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Turkey Soup: It’s what’s for supper (and probably lunch)

20121216-_MG_3680 webI love soup…especially homemade soup.  I think there is nothing more homey and comforting than soup.  It makes the house smell good.  It warms me up.  It can be easily shared.  It can be frozen for a later date. It’s economical.  And, it gets better the next day. What more could you ask of food?

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Chili Today, Hot Tamale or The Pressure’s On

Pressure Cooker Chili

A couple of months ago we were contacted by a cookware manufacturing company by the name of Magefesa.  They wanted to know if we would try out their cookware and then report on it on this blog.  We were delighted to do so.  They sent us a complete set of cookware, 2 frittata pans and a pressure cooker.  Our first post was here.  We used the frittata pans and the covered pots to make this meal.  We enjoyed using them and continue to use them almost every day. (P.S.  They have some great recipes to try here.  They also have all kinds of informative videos with tips about how to use the pressure cooker, frittata pans, cooking tips, etc.  Check it out!)

We really wanted to try out the Pressure Cooker but Yes!Chef! had never used one before and we wanted to find a recipe that would showcase the cooker.  Yes!Chef! would suggest things like beans (of which I am not a big fan), or other food items that take a long time to cook conventionally, but would work well in the PC (Pressure Cooker).  We searched around the internet, but nothing seemed right.  And worse, all the PC recipes we found seemed more suited to cold weather and it was still pretty warm out.

Enter the Cold Weather

Snow on the deck

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Pulled Pork Sandwiches al Fresco and a Family Celebration

Pulled Pork, Spicy Slaw and Corn on the Cob with Compound butter

I think I’ve mentioned before that my family loves to get together and celebrate.  Frequently, we have nothing special to celebrate, but we just like to get together, laugh and eat good food.  However, on Sunday we had many reasons to celebrate:  it was the first time the whole family had been together since Christmas, my daughter had returned from 5 1/2 months in Africa; we’ve officially welcomed daughter’s boyfriend into the family, my oldest son and his girlfriend had returned from an interesting vacation to the hot midwest, my youngest son had his first accident in the car and neither people nor property (except a few cinder blocks) were hurt; Yes!Chef! was starting a new job and I had just landed a great magazine photo shoot.  Yes, those were all good reasons to celebrate.  But, mostly we just all wanted to get together.

The Fam: Together at last

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It’s Cold Enough for Oatmeal or Can I have an Oatmeal Cookie for Breakfast?

Hot Oatmeal with Brown Sugar and Milk

Yesterday, we awakened to snow.  It wasn’t a lot at first and there was still a little snow on the ground from the day before.  But, as the day progressed the storm increased and the snow continued to fall all day until we had almost a foot of snow. The Sierras have been suffering this winter from lack of snow and when it doesn’t snow we worry about having enough water in the summer and, since I live in the forest, we worry about fire.  So, the snow was a welcome relief. Read more

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