Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

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I suppose we are due for a Super Bowl friendly recipe, no?  Sunday is the big day-I have no idea who is playing in this game.  I also have no idea where this game is being played. One thing I do know, tho, is that I look forward to the commercials.  And I also know of the perfect recipe to pair with this hyped up event.   Continue reading

Southwest Chorizo and Bean Soup

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Well, my guess is, by now,  you have gathered that soups are kind of my thing.  We just click well, for so many reasons.

I love to make them as I go, adding this, that or whatever is left sitting in my fridge or pantry-it’s like piecing together a flavor puzzle; the pieces being whats available in your kitchen.  It teaches me so many dynamics about true cooking. What pairs well together, which flavors and textures don’t mesh.  Soups and stews tend to be my best learned lessons-and provide me my most creative time in the kitchen, which I love. Continue reading

Sausage, Bean and Veggie Soup

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If you’re looking for a phenomenal tasting, ridiculously quick and easy recipe for a warm, cozy pot of soup head on over to Twin Cities Moms Blog, friends.  I shared a family favorite today that I’m pretty positive you will adore as much as we do.  I have shared the recipe with you in the past, but it’s been a while, so in case you’ve forgotten about it or missed it the first time around I thought it would only be noble of me to share it again.  Especially considering the forecast here in Minnesota for the weekend.  Oye.  A piping hot bowl of this stuff juuuust might come in handy…brrr!     Continue reading

Shrimp and Cauliflower Grits

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I sit here with the intent of being a good friend.   I really do.  I want to know how your holidays were.  I want to know about your resolutions.  The wonderful things you ate.  How much you {hopefully} enjoyed a little time off.  I do.  But I can’t.

I can’t possibly sit here with this little gem dangling over my head and write, even think, about anything else.  This gem I write of is called Shrimp and Cauliflower ‘Grits’ you guys.  And I have got to get over it.  It’s becoming a problem.

Let’s just get right down to it.   Continue reading

Slow Cooker Smokey Ham and White Bean Soup

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I’ve got a thing for a good ham and bean soup. It’s old school.  A staple.  Nostalgia central.   It’s like a really fantastic,  super old pair of Chuck Taylors, or that worn in sweatshirt with all the holes in it.  Solid.  Legit. Classic.  Always in style.  So this recipe?  My jam.

I’ve tried simmering this stuff on the stove for hours.  I’ve soaked the beans overnight.  I’ve used beans from a can.   I’ve seared the ham before slow cooking it.  I’ve added roasted garlic.  The list could go on.   I’ve fussed around with ham and bean soup in every way, shape or form and this ridiculous, itty bitty, hardly-any-work-or-ingredients recipe is by far the best I have done to date.   Continue reading

Lentil and Sausage Stew

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I may have had MFPD when I threw this stew together.  That’s a thing, right?  Multiple Food Personality Disorder?  You know, when you get cooking and throw a bunch of random ingredients together that aren’t typically supposed to “go” with one another?

Italian sausage and greek yogurt?  Eh, it’s happened I suppose.  But cilantro?  Now thats just peculiar.  But right.  So very right with this stew. Continue reading

Slow Cooker Beef and Bean Chili

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My husband was craving chili big time last week.  And chili is one of those weird things I have a hard time making on any day of the week other than Sunday.  It’s a Sunday food, no?  It needs time to simmer on the stove and smell the house up beautifully while everyone gets cozy and football is blaring in the background.

But last week on Sunday I had an event to attend.  Which meant no time to let that chili bask in its glory on the stove.  So I decided to try a stab at it in the slow cooker. Results?  Delicious.  So simple.  And perfect for days where time has got the best of you. Continue reading