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I really baby my slow-cooked meals and this Guinness Beef Stew is not an exception! As a bonus, this is the best version of Guinness Beef Stew that I ever made! It has a wonderful full flavor with a bit of sweetness. Most stews need to sit a day or two for the flavors to …

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This is a great time of year to make a large pot of meatballs. For many of us it is bitter cold and the warm aroma of the sauce slow cooking with the meatballs smells heavenly! Today it feels like -22F or -30C – so it is bitter cold! Comfort food is a must! These …

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For Thanksgiving I use to make a turkey but for the most part no one really wanted a traditional turkey. Over the years I made different variations on roasting a turkey and then we transitioned into beef dishes. Last year I made a wonderful Beef Tenderloin with a Madeira Rosemary Shallot Sauce. This year we …

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day with a slightly different version of Guinness Beef Stew! This year’s version includes some wonderful parsnips, turnips, and raisins adding a nice sweet undertone! Before adding the vegetables to the stew, I roasted them in the oven to bring out their flavors – the house smelled wonderful with so many aromas! …

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It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is already over and now we are preparing for Christmas! Before Thanksgiving we had a snow storm that dumped 6 1/2 feet of snow on us over a three-day time period. Now most of that snow is gone. I am fairly busy at work since I will be …

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Today I am sharing a new recipe for a Beef Tenderloin that is marinated in a red wine vinaigrette, then add Three Little Pigs BBQ rub, sear the meat for a few minutes, bake in the oven and finish with a Madeira Rosemary Shallot Sauce! Add a side of Twice-Baked Potato Casserole, Green Bean Casserole …

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There is nothing better than a hearty bowl of chili! I love this recipe as you can have it on the table in about an hour. If you have time you can let it cook longer to blend those wonderful flavors! Typically I slow cook my chili for about 3-hours. I like to make a …

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