Slow Cooker Cuban Black Bean and Rice Bowls

Cuban-style black beans go tex-mex! Served with rice they are a satisfying meal in themselves, especially when you load them up with toppings like sour cream, tomatoes, avocado and tortilla chips for scooping.

Black beans have a ton of flavor all on their own. Their earthy flavor only intensifies when seasoned with oregano, bay leaf and cumin along with a sofrito of onion, bell pepper and garlic. … 

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Thai Coconut Chicken Noodle Soup

An exotic spin on old-fashioned chicken soup that brings the same nourishing, curative comfort we crave from it.

With the addition of coconut milk, edamame, rice noodles, carrot, ginger, lemongrass and cilantro – the homey, comforting flavors of chicken soup are kicked up a notch. Or two.

The coconut laden broth is the best part of the soup; rich, creamy and flavorful with a hint of citrus and a little zing thanks to the ginger…. 

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Swiss Steaks

Swiss steaks are tough cuts of beef slowly braised in tomatoes until they are fork tender and melt in your mouth. Round steaks are traditionally used or cube steaks; a round steak run through a tenderizing machine (“swissed”) by the butcher. Here I used round steaks that I tenderized myself by piercing deeply all over with a fork…. 

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Crockpot Barbecue Pulled Pork Recipe

I’m here today with an important public service announcement: you should buy a crock pot! If you already own one than dust it off and put it to work!

Why am I suddenly ‘tooting’ the horn of crock pots everywhere? Because I’m convinced the crock pot is a miracle worker. Once a non-believer, I had the false impression they were old-fashioned relics not worthy of a spot in my kitchen. I was wrong. Since seeing firsthand the magic they weld, I’m a believer who will never be without one again…. 

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