beef, lunch box, main courses, make ahead / reheat, soups

Beef Stew: Inspired by Grandma’s Goulash

I love my German grandmother's goulash. I have the recipe, and I can come pretty close to making the real deal. We were supposed to get snow or rain today, and Sunday is also when I try to make my lunches for the week. I couldn't decide whether to make beef stew or goulash, so… Continue reading Beef Stew: Inspired by Grandma’s Goulash

beef, lunch box, main courses, make ahead / reheat, slow cooker, soups

Sirloin Chili (Dutch Oven or Slow Cooker)

This chili was perfect for the snow day we had here a couple of weeks ago. I let it simmer on the stove for several hours, but it could also be done in a slow cooker. The beef was super tender, and the chili had a lot of flavor. I've included instructions for either method below.… Continue reading Sirloin Chili (Dutch Oven or Slow Cooker)

make ahead / reheat, pasta, slow cooker, soups, vegetarian

Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato & Tortellini Soup

I tried to make a tortellini soup in the slow cooker a few years ago after seeing it on one of those Facebook videos. The recipe called for cream cheese, which never really did anything but become a chunky mess. It was definitely a fail. I've wanted to make my own version (that would actually… Continue reading Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato & Tortellini Soup

beef, main courses, pasta

Short Rib Ravioli

There is a new local restaurant in an area that desperately needs some good restaurants. One of their specials the first night I went was short rib ravioli, and it was amazing. I knew I needed to try to replicate it at home. I took a major shortcut and used sauce from Wegmans because I… Continue reading Short Rib Ravioli

beef, main courses

Braised Short Rib Risotto

When my mom was in town for Christmas last year, she ordered this braised short rib risotto when we were out for dinner one night. I tried a bite and it was amazing. Ever since then, I've wanted to try to replicate it at home, and I've also been wanting to use my new Le… Continue reading Braised Short Rib Risotto

disaster, in the kitchen, soups

Improvised Two Bean Soup – Saved from Disaster

I ended concocting this yesterday when I needed something to bring to a potluck event. I made potato salad, but I didn't like how it tasted. It ended up turning out fine, but I needed to get something else together in case the potato salad was a total fail. It seemed like my normally stockpiled… Continue reading Improvised Two Bean Soup – Saved from Disaster

soups, vegetarian

Red Wine Onion Soup

Whenever I eat a dish I love at a restaurant, I love the challenge of trying to make it home. There's a local restaurant near us that has this amazing red wine onion soup. This soup is so good that someone I know who used to be a french onion soup hater, orders it every time… Continue reading Red Wine Onion Soup

beef, main courses, soups

Snow Day Chili-Stew

We had a blizzard last year, and I wanted to make something warm for us to eat while taking breaks from shoveling feet of snow. I'll be making this again for sure during the next mega-snow! I call it a chili-stew because it has some elements of a chili and other elements of a stew.… Continue reading Snow Day Chili-Stew