Recipes

Braised Cabbage and Potatoes

Braised Cabbage and Potatoes

Posted on Jan 17, 2018
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I love cabbage yet I hardly ever make it.  Sort of a lowly vegetable I just forget about.  Maybe if I’m making a cole slaw in the summer, or definitely on St. Patrick’s Day.  But otherwise, I forget about it.  I saw a recipe on Food 52 for braised cabbage that caught my eye.  I …

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Cast Iron Skillet Cajun Chicken Thighs

Cast Iron Skillet Cajun Chicken Thighs

Posted on Jan 11, 2018
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This past year, my mom gave me two cast iron skillets that were my dad’s.  I actually think they were my grandmother’s, that my dad eventually got.  My mom thinks they were a gift when they got married.  Regardless, I have them now and I’ve restored them and I’m using them more and more.  One …

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Turkey Chili

Turkey Chili

Posted on Jan 9, 2018
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Happy New Year!  I hope the holidays were everything you wanted them to be.  So, it’s January and it’s freezing, even here in St. Louis.  This is the time of year I want long, slow braises, soups and stews.  And chili!  I made this Turkey Chili for the first time over Thanksgiving.  First time I ever …

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Braised Pork and Sauerkraut Braised Pork and Sauerkraut

Braised Pork and Sauerkraut

Posted on Jan 4, 2018
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Meathead had a rough week.  I knew just the dinner to cheer him up, Braised Pork and Sauerkraut with mashed potatoes.  Say comfort food, big time.  Pork ribs layered with sauerkraut and brown sugar and slowly braised in the oven for 3 hours.  It’s just unbelievably good.  Meathead also likes baked beans with this, and crushed …

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Cherry Pie Bars

Cherry Pie Bars

Posted on Dec 6, 2017
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At the farm stand I worked at this past summer, we had jars of Amish pie filling for sale from a local farm in Illinois.  I grabbed a jar of cherry filling and it sat on my kitchen counter for weeks.  I didn’t know what to do with it.  I didn’t want to make cherry …

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Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Posted on Dec 4, 2017
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Oh, how I’ve had fun learning the ins and outs of pressure cooking the past few months, and spaghetti has become a weeknight favorite around here.  It’s easy and quick ~ everything cooks together in one pot ~ and so good.  Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce is perfect to get on the table in under …

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Chicken Stroganoff in bowl over spaetzle Chicken Stroganoff

Chicken Stroganoff

Posted on Nov 28, 2017
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Chicken, onions and mushrooms, sour cream gravy… sour cream … did I mention sour cream?  This dish has all the elements for success in my family, especially for my husband — if there is any kind of a creamy gravy involved, he is the first one at the table.  The chicken is tender, the mushrooms and …

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Honey Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

Honey Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

Posted on Nov 6, 2017
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Just in time for Thanksgiving, these Honey Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots have to be the easiest side dish I’ve ever made for a holiday.  Truth be told, I made these carrots last year, not expecting them to go over big in my family.  They have told me repeatedly over the years that they don’t like cooked carrots.  …

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Split Pea and Lentil Soup

Split Pea and Lentil Soup

Posted on Nov 2, 2017
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  I’m not sure why I wanted to make this Split Pea and Lentil Soup last week, but I’m glad I did.  Maybe I got a taste for it when the hot, humid streak finally ended and we had a taste of some fall weather.  I used to make this years ago and then I …

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Wafuu Chicken Curry

Wafuu Chicken Curry

Posted on Oct 28, 2017
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Wafuu curry is a traditional Japanese-style chicken curry.  It’s mild, comforting, slightly sweet, and it’s one of our favorite dishes.  Chicken, potatoes, onions and carrots in a richly flavored curry, not too spicy, and comes together fairly easily. There are many versions of this curry dish.  This one comes from SAVEUR magazine, about ten years ago. …

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Autumn Squash Purée

Autumn Squash Purée

Posted on Oct 27, 2017
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Pretty fancy name for, well, squash soup.  Doesn’t Autumn Squash Purée sound so much more appetizing?  I know my kids, and winter squash anything is not gonna fly with them.  But I keep making this roasted butternut squash soup anyway because it’s fall, the market is filled with locally grown squash, and I like this …

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Roasted Fresh Tomato Bisque

Roasted Fresh Tomato Bisque

Posted on Oct 17, 2017
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I have had a bounty of fresh tomatoes all summer long, and into fall, from our local farmstand.  I’ve put up pints of tomato sauce and quarts for the freezer.  But guys, this Roasted Fresh Tomato Bisque is my fave right now. I opted to roast the tomatoes first, adds great flavor and it softens them up …

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Prize-Winning Pumpkin Bars

Prize-Winning Pumpkin Bars

Posted on Sep 28, 2017
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It’s October and that means birthdays, Halloween and pumpkin bars in my house.  I have shared two of my pumpkin recipes so far, but I think I saved the best for last.  These really are prize-winning, they won a blue ribbon at the Minnesota State Fair.  Not by me, by Lori Beach.  I had just …

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Pumpkin Praline Bread

Pumpkin Praline Bread

Posted on Sep 28, 2017
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Fall has officially arrived and that means I can start making pumpkin stuff.  You all know I’m not the best baker but I make a great pumpkin bread and my pumpkin bars with cream cheese icing are the best.  Really, they are, and I will be making those soon.  I just made some pumpkin bread …

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