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Adventures in Cuisine

Easy Lentil Soup

Ingredients: 2 cups chicken broth 1 yellow onion diced 3 cloves garlic 1 bag lentils 1 tsp garlic powder salt pepper Directions: In a medium saucepan cook down the onions and garlic until fragrant and the onions are clear. Add... Continue Reading →


Crock Pot Taco Soup

It can't get any easier than this recipe!  Delicious and easy = win win! INGREDIENTS: 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed 1 (14.5 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes, drained 1 can sweet... Continue Reading →

Onion Brisket

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 1/2 pounds yellow or red onions (about 2 large onions), sliced into half moons 3 1/2 pounds beef brisket Coarse kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 6 cloves garlic, minced 2 cups beef broth 2  tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon soy sauce (or tamari, if gluten-free) Directions:... Continue Reading →

Mimi’s Creamed Cauliflower

INGREDIENTS: 1  head of fresh cauliflower 1  pkg  McCormick Original Country Gravy 2 cups Half and Half Grated Pepperjack Cheese DIRECTIONS: Steam cauliflower until tender.  Follow instructions on McCormick pkg.  I USED HALF and HALF INSTEAD OF THE WATER. Salt,... Continue Reading →

Chef Simeon’s Tomato Confit Butter Sauce

This sauce is great on fish, especially drum! INGREDIENTS: 1 pint cherry tomatoes (halved) 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper 5 tbsp butter ¼ cup white wine 1 tbsp garlic Juice ½ lemon Kosher salt & pepper DIRECTIONS: In a small... Continue Reading →

Chef Simeon’s Simple Pasta Sauce

Being a mom that likes to avoid buying canned and jarred sauces, I have been working on a pasta sauce for a while.  Turns out it was a pretty simple combination of ingredients for the perfect tomato based pasta sauce... Continue Reading →

Fresh Fruit Gummies

INGREDIENTS: 1 cup fresh fruit ( we used rasberries) 1/4 cup water Juice of 1/2 lemon 2 1/2 tbsp honey 2 1/2 tbsp gelatin DIRECTIONS: In a blender, puree the 1 cup fresh fruit and 1/4 cup water.   Strain out... Continue Reading →

Beef Stew

When I took my first bite I thought, wow, did I make this?  I've never made a good beef stew.  Well, leave it to a recipe with little to no instruction to create the best beef stew I've eaten.  Here... Continue Reading →

Panzanella Salad

Well I'm a little late to the game in discovering Panzanella, but I have to post the recipe in case you've been in the dark like me.  This makes a great refreshing summer salad, but since we made it in... Continue Reading →

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