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Category: Dinner

Grandma’s Best Whole Wheat Crescent Rolls

I’m not sure if you’ve heard of the 5 love languages.  I’m not quite sure I could name all of them myself but I believe the idea behind them is that each of us gives and receives love in different forms and to do the best job at loving our spouse we need to speak their love language. I probably just totally butchered that. I have never read about the love languages. Regardless, my love language is food.  And I know for a fact that the book does not list that as a language of love.  Whatever.  Food is love to me. Even if your love of food does not reach the same epic proportions as mine does (I’m only slightly jealous of you), I’m guessing that we all have a food that will take us back to a certain memory. The one thing in my brain that I remember always looking forward to, no matter what the holiday, were my grandma’s whole wheat crescent rolls.  I don’t believe that my love of them reached the same level as that of my brothers (I don&#8217…

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Today, I sprinted outside to catch a brief glimpse of the sun peaking through Seattle’s clouds. It might be the first time that I’ve seen the sun since my trip to LA. If the forecast continues as predicted, it also might be the last time I see the sun until the next time I travel away from Seattle. Fortunately, I have a sure fire way to beat the blues that cloudy weather tends to bring. It’s called food. My go-to is typically coffee and pastries, but I’ve been told you can’t live on carbs alone (although I’m willing to try). This stew isn’t quite like eating sunshine, that’s what lemon poppyseed muffins are for. This stew is more like being wrapped up in a soft blanket next to a warm fire. A warm fire that happens to be waiting for you when you get home from work. Don’t you love slow cooker recipes?! [kindred-recipe id=”703″ title=”Slow Cooker Beef Stew&#8221…

Vegetarian Curry Soup

I wish I remember where I first saw this recipe.  I have never been able to find the original so every time I make it, it turns out just a little bit different.  However, over time I’ve picked out my most favorite variations and combined them into something warm, delicious, and filling. If you’re married to anyone like my husband, who prefers to have every meal with meat, you’ll know the struggle of making a warm butternut squash soup or calling a bowl of tomato soup ‘dinner’.  However, with the combination of lentils, yellow split peas, and garbanzo beans make this vegetarian soup quite hardy. In fact, whenever the first cold day of the season hits and I’m craving soup, my husband requests this one.  Boom.  Wife win. Speaking of cold days of the season, I left Denver on a ridiculously warm fall day in the mid-70’s and came back from Baltimore to highs in the mid 40’s and rain.  I mean, if I didn’t know my city so well I might have thought I was in Seattle.  Where is my ease into…

Quick and Easy Homestyle Chili

As mentioned in my last Friday post, I’ve been trying really hard to remember any and all recipes that can be ready and on the table in 30 minutes or less. And my table, I mean kitchen counter.  But what’s the difference really? I was going to call this recipe, “Mom’s Best Chili” but her’s is just enough different that it deserves it’s very own recipe post. However, I stole her best secret to add to this chili. Enter Bush’s Baked Beans, my friends.  Seriously, you’re adding just the right amount of sweetness to balance the savor and the spice.  For the longest time I could not place my finger on what made my mom’s chili soooo much better than anything I tasted or cooked.  I finally heard her give my brother the recipe over the phone and the lightbulb went on. My own time saver secret? It comes with a seasoning package, a separate package of cayenne pepper, a package of salt, and a package of masa for thickening. All I add is the seasoning package and the cayenne pepper (totally…