Slow-Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken


Update: Like a goose, I left the onions out of the ingredients list and instructions. I have fixed and updated the recipe. My apologies to those who might have printed it before seeing the correction. I imagine it will still taste marvelous made sans onion, but with onions, it sings! Everybody wants a unicorn recipe….

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala


Update with a correction: In the recipe, I accidentally forgot to include the whole jalapeno pepper that I simmered with the sauce. It will be good without it, but it’s great with it. I have modified the recipe to reflect the correction. This plate of Chicken Tikka Masala (because that’s what it is) represents a…

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Slow-Simmered Collard Greens

grandpa on swintg

This is a continuation of my Southern New Year’s Foods series.  And it comes with an executive decision.  I was unable to get photos of the dish, but I wanted you to have the recipe before New Year’s Eve.  So up it goes sans photos of the greens!  If I get photos of it at…

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Apple Cider and Beer Braised Pot Roast


It’s finally Fall.  I wait all year for this; pumpkins, scarlet maple leaves, blustery wind, butternut squash, grey clouds with bits of brilliant blue peeking through, hay bales, mega-bags of miniature chocolate bars (the best size for stashing in my apron pockets to cover ‘mommy-emergencies’), weather that justifies hours-long baking sessions, wool sock and scarf…

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Taco Joes


If a sloppy joe’s and a taco’s eyes met across a crowded room…  If they were to fall in love and pledge themselves to each other in holy matrimony…  If they were to have a baby…  It would be -well, besides being weird- delicious.  And it would be what we had for dinner last night. …

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Slow-Cooked Cuban Pork: Part II, Day 3


For a brand new, printable version of this recipe that has all the steps included, click here! “I meant what I said and I said what I meant.  An elephant’s faithful.  100%!” As promised yesterday,  I am back to show you how to shred that gorgeous slow-cooked Cuban Pork shoulder that should have chilled in…

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Slow-Cooked Cuban Pork: Part I

Cuban Pork and FMC Mango Salsa with rice on a tortilla. Not pictured? The Spicy Black Beans...

For a brand new, printable version of this recipe that has all the steps included, click here! Part II of this recipe can be found by clicking this link! I love to grocery shop.  I love to examine labels, produce, proteins and liquids.  I get giddy trying to decide which mangos and avocados to choose. …

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A Tutorial on Using Dried Beans

Ah wonderful beans.  We all love them for their taste.  I love them for their nutrition.  My boys love them for their, er, musical properties.

UPDATE (12/10) :Since first writing this post almost two years ago, I have been experimenting with different ways to cook beans.  While I still use the crockpot method most often, I have changed on something.  I use salt at the beginning of the cooking time.  Really!  It doesn’t slow down the cooking of the beans…

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Basic Jook (a.k.a. Juk, Congee or Rice Porridge)

This is my comfort food.  This makes me very, very happy.

My boys gave me a cold this week.  I cannot tell you the joy this gives me.  Not because I love slobbering and running from the nose, eyes and every other mucus membrane on my head.  I’m just relieved that I got it from them instead of the other way around.  That way there is no…

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