Here’s something to try for an easy, tasty dinner this weekend! I finally figured out a great combination for cooking mussels.    They are so easy to make at home and are ready very quickly!

Here’s what to do:

In a deep pot, saute diced onions and garlic in butter.   Add salt and crushed red pepper flakes to taste.  Once the onions are soft and translucent,  add 1 cup of white wine.   Just choose one where you like the taste making sure it’s not too sweet.  I have used pinot grigio, chardonnay, and sauvignon blanc.  Add in 3/4 cup of water and then add 2 lbs of fresh, live mussels to the pot and cover.  Note: Before I add in the mussels I rinse them off and discard any that have already opened.   Allow to steam for 10-15 minutes.

That’s it!  I love them with crispy french fries (as they are served in Belgium) – yum!







I need some help – what are some good get well soon gift ideas when you’re short on time?

My friend had surgery last month and I thought it would be nice to make her a meal so she didn’t have to worry about food during recovery.  BUT…. I was in between trips and just didn’t have the time.     I wasn’t quite sure what to do in lieu of a home cooked meal so I bought ready made soup.

I also really wanted to give her some fresh tulips to add a little cheer to the house while she heals, but wouldn’t you know, there were no tulips to be found that day.   It figures!

Despite the minor setbacks of limited time and missing my first choices, I delivered a basket full of items I thought would make a her recovery a little more pleasant:

  • two different kinds of ready made soup
  • a fresh, citrus scented candle
  • fresh flowers (had to go with roses since there were no tulips)
  • snacks: nuts & bars
  • drinks:  tea and lemonade

So that’s just what I came up with this time.  I still think it could use a little tweaking, so I want to know your best ideas for get well gifts.  Help me out for next time!

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