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

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..

Jen here - making this for my dinner tonight. It's been a while since I've made it but it is a winner even for the non-k...
06/01/2019
Keto Shrimp & Chorizo Spaghetti Squash - Whole 30, Paleo

Jen here - making this for my dinner tonight. It's been a while since I've made it but it is a winner even for the non-keto eaters. #keto #lowcarb https://www.ibreatheimhungry.com/keto-shrimp-chorizo-spaghetti-squash-bowls/

These Keto Shrimp & Chorizo Spaghetti Squash Bowls are easy, delicious and family friendly - what's not to love?! Low carb, gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, Paleo, and Whole 30 compliant! Did I mention easy? And delicious?

On this Memorial Day, we are remembering and honoring the men and women who gave their lives for our freedom. #NeverForg...
05/27/2019

On this Memorial Day, we are remembering and honoring the men and women who gave their lives for our freedom. #NeverForget

Made these spinach & artichoke zucchini boats and they were delish. Even leftovers were very good. I had a lot of the fi...
05/18/2019
Spinach Artichoke Zucchini Boats - Eat. Drink. Love.

Made these spinach & artichoke zucchini boats and they were delish. Even leftovers were very good. I had a lot of the filling left so I put it in a ramekin to bake later. It's a nice snack (or meal) with pork rinds for a low carb/keto eater like me. (The recipe didn't say what to do with the zucchini guts so I added it to the mix in order not to waste perfectly good food.)

I think this would work as an appetizer if you pile the "dip" on slices of zucchini.

https://eat-drink-love.com/spinach-artichoke-zucchini-boats/

Spinach Artichoke Zucchini Boats - Homemade spinach artichoke dip is stuffed into fresh zucchini and baked until tender! It's low-carb too!

Good tips here. Where I differ - I do roast green beans. They may look shriveled a bit, but the flavor is amazing. Also,...
05/02/2019
How to Roast Just About Every Vegetable Imaginable

Good tips here. Where I differ - I do roast green beans. They may look shriveled a bit, but the flavor is amazing. Also, I almost exclusively use Paul Prudhomme's Veggie Magic to season the veggies that I roast. I'll put a link to that product in the first comment. https://www.bhg.com/recipes/how-to/cooking-basics/how-to-roast-vegetables/?utm_campaign=bhg_mybhg_trueanthem&utm_content=5ccadbdcea567f00011de49d_video&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&fbclid=IwAR00sPA7bWwSngIKqAju9zMx7VWpwFvZpQN4u_0P7Wq-xvVl3pE0vicOTTM

Roasting vegetables in the oven gives them a caramelized exterior and good flavor while keeping the inside moist and tender. Get our tips and tricks for perfect roast veggies. We'll show you how to roast vegetables in the oven and share our no-fail guide for how long to roast vegetables.

Good Saturday morning, Foodies!   Hot Cross Buns are a tradition for the Easter season and they are a personal favorite,...
03/30/2019

Good Saturday morning, Foodies! Hot Cross Buns are a tradition for the Easter season and they are a personal favorite, though I haven't made them in a while. Here's my recipe:

Hot Cross Buns

3 ½ - 4 Cups unbleached flour (I prefer King Arthur) divided use
1/3 C light brown sugar, packed
3/4 teas. salt
3/4 teas. ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon each ground clove and nutmeg
1 envelope fast-rising yeast
1 ¼ cups milk
2 Tabs. butter
2 eggs
1 Tabs. grated fresh lemon zest
1 C currants
¼ C finely chopped citron (optional)
Plain vanilla or lemon icing

If using a bread machine (which is what I do) add ingredients following the directions and remove after the "rise" function. Otherwise, follow these directions:
In large bowl, combine 1 ½ cups of flour, brown sugar, salt, spices, and yeast; blend well. Heat milk and butter until very warm, 125 – 130 degrees F. Add warm liquid to flour mixture and stir to moisten. Add eggs and lemon rind and beat until smooth, about 2 minutes. Gradually work in enough additional flour to make a soft dough. Stir in currants and citron. Knead until dough is smooth and elastic, adding more flour if necessary. Place dough in greased bowl; turn to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double in bulk, 30-45 mins. Punch down dough. Pinch off 1 ½” balls; shape into smooth buns. Place 1-2” apart on greased baking sheets. I prefer pans with higher sides. Cover and let rise until puffy; about 20-25 mins. Cut a ¼“ deep cross on each bun with 4 scissor snips or a sharp knife. Bake at 400 degrees 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 10 minutes on wire racks and then pipe a cross on each bun.
Lemon Frosting:
Combine ¾ cup confectioners’ sugar, 1½ teas. lemon juice and enough water (about 1 teas.) to make a thick frosting. Place in piping back and decorate buns.
Yield: about 2 dozen buns.
Enjoy!

Anyone guilty of this?
03/25/2019

Anyone guilty of this?

Happens at least a few times a week....

Happy Sunday and Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Any of these items on your menu today?  We are postponing our big Irish dinne...
03/17/2019

Happy Sunday and Happy St. Patrick's Day! Any of these items on your menu today? We are postponing our big Irish dinner until Tuesday when we will enjoy the meal with our small group that "breaks bread" once a month. My contribution will be Irish Soda Bread. Can't wait for that!

Marsha here ~ another super-yummy recipe for your St. Patrick's Day dinner is Colcannon, a potato and cabbage dish, grea...
03/16/2019

Marsha here ~ another super-yummy recipe for your St. Patrick's Day dinner is Colcannon, a potato and cabbage dish, great as a side to Corned Beef or Steak and Guinness Pie (featured on our foodforallreasons.com website). You can find it here:
http://www.foodforallreasons.com/2013/03/colcannon.html

Happy Saturday, foodies!  Marsha here ~ if you had a thought about making Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick's Day but wer...
03/16/2019

Happy Saturday, foodies! Marsha here ~ if you had a thought about making Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick's Day but were a bit intimidated by the prospect, here is the recipe I use every year and can't rave enough about it. It is worth making homemade—every store-bought version I have ever purchased has always very dry. You will be hooked like I was!

Good Thursday morning, Foodies, or I should say, "Top o' the mornin' to ye!"  With St. Patrick's day coming soon, I thou...
03/14/2019

Good Thursday morning, Foodies, or I should say, "Top o' the mornin' to ye!" With St. Patrick's day coming soon, I thought you might like to have a quick and easy recipe for homemade pie. It is one of my "go-to" recipes for a quick company dessert. Be sure to add a scoop of vanilla ice cream! Oh, and happy Pi Day, too!

Oh, my.
03/07/2019

Oh, my.

Irish Chocolate Potato Cake
Recipe and History

Can you keep a secret? Cooked potatoes add moisture to breads and cakes making them soft and tender and will also give them a good quality shelf life. This rich and satisfying chocolate cake is an Irish recipe that dates back to the early 1800’s.

Chocolate came to Ireland in the 1600’s and by the early 1700’s it was added to cakes. It didn’t take too long before the potato was given the sweet treatment and was added to cakes and sweet breads to keep them moist. This chocolate potato cake can be dusted with powdered sugar, drizzled with chocolate cream cheese frosting, or even a touch of lemon glaze.

Ingredients:
1 cup butter
4 eggs
2 1/3 cups sugar
12oz cooking chocolate
5 Tbsp ground almonds –pulse in a blender
1 cup cold cooked potatoes – riced, grated or sieved
2 ½ cups flour
½ tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
2/3 cup milk

Directions:

1 Boil 2 medium sized potatoes in unsalted water until soft, then drain and cool completely

2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a Bundt pan

3. Grate the chocolate on a fine grater, or pulse in a food processor

4. Sift the flour once by itself. Then sift it a second time with the cinnamon, baking powder and salt

5. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter with the sugar until light and fluffy

6. Separate the eggs. Add the yolks, one at a time, to the creamed mixture, beating well after each one

7. Stir in the grated chocolate and ground almonds. Add the sieved potato and stir again

8. Add the flour alternately with the milk, beating gently until smooth after each addition

9. When this process is complete, whip the egg whites until stiff but not dry. Fold the whipped egg whites carefully into the cake mixture

10. Spoon into the prepared Bundt pan. Bake for 1 3/4 hours. Test for doneness with a toothpick or skewer at the end of this time: bake for another 15 minutes if needed

11. Remove from the oven and allow to rest in the pan for at least twenty minutes before removing from the pan: then cool on a rack

12. To finish, frost the chocolate cake with a chocolate-based icing, vanilla icing or (if you prefer the simple approach) dust with confectioners' sugar

Marsha here ~ having recipes written in my mother's hand, and my grandmother's, are indeed priceless, treasured heirloom...
03/06/2019
In the Pinterest Age, Family Recipe Cards Become Priceless Heirlooms

Marsha here ~ having recipes written in my mother's hand, and my grandmother's, are indeed priceless, treasured heirlooms that will be passed along to my daughters and granddaughters.

The Internet keeps countless recipes in neat, tidy digital files, so handwritten notecards are quickly becoming cherished keepsakes.

Tomorrow is "Shrove" or "Pancake" Tuesday, the day before the start of Lent.  Anyone planning to enjoy them for dinner? ...
03/04/2019

Tomorrow is "Shrove" or "Pancake" Tuesday, the day before the start of Lent. Anyone planning to enjoy them for dinner?

Jen here. I have some of this chicken marinating in my fridge for roasting later. It says keto, but it's basically chick...
03/03/2019
Easy Keto Chicken Shawarma - Low Carb, Paleo, Whole 30

Jen here. I have some of this chicken marinating in my fridge for roasting later. It says keto, but it's basically chicken and works for anyone.

Easy Keto Chicken Shawarma - delicious on the grill or pan roasted, this low carb chicken recipe is also Paleo, Whole 30, and Dairy free.

02/26/2019
So Yummy

Marsha here ~ enjoy these creative cookies ideas!

Be a smart cookie with these 12 cookie decorating hacks 🍪🍴

Oh, Yay!  Did you know today is National Sticky Buns Day?
02/21/2019

Oh, Yay! Did you know today is National Sticky Buns Day?

Marsha here ~ good morning, Foodies!  We have a major snow day here in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia so it's the per...
02/20/2019
Turkey Vegetable Soup

Marsha here ~ good morning, Foodies! We have a major snow day here in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia so it's the perfect day to start a pot of soup and this is always my go-to Fall and Winter soup recipe. In today's version, I am switching out the turkey for chicken as I had a roasted chicken on hand. The smell of soup simmering on the stove will bring comfort to my hubby when he comes in from clearing off all the neighbors' driveways.

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...

02/18/2019
Thrillist Food and Drink

Marsha ~ as many of you know, I love England and most things I collect or create have an English theme of some kind. After seeing this I just had to share. Let's see some "Mucky Mouths!"

Take a bite out of this delicious, ooey-gooey cinna-berry bread. Pin it for later >> thrl.st/2CvWSY9

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