The Great Thanksgiving Recipe Hunt, Part I

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Confession time: I’ve had a lot of fun planning the menu for Thanksgiving dinner.  One of my favorite things about cooking is researching recipes and putting together just the right combination to be… Continue reading

Challenge: Butternut Squash, Potato and Leek Soup

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This is, hands down, the best chilly day soup in the world. I make it at least once a month during the fall and winter.  It is creamy and buttery, without having much… Continue reading

Challenge: Butternut Squash Soup!

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A first rate soup is more creative than a second rate painting.  ~  Abraham Maslow   I love soup.  Love, love, love soup.  Did I mention I love soup?  Every time I go… Continue reading

Quick-ish Oven Braised Pork Over Smashed Potatoes

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Okay, so maybe it isn’t exactly fair to call any braise “quick,” but this one uses smaller pieces of pork and is, accordingly, quicker than most.  My family loves the apple-y pork flavor,… Continue reading

Braising Challenge: Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Tomatoes

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I issued the Braising Challenge because Fall is the best time to break out the slow cooker and pot roast is a great place to start.  Nearly everyone likes it, it’s economical, it… Continue reading

New Challenge: Braising!

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Even though it’s not nearly cool enough to qualify as October in my book, it’s time to start thinking about braises, the official dinner of Fall.  You might be thinking, what in the… Continue reading

Extra Special Challenge: Jennie’s recipes!

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It was truly a pleasure to cook with Erika again during our Labor Day visit to Arkansas.  Those ribs you see in her pictures absolutely tasted even better than they look.  Erika’s sauce… Continue reading

Extra Special Challenge: Late Summer BBQ

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I recently had the pleasure of hosting the lovely Jennie and her family during their visit back to Arkansas. Which, like any good visit, included a big BBQ throwdown. We decided it would… Continue reading

Eggplant Challenge: Spicy Veggie Nuggets!

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Eggplant can really serve as a meat substitute in the purest sense of the word, and this recipe is intended to prove it.  I formed this ground meat alternative mixture into little nuggets… Continue reading

Eggplant Challenge: Roasted Ratatouille Pasta with Fresh Mozzarella

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Looks meaty, doesn’t it?  Sort of like portobello mushrooms, eggplant adds a rich texture and hearty flavor that will allow even a carnivore to overlook meat for just one night.  For this challenge,… Continue reading

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