Curried Peanut, Sweet Potato, and Tomato Soup (The Kids Cook Monday)

Andrea Meyers - Curried Peanut, Sweet Potato, and Tomato Soup

Peanut soup is something I’ve always wanted to try, so when we visited my parents in South Carolina, I picked up two bags of raw peanuts in the shells and had a fun afternoon shelling with the boys. I set out a half-sheet baking pan and gave each of the boys a pie pan, and… 

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Creamy Polenta (Grits) with Sauteed Mushrooms and Onions

Andrea Meyers - Creamy Polenta (Grits) with Sauteed Mushrooms and Onions

There’s something about cool air and the color of autumn leaves that causes me to start craving comfort foods. I start adding soups and roasted vegetables to our weekly menu, which will often include grits and polenta. I like my grits both savory and sweet, and this simple bowl of homey grits and mushrooms hits… 

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Spicy Thai-Style Eggplant

Andrea Meyers - Spicy Thai-Style Eggplant

Our summer garden is going gangbusters this year, and we have some surprise Thai basil volunteers that seeded themselves in our bay laurel tree pot. The plants have already gotten huge with fragrant leaves and pretty purple flowers, giving us plenty to cook with. The pungent flavor is a perfect match for this spicy Thai-style… 

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Steamed Baby Carrots with Ginger-Garlic Butter

Andrea Meyers - Steamed Baby Carrots with Ginger-Garlic Butter

There’s something about whole baby carrots steamed with the tops on, fork tender and sweet. I adore that delicate flavor and crunch and think they really add beauty to a plate. They are like the little black dress of carrots. And many times they are insanely easy to prepare, like this recipe from Cooking Light.

Baked Boston Brown Bread

Andrea Meyers - Baked Boston Brown Bread

“Mommy, you make the best bread!” Top Gun said as he happily munched on a slice of baked Boston brown bread. We made this to go with our slow cooker Boston baked beans, and the boys later enjoyed slices of it with butter as an after school snack. And like those baked beans, this bread… 

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Slow Cooker Boston Baked Beans (Kids Cook Monday)

Andrea Meyers - Slow Cooker Boston Baked Beans

Putting a pot of beans in the slow cooker overnight is a great way to cook a meal and have it ready the next day, and it’s also a good way to get the kids to help make the meal, too. Our son Hockey Guy, 9 years old, helped make a pot of Boston baked… 

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Warm Green Lentil Salad with Caramelized Onions, Feta Cheese, and Pears

Andrea Meyers - Warm Green Lentil Salad

When the cold of winter comes on, I don’t crave cold salads and raw vegetables, I like my vegetables cooked and my salads warm, or at least want some warmth, and cooked lentil salads are perfect for winter. The thing I like about this lentil dish is they can be a bowl of comfort food… 

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Chrysalis Vineyards: After Harvest (Sarah’s Patio Mulled Wine)

Andrea Meyers - Chrysalis Vineyards Sarah's Patio Mulled Wine

Chrysalis Vineyards is one of the easier vineyards to get to in Northern Virginia, just off Route 50 in Loudoun County. Set on 412 acres in the rolling hills of the Piedmont region, the vineyard specializes in unusual Spanish and French varietals and Norton, a native Virginia grape, as well as traditional grapes, a total… 

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