German potato salad
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Grandma’s German Potato Salad

This German potato salad has been my favorite since I was a child. Every time we'd go visit my grandmother, I was hoping for this, goulash, and her chicken and dumpling soup. Even if we were going for a day trip, we'd constantly be eating. I think she's the reason I love cooking for people… Continue reading Grandma’s German Potato Salad

Beef stew
beef, lunch box, main courses, soups

Beef Stew: Inspired by Grandma’s Goulash

Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I receive compensation if you make a purchase using the link (more information). 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,… Continue reading Beef Stew: Inspired by Grandma’s Goulash

Sirloin chili
beef, lunch box, main courses, 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)

turkey & dumpling soup
lunch box, soups

Turkey & Dumpling Soup

Thanksgiving leftovers! Last year, I made a turkey cranberry flatbread. In addition to the turkey and dumpling soup I made yesterday, I still might make one more thing for this year's Thanksgiving leftover edition. This recipe is similar to my grandmother's chicken & dumpling soup recipe. You wouldn't really need to do anything except switch… Continue reading Turkey & Dumpling Soup

vegetarian chili
low-cost, lunch box, soups, vegetarian

Vegetarian Chili (with vegan option)

This recipe follows the basic method of what I usually use to make my chicken tortilla soup and meat chilis. For the first time ever, my chili came out perfectly seasoned without any adjusting needed at all. The recipe itself is vegan - only the toppings take away the vegan-ness and make it vegetarian. Vegetarian… Continue reading Vegetarian Chili (with vegan option)

soups, vegetarian

Red Wine Onion Soup

Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I earn a commission if you make a purchase using the link (click here for more information). 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… 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