Slow Cooker Zucchini Beef Soup

Slow Cooker Zucchini Beef Soup

Slow Cooker Zucchini Beef Soup has got to be the perfect end of summer soup, especially if you happen to have a garden still spitting out zucchini! Here in the Twin Cities, I’m still seeing a few on my neighbor’s plants. Me, I know better than to ever plant zucchini – the plants never stop and you’ll have zucchini out the ears, lol!

Slow Cooker Zucchini Beef Soup

Slow Cooker Zucchini Beef Soup

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Instant Pot Chipotle Barbacoa Beef

Instant Pot Chipotle Barbacoa Beef

I would say I’m having a secret love affair, except it’s no secret that I’m loving my Instant Pot. And ya’ll probably know that I love Mexcian & Southwestern food. And I’ve been known to stop by Chiptole’s Mexican Grill now & then. So it was just a matter of time, eh? for this Instant Pot Chipotle Barbacoa Beef.

Instant Pot Chipotle Barbacoa Beef

Instant Pot Chipotle Barbacoa Beef

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pin Instant Pot Roast

30 Minute (total time) Instant Pot Roast Medium Rare

You might have noticed I haven’t posted an Instant Pot recipe for a while. I was in Georgia, visiting over the holidays, and no Instant Pot. Honestly, I went through withdrawal! But when I got back, and met a friend at Panera, I knew exactly what I wanted to make next! A 30 Minute Total Time Instant Pot Roast. So I could copycat those famous Panera Steak & White Cheddar Panini.

Copycat Panera White Cheddar & Steak Paninis, made from 30 minute Instant Pot Roast Beef

Copycat Panera White Cheddar & Steak Paninis, made from 30 minute Instant Pot Roast Beef

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Homemade Onion Soup Mix

Homemade Onion Soup Mix

Lipton Onion Soup Mix. While the rest of the world might not be familiar with this product, I’m betting there’s very few in the US who didn’t grow up with it – and the old familiar recipes. I didn’t want to shell out the bucks for a small box with a packet or two, so I made my own Homemade Onion Soup Mix when I decided to revisit some of those old classics.

Homemade Onion Soup Mix

Homemade Onion Soup Mix

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Beef & Barley Soup

Beef Barley Soup

Beef & Barley Soup - shortcut this with leftover potroast and doctored up broth! Yep. Pot Roast! It's already infused with flavor.

Beef Barley Soup seems to have never gotten it’s due. Maybe because most of us use the recipe on the back of the box. Good fare, not great. I love a good Beef Barley made with a home-made beef stock, but bones are hard to find and pricey. My solution? Make a great soup with a “doctored” broth.

Beef & Barley Soup

Beef & Barley Soup

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Pot Roast Carbonnade - a play on Beouf Carbonnade. A Beer Braised Pot Roast just dripping with Caramelized Onions

Pot Roast Carbonnade – Beer Braised Pot Roast

Pot Roast Carbonnade: Beer braised pot roast just dripping with caramelized onions. It's to die for!

Pot Roast done perfectly tender, silky, a rich gravy.  Is there anything better? Here’s one that’s full of flavor, a play off of the Flemish Stew with beer, Beouf Carbonnade. If that sounds too fancy, just call it Beer Braised Pot Roast. Does a roast with any other name still smell as good? Oh, that’s Rose? Silly me…

Pot Roast Carbonnade - a play on Beouf Carbonnade. A Beer Braised Pot Roast

Pot Roast Carbonnade – a play on Beouf Carbonnade. A Beer Braised Pot Roast

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German Beef Rouladen with Mushroom Gravy . $10.00

No pickles in this rouladen! The stuffing & mushroom gravy are spectacular!

My Mom (rest her soul) was a fantastic cook. Sure, she got sidetracked into some of the weirdness in the 60’s – Porcupine Balls, Tuna Casserole and Shake and Bake but later really found her “groove.” These Beef Rouladen, as she called them, were a family favorite – made on afternoons when she cooked for the sheer joy of it.

German Rouladen with a stuffing of bread crumbs and herbs and a Mushroom gravy.

German Rouladen with a stuffing of bread crumbs and herbs and a Mushroom gravy.

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