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Chiles Rellenos Breakfast Strata with Optional Chorizo

Chiles Rellenos Breakfast Strata with Optional Chorizo

Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 in One Dish Two Ways

If there’s one word I’ve always found synonymous with Mother’s Day (other than “love” of course), it’s “brunch.” It’s the perfect way to celebrate mom – arguably, brunch is the best type of meal pretty much ever anyway (aside from dessert). Plus, if you’re into mimosas, brunch gives you an excuse to drink way too early in the day.

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Perfect Vegetarian Minestrone with Optional Sausage

Perfect Vegetarian Minestrone with Optional Sausage

Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 in One Dish Two Ways

They say having a baby changes everything. And it’s true. Having a baby changes EVERYTHING. But not just capital-letter EVERYTHING. It also changes lowercase everything. Every little thing.

Case in point: a recent morning in which I, while congratulating myself for being oh-so on the ball, started prepping dinner before the sun even dared show its face. And because of my beloved, wonderful one-year-old (and, okay, the demanding cat), a soup that used to take me easily less than 30 minutes to assemble ended up taking me exactly three hours and fifteen minutes from first swipe with the peeler just to being ready to simmer.

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Slow Cooker Smoky White Bean & Summer Squash Soup with Optional Andouille Sausage

Slow Cooker Smoky White Bean & Summer Squash Soup with Optional Andouille Sausage

Posted on Monday, September 17, 2012 in One Dish Two Ways

I’m in love with my Crock Pot. A little obsessed even. I talk about it often … which is what a girl with a crush tends to do, right? Seriously … Crock Pots are completely awesome though, am I right? Throw it in, walk away, come home to a completely cooked (and no doubt delicious) meal. If loving my Crock Pot is wrong … oh hell, I know it’s not wrong, so I’m not even going to finish that sentence.

This soup is one of the reasons our slow cooker has been out on the counter more often than not this past couple of months. Even though it’s been pretty warm weather-wise, I’ve still whipped up this soup a good half a dozen times every time even a wisp of clouds swoop in and the temperature dips below 70. Why? Partially because I was trying to perfect the recipe, but also because I couldn’t resist those vibrant yellow summer squash every time I stopped by my local farmstand, and I had to do something with them other than grill them. And also, it’s really, really good.

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Holiday Breakfast Strata with Sausage (or Not)

Holiday Breakfast Strata with Sausage (or Not)

Posted on Friday, April 6, 2012 in One Dish Two Ways

I call this a Holiday Breakfast Strata because, well, it’s perfect for holidays. It’s an absolutely delicious, special dish that everyone, young and old, is sure to gobble up. And it takes next to no effort to bake up on those busy holiday mornings because you assemble it the night before.

It’s an amazing dish without the addition of sausage. Sometimes I’ll make one big meatless version in an 8″ x 8″  pan, then just cook up some bacon to serve alongside for the meat-eaters. Other times, like this one, I split the strata into two smaller casserole dishes and add sausage to the meat side. I adore Morningstar Farms’ Veggie Sausage Patties, so this time I cooked up a couple of those and added them to my veggie version as well. It was great.

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