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Instant Pot Pork Chop One Pot Meal

Instant Pot Pork Chops - the whole meal is cooked at once, then the potatoes mashed and the gravy made right in the instant pot.

I’ll tell you what, we went from a few lovely fall days to fall with a vengeance here in the Twin Cities. Windy, cold & blustery.

Instant Pot Braised Pork Chops Mashed Potatoes, Gravy & Carrots
Instant Pot Braised Pork Chops with all the Fixin’s

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Guinness & Onion Soup with a Cheddar Crouton

Guinness & Onion Soup with a Cheddar Crouton

I love love love French Onion Soup! It’s a beautiful thing. For St. Patrick’s day, though, I have been dying to try out one of the Guinness Onion Soups I’ve seen floating around. How could I resist, really? Caramelized onions, toasty melty cheese!

Guinness & Onion Soup with a Cheddar Crouton
Guinness & Onion Soup with a Cheddar Crouton

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Beef Barley Soup

Beef Barley is a soup that hasn’t gotten it’s due, perhaps because the recipe most of us know is from the back of the Barley box. Good fare, not great. And while I love a good Beef Barley made with a home-made beef stock, it’s incredibly hard to find good bones here, terribly expensive, and frankly, a lot of work for a simple soup. My solution? A lovely Beef Barley Soup made with a “doctored” up broth.

Beef & Barley Soup
Beef & Barley Soup

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Pot Roast Carbonnade – Beer Braised Pot Roast

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: a bit sweet, a bit tangy from the beer, and simply dripping with caramelized onions. 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
Pot Roast Carbonnade – meal 1

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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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French Onion Soup

Adapted from Cook's Illustrated, this is one marvelous soup!

Fall, Winter, Spring – it doesn’t matter, this beautiful French Onion Soup is perfect when ever there is a chill in the air. Deeply satisfying, I forget, until I eat it, how much fun it is to take the first bite.

Easy French Onion Soup. The onions are baked which saves a ton of work! Adapted from Cook's Illustrated
French Onion Soup – Easy recipe – onions are baked!

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