Month: July 2017

Our time in Montreux, Switzerland

When asked “why Switzerland” on our recent trip to that picturesque country, in a nutshell for me it would have to be nature.  Switzerland is a mountainous country, home to numerous lakes, alpine villages, and the high peaks of the Alps.  In addition, it is the land of watches, chocolates, Guyere cheese, scenic views and so much more. Reading and prepping for the journey was the hardest part.  I am the planner, the booker and the executor of our travel.  I wanted to see it all,  being such a small country, but we settled on Montreux, Lucerne and Bern.   I did enjoy researching it all though as it gave me an opportunity to learn a bit more about the country and its people.

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Greek chicken summer flavors

I wouldn’t tag myself as vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian or specifically belonging to a certain food group, but every so often I go through spurts of trying it all out.  This gluten-free dinner was one of those times.  I guess I like to challenge myself when it comes to trying a certain food group.  I could easily cut out all carbs, well almost all, although there are times when I do crave rice and potatoes.  My husband Bert, on the other hand, is a potato-holic, so I have him just bake a potato for himself each time.

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No Bake Key Lime Frozen Tart

I’m obsessed with these no bake frozen desserts lately, are you?  There’s no heating up the stove or the oven, this luscious dessert stands alone in it’s beauty, versatility and taste.  I’ve seen a bunch of these come up on my social media sites and each one just seems better than the other.  I also like the fact that the ingredients are healthy and nutritious.  Top and dress it up with berries, kiwi or whatever fruit you have on hand.  What more can one ask for in a dessert?

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Niçoise Salad

It is Bastille Day today (National French Day).  Presenting a refreshing salad for the occasion.  Traditionally made with local olives, tuna and anchovies, this protein rich salad from Nice has become a staple all over France.  I absolutely love this salad, not only is it flavorful and appetizing, it is deliciously light yet quite satisfying on a  hot summer’s day.  I ought not to complain though, as this summer has been relatively bearable, so what’s a few days when temperatures feel like 100 degrees F?  On days like these, who needs to be slaving over a hot stove anyway?  So this salad was created.

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Ground Turkey and Brown Rice Stuffed Peppers

It had been a while since I cooked stuffed peppers for dinner.  I came across this recipe just recently, so thought of making it for dinner last week.  I prefer stuffing the sweet, brightly colored peppers as opposed to the green ones.  It makes for a striking presentation don’t you think?  Like I mentioned in an earlier post, I love it when my plate is colorful, it somehow excites and titillates one’s palate don’t you think?  Well you’re going to love these, there’s a hint of curry powder that I added to bring out the bold taste, then there’s cumin and other spices, topped with cheese and fresh herbs.  Brown rice is also added to the mix.  A healthy, nourishing and versatile dish that’s bound to please all ages.

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