Slow Cooker Paprika Chicken

Slow Cooker Paprika Chicken - Andrea Meyers

Though the days are getting warmer and the summer daylilies have just started to bloom, I still feel the urge to pull out the slow cooker on cool spring mornings. When most of our days are swirling with activity, it gives me a sense of accomplishment to get a meal going in the slow cooker…. 

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Roasted Tomatillo Soup with Chicken (Sopa Verde con Pollo)

Roasted Tomatillo Soup with Chicken (Sopa Verde con Pollo) Recipe - Andrea Meyers

We had one last bag of green tomatillos in the freezer, but I didn’t want to use them because it meant there would be no more tomatillos until late summer. After our final harvest, we froze about 12 pounds of tomatillos last fall then over the winter I experimented with soups using those frozen tomatillos,… 

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Mexican Spiced Butternut Squash Soup with Beans and Corn

Mexican Spiced Butternut Squash Soup with Beans and Corn - Andrea Meyers

Michael isn’t a huge fan of butternut squash, but if you browse my archives you’ll see that I have quite a few butternut squash recipes. You might even think I am torturing my poor husband with all the butternut squash, but really I’m not. The sweetness of butternut squash just doesn’t appeal to him, so… 

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Stuffed Pizza with Spinach and Chanterelles

Stuffed Pizza with Spinach and Chanterelles - Andrea Meyers

Around this time last year I received an email from Susan (Farmgirl Fare) telling me that I had won a box of fresh chanterelle mushrooms from Marx Foods in her giveaway. Once I recovered from the happy shock of winning two pounds of chanterelle mushroom I eagerly anticipated their arrival. When the box arrived at… 

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Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie with Whole Wheat Crust

Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie with Whole Wheat Crust - Andrea Meyers

We did it. I can’t believe it’s true, but we planted two pecan trees in our yard. We spotted them at Lowe’s in late September and selected a Sumner Pecan and a Stuart Pecan. We are slightly north of the growing zone for the Sumner, but our area has mild winters so it should do… 

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Spiced Persimmon Cake with Dates and Lemon Glaze

Spiced Persimmon Cake with Dates and Lemon Glaze - Andrea Meyers

We discovered the persimmon tree in September when we noticed the golden orbs hanging from the branches. We hadn’t paid attention to the tree before because it was in a relatively inaccessible area behind our house and we had no idea what it was or what if anything it would produce, it had not set… 

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Eggplant Gratin (Gratin D’Aubergines, Provencal)

Eggplant Gratin (Gratin D'Aubergines, Provencal) - Andrea Meyers

The upcoming release of the movie Julie & Julia (August 7, 2009) has ignited discussions about cooking and blogging and caused me to reflect on my own cooking journey. Cooking always seemed like a big mystery to me when I was growing up. My grandmothers were both talented Southern cooks and seemed to hardly measure… 

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Roasted Garlic Hummus

Roasted Garlic Hummus - Andrea Meyers

This is our first year for growing garlic and now we are slapping ourselves for not trying it years ago because it was so easy. We planted the garlic cloves back in October and then just let them do their thing, no difficult maintenance required. They sprouted before winter set in, then the real growth… 

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Cannellini Bean Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette

Cannellini Bean Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette - Andrea Meyers

Bean salads are an essential part of any recipe file and are great for summer picnic salads since they are often dressed with dairy-free vinaigrettes. I like to mix up my own vinaigrettes, usually tasting and estimating until I get a flavor I like. In his new book, Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft… 

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