food! Italian Cream Cake is one of my all-time favorite desserts but thought it might be too heavy on top of the main meal. So this alternative came to mind and it was a hit! Do take note of some changes I made to the recipe:
• I used only butter; no shortening
• for the topping/filling, I only needed 1 cup of toasted pecans and 8oz. of toasted coconut.
• baking time was closer to 30-35 minutes. I used all the batter in my 9” cake pan

Enjoy!

Hello, Food Lovers! Jen here. I have some thawed ground pork in my fridge but no inspiration. After a search for ideas, ...
01/21/2020
Corn Chimichurri Pork Tacos Recipe

Hello, Food Lovers! Jen here. I have some thawed ground pork in my fridge but no inspiration. After a search for ideas, this is tonight's dinner. Not specifically keto-friendly for me, but I can tweak it a bit to make it work. And I think the kids will like it, minus the hot peppers. Happy Taco Tuesday! https://asimplepantry.com/corn-chimichurri-pork-tacos-recipe/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_smartloop&utm_content=smartloop&utm_term=32237082

It's Taco Tuesday with this one skillet Corn Chimichurri Pork Tacos Recipe! Topped with lime crema and cotija cheese, these tacos pack in the flavor!

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12/26/2019

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And that includes making our family favorite cookie recipe for lots of friends and family!

Jen here. I have stock from the two turkey carcasses in my fridge. I'm going to make Mom's turkey soup with one of them ...
11/30/2019
Turkey Vegetable Soup

Jen here. I have stock from the two turkey carcasses in my fridge. I'm going to make Mom's turkey soup with one of them and I'm going to try a different recipe (maybe something more like a chowder) with the other one. Here's Mom's turkey soup recipe. It's a great one. http://www.foodforallreasons.com/2011/11/turkey-vegetable-soup.html

When I was growing up, every year a few days after Thanksgiving, my mother always had a big pot of Turkey Vegetable Soup simmering on the s...

Jen here. Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful and rich with family and food. Our gathering was great and we ate plenty....
11/29/2019
Brown Sugar Glazed Ham

Jen here. Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful and rich with family and food. Our gathering was great and we ate plenty. I never had a chance to post the recipe for the ham that I did, which was delicious and popular. Not keto at all with all of that brown sugar. LOL

And I'm happy to report that both turkeys were perfect - great flavor and juicy. The roasted turkey drippings made the best gravy because of the onion infusion. That recipe is a winner for sure.

https://www.gogogogourmet.com/brown-sugar-glazed-ham/

This Brown Sugar Glazed Ham is the perfect centerpiece for your meal, especially around the holidays! It will have you coming back for seconds!

This might be helpful, too.
11/27/2019

This might be helpful, too.

Have a big crowd to feed on Thanksgiving day?  This might help!
11/27/2019

Have a big crowd to feed on Thanksgiving day? This might help!

Smells so good. I’m continuing to roast the onions a bit to caramelize them more.
11/27/2019

Smells so good. I’m continuing to roast the onions a bit to caramelize them more.

Roasting this 11lb turkey today.
11/27/2019

Roasting this 11lb turkey today.

Done smoking. The true test is when it gets carved.
11/26/2019

Done smoking. The true test is when it gets carved.

Jen here. It’s warm enough to smoke today, so this baby is headed for the smoker. #ThanksgivingETA: That is a 10.5lb bir...
11/26/2019

Jen here. It’s warm enough to smoke today, so this baby is headed for the smoker. #Thanksgiving

ETA: That is a 10.5lb bird.

Jen here. As usual, we are hosting Thanksgiving for our families. It's going to be a little too cool to smoke the turkey...
11/19/2019
dry-brined turkey with roasted onions

Jen here. As usual, we are hosting Thanksgiving for our families. It's going to be a little too cool to smoke the turkey, so I'm thinking about dry-brining and roasting it. This recipe looks relatively easy and yummy.

For 13 years, this site has not had a turkey recipe for a few, perhaps not terribly convincing, reasons. I don’t usually host; it’s usually a family member with, I’m sure just coi…

11/10/2019
So Yummy

Good morning, Foodies! Marsha here ~ one of the things I am looking forward to in my retirement is getting back into baking, one of my favorite things to do. Love these ideas for ramping up bread baking!

Y'all bread-y for this? 13 quick and creative ways to make beautiful bread!

Made a batch of these nuts today. I used 1lb each of pecans and almonds instead of mixed nuts. They smell and taste grea...
11/03/2019
Apple Spice Candied Mixed Nuts

Made a batch of these nuts today. I used 1lb each of pecans and almonds instead of mixed nuts. They smell and taste great.
https://www.alattefood.com/apple-spice-candied-mixed-nuts/

These sugared almonds, cashews, and pecans are filled with sweet apple spice and brown sugar flavor! The perfect holiday party snack! (All pictures shown contain multiple servings of mixed nuts, as a single serving is only

Jen here. I found the perfect pork loin recipe and can confirm that it is delicious. The caveat is that I did not make t...
10/25/2019
The Ultimate Pork Loin Roast with Mushroom Sauce - Craving Tasty

Jen here. I found the perfect pork loin recipe and can confirm that it is delicious. The caveat is that I did not make the mushroom gravy because I didn't have mushrooms on hand. But the roast was tender, juicy, and so good. I followed the instructions to the letter, including using a meat probe/thermometer during the roasting. I started it at 425F and reduced to 325F and took it out when it got to 140F internal temp.
https://cravingtasty.com/pork-loin-roast/

Pork loin roast, coated with a fresh herb seasoning mixture then roasted until crispy golden brown crust and a perfectly tender and juicy inside.

Good morning, Foodies! Marsha here ~ it's Apple harvest time in our area but, wherever you live, here's a great tutorial...
10/24/2019

Good morning, Foodies! Marsha here ~ it's Apple harvest time in our area but, wherever you live, here's a great tutorial on the different varieties there are to choose from!

Marsha here ~ yesterday our small group was here for the evening and I decided to make this scrumptious fresh-out-of-the...
10/17/2019

Marsha here ~ yesterday our small group was here for the evening and I decided to make this scrumptious fresh-out-of-the-oven dessert, Cranberry Orange Bread Pudding from one of my favorite food sites, Christina's Cucina. Everyone agreed it was some of the best they've had—I give full credit to the recipe itself—very light and fluffy and not too sweet, at least until you pour the yummy sauce over it. :-) I doubled the recipe and used the orange juice option rather than the Grand Manier but would love to try that in the future. Enjoy!

Good morning, Foodies, and happy Saturday!  Marsha here ~ this time of year is when I start baking these for gifts and t...
10/12/2019

Good morning, Foodies, and happy Saturday! Marsha here ~ this time of year is when I start baking these for gifts and to have on hand in the freezer for a quick breakfast or snack. Pumpkin Muffins have been a yearly tradition for over thirty years. Served warm with butter is an essential part of the experience.

Anyone else in the baking mood?  Might have to make this soon!
10/01/2019

Anyone else in the baking mood? Might have to make this soon!

We eat a lot of salmon around here because it's delicious, my kids love it, and my kids ask for it. So tonight's dinner ...
09/19/2019
Salmon in Roasted Pepper Sauce

We eat a lot of salmon around here because it's delicious, my kids love it, and my kids ask for it. So tonight's dinner was this with a couple of modifications.

1. I had 2 Tbsp of leftover sun-dried tomato pesto in my fridge so I used that instead of the roasted red peppers.

2. I left out the red pepper flakes for my kids. The use of the pesto meant I had plenty of flavor in the sauce.

Verdict - it was hit and I wish I had taken video of my daughter inhaling her second helping.

I served it with rice and steamed green beans dressed in butter and grated Parmesan.

And the bonus is that it's low carb-friendly, too.

https://cooktoria.com/salmon-in-roasted-pepper-sauce/

This Salmon in Roasted Pepper Sauce makes an absolutely scrumptious meal, worthy of a special occasion. Make this easy one-pan dinner in just 20 minutes!

Good morning, Foodie Friends!  Marsha here ~ living in the Shenandoah Valley, which is famous for their apple orchards, ...
09/04/2019

Good morning, Foodie Friends! Marsha here ~ living in the Shenandoah Valley, which is famous for their apple orchards, we have the benefit of numerous local farmer's markets that offer an abundance of delicious varieties. With the temps beginning to cool down a bit, it doesn't take much to put me in the mood for baking something using this wonderful fall fruit. As I browsed through recipes, this one caught my eye ~ Salted Carmel Apple Pie Bars! Yum!

08/11/2019
So Yummy

These are great ideas.

These 11 creative crusts are as easy as pie! 🤯🥧

Made this for my lunch today. Fully endorsed. Recommend draining the liquid from the tomatoes and I didn't use the stock...
08/10/2019
Low Carb Mexican Cauliflower Rice

Made this for my lunch today. Fully endorsed. Recommend draining the liquid from the tomatoes and I didn't use the stock. I had a lot of extra liquid in the pan. But that didn't detract from the meal. It's delicious. And super easy. #keto #lowcarb

This mexican cauliflower rice is a one pan wonder! This easy keto Mexican Cauliflower Rice recipe is a skillet meal the whole family will love. They won't even notice it's low carb and grain-free. I dedicate

Every year, with great anticipation, I keep an eye out for fresh sour cherries to show up at the farmer's market.  Somet...
08/06/2019

Every year, with great anticipation, I keep an eye out for fresh sour cherries to show up at the farmer's market. Sometimes my neighbors invite me to pick from their trees but I was fine with buying them as I had no time to go picking them myself. I bought two quarts which was enough for one pie or cobbler. It may be a lot of work but is so worth the trouble with the payoff of the sweet/sour taste of fresh cherries! And I love being able to pull out the special plate saved for just this one time of year. This is a recipe I've adapted over the years from several tried. Some years I make an actual pie, this year I opted for the cobbler version. Enjoy!

Shawarma chicken breasts and just seasoned chicken thighs. Cooking for the week’s lunches.
08/03/2019

Shawarma chicken breasts and just seasoned chicken thighs. Cooking for the week’s lunches.

06/16/2019

On this Father's Day - I'm grateful for my own father and for the father of my children. Both are Godly men who love their families well.

So I asked K where he wanted to go for today's dinner and he said he wanted to grill steaks here at home. That is our plan - grilled tri-tip steaks, baked potatoes, and roasted asparagus.

Are you going out or staying in today?

Did I share this recipe? I can't remember. Regardless, it's a winner. We grilled the chicken the other night and I'm enj...
06/07/2019
Low Carb Chicken Souvlaki Skewers

Did I share this recipe? I can't remember. Regardless, it's a winner. We grilled the chicken the other night and I'm enjoying the last tasty chunk with some cauliflower rice for my lunch today. Super easy and kid friendly. My kids devoured the chicken. #lowcarb

I am never happier than when it’s grilling season. Fresh foods cooked over an open flame make live easier and more delicious. And these easy Chicken Souvlaki skewers are no exception. Marinate the chicken..

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Marsha: I'm Marsha, also known as Mom and Marmie. Life as an Army brat and Navy wife my first 40 years brought many opportunities to nurture my love of and hone my skills in all areas of homemaking: hospitality, cooking, baking, sewing and decorating. For the last 26 years I have had a passion for teaching, equipping and mentoring women, especially younger women, by opening my kitchen for instruction in cooking, baking and organizational skills. From that was born my home-based business, Tea For All Reasons, LLC. Hundreds of women (and a few men) came through our doors to learn the historical, practical, creative and eternal aspects regarding the pleasures of tea. Eventually, we phased out the instructional part of the business to launch two websites offering retail sales of premium quality loose tea. The transition meant a huge boost in business but diminished my availability to mentor.

A dear friend approached my daughter, Jen, and me, suggesting that we consider creating a food blog. There are numerous food blogs out there that I enjoy on a regular basis but never did I dream of writing my own. When the idea was planted, my mind began to race with the pros (many) the cons (few) and the tremendous possibilities and opportunities it would offer. Finally, I asked myself this question, “How does this fulfill my passion for mentoring women?” The answer came immediately and clearly ~ it enables me fulfill that passion by using 21st Century methods! What appeals to me even more is the chance to collaborate with Jen, who shares my love for creating beautiful, delicious food.

Jen: I am a late bloomer - I came to most things later than I would have liked, including cooking. My mother is such a wonderful cook that I was rarely called upon to help in the kitchen when I was growing up. It wasn't until I moved out on my own after college that I discovered a love for the kitchen and food preparation. I've always loved to eat, just had no clue I would love to create the lovely morsels that would pass my lips.

At one point as I approached the age of 30, I toyed with the idea of becoming a chef. One year of exploratory culinary school later, I realized that the life of a chef is not the life I wanted. However, what I learned in that one year of general culinary school was well worth the tuition and time. As my mother told me, I learned in that time what it took her 30 years to learn.

I also married later - at the age of 38 - and had two children in my 40s (actually, my son was born 2 months before my 40th birthday). My husband, K, has a pretty serious milk intolerance so I have had to retool most recipes that I come across to remove all milk. For one who loves cream and butter, this makes me sad, but I want to feed my family with one meal, and so I adapt. My husband is also a very good cook and together we have come up with some pretty tasty, non-dairy meals that I plan to share here.

Over at the Blog: Jen's strengths are in the detail side: the recipe, science and technique of cooking and baking. Marsha's strengths are in the process itself, as well as the creative side and the visual appearance of the food. Together our desire is to teach, equip, inspire and encourage our readers to try something new, taste the unknown, create the beautiful. Food is meant to be shared and enjoyed for so many reasons!

We hope to bring fabulous new and retooled recipes to you. We hope to inspire your own cooking and baking. We hope to show how to adapt a recipe to make it your own or to meet your dietary needs. Comments and suggestions are always welcome. Email us at FoodReasons[at]gmail[dot]com.

A "sister" to my Tea For All Reasons and Food For All Reasons pages, Vintage For All Reasons is dedicated to vintage and antique beauties, with a special appreciation for all things British. Included you will find information regarding china, silver, all manner of teaware, books, sewing and home decor.

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Bead on a Wire (Jen) handcrafted jewelry shop, beadwire.etsy.com

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Just wanted to say how marvelous your Lady Mary’s Reseverve Tea is. This tin never made it to my home... It keeps me calm at work (Breakfast, Elevenses and Afternoon Tea Time♥️)