Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Stew

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What is the difference between stew and soup? Stews are thicker and chunkier and could, if you want, be described as really thick soups. Stews often are thickened with potatoes and most always served hot. The liquid in a stew is minimal to the point of being more a gravy than a broth. In reality, a stew is usually considered a main dish and soup a first course. Continue reading

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Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup

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Minestrone is a thick soup containing vegetables and pasta. The word originated from the Italian language word minestrare, which means to serve.  Continue reading

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Cucumber Cup Appetizers

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Cucumber cups: 4 with wasabi filling, 4 with avocado filling.

Are you looking for a different, all-season appetizer for your next dinner party? Look no further. This appetizer is unique, presents itself beautifully and, with the wasabi, fairly explodes with taste as you take your first bite. Continue reading

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Barley Risotto with Mushrooms

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Who’d a thought you could make an excellent risotto with barley? Continue reading

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Hearty Portobello Hash with a Pasta Twist

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What better way to celebrate the fall season than with a hearty, rib-sticking hash dinner that warms your insides?

What is hash? Hash comes from the French word “hache” which in English means “chop”. Using leftover meat, potatoes, and vegetables from the night before, many a cook chopped these leftovers into a fatty hash, serving it the next morning with a fried or baked egg on top. Over time I have found that you don’t need meat and potatoes or fat to enjoy a good plate of hash. Continue reading

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Harissa-Spiced Potatoes with Lemon

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Harissa is North Africa’s favorite hot sauce. The word for this fiery Tunisian chile paste is derived from the Arabic verb harasa, “to pound” because it is traditionally made with mortar and pestle. Continue reading

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Slow Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Slow Roasted Cherry tomatoes

“What,” you ask, “can I do with all of these cherry tomatoes from my garden?” In addition to sharing them with your neighbors and friends, why not roast them for a healthy addition to salads?  Continue reading

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