Posted by: marthabernie | June 27, 2017

Zesty Asparagus, Prawn and Mint Risotto

My risottos never turn out as well as I would like, and I have tried everything from box mixes to the real thing.  Here is a really good mix of flavors and hope springs eternal that one day my risotto will live up to my expectations!

Zesty Asparagus, Prawn and Mint Risotto

Posted by: marthabernie | June 27, 2017

Norwegian Sunshine Buns / Solskinnsboller

These are very interesting buns!  The recipe is from a Norwegian baking book published in 1978.

Norwegian Sunshine Buns / Solskinnsboller

Posted by: marthabernie | June 26, 2017

Pumpkin Biscuits with Honey Butter

Another interesting recipe:

Pumpkin Biscuits with Honey Butter

Posted by: marthabernie | June 26, 2017

Farmhouse Pasta / Bondepasta

This is a link to a link, but this site is very interesting and even historic sometimes:

Farmhouse Pasta / Bondepasta

Posted by: marthabernie | June 25, 2017

RAY MARLIN – Early 1914 – 43rd Anniversary of His Death

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6-25-2017:  Today is the 43rd anniversary of my father’s death in 1974 so I am re-posting this photo of him as a toddler because it is one of my favorites.  He died young, only 61 years old, from heart disease.

Original Post:   This is my father, Ray Marlin, taken in early 1914, when he was about 15 months old.  This photo was put on a postcard for mailing, and my grandmother sent it to her sister, Pearl Ferrier Marlin, in Conway, MO.  Postmarked March, 1914 in Marshfield, MO,  it was obviously before my father’s family packed up and moved to Aledo, Illinois for several years.  His hair was black as a child and later as an adult, so it’s interesting to see that it was so light when he was a baby!  This is also the photo that my grandmother had in the locket I was looking at recently.  She cut out his face to fit the round locket.

 

 

Posted by: marthabernie | June 25, 2017

Graham Tiramisu

Another recipe using graham crackers:

Graham Tiramisu

Posted by: marthabernie | June 25, 2017

Busy Mom’s Chicken & Rice Casserole

Easy recipe:

Busy Mom’s Chicken & Rice Casserole

Posted by: marthabernie | June 25, 2017

Yummy Stracciatella Ice Cream without ice cream maker

I am seeing more and more no-churn ice cream recipes…my mother would not approve, LOL!

Yummy Stracciatella Ice Cream without ice cream maker

Posted by: marthabernie | June 24, 2017

Graham Cracker Cookies

I have never made cookies from graham crackers….

Graham Cracker Cookies

Posted by: marthabernie | June 24, 2017

Chicken Pot Pie

I’m still reluctant to turn the oven on and it’s still June!  One for the file when the weather cools down:

Chicken Pot Pie

Posted by: marthabernie | June 24, 2017

Summer Means Cobbler 

There are so many ways to make cobbler, and so many fruits to use at this time of the year!

Summer Means Cobbler 

Posted by: marthabernie | June 23, 2017

Buttermilk French Toast

Another brunch or breakfast idea:

Buttermilk French Toast

Posted by: marthabernie | June 23, 2017

The Cookie Jar: Cookies & Crème Cookies

Yum!

The Cookie Jar: Cookies & Crème Cookies

Posted by: marthabernie | June 22, 2017

It’s never too early for Christmas… food

Here is another post from Neven Maguire’s blog, which you can reach directly at nevenmaguireblog.com:

It’s never too early for Christmas… food

Posted by: marthabernie | June 22, 2017

Raspberry Meringue Torte. Listening To Allie & Ivy.

Meringue from scratch can be tricky depending on the climate and humidity; this recipe combines cake with meringue.  NOTE: The meringue recipe final ingredient is 1/2 cup chopped walnuts.

Raspberry Meringue Torte. Listening To Allie & Ivy.

Posted by: marthabernie | June 22, 2017

White Chocolate Chip Blondies

I discovered blondies about ten years ago and I love all the variations:

White Chocolate Chip Blondies

Posted by: marthabernie | June 21, 2017

Honey & Cinnamon Stuffed French Toast

Take a look here:

Honey & Cinnamon Stuffed French Toast

Posted by: marthabernie | June 21, 2017

Butterscotch & Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Another great recipe to try when the weather cools off a little:

Butterscotch & Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Posted by: marthabernie | June 21, 2017

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner-Mustard and Balsamic

The chicken marinates for about half an hour (or more) in this recipe:

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner-Mustard and Balsamic

Posted by: marthabernie | June 20, 2017

The Cookie Jar: Caramel Turtle Cookies

No desire to turn the oven on during the latest heatwave, but here is a great recipe to try at some cooler point:

The Cookie Jar: Caramel Turtle Cookies

I will post shortly a story about meeting Irish chef Neven Maguire last October in Dublin at a cookery demonstration, but in the meantime, take a look at his blog site (and this great burger recipe).  He has a great new cookbook out, Complete Family Cookbook, and I have been working my way through it for the last six months or so.  More on that soon, too.  I have posted some of his recipes previously (you can search on Neven Maguire), and I intend to post more from his latest book in the next few weeks.  Visiting his restaurant in County Cavan Ireland is on my bucket list!

A great competition – and a great burger too!

Posted by: marthabernie | June 16, 2017

Sam Sifton’s Middle-School Tacos

A taco recipe using ground turkey:

Sam Sifton’s Middle-School Tacos

Posted by: marthabernie | June 16, 2017

Apple cinnamon mini bundt cakes

Mini Apple bundt cakes today….

Apple cinnamon mini bundt cakes

As many times as I’ve been to Ireland, I have never kissed the Blarney Stone…largely because of this:

#OTD in 2009 – Blarney Stone voted ‘most unhygienic tourist attraction in the world’.

Posted by: marthabernie | June 15, 2017

Apple surprise bundt cake

Have a peak at this one:

Apple surprise bundt cake

Posted by: marthabernie | June 14, 2017

Boysenberry Salad with Yogurt Honey Dressing

Some of you probably are not familiar with boysenberries, unless perhaps in store bought jam…?  They are a reddish berry that resembles a blackberry, and they were developed by horticulturist Mr. Boysen by crossing several brambles.  They are found more in So Cal than most places, and of course, they were made famous by Mrs. Knott when she and her husband opened their berry farm way back when (before it became an amusement park).  Her boysenberry pies were world famous and you can still buy them at Knott’s Berry Farm along with her also famous fried chicken.  The recipe at the link below could actually be made with raspberries, blackberries or even strawberries….or a combination; but try the boysenberries if you can find them.

Boysenberry Salad with Yogurt Honey Dressing

Posted by: marthabernie | June 14, 2017

Feriel’s Quick Garlic Dinner Rolls

Simple and delicious!

Feriel’s Quick Garlic Dinner Rolls

Posted by: marthabernie | June 13, 2017

Gail’s Classic Apple Crumble

Gail’s Classic Apple Crumble

Posted by: marthabernie | June 13, 2017

Today in Irish History – 17 April: Another Great Photo!

Another stunning photo from Ireland, Dundalk, County Louth:

Today in Irish History – 17 April:

Posted by: marthabernie | June 13, 2017

Bobby’s Chocolate delight cake

I am not a chocoholic, but I do like chocolate cake:

Bobby’s Chocolate delight cake

Posted by: marthabernie | June 12, 2017

The Great Hunger Memorial at Macy Park in Ardsley, New York

There is a small memorial (statues) in NYC near the dock where you board the ferries for Ellis Island; had not seen this one before…in Westchester County, NY.

The Great Hunger Memorial at Macy Park in Ardsley, New York

Posted by: marthabernie | June 12, 2017

Cinnamon Apple Dutch Baby

Not sure why we don’t make this more often…my family loves anything apple!

Cinnamon Apple Dutch Baby

Have a look at the photo at the bottom of the post at this link!  It’s the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Ireland on an incredibly clear and probably breezy day.  As many times as I have been to Ireland, I have only encountered what I would call “perfect” weather a few times….yes, it does happen, but not for very long.  A couple of weeks ago, while we were sweltering in 90 degree heat here in SoCal, my friends in Dublin were complaining about the rain and cold (late May).  Yet, I have been there in April and October when the weather could not have been better.  You just take your chances, no matter the month.  And coming from Los Angeles,  I certainly don’t go there for the weather!   Out of all the photographs I have ever taken in Ireland, there are only a handful that I consider truly outstanding, and many of those were taken in less than perfect light and conditions.  When my niece and I were in Northern Ireland in late June, 2014, we had two days of outstanding weather…the type of weather where the professional photographers come out to take photos for next year’s calendars!  Two days of clear, breezy, warm weather is unusual in Ireland.  Most of the time, you get out of the car, wait for some clouds to blow over and then try to get the best photo you can.  Or you wait IN THE CAR for the storm to blow over.  When we arrived in Kilkenny town toward the end of our trip, it was pelting rain and the clouds were black and ominous.  We had been driving into the storm, so we pulled into the car park of the Kilkenny River Court Hotel and sat in the car for no more than ten minutes.  My niece, who had never been to Ireland before, thought we should make a run for the hotel door…we planned to go inside and have a coffee.  I told her it would only take a few minutes….and sure enough, the storm blew over, and by the time we were done in the lounge, skies were clear and we got some really great photo!

Anyway, have a look at the photo at the link below.  The site is ON THIS DAY IN IRISH HISTORY, and not only is the site informative, they post GREAT photos every day!

#OTD in Irish History – 9 June:

Posted by: marthabernie | June 11, 2017

Es’s Chocolate Surprise Dessert

Es’s Chocolate Surprise Dessert

Posted by: marthabernie | June 11, 2017

Easter Egg Sprinkle Cookies

I know Easter is long gone for this year, but this is a good basic cookie recipe for any occasion, and of course, sprinkles come in all colors!

Easter Egg Sprinkle Cookies

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