Author: contentendedkitchen

Black Bean and Quinoa Soup

Something unexpected and quite lovely has been unfolding in our home and kitchen these past months.   When you have children your home can become a bit like Grand Central Station with people coming and going all of the time.  Some people visit once or twice, others become “regulars” like Cliff and Norm from Cheers

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Roasted Vegetables With Maple Balsamic Glaze

  Sometimes it’s just that easy. We bought a roast a few days ago when we were at Costco, and today was the last day on the best before sticker.  Nobody wants to come home after a full work week on Friday to cook a roast beef supper, so I threw the meat into my slow

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Grandma’s Spaghetti Sauce and Meatballs Recipe

This recipe is as sacred as they come.  I’ve been keeping it tucked away in a box on a top cupboard shelf for safe keeping, bringing out only for special occasions for these past 18 or so years.  To disrespect or disregard the wonderfulness of this recipe, is, simply put, a crime. As the title

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Overnight Steel-Cut Oatmeal in a Slow Cooker

This recipe is as easy as they come, right up there with my Hawaiian three ingredient pulled pork.  A quick go to when you have a crew in the house, want to send the kids off to school with a solid breakfast, or, are are craving something healthier than bacon and eggs for breakfast. Easiest

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52 Photos Project -Week Three “Blue”

When I saw this week’s assignment “Blue” I knew immediately which photo I wanted to share.  This one, my favorite of all of the photos I took in Rome. Like so many things in life, you have to see things in person to really appreciate them, but just look at the blue in the angels

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52 Photos Project-Week Two “Doorway”

  Not too long ago I was for fortunate enough to visit Rome.  It was unexpected, fairly short notice for an near OCD planner like me,  and exciting enough that I really haven’t made a big deal out of it fearing my friends and colleagues might poison my coffee when I wasn’t looking. Once in a

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The Weekend I Cooked Everything

The past weekend was a perfect storm of sorts. We had a solid weekend of rain, going outside meant cold, damp, slushy weather.  Staying inside meant warm and cozy.  Second to that, it had been far too long since I had had one of my slow cooking marathons where I prepare a week’s worth of

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52 Photos Project-Week One “Landscapes”

Some of the best things are random, and I have happened to discover something unexpectedly intriguing.  While I never seem to be at a loss for words, sometimes I do need a prompt. (Sometimes I also need to be silent, but that’s another conversation.) The 52 Photos project is, in  a nutshell a series of

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Homemade Pasta Dough Using a Food Processor

My husband managed to pull one over on me this Christmas.  I am exceedingly hard to surprise, but he did it!  I asked for a Fitbit for Christmas, but instead he got me a pasta maker.  Really that’s the anti-Fitbit isn’t it? Now, full disclosure before I go any further, in our home it is

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