Review & Preview: 7/10/16

I’m going to try something new in hopes of making it a recurring post: a weekly post that features a review of last week’s blogs, a preview of upcoming posts and a random assortment of food-related thoughts, discoveries, and experiences that happen between posts. My hope is that this will serve an “in case you missed it” purpose, as well as give you a glimpse of what will be in store for the week ahead.

This past week was a fun week for me, catching up with my large, noisy family at our annual reunion and celebrating the 4th of July! It’s amazing how easy it is to write about food that is accompanied by good times. This past week’s blogs included a recap of the reunion and recipes for two side dishes: coleslaw and baked beans. If you missed any (or all) you can click here to check them out:

The Relatives Came
BBQ’s Best Friend: Coleslaw
Baked 4-Bean Casserole

I love it when my mom tells me food-related things about when she was growing up. One of those things came up a few weeks ago, and I had the opportunity to ask her to show me how to make Egg Coffee. I hope to try and make it myself soon and share much more about it in a blog. For now, suffice it to say, it was smooth and delicious.

A couple of “firsts” happened today … the first red tomato sighting in my garden (a day that makes everyone ask “are we having BLT’s this week?”), and I tried my first Banh Mi sandwich! Our town hosted its second-annual arts festival today. It’s still in its growing stages, but on a nice Sunday afternoon, it’s fun to see artists with local roots display their work. Throw in a few food trucks (thus the Vietnamese sandwich) and some live music, and you draw a nice crowd. In a couple years, we’ll be wishing it wasn’t so crowded!

We ate our way through the Lynlake neighborhood in Minneapolis this weekend, so I’ve got some foodventures to share with you this week. As for recipes, my editor/son and I will be experimenting with the next installment of our #MakeMeatballsGreatAgain series with a Buffalo Chicken version. If we’re very lucky, there will be a successful Sangria experiment. If we’re unlucky, we will still have Sangria!  Also, I’m making a family favorite, Italian Roast Beef, that brings back many fond memories of my mother-in-law and her gift-giving prowess.

Finally, I’d like to end these new weekly posts with something very special and important to me: a Bible verse. So, this week I choose:

“Oh give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good: for His mercy endureth forever.” Psalm 136:1

I think this verse is appropriate for my first choice as it is the second part of the table prayer that I grew up praying three times a day, every day and is also the same prayer I have taught my children. If you think about the word “good”, we often think it means “okay” or “mediocre” when actually, throughout the Bible, it refers to things being “as God intended”. When God created the world, he said “It is good.” It changes our perspective doesn’t it? If my food, my writing or my effort is “good”, I am happy.

Have a good day!

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3 thoughts on “Review & Preview: 7/10/16

  1. Just thought I’d let you know that I LOVE your blog!! I need to remember to look at it more often though! Thanks! You’re doing an awesome job with this adventure of yours!!

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