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    Spicy Slow Cooker Chili

    The first snow of the season arrived…and thankfully melted because it’s too early for that. It’s not too early for a hearty bowl of chili (this one uses sausage and not ground beef). Once again, let the slow cooker do most of the work for you. Let this cook while you’re out raking leaves and step inside to a hearty meal.   Ingredients: 1 pound spicy bulk pork sausage, crumbled 1 pound sweet bulk pork sausage, crumbled ½ c. chicken or vegetable stock, plus additional, if needed 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 medium white onion, finely chopped 2 stalks celery, finely chopped 2 carrots, peeled and chopped into small…

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    Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Chicken

    A few of you asked for a recipe to serve with the cilantro-lime rice I posted last week and here’s one of my favorites. This delicious, healthy slow cooker recipe is as easy as it is versatile. This flavor-packed chicken is perfect for burrito bowls, lettuce wraps, (or over a bed of flavorful cilantro-lime rice0. Tip: Don’t skip the squeeze of fresh lime juice after cooking. It really brightens the flavors and pulls them all together.   Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 3–8 hours Serves: 4-6 Ingredients: 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs 2 10-oz. cans Rotel fire-roasted diced tomatoes & green chilies, undrained 2 15-oz. cans black beans,…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Beet, Orange and Walnut Salad

    Salads aren’t just for summer. Right now there are lots of items in the produce department that make a hearty fall supper. This one started with a few remaining items I had from the CSA boxes…beets and salad mix. Put it together with some other things found in the pantry and you’ve got this week’s Meatless Monday which is a snap to put together. 2 cups cubed and cooked beets 1 orange, peeled and cut into bite size pieces ½ cup toasted, chopped walnuts ½ cup crumbled blue cheese ¼ cup sweetened dried cranberries 4 cups salad mix, lettuce, salad, whatever you like 4 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons balsamic…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Herbed Mushroom and Smoked Cheese Bread Pudding

    I hate wasting food but sometimes we all make mistakes. Case in point, an artisan loaf of bread I bought for $1.75. When I got home and took it out of the wrapper, it looked like a block of cement. Not wanting to risk broken teeth or a lost filling, I thought the only thing to do was toss it. Conscience about throwing away good food got the better of me so it sat on the countertop waiting for a better solution. Bread pudding seemed to be the answer. Not a sweet one but a savory one, and being short on time, the slow cooker was another easy solution. So…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Ricotta and Dill Mouse with Roasted Asparagus

    This recipe is part inspired by last week’s CSA box. and the other half a tub of ricotta sitting in the fridge. My first thought was to combine the asparagus and dill in a soup but then opted to use the ricotta and came up with this idea. It’s quick and easy to put together. Combine it with toasted English muffins and I think it makes a perfect supper for a summer evening. 1 bunch asparagus, washed and trimmed salt/pepper olive oil 1 15 ounce tub of ricotta cheese (I used whole milk variety) 4 eggs 1 cup sharp shredded cheddar cheese (or whatever cheese you like or have on…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-‘Steak’ and Onion Tacos with Coriander and Lime Sour Cream

    One important thing I’ve learned from using vegetables as the star of a meal is they need lots of slow cooking to enhance their flavor. And while I’ll tell you this dish is quick to put together, if you’re willing to spend an extra ten or fifteen minutes cooking the onions and mushrooms, the payoff is a tasty treat. Once again Portobello mushrooms take the place of steak in these tacos, slow cooked until they’re golden. The topping is sour cream with coriander and lime which I think adds a touch of sharpness to the sweet taste of the caramelized onions, and a little coolness to calm the heat of…

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