Friday, February 27, 2009

Foodie Friday

Is it Friday already?? Where did the week go..

Please visit Gollum's blog, Designs by Gollum, to see the other participants in this event...


Many of us living in the cold climates have had enough of winter. We are looking forward to Spring....A little hint, a sprout..something...but not here, not yet...nada!

So I'll brighten my usual kitchen dishes with sunny yellow....


The hydrangea are dried, it will be many months before I have fresh ones, but I look forward to them...

The Cooking Forum is having a Carrot Cook off tomorrow on Garden Web, so I was looking through my recipes and found this...Carrot Pancakes, Mashed Potatoes and thinly sliced chicken cutlets wine sauce..


Nancy from Cooking Forum gave me the recipe for the pancake...

A whole group of us out there in Blog Land started at the Cooking Forum, and some still post there..It is amazing when going from Blog to Blog who you meet.
I started on the Holiday Forum on GW, and have met people on Gollum's blog that I know from there...small blog world.. Many of them helpful and caring people you come to think of as friends...What would we do without friends? Treasure them, they can't be replaced...

This is a great recipe for Cinnamon Raisin Bread..perfect with a cup of tea or coffee , and of course, a good friend.. From TASTE OF HOME




TIME: Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.

1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
2 cups warm milk (110° to 115°)
1/3 cup plus 1/2 cup sugar, divided
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons salt
5-3/4 to 6-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups raisins
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon water
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon milk
In a bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add milk, 1/3 cup sugar, oil, salt and 2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Add raisins and enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/4 hours.
Punch dough down. On a lightly floured surface, divide in half. Roll each into a 15-in. x 7-in. rectangle. Combine cinnamon and remaining sugar; sprinkle over dough. Sprinkle with water. Starting with a short side, roll up tightly, jelly-roll style. Pinch seams and ends to seal. Place, seam side down, in two greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over loaves. Yield: 2 loaves.


Happy Friday, everyone..thanks for the visit...tomorrow..

And then on to MARCH MADNESS..17 days of Irishness...and then the party on the 17th...hope you are coming!
It's OPEN House....♣♣


  1. Your bread is ambrosial. And I love the idea of carrot pancakes!
    I will definitely be at your party!

  2. Happy Foodie Friday .... Kathleen, you're the epitome of a foodie to me.

    I love the sunny yellow ... I'll always associate those dishes with you.

    Carrot pancakes .... I've heard of zucchini but never carrot. They look good and probably are good for us.

    I'd love to come to your house for a piece of that cinnamon raisin bread... looks yummy.

  3. Look at you, Kathleen... cooking up a storm! I'm sure the bread is good without the raisins. ;-) But, it's the pancake recipe that I'm interested in! Can you share? Love the sunny yellow...time to move on from Feb.!

  4. Well, its 65 here right now - what's up with that? Is it that warm by you Kathleen? But it is still gray and I'll be happy to say goodbye to February also!

    I always enjoy your food and tables, Kathleen.

    We'll be away for a month but I'll be taking my Green decorations with me and I had a brunch the other day and my cousin brought me a lovely St. Paddy's oven mitt and potholder which is already packed to take along! (Did I ever tell you that my Mother's maiden name was Mary Carey - she hated her rhyming name when she was a girl :)

    So, I'll be with you on the 17th!

  5. It's warm here, too, Annie, but watch out for Sunday!

    I always love those plates! It's a great post and great sentiments. I'm happy to be among your friends :) and I know how much fun too party with you Kathleen! Looking forward!

    Those carrot pancakes look good, so does the Cinnamon Bread! I hope you sent the pic in :)

  6. Those pancakes look vewwwy interesting:)

    Cute post Kathleen~

  7. We're in the 'no sign of spring' mode here also, Kathleen, so take comfort in the fact you are not alone! Love the bright and cheery place setting and the wonderful sentiment.

    The carrot pancakes and chicken meal looks so good! I love cinnamon raisin bread so I'm copying this recipe to give it a try.

  8. Carrot pancakes - who would have thunk!!
    All your meals look delish...the cinnamon raisin bread recipe looks very good also!

    Love the table and the bright yellow..friend!!

  9. The tablesetting is wonderful and I love the idea of carrot pancakes as well! Can you share the recipe here or a link for those of us not on the GW?

    I love raisin bread and will bookmark this recipe!

  10. OH MY...your raisin break looks so good. I'd like a piece toasted with just a tab of butter right now!

    Love the white, yellow and blue table and yes we are ready for spring here too! But it looks like we've got a bad winter storm heading right for us!

  11. Happy Foodie Friday! Beautiful and yummy food


  12. I bet those pancakes are really good. I adore potato pancakes are they somewhat like that? ~ Robyn

  13. I love your blog. I am adding you to my favorites. I hope that's ok. I have to try your raisin bread recipes. It looks wonderful.

  14. Carrot that's different. Your cinnamon bread is beautiful..better than any bakery. Taste of Home has some of the best recipes ever. I've already told you...but love the fruit plates.

  15. Kathleen, Such a pretty table setting, and the bread looks fabulous. Taste of Home is a wonderful source, isn't it. Thanks for the tip about cutting the lasagna. Carrot pancakes sound so fun! Lots of good cooking ideas! Linda

  16. The bread looks and sounds delicious. The carrot pancakes sound great, what a neat, different side dish. Thanks for sharing. Now I'm off to hunt up that recipe. Kathy

  17. When you see two strangers at your door, forks in hand, you'll know that Mr. Magpie and I have arrived!

    Happy FF on Saturday...


    Sheila :-)

  18. My son is a cinnamon bread afficionado!! I'm going to have to make a loaf of this for him. Thanks for the recipe - looks great!


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