Baked Squash and Meat Sauce (8 of 8)

Baked Squash with Meat Sauce (Kaddo Bourani)

The sad truth about a lot of European-style food, which let’s admit is a lot of what Americans eat, is that there isn’t a lot of mixing of sweet and savory. Sure, we’ll go in for the salted caramel desserts but rarely for sugar in the main course. But that’s too bad for us because…

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Slow cooker chile (7 of 7)

Slow Cooker Texas-Style Chili

Let’s just preface this post by saying that I have never been to Texas and most of the Texans I know are vegetarians. There wasn’t anyone around to judge the Texas-ness of this chili, except me of course and well, between growing up in New England and living in California my credentials aren’t great. But…

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Braised Sausage and Cabbage

Let’s get something straight about winter eating: I am not a fan of braising. Many people wax lyrical about how delicious braised food is and they can’t wait for winter so they can braise some more. I am not one of those people. So you may find yourself asking why I’m trying to sell you…

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Lamb and Apricot Stew

‘Read the recipe twice’ is an often-repeated bit of wisdom that gets passed around in cook books and magazines and I’ve been known to say it myself to people. And it’s good advice; you should read the recipe twice to make sure you actually have the some semblance of the ingredients and know what you’ll…

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Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

There comes a time a few days after Thanksgiving where you have to figure out how to repackage your leftovers in a way to make them more appealing. It’s as much a tradition as the Thanksgiving meal itself but one that people don’t talk about nearly as much. Turkey tetrazzini comes to mind as does…

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Frittata

Phew, friends, we are getting down the wire here. Not the NaBloPoMo thing; so far so good and (knock on wood) the last third of the month should go smoothly. I mean Thanksgiving preparation is in full swing. And that means cleaning out the fridge time. When it comes to cleaning out the fridge, there…

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Mushroom Onion Casserole

I’m not a huge fan of the word ‘casserole.’ It always brings to my mind something a little gloopy that’s made mostly with boxes and cans and almost no fresh ingredients. Those things can be surprisingly delicious (a friend brought an excellent green bean casserole to Thanksgiving last year) but I’m often a little skeeved…

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Kale, Apple, and Sausage Skillet

I’ll let you in on one of my quick-and-easy meal secrets. When it comes to making dinner on a typical night I rarely worry about having a meat-starch-vegetable kind of ‘balanced meal.’ We still eat those things come dinner time but instead of making it as three separate dishes, I’m generally looking for ways to…

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Cubed Potato Hash

I’ve eaten a fair number of meals in the last year and most of them have been pretty good but few of them have stayed on my mind for more than a day or two, maybe a week tops. But back in September Jeff and I took a road trip to Portland, OR and had…

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Pimento Mac and Cheese

At this point in my life I appreciate homemade food and generally prefer real ingredients over packaged, but it wasn’t always that way. My poor mom had to deal with kids who preferred Kraft mac and cheese from a box over anything approaching a homemade baked version. My taste became more discerning in college when…

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