White Chicken Chili Slow Cooker - Instant Pot - Stovetop

White Chicken Chili Slow Cooker – Instant Pot – Stovetop

It’s been pretty bitter in the Twin Cities, but we’re having a little heatwave and are up to 12 degrees. Which would be great if we didn’t get about 7 inches of snow last night and even better if the high tomorrow wasn’t expected to be -5 with a low of -25 and worse on Wednesday. But that’s exactly the time you want soup! And even better a pretty much pantry soup (if your pantry is anything like mine) and not just any soup. You want this little White Chicken Chili Slow Cooker – Instant Pot – Stovetop number coz it’s going to warm you from the inside out!

White Chicken Chili Slow Cooker - Instant Pot - Stovetop

White Chicken Chili Slow Cooker – Instant Pot – Stovetop

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Nathalie Duprees Meatloaf

Nathalie Duprees Meatloaf

Do y’all know Nathalie Dupree? She’s like the queen of Southern cooking; the Southern Julia Child. So when a friend (the same friend who introduced me to Panera’s Steak & White Cheddar Panini and many other meals & recipes over the years – she has great taste!) mentioned that Nathalie Duprees Meatloaf was a family favorite, I couldn’t wait to try it. It’s actually been on my must make list for a while and I gotta say it’s just the perfect thing to make on a cold winter weekend.

 

Nathalie Duprees Meatloaf

Nathalie Duprees Meatloaf

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Paella Valenciana

Paella Valenciana

Want a simple one-pan skillet dinner? Make paella. Seriously. If there’s ever been a simple dish so wrapped in mystique with so many rules, I don’t know what it is. If you want a “world class” Paella, follow them all. If you want a fabulous supper, keep reading. Yeah, we’re gonna break a few rules and get you a fantastic Paella. Maybe for Valentine’s Day?

Paella Valenciana

Paella Valenciana

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Mexican Pot Roast Carne Guisada

Mexican Pot Roast

Mexican Pot Roast - Super Easy, just right and so many things to do with the leftovers!! Insanely good!

If you’re looking for a simple dinner with flavor to die for, this is the one. Mexican Style Pot Roast. Perfect for a family, easy to make and a bounty of succulent, tender meat for dinner (and if there’s any left) some of the best leftovers, ever.

Mexican Pot Roast

Mexican Pot Roast – leftover as tostadas

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Maid-Rite Sandwiches, Sloppy Joe Tavern Burger old Church Cookbook recipe

Maid-Rite Sandwiches – Instant Pot or Stove-top

I grew up in the Midwest in the ’60s eating various and assorted “loose-meat” sandwiches, mainly Maid-Rite Sandwiches or as they are sometimes called Tavern Burgers. I never heard the word, Sloppy Joe, until I was an adult and moved away, and then no-one seemed to know what a Maid-Rite was!

Maid-Rite Sandwiches Sloppy Joe Tavern Burger old Church Cookbook recipe

This is the old family, Church Cookbook recipe for the Maid-Rite made with Campbell’s Chicken Gumbo Soup.

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Original Fat Burning Cabbage Soup

The Original Fat Burning Cabbage Soup

A while back, in a discussion with some friends about food that’s great to eat when you’d like to knock off a few pounds, someone mentioned Cabbage Soup – in a rather derogatory way. They were talking about The Original Fat Burning Cabbage Soup, a recipe that’s been around for ages and ages.

Original Fat Burning Cabbage Soup

Original Fat Burning Cabbage Soup

 

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Best Basic Pancake (Betty Crocker)

Best Basic Pancakes (Betty Crocker)

One Saturday morning, I woke up to two beaming youngsters. My daughter had pulled out a couple of cookbooks and found this recipe in an old Betty Crocker cookbook. To my mind, it’s the first thing she ever really made, and she was around 10. I’m still boggled! The logistics of making and cooking pancakes is a lot for a child that age. Heck, it’s a lot for me (not a morning person.) I’ve been making Best Basic Pancakes (Betty Crocker Pancakes) ever since.

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Best Basic Pancake (Betty Crocker)

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Instant Pot Chicken Tinga, Mexican Style Shredded Chicken

Instant Pot Chicken Tinga, Mexican Style Shredded Chicken

Hey, I’m a planner but this still happens to me! It’s 4:30 and I open the fridge to make dinner and *duh* I forgot to take out the chicken to thaw. The ravenous octogenarians (my folks, or maybe for you, it’s your kids; I’ve been there, too…) and are emitting hangry noises, circling like sharks ready for the kill. Thats when you need Instant Pot Chicken Tinga, Mexican Style Shredded Chicken.

Instant Pot Chicken Tinga

Instant Pot Chicken Tinga

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Three Cheese Chicken Casserole

the creamiest, cheesiest casserole with chicken, mushrooms and penne.

We’ve been having the dreariest, dark, cold, wet weather all week. How about you? I know it’s good for the plants but I get feeling a little blue. I want to get outside and DO things! Instead, we’ve tucked in and made something warm and comforting and creamy and cheesy! Three Cheese Chicken Casserole!

Three Cheese Chicken Casserole

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Original Cheese Zombie Sandwiches

Original Cheese Zombie Sandwiches

It might have been the name that drew me in. The Original Cheese Zombie Sandwiches. It was the wholehearted endorsement of those who had grown up on The Original Cheese Zombie Sandwiches that hooked me. A Cheese Zombie is a sheet tray of home-made bread layered with an oozy, gooey American cheese and Cheese Zombies are sooo much better than they sound.

Original Cheese Zombie Sandwiches

The last time I made Original Cheese Zombie Sandwiches, I made 1/3 plain cheese, 1/3 with pickled Jalapenos and 1/3 with ham. The possibilities are endless.

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My Sister's Ridiculously Delish Thanksgiving Bacon Stuffing

Ridiculously Delish Thanksgiving Bacon Stuffing

Have you ever wished there could be a Turkey Stuffing permeated with the rich flavor and smokiness of bacon? One that’s fantastic in the bird & in a casserole? A seriously crave-worthy stuffing? My Sister’s Ridiculously Delish Thanksgiving Bacon Stuffing is the answer. Now, what was that question, again! You’ll be forgetting everything except for this stuffing once you start eating it!

My Sister's Ridiculously Delish Thanksgiving Bacon Stuffing

My Sister’s Ridiculously Delish Bacon Stuffing

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Vaguely Vietnamese Slow Cooker Pork Tacos

Vaguely Vietnamese Slow Cooker Pork Tacos

Slow cooked to perfection, this fall off the bone, tender pork was featured in “Slow Cooker Redeemed” in the New York Times. “It results in a vaguely Vietnamese tangle of pulled pork that is best accompanied by a bright and crunchy slaw, and served on warm flour tortillas…” I made you wait for Vaguely Vietnamese Slow Cooker Pork Tacos, yesterday when I posted the Vaguely Vietnamese Slaw recipe, and I think these Tacos are worth that little delay.

Vaguely Vietnamese Slow Cooker Pork Tacos

Vaguely Vietnamese Slow Cooker Pork Tacos

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Steak Chimichanga with Green Chili Verde Sauce

Steak Chimichanga with Green Chili Verde Sauce

This Steak Chimichanga with Green Chili Verde Sauce is one of my fave recipes and it came from leftover steak. Who has leftover steak, anyway? I don’t know about you, but certainly not at my house where steak is a bit of a rarity. At my folks? Yeah. Quite frequently. A love of beef (they live in ranching country) and smaller appetites often lead to a bit of steak that could easily languish in the fridge.

Steak Chimichanga with Green Chili Verde Sauce

Steak Chimichanga with Green Chili Verde Sauce

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Ropa Vieja

Ropa Vieja

Ropa Vieja. Yeah, it translates to old clothes or old rags – gosh that name just does not do this lovely meal justice! Slowly simmered beef, simmered until it’s all but fallen apart, with garlic and cumin and aromatics. And then there are the peppers. Oh my.

Cuban Ropa Vieja - Shredded Beef

Cuban Ropa Vieja – Shredded Beef

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3 Ways to Caramelize Onions

If you just need a few onions for a quick burger topping, it’s no big deal and you can probably do it in 25 to 30 minutes. If you’re caramelizing onions in a larger batch, it takes time. At least if you want onions with a deep rich flavor and just the perfect, tender bite.

Seriously gorgeous (in my eyes, at least!)

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