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Instant Pot Blackberry Jalapeño BBQ Meatballs Instant Pot Blackberry Jalapeño BBQ Meatballs

Instant Pot Blackberry Jalapeño BBQ Meatballs

Posted on Dec 19, 2018
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Instant Pot Blackberry Jalapeño BBQ Meatballs, an easy sweet and spicy cocktail meatball appetizer for holiday parties or game day. I brought a jar of blackberry-jalapeño conserves home this summer because someone told me it makes great BBQ meatballs.  You know, the sweet and spicy sticky ones often found on the party buffet table.   So …

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Classic Buckeyes, on serving plate Classic Buckeyes

Classic Buckeyes

Posted on Dec 15, 2018

Classic Buckeyes recipe for peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate, a popular treat in the midwest, especially Ohio, and must-have on the holiday dessert table. I had my first buckeye years ago in Ohio, when I married into family from Dayton.  On the buffet at the holidays when we were visiting one year were a …

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, close up on rectangular platter Beer-Braised Beef and Onions

Beer-Braised Beef and Onions

Posted on Nov 30, 2018

Beer-Braised Beef and Onions, a stripped down version of Carbonnades à la Flamande, a classic Flemish beef stew ~ essentially beef and onions braised in beer, preferably a Belgian Ale. This is what I like about the cold weather, dishes like this.  Beer-Braised Beef and Onions.  So, so good, I can’t even tell you.  I …

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Turkey Tetrazzini, close up baked in casserole dih Turkey Tetrazzini

Turkey Tetrazzini

Posted on Nov 16, 2018
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Turkey Tetrazzini, a creamy casserole perfect for using that leftover Thanksgiving turkey ~ pasta baked in homemade cream sauce, with mushrooms, peas, Parmesan and diced turkey or chicken. Every year I say I’m going to make turkey tetrazinni with the leftover Thanksgiving Day turkey, and every year I make turkey noodle soup instead.  This year, …

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Herb Butter Instant Pot Turkey Breast, partially carved showing slices and herb crust Herb Butter Instant Pot Turkey Breast

Herb Butter Instant Pot Turkey Breast

Posted on Nov 14, 2018
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Easy herb butter Instant Pot turkey breast for Thanksgiving.  Bone-in turkey breast rubbed with a garlic-herb butter that cooks up juicy and moist in no time in the pressure cooker, with gravy in minutes, all in the Instant Pot.  Free up the oven for everybody’s favorite part of Thanksgiving ~ the sides! My dilemma every …

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Homemade Turkey Stock, in quart mason jar Homemade Turkey Stock

Homemade Turkey Stock

Posted on Nov 12, 2018
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Homemade Turkey Stock, essential for Thanksgiving dinner ~ to add to the roasting pan, for gravy, to moisten stuffing and for leftover recipes the next day.  It’s the power horse ingredient for the big day! When I was a kid, my dad always had a pot simmering on the stove at the holidays with turkey …

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Baked Acorn Squash, baked squash halves with melted butter and brown sugar in center. Baked Acorn Squash

Baked Acorn Squash with Butter and Brown Sugar

Posted on Nov 6, 2018
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Easy baked acorn squash, with butter and brown sugar, perfect for fall and the holidays. One of my favorite things about the changing seasons is the changing seasonal vegetables, like winter squash.  Acorn squash, and other varieties, are so good baked in the oven with a little butter and brown sugar.  So simple and so …

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Easy Pot Roast with Tomatoes and Garlic, close up sliced over orzo with sauce and garlic. Easy Pot Roast with Tomatoes and Garlic

Easy Pot Roast with Tomatoes and Garlic

Posted on Oct 31, 2018
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Easy Pot Roast with Tomatoes and Garlic, just three ingredients for the best pot roast ever ~ in the Instant Pot, slow cooker or braised in the oven.    Few things make me happier than cooking something with a few ingredients that turns out beyond all expectations, just really spectacular.  That’s how I feel about …

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Sausage, Apple, Sauerkraut and Potato Skillet

Posted on Oct 23, 2018
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Sausage, Apple, Sauerkraut and Potato Skillet ~ German sausages with apples, onion, sauerkraut and potatoes in one skillet on the stovetop, perfect for celebrating Oktoberfest and the fall season! After months of sweltering St. Louis heat, I’m always so relieved when fall arrives.  This year it’s a little late in getting here, but there’s finally …

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Cajun Brown Sugar Salmon, close up on plate of two baked pieces Cajun Brown Sugar Salmon

Cajun Brown Sugar Salmon

Posted on Oct 17, 2018
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Cajun Brown Sugar Salmon ~ sweet and spicy glazed salmon, so easy and on the table in 20 minutes! Salmon for dinner at home is a weekly goal of mine, for health reasons and all that.  And all I need for motivation is for it to be easy.  I mean really easy.  Nothing complicated, especially …

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