Slow Cooker Scottish Spring Lamb Stew with Rosemary, Garlic and New Potatoes

A hearty lamb stew, perfect for the remaining grey days of early spring. 

Scottish-Inspired Spring Lamb Soup

Scottish-Inspired Spring Lamb Soup

We still have some drizzly March days before we even head into April showers – weather where a really great stew totally hits the spot . . . especially when you can set it up in the slow cooker.  I adore this lamb stew with baby new potatoes, plenty of garlic, fresh rosemary, and a splash of red wine. And hey, lamb is perfect for the upcoming Outlander volume 2 premiere, if you’re into that any-excuse-for-theme-food thing (which I most certainly am). …

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Slow Cooker Southern Chicken Recipe: Country Captain

A light and healthy curry-influenced dish from Savannah, Georgia, made easy as can be in the slow cooker. 

Country Captain Chicken in the Slow Cooker

Country Captain Chicken in the Slow Cooker

I love the variety and vivaciousness of so much Southern food. I think it sometimes gets unfairly stereotyped as being all about biscuits and butter and deep fried everything (not that there’s anything wrong with that if it’s you bag), but there are so many other varieties of flavorful Southern dishes from all different regions, with influences that reach all over the globe.

This particular recipe is reputed to have originated in Savannah, which in colonial times was a major port, by way of Mumbai. You can really taste that influence here, with the curry and the currants, and yet it’s a fabulously simple form in this rendition. It happens to be paleo all on its own or with cauliflower rice, and is gluten and dairy free – not that you’d even notice. …

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Mediterranean Heart Healthy One Pot Wonder White Fish Dinner

One Pot Fish Donner

This one pot fish is simmered on your stove top with flavorful mediterranean ingredients for a 20 minute healthy meal.

So, let’s just say that your sweetheart has what the doctors refer to as a heart “condition.” The love of my life had a massive heart attack in 2002 and one third of his heart tissue died. I am always trying to get him to eat more fish – especially Omega 3s  fatty acids – fish like salmon and cod.

I am making this for my sweetie for Valentine’s Day. I know, I know. A nice hunk of beef is more traditional, at least for American valentines. But, for a flavor-packed meal that is low carb and is heart healthy – c’mon, doesn’t that just scream I LOVE YOU and I want you to live a long, long time???

WARNING: This is a healthy low carb easy dinner, but all that reduced liquid is so yummy, you might want to have a baguette handy – to sop up the sauce. Just sayin’.

One Pot Fish Dinner

 — posted by Donna

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5 Ingredient Leftover Turkey with Cranberries and Rosemary

One more Thanksgiving leftover salad – simple as can be. 

Leftover Thanksgiving Salad

Leftover Thanksgiving Salad with Turkey, Cranberries and Rosemary

This is as easy as it gets, and yet the flavor combination is totally worth noting and repeating. Naturally you can use chicken on any other occasion, but do try it out with the rosemary and cranberries even if you don’t happen to have them (and the celery) leftover from a prior feast, as I did. …

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2014 Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

We all need some 11th hour inspiration from time to time. If you’re still working out the kinks in your menu, here are some  favorite fun ideas.

What sweet little Thanksgiving Turkeys.

 

For starters, if you have a lot of kids in attendance, here are a few fun ideas to keep them occupied AND make some great contributions to the feasting table. As per the picture above, try making some adorable candy turkeys. Check out the video below: …

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One Pot Wonder: Skillet Roasted Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

A simple easy weeknight meal, all in one skillet!

Skillet Roasted Chicken and Sweet Potatoes (After)

One-Pot Skillet Roasted Chicken and Sweet Potatoes (After)

We can all use more one-pot meals, and this one is a total breeze. I have loved my co-blogger’s one-pot creations (as have so many others – the Tomato Basil Pasta has been a particular smash hit), and thought I’d experiment with a simple chicken and potatoes dish, inspiration by the Can’t Cook Book, actually! Perfect for fall, minimal prep, and ready in an hour. …

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Spiderweb Pizza with Black Olive Spiders

Pizza all dressed up for Halloween!

Spiderweb Pizza

Black olive spiders on a spiderweb pizza.

One easy, fun and festive way to let your food “dress up” for Halloween: Spiderweb Pizza.

With apologies to all y’all who dislike cutesy food, I share this Halloween pizza because, well, it’s just too cute not to share.

I have been making black olive spiders for 30 years – and turning my deviled eggs into spider eggs. So, why not add spider olives to pizza? I asked myself. Turns out, there’s no reason.

For each spider olive, you will need one jumbo olive and one medium olive. CUt the jumbo olive into thin lengthwise slices for use as the spider’s legs. Then, cut the medium olive into halves lengthwise to form the body of the spiders. Annnndd . . . that’s it. Just add these beauties to individual pizzas and turn your easy pizza dinner into a Halloween party!

For the spider web, there are lots of choices: sour cream, cream cheese or Greek yoghurt all work well. You could also use string cheese and use thin pieces of the cheese to form the web. Easy – peasy, I promise!

Happy Hauntings, All!

Spider Pizza

Pizza – all dressed up for Halloween

Other Halloween Pizzas:

Creepy Halloween Pizzas, Katrina’s Kitchen
Ghostly Halloween Pizzas, Foodista
Halloween Pizza, Kelly Bakes

– posted by Donna

Frittatatouille Breakfast Skillet

Turn leftover ratatouille into Provencal-inspired breakfast magic.

Frittatatouille

Frittata + Ratatouille. What else could you possibly call it?

 

A late-late summer discovery: Leftover ratatouille is the perfect content for a ridiculously easy frittata the next morning for breakfast – especially it it’s also a Meatless Monday Morning. Practically effortless, delicious, low-carb, and happens to be dairy-free if you swing that way. The first step, a night or two beforehand, is making Francis Lam’s Weapons-Grade Ratatouille. It’s seriously spoiled me for all other ratatouilles, and I make it at least 3 or 4 times in late summer now. So, do that, ENJOY, and make sure to reserve about a cup to a cup and a half for the frittata. Then proceed accordingly: …

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One Pot Poached Salmon with Fennel and Citrus

Poached salmon with a soft buttery texture and citrus and fennel.

One Pot Salmon with Citrus and Fennel

One Pot Salmon with Citrus and Fennel

Poaching is an under-utilized technique, IMHO. Poached fish is especially lovely because of the delicate flesh of the fish. Nothing is worse than dry, overcooked fish.

I recently fell in love with Coconut Milk Poached Fish, and decided to try another poached fish – my favorite: salmon.

Salmon is delicious infused with citrus flavors, and lemon alone is good, but the addition here of oranges and grapefruit make this salmon dish so flavorful.

When fall begins, I find myself longing for slow cooked food. This is a simple dish – and I just served it with crusty French bread for a complete meal.

One Pot Salmon

One Pot Salmon – Before

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Mushroom Umami Burgers

Umami packed burgers with triple mushroom goodness.
mushroom burger

Mushrooms and beef are a flavor match made in heaven, and this burger is proof of that. The flavors and textures are just delicious and so worth a little extra fuss.

You will need dried mushrooms, which you can find at most health food stores. Pretty much any variety will work. Then, you turn them into a powder in your food processor or spice grinder and mix the powder into the ground beef – and Voila! – mushroomy goodness in a burger.

My Ode to End-of-Summer Days!

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