September 20, 2016

Easy Beer Bread

Easy Beer Bread Recipe
”If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
 – Thorin Oakenshield, The Hobbit

Beer bread is seriously delicious and so easy to make. It has a crispy, buttery crust with a soft, tender inside, and it takes only 5 minutes or less to prepare the batter. And while the recipe calls for only a few, simple ingredients, you can easily dress it up - I often add some grated sharp cheddar to the batter, or some dehydrated onions, dill or caraway seeds. If you use a small Dutch oven or a cast iron bread pan to bake this bread, all the better for getting a really crispy crust (although any bread pan will work just fine). My family’s favorite way to enjoy beer bread is served with a big pat of butter, alongside a hearty stew or chili.

September 12, 2016

Turkey Chili Soup with Garden Vegetables


I’m very big on any kind of soup, stew or chili, especially in the fall. Nothing says home and hearth to me more than a big, steamy pot of goodness. Rich broth and slow-cooked vegetables are comfort in a bowl, and perfect to warm you right up on a cool autumn day. 

September 1, 2016

Classic Sloppy Joe's

Classic Sloppy Joe's Sandwich

A simple combination of ground meat, tomato sauce or ketchup, and some seasonings, this sandwich is a classic that may just remind you of childhood (and for good reason - it seems like almost all kids love it). The Sloppy Joe’s sandwich is also perfect for back-to-school season because it is just so quick and easy to prepare after a long day at work or school, and is also so warm and cozy for the cooler weather.

April 10, 2016

My Simple Method for Cooking Beans from Scratch

Easy Method for Preparing Dried Beans from Scratch

I just love beans, I really do. They are a good source of plant-based protein, with the added bonuses of being tasty and economical. While I always keep beans on hand in my pantry in both canned and dried versions, my favorite approach to cooking with beans is to cook dried beans in big batches, then store them in smaller, convenient portions in my freezer.  I find this to be a cheap and easy way to have quick access to beans for use in soups, stews, chili, side dishes, salads, and for stretching out the ground meat in recipes.

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