Beef Stew

There's a little chill in the air.  It's the kind that makes you want to lay around on a lazy Sunday afternoon.  While I can't imagine having a lazy afternoon until my kids are in college, the next best thing would be to slow cook, or to make a big pot of nourishing soup-- the ultimate comfort food. Last week my daughter and I make some very tasty Butternut Squash Soup.  She was surprised to find that something so easy to make can taste so good.  So, we're on a soup roll. In fact, another soup was requested to appear somewhere on this week's … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

  Growing up in the suburbs of Baltimore provided some really fun snow days.  Our house was atop a steep, windy driveway so it was the main hub for all the neighborhood kids to build snow forts, go sledding, and later warm up by the fire with hot chocolate and marshmallows. It’s a definitely a complete departure for me raising our kids in NYC.  We share our backyard with hundreds of other kids who are vying for that one and only sledding hill  (it gets used and abused within the first hour).  And, we don’t have a fireplace.  But, I do … [Read more...]