Fragrant Curried Lentil Soup, and Being a Simmering Pot of Something Delicious

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It seems that the Creator has turned the heat up under me lately. I feel like I've been joyfully bubbling away—sputtering, bloop-ing and blipp-ing here and there—with a mild, low flame flickering beneath me, rather contently simmering on the stove very slowly making my way toward what would some day be my completion. But now, it seems that the flame has been increased ever-so-slightly, turned up from a 3 to a 4, and I'm feeling the heat a little bit more. I feel the contents within ... {more please!}

St. Patrick’s Favorite Guinness Beef Stew, The Perfect Excuse To Add A Bit Of Merriment & Lightness

St. Patrick’s Favorite Guinness Beef Stew, The Perfect Excuse To Add A Bit Of Merriment & Lightness post image

This time of year tends to feel a little like we're “trapped” in between seasons. Spring seems within arm's reach yet is just beyond the touch of our extended, wiggling fingertips; and winter, while on its slow saunter out the door, still feels the need to throw its weight around by landing one or two more hard-core punches to the gut in the form of frigid storms and icy cold temperatures that make one want to retreat like a mouse into a cozy hole in the ... {more please!}

Sweet, Simple Bonding Over Spicy Albondigas Stew

Sweet, Simple Bonding Over Spicy Albondigas Stew post image

I can't help but think about that preciously sweet time of courtship between my husband and I many years back whenever I think of albondigas soup. Just considering it, and imagining that time of my life, automatically curls my lips up into a big, mischievous smile, and fills my heart with an extra little “thump-thump” and a soft haziness, the kind that nudges me on into a warm, lingering daydream or fuzzy reminiscence. It's kind of funny, though not at all surprising, that some of the ... {more please!}

Philly Cheesesteak Stew, And A Truly Inspired Start To The New Year

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My, does it seem like a long since time I've done a recipe post! It's completely true: absence does make the heart grow fonder. And in full disclosure, my heart needed to experience a little longing, indeed. I'm so happy to be back in the swing of things, fully immersed in the forward momentum of this new year, eyes wide open and heart willing, with my gears well-greased and my thoughts on brand new recipes and a couple of soul-inspiring features to joyfully bring to you ... {more please!}

A Cozy Stew: Greek-Style, Black-Eyed Pea Stew, An Homage To A Place That Once Was

A Cozy Stew: Greek-Style, Black-Eyed Pea Stew, An Homage To A Place That Once Was post image

I'd like to think that Hella was a real person, a living, breathing soul with loves and passions of her own. I imagine that she was someone's mother, wife, sister or aunt—perhaps she was all of the above—playing, nonetheless, an important role in someone's life, and worth memorializing in a very special way. You see, whoever Hella was, she surely made an impact on people, and most likely never even knew to what extent. And though I can really only speculate about who she was, her ... {more please!}

A Cozy Stew: Spicy, Tequila-Lime Pork Stew, A Spirited South-of-the-Border Meal

A Cozy Stew: Spicy, Tequila-Lime Pork Stew, A Spirited South-of-the-Border Meal post image

Sometimes, I really crave a meal that just simply makes me “happy”; you know what I mean? It's nothing complicated—I just want to have a good time eating it, and feel better for doing so. It's the type of meal that when I take a nice, big spoonful of it and chew deliberately and thoughtfully, it leaves me feeling more invigorated, warmed and awake than before I took that succulent bite. I love to have my taste buds come alive on my tongue, to have layers ... {more please!}

A Cozy Stew: Creamy White Bean Stew With Smokey Bacon, My Companion On A Grey Day

A Cozy Stew: Creamy White Bean Stew With Smokey Bacon, My Companion On A Grey Day post image

There's often a feeling of sleepiness, of slight lagging, that accompanies a grey day in the winter. My head lifts off of the pillow in the morning only to desperately long to be placed back down again, back into that same warm indentation that it created during early morning's sweet sleep. As I stare out my bedroom window, out at the color-less atmosphere, the murky fish tank that surrounds so completely, I can almost see a quiet solitude flutter down, like a feather or ash, and ... {more please!}

Cozy Left-Overs: Cheesy Turkey Tamale Soup, A South-Of-The-Border Inspiration

Cozy Left-Overs: Cheesy Turkey Tamale Soup, A South-Of-The-Border Inspiration post image

Let's be honest, we're all pretty “turkey-ed out” by now, aren't we? Here a turkey, there a turkey, everywhere a turkey. But here's the unavoidable issue: there's still some left-over turkey in the fridge, mocking you, begging to be used in a creative, cozy and unique way. “Psst—hey!” It says, “Don't forget I'm in here; do something with me!” What to do, what to do, hmm... . Well, as far as I'm concerned, after a nice, rich Thanksgiving Day meal, I'm looking for some lighter fare, ... {more please!}

Oktoberfest Stew And Shiny, Happy People

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It kind of makes me chuckle, but fall brings out the “eager participant” in me. It’s not that I’m otherwise antisocial, per se; I’m just typically not the biggest fan of large crowds, or going to gatherings where people get packed-in together like sardines in a tin can. For some mystical reason, as the cooler seasons move in, I actually start to crave the opportunities for my family and I to gather together with others of a similar mindset; others that simply have a spirit to ... {more please!}

Cozy Cameo: Golden Split Pea Soup, Handed Over

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What a beautiful thing a simple bowl of soup can be Heartwarming and spirit warming Soothing and savory Velvety, golden, flavorful liquid Simmered gently under love’s watchful eye Becomes full with the essence of nurture An essence the heart will not deny Golden, nourishing, flowing morsel Ladled with care into a rustic bowl Gets handed over from my hands into yours To give uplift and warming comfort to your soul Taste what’s good and pass it on. Ingrid Golden Split Pea Soup with Smoked Ham and ... {more please!}