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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 Holiday: Cheesy Potatoes au Gratin, And Bundling Up To Embrace The Cold Outside

A Cozy Holiday: Cheesy Potatoes au Gratin, And Bundling Up To Embrace The Cold Outside post image

The little traditions and special family rituals that go along with the holidays are very precious to me. I take comfort in them, and set them apart from any other little things that we do in our day to day lives as a family; because we seem to have come up with them — created them — specifically to invoke a sense of coziness, magic, warmth and connection with the spiritual, which is so very important to our family. And though each year the weeks leading ... {more please!}

A Cozy Resolution: I’ve Got No Beef With Italian-Style Turkey Meatloaf

A Cozy Resolution: I’ve Got No Beef With Italian-Style Turkey Meatloaf post image

Ah...I just love when a classic comfort food can be turned into a lighter, healthier version of itself; don't you? Classic meatloaf, when done right, is succulent, moist and tender; it's a savory, flavorful and herb-a-licious little slice of heaven topped off with a sweet-tangy, caramelized tomato-y crust, fork-tender and ready to be slid into a fluffy pile of mashed potatoes, scooped up and popped into the mouth only to melt away slowly, and warmly. Softly. Mmm...meatloaf...(I feel a bit like Homer Simpson when he speaks ... {more please!}

Oktoberfest Stew And Shiny, Happy People

Oktoberfest Stew And Shiny, Happy People post image

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!}

Four-Potato Gratin, And Feeling The Breath Of Fall On My Skin

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As my husband and I stood there at the tip-top of Arbor Street in Pasadena overlooking the Lower Arroyo Seco filled with California Oak trees twisted up like old, gnarled fingers, we were awed by the site of the early evening sky on fire with fall. Our nostrils were filled with the sweet scent of the purple-leaved trees that love to shed and create a pastel carpet on the lawns and street below and the slightly damp and mossy smell all too familiar in Pasadena at ... {more please!}