Beef Stew

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It’s been cold, and snowy, and icy.  It’s been the kind of weather when I just want to sit by the fire, drink warm liquids and eat delicious rich warm food.  It is the kind of weather that need a delicious rich beef stew.

I have been messing with this recipe since mid-fall and I finally have it where I feel like it is good enough to share.  Not that my husband is complaining, he has been getting bowl after bowl of rich beef stew to satisfy his red-meat cravings.

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Pizza Monkey Bread

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True confessions time: I don’t really care about the Super Bowl.  My husband always watches for the commercials but I really only give it a passing glance if one of the teams is someone I know matters to friends or family.

I do, however, care about the food.  Completely unhealthy food to go along with a party atmosphere as people gather to watch the game… that I am very interested in.

And this recipe fits the bill nicely.  It’s unhealthy, cheesy, fun to eat, and easy to share.

Plus I totally copped out and used all store-bought things so it is pretty quick and easy to make.

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Tilapia in Tomato Wine Broth

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It’s been cold here.  After all the December days when it felt like late-March we have finally gotten some winter weather.

So I, of course, decided to make this very summery dish.  I can never seem to be seasonally appropriate.

I like tilapia. I know a lot of people think of it as a boring fish, but I have found several ways to cook it and find it versatile.  I started eating it in law school because fish=brain food and I had to eat fish before every exam.  I don’t know if that has any basis in truth or reality, but I passed so….

And I’m still eating tilapia.  This is my new favorite recipe.  And so summery on a cold cold winter day.

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Chocolate Chip Vanilla Bean Scones

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It’s the second week of January and all the food blogs I follow are all “Healthy Recipes for the New Year!” “New Year New You!”.  And that is all nice.  But as I sit here reading about green smoothies and healthy homemade granola bars (which I do want to try someday), all I keep thinking is ,“I wonder what it would be like if I put chocolate chips in the Pioneer Woman’s vanilla bean cream scones?”

New Year, same chocolate and carb-loving me.

But that’s why y’all love me.

That and my seeming more and more frequent use of “y’all”.

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Rye Bread

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Rye Bread

So the Christmas tree and the Menorah are both officially down.  My husband and I have been cleaning pretty much all week.  And the house looks like normal.  I even took down my nice evergreen wreath and made a super cute snowman one for the door.  The holidays really have ended.

Happy 2015.  Yes I typed 2014 at first and then went back and erased it.  My fingers just seem to know how to type 2014 and I still have to think about the 5.  It will be mid-March before I adjust.  I know because I go through this every year. Sigh.

For New Years Day we decided to forgo traditional feasts and such.  I woke up a little sniffly and by the end of the day was in full-blown cold territory.  So I made fancy-schmancy grilled cheese and tomato soup.

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