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Easy Crock Pot Pulled Pork

I am always amazed by the magic that happens when you slowly cook a cheaper cut of meat in a crock pot  for several hours.  I think my favorite of these crock pot friendly meats has to be a pork shoulder (Boston butt) roast. A pork shoulder roast makes great pulled pork for a variety […]

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Sweet Potato and Lentil Hash

Leftover sweet potatoes are great to turn into a delicious hash the next day. This sweet potato and lentil version is a very filling dish for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. Hash is just not the prettiest dish; it does not make for great photography. Thus, I find the optional egg mandatory…if you are going to […]

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Stuffed Summer Squash

In an early 1960’s cookbook from Chattanooga, Tennessee, I found three or four versions of recipes for stuffed yellow summer squash. The sheer number of recipes in one cookbook led me to believe two things: First, stuffed summer squash must be a southern thing. Second, it had to be good. Thus, I set out to […]

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Spinach and Bacon Quiche

Whether for a Mother’s Day breakfast in bed, a weekend brunch, or a ladies lunch, a quiche is a great and rather elegant egg option because it does not have to be served immediately and piping hot to be good.  Best of all, it can be easy to make. This quiche recipe has less than […]

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Mushrooms and Barley

A cold, rainy spring day seems better with a dish of hearty, but not too heavy, mushrooms and barely. Laden with fiber and minerals, this risotto-ish dish can satisfy both vegans and omnivores. Although reminiscent of risotto, I do not cook it exactly like a traditional risotto or even my orzo with mushroom  risotto-ish dish. […]

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Amish Ham Meatballs

If you like the outer glazed area of ham loaf, you will love Amish-style ham meatballs. The ham meatballs have more glazed goodness plus the flexibility of being meatballs. While they can still be served as part of the main course, they also can be served as hors d’oeuvres. Inspired by several recipes in some […]

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Classic Standing Rib Roast

Making a classic standing rib roast for the first time can be a little intimidating because it is usually for some special occasion and can be a large financial investment. The good news is that it is actually very easy…if you have a necessary tool, a meat or instant-read thermometer. It also helps if you […]

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Crispy Oven “Fried” Chicken

Whenever I find myself longing for my mom’s fried chicken or some of the delicious fried chicken that can be found at a half-a-dozen local restaurants near my house here in the South, I turn to this simple recipe for an oven “fried” chicken that really is as crispy, moist, and tender as any of […]

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Lentil Sloppy Joes

Lentil Sloppy Joes are an inexpensive, healthy alternative to the meat laden version while still having the flavors of the classic. By serving over rice or on a vegan and/or gluten free bread, they can also be a great vegan and gluten free dish. While it is great that lentil sloppy joes are low in […]

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Crock Pot Hot Dog, Baked Beans, and Cornbread Casserole

I was searching for a recipe that would utilize baked beans and hot dogs, could be made in a slow cooker, be inexpensive and easy, but be more than just beanie wienies when I found several versions of this recipe. Most of the recipes called for the corn bread topper to be made from scratch, […]

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