soup and stew season: Slow Cooker Ragoût of Veal for 20

Every so often you need a good dinner party dish or family-style stew. Here is a luscious braised veal stew for that occasion. You must have a very large, family sized slow cooker for this recipe.

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BBQ Burgers in the Slow Cooker

It seems like burgers are in vogue. Teheheheh. Summer BBQ and usually there are a few burgers on the grill. Beef, turkey, bison, lamb, crab, salmon, portobellos, even meatloaf mix. There are even an astounding library of cookbooks just on burgers now. A burger for every day of the year.

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M’s Turkey Taco Salad

Taco salads are a variation on tostadas, but with the base tortilla shaped into a bowl, and began to sprout on Mexican restaurant menus in the 1960s. Its all the ingredients you would eat in a hand held taco, but with lots more lettuce on a plate, so dieters like the taco salad. Taco salads are so everyday, but with fresh ground turkey meat and all delicious add ons, it is a fantastic all-weather meal.

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Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

Whether home alone, at the school lunch, or with kids around the picnic table, Sloppy Joes are a perennial lunch and suppertime American favorite — and not just among kids! We’ve had all manner of Joes, even tofu Joes, but we like the original ones made with good ol’ hamburger best.

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Preserved Lemons/Tagine of Lamb, Tomato, Green Beans, and Sesame

Preserved lemons are made by soaking lemons in a brine solution made of lemon juice, plus salt, sugar, or a combination of the two, until the lemons turn pulpy and soft. They are used as a distinctive condiment or flavor accent in Moroccan cuisine, but have gone on to be so popular and addictive that they show up in everything from gingerbread to rice pilaf, couscous, and salad dressings.

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So You Wanna Host An End of Summer Potluck-A Chat About Tips of the Trade

I get lots of questions about how to do a potluck and tips on giving a successful end-of-summer outdoor buffet party. Here are some off the cuff Q&As and a favorite recipe for entertaining.

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Julia Child’s Mustard Marinade for Lamb


One of the best marinades for lamb ever concocted. You won’t need another one–ever. From Julia Child’s most wonderful tome, The Way to Cook, which is the go-to gift for any cookbook lover you need a gift for. Julia considered this…

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Getting Down with Ribs

I didn’t grow up eating ribs. I don’t think I even knew about them. Ribs were somewhere in the category with headcheese (brains), bull testicles, and sweetbreads, some type of country food where you eat the entire animal with no waste that I, a member of the conservative middle class housing development clan, wasn’t part of.

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Honey Barbecue Pork Ribs and Tangy BBQ Sauce

This glaze is ridiculously simple and splendidly delicious. When my girlfriend has to cook ribs as an appetizer for a rustic wine bar, this is what she made. IF you make your own sauce, make it up to a week before.

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Barbecue Pork Ribs

My sister Meg has two young boys and they love ribs, along with their other favorite meal, quesadillas and steamed broccoli. Meg cleverly cuts the prepared barbecue sauce with a bit of ketchup to appeal to the younger palate by cutting the strength of the barbecue sauce. You dont need to be young to nosh these ribs.

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