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Fall Is In The Air–White Chicken Chili

Is anyone else ridiculously nostalgic this time of year?  Man, I’ve got it bad.  I was running around Lake Harriet the other day to Coldplay’s Sky Full of Stars, and I could just feel it.  It’s so subtle, and so fleeting, and so exciting.  I relish Fall. And my taste buds immediately turn to something soothing and warm.   This version of White Chicken Chili with  additional spices will have your taste buds singing.

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Back To School Dinner—Crock Pot Steak Carnitas Tacos

School is in full swing along with everything else–sports, dance, church, business trips, back to school nights.  You name it, it’s begun.  What happened to my carefree summer when dinners were at dusk and kids lingered in their swimsuits with wet hair and popsicle stained faces?(sigh).   Now I have to actually look at the clock again, and that clock and I are not friends right now.  But my slow-cooker and I are.  We are best friends.  This is the time of year I use it most.  I want some semblance of dinner even if the house is a revolving door.

These Steak Carnitas were a hit and so easy to put together.  Your family can grab their favorite fixins’ and enjoy this zesty, versatile meal.

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The Hundred-Foot Journey–Chicken Tikka Masala

Our family went to see The Hundred-Foot Journey last week.  And let me say, it’s picturesque setting, visually stunning food from beginning to end, and a story centered around the bond between food and families made me inspired and nostalgic.  So I came home, ran to the co-op and loaded up on all kinds of Indian spices to make this rich, colorful, absolutely divine Chicken Tikki Masala.  Serve it with Basmati rice and Naan bread.

This foodie movie is a feast for the senses and is sure to bring out the epicurean in all of you.

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Crop Share Cooking–Beet Salad With Arugula, Walnuts, and Goat Cheese

My girlfriend and I split a crop share this summer.  It comes every Tuesday evening overflowing with bags off fresh produce to prepare.  It’s a fun challenge to figure out what to make with all these goodies.  This week I had an abundance of beets and arugula so I made this simple and delicious salad with all these super foods.

One of my favorite combos is beets and goat cheese.  Something about the sweetness of the beets together with slightly acidic, pithy taste of the goat cheese creates a perfect flavor balance. Add the slight crunch of the toasted walnuts and now we’re talking.  This dish is packed with an anti-oxidant punch.

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