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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!}

A Cozy Autumn Breakfast: Autumn Sweet Potato Hash, A Vibrantly Comforting Morning Companion

A Cozy Autumn Breakfast: Autumn Sweet Potato Hash, A Vibrantly Comforting Morning Companion post image

The fall is replete with colors that amaze and awaken the bleary eyes. Shocks of brightness coupled with pops of savory flavor enliven the soul on a late morning when the appetite is making itself known and “inspired” food is exactly what it craves. Now, blazing orange sweet potatoes are an amazing part of this perfect fall bounty, as well as are the fragrant spices and savory nuances that can be mingled and married to create the perfect breakfast that is reflective of this spectacular time ... {more please!}

A Cozy Sandwich: The Patty Melt, Childhood Memories And The Ties That Bind

A Cozy Sandwich: The Patty Melt, Childhood Memories And The Ties That Bind post image

Oh, do I ever enjoy listening to my husband talk about the cozy and happy memories he has of spending time with his beloved great-grandpa, Shay, when he was just a boy! Shay (short for Sherman) was born in 1901 in rural Kansas, in a time before cars were the norm, and when indoor plumbing and phones in every home were a rarity. He was an unpretentious, no-frills kind of man, a sweet and inspiring soul who always had a smile on his face and a ... {more please!}

Cozy BBQ Buddy: “Li’l Slice of Heaven” Cornbread For The Soul That Searches For A Taste

Cozy BBQ Buddy: “Li’l Slice of Heaven” Cornbread For The Soul That Searches For A Taste post image

Admittedly, it can be a little challenging to see all of the little blessings in life and “taste” that little piece of heaven here on earth through all of the murkiness that often surrounds us. Big, warm smiles and gentle common courtesies seem fewer and farther between, as we know one another less intimately than perhaps we did in generations past and so have less invested, and therefore care a little less about what happens outside of our own direct sphere. We seem to have less ... {more please!}

A Cozy Appetizer: “French Onion Soup” Stix, A Whacky Take On An Old Fave

A Cozy Appetizer: “French Onion Soup” Stix, A Whacky Take On An Old Fave post image

As you can probably tell, sometimes I like to get a little whacky with my recipes. I think it's my way of not taking food, or myself, too seriously at all. I mean, let's face it, food is fun! It's meant to be played with in creative ways. Unique presentations of some old favorites are always a good thing; they bring an element of surprise and freshness to a classic that we love and know well, making it interesting and even a touch whimsical. And the ... {more please!}