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You might not guess this was a very toddler-friendly meal, but in our house it was.  Our kids love beans, which is a good thing because what they don't love is meat.  Except bacon.  And hotdogs.  You know, the types of meat that are more "meat" than meat.   But they slurp-gobbled this right up and Canaan ended up with dessert because I was so, so proud that I didn't have to prod him to eat a single bite of his dinner.  And Eden just kept opening her little beak for ...

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Peanut butter is a precious commodity to me here at $7 a pop at the grocery store or  part of a my 50 lb. weight limit flying back from the US.  So despite my love of combining peanuts with meat, I've resisted flagging many recipes that would use a 1/2 c. of pb in one fell swoop.  It's just a little more tempting to wait and combine it with something chocolate instead ...   But this recipe stated "preferably a natural variety" and natural peanut butter I can DO here.  Th...

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Finding mexican chorizo was my grocery-store adventure for the week.  They had all the spanish chorizo I could ever want (note: must put paella on my "to cook" list) but nothing labeled mexican chorizo.  No matter, I asked the deli man.  He had never heard of mexican chorizo, but picked up almost each type of sausage telling me, "This one is delicious."  I tried to describe to him what made chorizo mexican.  He scratched his head and shrugged and again pointed to almost ...

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New Year's Eve is tomorrow which means lots of parties, a later bed time for most, fun drinks, good food, and a giant, overrated ball drop.   New Year's food often consists of a lot of finger foods and appetizers.  My husband's dream food.  So you're invited to one of these parties and trying to figure out what to take that it will be different from the same old, same old cheeseball or pigs in a blanket.     Well here you go:  brussels sprouts.   Seriously?  Brussels sprouts?  The veget...

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We like to get our fajita on regularly in this household.  Many times that means cleaning out the leftover meat in the fridge and combining it with a homemade fajita spice mix.  Fajita spices can save almost any bland or tough meat when you let the flavors marry in a skillet for a bit and you're left with tasty, tasty fare whether you liked the original meat or not.     Sometimes fajitas have nothing to do with salvaging leftovers and everything to do with the fact that we just love almost a...

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Most marinades start or end with the addition of soy sauce or lemon juice.  This marinade rests on some pretty different flavors, namely coffee and molasses.  While both flavors are known for having some powerful flavor behind them, the act of using them as a marinade on a sturdy cut of meat results in a pleasing subtlety of flavors.  There is coffee present, but just a hint.  And there is molasses present, but just a smidge.  Mostly there is good flavor.   Oh and the color, the gorgeous c...

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About a month ago I made the WORST RISOTTO EVER.  I did something I rarely do and believed someone when they said a recipe was just as good as the original when done in the slow-cooker.  I was skeptical, but thought this could be a great time-saver.  So one Sunday morning I pulled the crockpot out and left it to work its risotto magic while I went off to church.  The result was that I served up saffron and white wine GLUE to a friend.   I was left both with a sense of disappointment and...

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