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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Reduction

If you're a Brussels sprouts lover, then this recipe is a must-try.  A simple, elegant, delicious side dish. If you're a Brussels sprouts hater...sorry, it's a hopeless cause and there's no converting you.  Why?  It's genetic.  Yes, there's actually a gene that explains … Continue reading →

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Autumn in Tacoma

No recipe today.  Just a leisurely drive through Tacoma's Old Town and Stadium Districts.  With some exceptionally gorgeous historic homes and other stately buildings, it's one of my favorite areas of the South Puget Sound.  Here are a few pictures I took while on a drive … Continue reading →

perfect creamy au gratin potatoes recipe

Perfectly Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes

One of the cardinal rules of good potato au gratin is it cannot be dry.  The cheesy cream sauce needs to ooze out.  Not "run" out all over the plate in a big wet mess, but just slowly oooooze out.  Here is the classic Creamy Potatoes Au Gratin at its best. … Continue reading →

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Curried Apple & Butternut Squash Soup

Easy to make, this Curried Apple & Butternut Squash Soup is perfect for a starter or side dish or as a light dinner served with crusty bread and side salad. Simple enough to enjoy for a casual family meal and elegant enough to serve at a fancy dinner party. … Continue reading →

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Easy Green Bean Casserole From Scratch

Thank you Del Monte and POPSUGAR Select for sponsoring this post! I don't know when or how or by whom the classic green bean casserole was invented, but whoever did should have a holiday named after them.   Or at least a postage stamp, don't you think?  I mean, the green … Continue reading →

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Classic Italian Bolognese

Classic Italian Bolognese uses three meats and pancetta (or bacon) to achieve the flavor that has made it so famous.  The long, slow cooking time results in melt-in-your-mouth tenderness and a depth of flavor that will satisfy your tummy and your soul. … Continue reading →

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Slow Cooker Jambalaya

Jambalaya is such great comfort food, full of flavor and healthy ingredients.  Here is a thoroughly "no-fuss" version of this Southern classic dish.  Just throw everything in the slow cooker, add in the last two ingredients 15 minutes before serving, and you're done!  The … Continue reading →