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Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham

Split pea soup is a fantastic dinner for a cold, snowy evening. It’s filling, hearty, and flavorful. This soup can be very bland, in both texture and taste. The trick is to get plenty of flavor and texture from the … Continue reading

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Sheet Pan Pork Loin Roast with Parmesan Oven Wedges

Pork tenderloin is one of those things that seems like a fancy meal, but takes very little time and effort to produce. I have served this particular meal to visiting family several times, and it is always well-received. The potatoes … Continue reading

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Weekly Meal Plan #99

I realized this week that sometimes having a good back-up plan is just as important as having a plan. I was sick much of the week, and didn’t have the energy to cook from scratch every day. On those days … Continue reading

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Baked Meatballs

Spaghetti and meatballs has always seemed like a restaurant-quality meal to me. (Probably because I can’t recall my mother ever making meatballs, so it’s something I liked to order at restaurants when given the chance.) I always thought it must … Continue reading

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Vegetarian Mexican Casserole

I love casseroles, but my children are just starting to appreciate them. And often, when I can get one of my children to eat a dish, my other kids won’t touch it. This one is an exception. The combination of … Continue reading

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork for sandwiches (and six other ways to eat it all week!)

Pulled pork is one of those things that I just cannot fathom buying pre-made. I mean, I get the appeal of a no-work dinner…but pulled pork is about as close as you can get to doing no prep. The slow … Continue reading

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Slow Cooker Potato-Corn Chowder

Potato-Corn Chowder is fantastic when made with in-season, local corn. But who wants to slave over soup on a hot summer day? Well, now you don’t have to! This soup cooks for hours in the slow cooker, leaving you to … Continue reading

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Homemade buns in under an hour (hamburger, sub roll, or hot dog)

Yes, I know what you’re thinking: didn’t we already post a homemade bun recipe?? (Yes, we did.) But that recipe requires a respectable rising time, and so there’s no last-minute switching possible: if you haven’t started the dough several hours … Continue reading

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Weekly Meal Plan #92

This week, the most important aspect of how I fed my family was having at least one component prepared ahead. Just knowing that dinner was already started was enough for me to feel relaxed about actually making dinner. Two examples: … Continue reading

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Chicken Stirfry

I like a good meat and potatoes dinner as the next person. But more often, I prefer a dish like this one: the meat is there, and it definitely stands out, but it plays an accent role to the many … Continue reading

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