Portabella and Spinach Lasagna


Are you looking to cut down on carbs? I’m trying to watch the simple carbs, things like white pasta or rice, white bread, etc. I tried lasagna with whole wheat noodles and we didn’t like it – they were too dense. So I tried portabella mushrooms. And it worked!!

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How to Eat Popcorn


Yesterday as National Popcorn day! This post was scheduled to run at 6:20am – but I put in January 20 instead of the 19 – So this post is late. However…

What is popcorn? Popcorn is one of America’s favorite snacks. It’s been around for thousands of years. The oldest known popcorn were kernels found in the “Bat Cave” of New Mexico and was dates at more then 5,600 years old. Ancient art work from several countries in the America’s depicts pop kernels. Corn (the old English word for grain), or maize, is a staple in this part of the world. American colonists added sugar and milk and ate it like breakfast cereal.

But what exactly is this food, popcorn?

There are four varieties of corn; sweet corn (the kind we eat on the cob), field corn (we call this feed corn. It’s the kind grown to feed animals), flint corn (AKA the decorative “Indian” corn) and popcorn. Deep inside the kernel of this corn is a tiny droplet of water. After the dried kernel is heated, that tiny little drop of water turns to steam and builds up pressure. When the pressure is enough, the kernel explodes and turns inside out. And you have, Popcorn!


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What’s for Dinner? Sunday link up #298


So many things going on right now- kids getting ready to get back to school. Getting the covid vaccine then NOT getting the covid vaccine. Crazy news and enough stress to go around. My goal for 2021 is to “explore” – Explore ways to relieve stress – Explore new things to try – Explore the world around me and make this journey more meaningful. And in all that exploring, I’m a searching for new ideas to answer the question…

what's for dinner?

  This is the home of a collection of fabulous recipes! A collaboration of ideas ~ And we want yours!

It’s What’s for Dinner!

So come on in and party with us!

Share as many as four of  YOUR OWN RECIPES you haven’t shared in the last month!

               Remember, be sure there is an edible recipe in your post. Please DO NOT link to Etsy or other sales sites. DO NOT link posts that simply mention food. 

 Here are the some delicious ideas that were shared last week (and not just for dinner!). You pick the winners just by visiting the page! 

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 Please stop by and visit our featured bloggers. Show us your favorite by visiting their site – and next week might be you! It doesn’t have to be just for dinner. 

Side Note: In order to be featured we must be able to copy your pictures to the post. We were unable to feature a couple of great recipes – Darn!!

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It’s National Bagel Day!


Today is National bagel day – a day to celebrate this ring of boiled dough. So, what exactly is a bagel?

Unlike the donut, a bagel is a type of boiled bread. The hole helps it to cook through. The dough is so thick the center would never cook if it didn’t have a hole! It is shaped and boiled for a few minutes, then baked until the outside is crisp and the inside is soft but dense. I tried to make them from scratch once (once being the operative word here). They are a lot of work! I am the lazy gastronome you know – I buy them now.

Bagels have been around since the 1300’s but the first written record is from Poland in the 1600s when it was given as a gift to women in childbirth. Baby equals bagel.

This round bread has remained fairly unchanged over time. In the early 1900s the Jewish immigrants brought this treat to America and it caught on quickly. This was the dawn of the Bagel Brunch! The fresh bagel was slathered with cream cheese, lox, capers, red onions and tomatoes – and this and similar toppings remain popular to this day!

The bagel has become an American staple since the 1950s, but not just as a brunch! You can use them to make sandwiches – top them with fruit and crème fraîche. Or you can be simple with just butter, or flavored butter like this one. Are you ready to try your bagel with…

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20-Minute BBQ Tempeh


If you’re on a bit of a health kick this year, you might be wondering how you can continue eating all your favorite foods without damaging your body. Most people think that eating delicious and healthy food is impossible. But that’s not true. You just have to get good at cooking. 

This ten-minute BBQ tempeh recipe is a case in point. It mimics the experience of BBQ ribs, but without all the fat and sugar that makes it so unhealthy. And the best bit: it still tastes pretty good. 

For those of you who don’t know, tempeh is a type of unrefined tofu. It’s not as squidgy as the original, and it offers a heck of a lot more flavor. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll want more of it. 

You shouldn’t go into this recipe believing that you’re going to get something that feels exactly like pork ribs. That’s just not possible with a product made of beans. Instead, see it as a new kind of dish. If you don’t like it, you can always go back to meat in the future. 

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