Archive for 2014

Hot Chili for a Cold Month aka Crock Pot Crowd Pleasers

All chilis are not made equal, at least not in my kitchen. I like a lot of variety in my chili–some days white-style with white beans and chicken, another day smoky-hot with ground beef and black beans, and even another day, no meat at all and just hominy and fresh vegetables. Some days I like it spicy-hot, other days, just mild enough to hint at the combination of spices. It is also one of the premier reasons to own a slow cooker.

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House Beef and Bean Chili


There is always a chili bubbling at my house. This is the newest one and it is as simple as can be since it uses canned beans. My first chili, almost 40 years ago, was made with soybeans. I have…

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Slow Cooker: Sujata’s Curried Chicken Wings

People just adore all manner of chicken wings and there are dozens of glazes and marinades to spice them up. This version is coated with a homemade curry paste and have a colorful history. They are mildly spicy, flavorful, and fabulous, easily made in the slow cooker.

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Slow Cooker: Meatballs in Tomato-Wine Sauce

Meatballs have become a hot topic in the kitchen. While we all love Italian style meatballs, the family has grown to include all types of ground meat and spices in a variety of sauces. Entire books are devoted to meatballs! And I love it.

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My Favorite Bottom Crust Apple Pie

One of the best, and easiest, ways to prepare fruit in season is to make a pie. Not just any pie, but a really simple pie–one any one can make even if you are making a pie for the first time–the crostata or galette. The galette is a French term for a free-form, open faced pie; crostata the Italian equivalent.

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