Irish Guinness Beef Stew

Irish Guinness Beef Stew: chunks of tender, seared beef, potatoes, onions and carrots in a thick, stew made more robust with the addition of Guinness beer.

Dinner, Soup | February 19, 2019 | By

Irish Guinness Beef Stew ~ tender seared beef, chunks of potatoes, onions and carrots in a thick rich beef-Guinness gravy.

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t complete for my sister-in-law Gloria without hats and strands of beads for the group, including my reluctant brother-in-law. Irish green shirts, a round or three of drinks, plenty of laughs and some good Irish food like this Irish Guinness Beef Stew round out the day.

Her enthusiasm is contagious; it’s a party you don’t want to miss. This stew has everything you need for St. Patrick’s Day: chunks of tender seared beef, potatoes, onions and carrots in a thick stew enhanced with the flavor of Guinness beer. Just don’t forget the hats and beads.

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Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili ~ creamy, loaded with chicken, beans, corn and green chilies. Topped with avocado, lime wedge and tortilla strips.

Dinner, Soup | February 7, 2019 | By

White Chicken Chili ~ creamy, loaded with tender chicken, white beans, corn and green chilies. Topped off with sliced avocado, extra cheese, tortilla strips and sour cream.

As recipes go, this one doesn’t get any easier. Just load the ingredients into your slow cooker then while you’re doing whatever it is you do that brings home the bacon . . .WAH BAM! Thick, creamy, delicious chili loaded with tender chicken, white beans, corn and green chilies. 

Of course, what starts as simple doesn’t have to stay that way. Feel free to dress it up with as many garnishes as you like, including a big dollop of fresh guacamole. 

Make a batch on Tuesday. Eat leftovers on Wednesday (it’s even better reheated). If you’re lucky, there’ll be enough to freeze an individual container for lunch one day when there’s “nothing in the fridge”.  

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Slow Cooker Beer Braised Pulled Pork

slow cooker beer braised pulled pork ~ 3 pulled pork sliders topped with confetti slaw and a dill pickle disc.

Dinner | January 31, 2019 | By

Slow Cooker Beer Braised Pulled Pork ~ full-on bold barbecue flavor. Tender, juicy pulled pork braised in beer and Indiana’s #1 BBQ sauce, slow simmered for the ultimate football food. 

Is your Super Bowl playbook ready? I’m talking food of course. You’ll need plenty of dips,  a tray or three of spicy wings and perhaps this appetizer that’s been Readers #1 Choice 3 months in a row.

Wings and dips are good great, but by halftime, the party is going to need some solid sustenance. This Slow Cooker Beer Braised Pulled Pork is it. Full-on bold barbecue flavor, tender juicy pork seasoned and slow-simmered in beer and barbecue sauce for the best taste.

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Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Dinner, Soup | January 27, 2019 | By

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup made all in one pot, loaded with tender bites of chicken, orzo, carrots, spinach, dill and of course, tangy lemon flavor.

For the flu-stricken, cold-stricken or anyone in need of a little comfort, this recipe is it. It’s National Soup Month and although this Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup won’t cure what ails you, it’ll sustain you until it passes.

A little Chicken Soup for the soul . . .

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Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

soft shell flour tortilla filled with shredded salsa chicken topped wth lettuce, cheddar cheese, tomatoes and avocado

Dinner | January 14, 2019 | By

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken ~ easy 4 ingredient juicy, bold flavored shredded chicken for tacos, burritos or salads preps in just 5 minutes and simmers in the crockpot.

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to become better organized. I’m already teetering on the brink of failure, like a toddler in mama’s high heels.

Thanks to my disorganization, I realized I had multiple packages of boneless chicken in the freezer. This started me thinking about some of my favorite chicken recipes and this Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken topped the list.

Four ingredients + 5 minutes = the most incredibly juicy, bold-flavored chipotle chicken with an aroma that’ll practically bring you to your knees. 

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Brussels Sprouts Soup Recipe

brussels sprouts soup recipe ~ overheat view of soup garnished with brussels sprouts leaves and a jar of Paisley Farm Dilled Brussels Sprouts in the background

Dinner, Soup | December 12, 2018 | By

AWARD WINNING Creamy Brussels Sprouts Soup from the PAISLEY FARM HOLIDAY BLOGGER RECIPE CHALLENGE recipe contest. Free products provided by PAISLEY FARM; recipe, narrative and photos are my own.

It’s hard not to get excited for mail delivery this time of year. Christmas cards, packages you forgot you ordered from Amazon (oops!) and 7 jars of goodies from Paisley Farm to my doorstep.

Okay, maybe you didn’t get that package, but I did because I was invited to participate in the Paisley Farm Holiday Blogger Recipe Challenge. I accepted, entered this Creamy Brussels Sprouts Soup recipe took first place

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Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings

crispy baked buffalo wings ~ overhead photo of wings with light sauce and sliced carrots and celery

Appetizers & Beverages, Dinner | November 25, 2018 | By

Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings marinated in a simple, spicy buttermilk-ranch marinade and are “oven fried” until crispy and bursting with flavor.

Thanksgiving is over and maybe you still have some mashed potatoes in the back of the fridge but it’s time we moved on to food worthy of a football game. 

You don’t have to understand a thing about football to know everyone up’s their game when it comes to finger food to enjoy while watching the game.

So for today let’s ignore the Christmas music blaring inside every store, make these crispy, spicy wings, turn on the football game and tune out the holiday madness. 

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Lasagna Soup Recipe with Mushrooms

Lasagna Soup Recipe with Mushrooms ~ slow cooker OR 30 minute meal with fresh mushrooms and spinach in a rich tomato broth topped with mozzarella + ricotta.

Dinner | November 23, 2018 | By

Lasagna Soup Recipe with Mushrooms made in the slow cooker or on the stop in just 30 minutes. Fresh sliced mushrooms and spinach in a rich, tomato broth with ground beef topped with mozzarella and ricotta.

Ah Thanksgiving ~ my favorite holiday probably because it’s the best eating gathering all year. By now it’s behind us but with just weeks before the next holiday, maybe you’re looking for a few simple weeknight recipes that everyone will enjoy (sans the picky toddlers).  

This Lasagna Soup Recipe is as comforting as its layered counterpart, but as an added bonus you can make it in just 30 minutes on top of the stove or just add the ingredients to your slow cooker and let it do the heavy lifting.

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Cheesy Chicken Pasta with Brussels Sprouts

Cheesy Chicken Pasta with Brussels Sprouts ~ 1 pan ~ seared chicken, brussels sprouts + gruyere/white cheddar cheese sauce topped with toasted bread crumbs.

Dinner | November 10, 2018 | By

Cheesy Chicken Pasta with Brussels Sprouts ~ tender pasta, bites of caramelized chicken and sliced brussels sprouts blanketed in a luxuriously creamy smoked gruyere-white cheddar cheese sauce.

Few foods are more comforting than pasta and gooey melted cheese sauce. This dish has both, plus bites of caramelized chicken and thinly sliced brussels sprouts and it’s all topped with toasted bread crumbs.

This is the sort of slow moving Sunday Supper that you whip up while wearing your favorite comfy pants but it’s so quick and easy to make you can enjoy it (comfy pants too) any night of the week.

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Turkey Sweet Potato Chili

turkey sweet potato chili ~ garnished with sliced avocado, includes black beans and corn.

Dinner, Soup | October 19, 2018 | By

Turkey Sweet Potato Chili ~ delicious ground (or leftover) turkey chili with bites of sweet potatoes, black beans, tomatoes, corn, bell pepper, onion and bold spices.

The level of intensity of a chili connoisseur when discussing chili preferences always amazes me. Beans, no beans. Meat ~ what kind? Do real men eat chili made with . . . ahem . . .turkey? And if they do, will their man card be automatically and immediately revoked?

There are, however a few guidelines most of us can agree upon. First, chili should pack heat. Serious heat and second, it should be thick, not wimpy; otherwise, it’s just soup.

From there the sky or (chili) pot is the limit. In my book, chili must have beans with the exception of the kind that blankets a hot dog. In that case, no beans. 

So go forth, slice up some jalapenos, add a protein, some vegetables and yes, beans. I beg of you. Beyond that, live your best chili life designing or redesigning this recipe as you like. 

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