The At-Home Juicy Lucy Burger

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Hello, Friday…so nice to see you!

MN friends.  The Juicy Lucy.  Discuss…

Non-MN friends.  The Juicy Lucy.  Thoughts?  Have you been blessed enough to experience such amazingness?  If you aren’t familiar I’ll give you the lowdown.  It’s a burger thats filled with cheese on the inside.  And a burger thats been owned and treasured by the Twin Cities for as long as I can recall.  You’ve got legendary places like this that have absolutely hit the nail on the head with showing folks how a classic Juicy Lucy is done.  And then there’s spots like this that take the concept of the Juicy Lucy and run with it.  The stuffed cheese is accompanied by things like bacon, caramelized onions, pepperoni, sauces of all sorts, peppers…the list could go on. Continue reading

Slow Cooker Reuben Melts

 

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When I first moved up to Minneapolis I waited tables at this place.  There was a reuben on the menu that they were sort of known for at the time.  But it wasn’t like any other reuben I’d ever had.  The corned beef was braised.  So the results were not a slice of dry beef, but the most tender, pull-apart, juicy bliss.   It was basically like a love child between a pot roast and a corned beef brisket.

Fast forward about a bajillion years and here I was, just this past weekend, standing among a St Patricks Day haven at the local market:  a giant cooler full of corned beef briskets.  Score!  Totally trying this reuben thing at home.   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

Asian Steak and Cabbage Bowl

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So, how was it?  Did you go crazy for your kids halloween candy?  My husband did.  I had no part in it.  Except for the DOTS.  And peanut butter cups.  I may have had a Snickers, too.  Or two.

This weekend basically consisted of lots of junk food…pizza, burgers and fries, way too much candy..and not enough sleep.  So, back we are to reality and it feels so very good to have meals at home, sleep schedules for the kids and real-life food in the fridge.  It doesn’t take much for me.  If I’ve got those three things I am ONE HAPPY CAMPER. Continue reading

Cheesy Beef Enchiladas

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So, I’ve never made genuinely homemade enchiladas.  Yes, I’ve put together a pan of these Mexican delights with a jar of store bought enchilada sauce but they are always just mediocre.  Homemade enchilada sauce always seemed so intimidating. So time consuming.  But after a little trustee old interweb research I finally found a super simple method that blows any store bought sauce out of the water.  Thank you, Emeril Lagasse.  From the bottom of my Mexican-food-loving heart.   Continue reading

Beef and Bean Chili

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Well, we’ve come and gone from our winter getaway.  Sun, warmth and peace was had and, much to my dismay, winter greeted us back home with a big, fat hello.  Every year we go away around this time.  And every year as we are sitting on the beach the sun soaks all of its optimism into my body. We talk about how the winter will always be so much more bearable if we make it a priority to get away somewhere warm for a short time.  And how we aren’t even sure if we could live in a place so consistently warm all year around.  How much we love the seasons change in Minnesota.   And how our winters are really not that bad.  And then it happens.  The airplane lands back in our home state. Continue reading