DINNER, what does it mean to you?

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Dinner, what does that word do to you? What are the first thoughts you have? Fond memories or something all together different? Our family dinner is around a table that my Pop made for Mimi and my dad to eat around (my dad is 68 so it’s at least 70 yrs old!!) Yes, I have painted it and recovered the chairs umpteen times, made it my own but, none the less it screams history. For the 1st 10 years of my life I ate Sunday lunch around that table almost every week. It warms my heart to sit with my family and discuss the days events!

I stumbled upon Dinner, A Love Story and I am IN LOVE with Jenny, her meal diary, her story telling and recipe sharing. She and I, yep thick as thieves, we would be, if we actually knew each other! Jenny shares my philosophy about the family table, the dinner table. 

I spread  my love for my family and friends by cooking for them and I have always made dinner a priority. It will always be. I vow that no matter what sports, job, extra circulars dinner will be at the table with the family at least  most nights! (there is only 3 of us, we can do it, right?)

Do you need help with the family dinner? Do you not have the time or the resources to make it happen? I can help! Really, I can. I can help you with menu planning and grocery shopping to BRING BACK the FAMILY DINNER! I can even cook for your family for so much less expensive and so much healthier than take out or drive thru every night!!

Share this post with your family, your friends, tell me what you think? What does DINNER mean to you?

xoxo, bird

Scallops with Spinach Salad

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Yet again my girl  Jenny from Dinner, A Love Story  has been a true inspiration for an amazing dinner!! Jack was with his cousins tonight so I thought I would make the Hubs and I a special dinner. I whipped into Dockside Seafood and saw these beautiful scallops! I remembered reading about a scallop dish with a bacon and corn hash and that was where I began!!

I had 2 ears of silver queen corn in my fridge along with some fresh spinach, grape tomatoes, Vidalia onions and of course BACON!

8 large scallops, rinsed and dried

2 slices bacon, cooked set to side (drippings used to cook in)

1/2 Vidalia onion, chopped

2 ears of corn, cut off the ear

2 handfuls, (about 1/2 pint) grape tomatoes

1 large handful fresh spinach

juice of one lemon

big splash (1/4 cup or so) white wine

So here is where I got crafty! I grabbed my iron skillet and fried up 2 pieces of bacon. Set the bacon aside and added a pat of butter, seared the big ole scallops on all sides about 2 mins on each side as these were large scallops. While they were searing I cut the corn off the ears, diced 1/2 of onion, cut tomatoes in half. Remove scallops from skillet cover with foil. Add corn and onion, sauté about 3 mins add tomatoes and splash of white wine and lemon juice, swirl around and get all the yummy goodness from the pan add spinach allow to wilt about 2 mins add scallops back to pan and then serve up, no joke 20 minute meal. Delish!!

Ta ta for now- Bird

Porcupine Meatballs

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Ok, really I fancy myself as someone who knows alot about all sorts of comfort food and I have to say I had NEVER heard of Porcupine Meatballs until I read Dinner, A Love Story (highly recommend!) and like Jenny says improvising is half the fun! I was truly inspired and here is what I did:

1 lb ground turkey

1/2 cup uncooked rice

1/2 small Vidalia onion, chopped

1/2 small bell pepper, diced

3 shakes of Worcestershire sauce

2 T  parmesan cheese

splash of V8

mix everything together, I did that first thing in the morning, as prep time was going to be short at dinner. I used a small ice cream scoop (cookie size) to make all the meatballs the same size (I  know, anal) then put the following in a deep sauté pan.

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3 cups of V8

1 cup chicken broth

1/2 t cinnamon

1 T sugar

Bring to a simmer add meatballs, cover cook for 30 mins on med/low flipping half way through. I also took Jenny’s suggestion and made a yummy mixed greens and tomato salad with balsamic and olive oil.

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My family loved the meatballs. It was a quick easy dinner that we all enjoyed and will definitely be adding to my monthly meal plan. Jack espically loved how they looked cooking! See the spikes of the rice?  This was a fun meal to cook and isn’t that what it’s all about making life fun? Cause dinner friends is here to stay, might as well enjoy it!!

xoxo, Bird