Portuguese-American and Other Favorites

Hosted by Beth M.
Group active since Sat, May 14, 2011

The variety of recipes being included come from many cultures, not just Portuguese and American, so I have made a change in the group name to reflect these. There are many countries represented here. I welcome all to share their family favorites and any background information to go with the recipes. Join us!

Beth M.
Wednesday at 1:39 PM

May I be inspired to cook or bake something new from the recipes pinched here!

It was a miserable wet day to start the month, but I am so glad we're closer to the arrival of Spring. The month can fluctuate but we will see a few good sunny days. I am hopeful that we will be able to enjoy more visits with family and friends, now that we are able to get vaccinated for the Covid19 virus. It will be good to get outdoors in milder weather too. I have just pinched some very different recipes, perhaps I'll be tempted to try making them now. How about you? Have you made anything new that was good?

Beth M.
Feb 20, 2021

February is such a dreadful month this year!

This morning we had help clearing snow off the car, the front steps and our path, when my son and his daughter arrived. We are so grateful for the volunteers! I've been outside just briefly to feed the birds and I walked down the driveway to check out the edge of the road where the snowplow usually pushes the snow in the driveway. It wasn't very deep there, so I didn't need to shovel very much. The snow is wet now and packs easily, perfect for a snowman! I had leftover chicken and made an alfredo sauce for it and served it over fettuccine. It was my version, and it tasted great, comfort food in my opinion.

Beth M.
Jan 30, 2021

January 30th and the weekend weather is the coldest we've had so far this winter!

There's a storm coming to New England we've heard, with below-freezing temperatures so far, and snow may follow on Monday/Tuesday. We had heavy wind this past week and a thin layer of snow. I am praying that our heating system continues to work properly, so far we've enjoyed the comfort it provides. Wishing everyone good health and a safe winter. We're still waiting our turn for the vaccine here, we're in the age group 75 and over!

Beth M.
Dec 23, 2020

Hope and Peace are wished for you for Christmas and the New Year!

I wonder if it is appropriate to give homemade cookies as gifts to friends this year! Yesterday I baked three kinds of cookies and now I'm concerned that it might not be appreciated. This is one of those recipes I enjoy baking!
Christmas Sugar Cookies

Beth M.
Dec 5, 2020

Our Christmas Tree is decorated and it's so cheerful on a rainy day!

We are enjoying the lights and the Christmas tree so much this year! Since 2020 has been so unpleasant with political controversies and the Covid19, we thought it would help us to decorate early. I have even done a fair amount of shopping, mostly locally as the deliveries are slow it seems. Now I will look at recipes and choose those I want to bake as gifts. I hope you too are finding ways to brighten the days this winter. Wishing Peace and Joy to all.

Beth M.
Nov 26, 2020

Wishing All My Friends On Just A Pinch A Happy And Blessed Thanksgiving!

What an odd day this is this year! For us there are just my husband and me at dinner, and I decided not to cook a big meal. We have had a problem at our house since Sunday, our well-pump and water tank gave up! It happened on Sunday, and we could not reach a plumber, so my husband decided to replace them himself. He's a very capable "Mr. Fixit" as he built the house from the foundation to finishing work more than fifty years ago, including the plumbing. On Tuesday afternoon he could not prime the pump. I finally reached the plumber and he said he'd come to the house in the afternoon, and he did get here. He said it was a lot easier than he expected and he was quite impressed with my husband's work. In less than half an hour he and his helper were done and we were able to run fresh water! This day was so stressful that I called the market about noontime where I was going to get a fresh turkey and canceled my order, because I did not believe we would have water in time. As it turns out we do have water, and for that we are Thankful.

Beth M.
Oct 27, 2020

Change of seasons and I'm eager to know what changes November will bring to us!

The weather has been quite mild for most of the month of October, and the colorful foliage is still beautiful here. Summer has ended but there are more people here than usual because they're getting out of places like New York due to the Coronavirus. We dress warmer in the morning and by mid-afternoon we shed our heavy outer clothing, and we're able to sit outside in the sunshine. Today we observed our 58th wedding anniversary and my husband's 80th birthday also! Time flies when you're having fun!

Beth M.
Oct 4, 2020

October and the weather here has been varied but mild this first weekend!

We start our day by going to a local spot near the harbor for coffee and a little social distance/gathering about 6:00 a.m.! It's so different each morning with the sun rising on a hill behind this waterfront location, sometimes it's foggy and sometimes it's windy. Everyone is appreciative of this beautiful place we live in, and I try to take pictures with my cell phone. This week I purchased a cookbook and I tried two recipes which are delicious, one is Buffalo Chicken Tacos (leftovers are for supper today), and the other is a Breakfast Casserole. I like things that I can reheat or freeze and enjoy for at least one other meal. These are each like that. We are praying for the health of our president, the first lady and all of those who have tested positive for Covid19.