Slow-Cooker Cola Pulled Pork and Carnitas Rice Bowls | Make Ahead Mondays

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Let me tell you about last week. It was busy. Oh, it was biz-ay. B to the HOLY-COW-HOW-WILL-I-GET-ALL-THIS-DONE to the U-S-Y, man. Or wo-man. Woah, man. I was hauling my rear (and a bunch of children to boot) all over this stretch of God’s country in my big ugly purple van. I drove people here….

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Soup Dumplings and Irresponsible Wonton Soup (Make Ahead Monday)

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My husband has been doing a lot (A LOT) of business travel lately. As in he’s been gone more than he’s been home, unfortunately.  Before he headed out for a particularly long stretch a couple weeks ago, I ran to the store and bought giant multi-packs of paper towels, toilet paper and saltine crackers. As…

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Waffle-Iron Ham and Cheese Paninis

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We all know how I feel about ham and cheese. It’s no secret that I love it truly, madly, deeply… The world’s simplest ham and cheese is good enough, no doubt, but everyone knows a toasted ham and cheese is even better. And when you compress that sandwich while it’s toasting -á la panini- you…

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One Pot Tex Mex Pasta Toss

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Yesterday, I banged the drum for playing with your food and above is my proof of why that is a virtuous kitchen activity. You are looking at a creamy tomato pasta with chorizo, black olives, cilantro, sour cream and candied jalapenos. …And scene. No. It doesn’t really end there, although since we are two days…

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Creamy Tomato and Bacon Linguine

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Oh, I know. Thursday is Thanksgiving, but we DO have to eat between now and then, and I’m thinking we all need something simple and satisfying that does, most emphatically, not involve turkey. Add to that the fact that it’s seriously cold (at least where I am) and we need something comforting, too. Simple, satisfying,…

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Homemade Chorizo

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Sausage is the pork product that fills in the holes in my heart. And no, I do not want to hear about how true that probably is. Sausage is just superior. What could be wrong with it? We’re talking about pork (win #1) that is ground (win #2) and combined with heavy spices and herbs…

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Taste of Home Old Fashioned Ham Balls

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Ham Balls. Could there possibly be a less appealing sounding name for a dish?* *Perhaps. But it would have to be exceptionally gross… Maybe “Repurposed Egg Salad” or “Blood Sausage”.  You get the idea… Let’s be honest, they’re also not the purtiest meatball on the block. They’re brown on the outside, but they’re a pinky…

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