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Slow Cooker Beef Stew

The weather has been lovely and cold, so I have been craving some real fall food. Something ultra thick, rich, and full of flavor. After Googling aimlessly for awhile, I remembered the binder of recipes collecting dust on a shelf in my living room. I cracked it open and BOOM — there was my trusty ole slow cooker beef stew recipe that I’ve been making for several years. I *think* it’s a modified version of one I found on All Recipes, but the page is pretty beat up after all this time. Check out the hearty goodness. Rich, thick enough to stand your spoon up in (the way a like a stew), and amazing with a crusty bread. What’s your favorite fall food? Slow Cooker Beef Stew   Print Prep time 25 mins Cook time 12 hours Total time 12 hours 25 mins   A super thick, very hearty, flavorful beef stew. Author: Cat Serves: 6 Ingredients 1 crockpot liner (optional, but it makes for easy clean up!) 2 pounds stew meat, cubed 1 large onion, chopped 1½ cups beef broth ½ cup port wine 3 diced potatoes 4 large carrots, sliced 1 stalk celery, chopped ¼ cup flour 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon Wochestershire sauce ½ teaspoon salt 2 cloves minced garlic 1 bay leaf 1 packet of beef stew seasonings (this is the stuff of magic) Instructions Dump all of the ingredients in the slow cooker and toss to evenly distribute the spices and coat the meat. Cover and cook on low for 12 hours or high for 6. Serve and enjoy! 3.4.3177... read more

Unconventional Thanksgiving Leftovers Dishes

One of the best (the best) things about Thanksgiving is when you’re lucky enough to have leftovers to last you through the weekend. I don’t know about you but by the time Turkey Day is over I’ve worked so hard I don’t want to have to put too much thought into cooking for at least another week, BUT I’m still vibing on the delicious Gobble Day flavors and am inundated with Tupperware containers full of green beans and mashed potatoes. The only thing to do is just relax and and become best friends with the microwave over the next couple of days, or you could put a little effort in to create some real masterpieces. Here’s a roundup of some of the most interesting and delicious options to make your T-Day leftovers spectacular. Milk Bar’s Thanksgiving Croissants Thanksgiving Xiaolongbao Thanksgiving Leftovers Eggs Benedict Thanksgiving Sushi Turkey and Brussels Sprout Quesadillas ‘ Loaded Mashed Potato... read more

Thursday Link Rodeo: Potatoes

Forget a roundup – this here is a link rodeo! It’s a collection of cool/exciting/delicious food news, recipes, and more that we’ve encountered recently. Yeehaw. Or something.  This week’s rodeo is hosted by a potato. 1. Loaded baked potato bar from us. 2. TATER TOTCHOS. These were SO good. 3. Creamy potato salad from Brie! 4. Sweet potato biscuits from us. 5. Steak, onion, and potato breakfast hash from us. I think I may need to make this again for breakfast... read more

Gluten-Free Thanksgiving

You heard me right. Gluten-free Thanksgiving. (With the exception of those Hawaiian sweet rolls, everything on this table is gluten-free). And to redeem my table decorating skills, here’s what it looked like when I actually served dinner: I dove into this adventure because a dear, dear friend ended up joining us for turkey day last year and they have a pretty rough time with gluten. I resolved to make sure they could have as yummy a day as the rest of us. To be clear, gluten-free basically means nothing that might have gluten in it — that’s wheat, barley, rye. It’s in most flours, and it’s often used as a thickening agent in other foods. A LOT of foods, actually. Going into a gluten-free Thanksgiving had me kind of freaked out, if I’m super honest. I wanted to make absolutely certain that I didn’t accidentally poison my friend. This lead to hours of Googling and researching the bajesus out of all these new recipes I could try out. In the end, it wasn’t hard. I eventually threw out those new recipes and returned to what I had already been making. That’s right. A gluten-free Thanksgiving required minimal changes from what I was already doing.

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Holiday Gift Guide: 2015

Here’s your gift guide for this holiday season. Whether you’re buying for someone you love or for your office’s white elephant exchange, I’ve rounded up some great nerdy options.

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Thank You!

To all the brave and wonderful people who have served and sacrificed. May you be properly honored and supported both emotionally and legislatively. You have our deepest gratitude. (Minecraft Love Gif from... read more

Seasonal Foods

I’ve never been a big fan of the “pumpkin spice” trend. Sure it tastes good, I love cinnamon and nutmeg, but when Autumn comes, that’s not the seasonal flavor that gets me excited. When it comes to a certain coffee corporation, the words “Salted Caramel” fill me with glee on their arrival and sorrow on their departure. I also get a warm tingly feeling somewhere deep when cartons of Eggnog start filling the shelves of my grocery store. Limited seasonal foods are some of the most delicious, and maybe that’s because we only see them for a couple months out of the year, but that doesn’t stop us from diving on them the moment we catch a whiff. What are some of your favorite seasonal foods? Do you love them for their own sake, or do you think if you had access to them year round that you wouldn’t consume them as much?... read more

Anatomy of a Halloween Party

Entertainment (a survival horror game from Frictional Games) Mummy dogs (recipe from Brie forthcoming)  Caramel Apple Sundaes (courtesy of Brandie) Cute animal in theme-appropriate hat Easy filler foods to fill up tummies but keep us out of the kitchen and engaging with guests. (Costco potato salad, crackers, artichoke dip) Bucket of candy for trick-or-treaters Lazy costume (I went as myself). What did you do for... read more

Brie’s Favorite Cooking Channels

The internet is an amazing place. For me, there was nothing, and then there was PBS with reruns of Julia Child, and episodes of America’s Test Kitchen, and then there was Food Network that was on all day. Now there’s a plethora of amazing chefs to watch any time I want with the click of a mouse. So, here’s some of my favorite YouTube cooking channels that are definitely worth checking out. Cooking with Dog Food Wishes My Drunk Kitchen Great Depression Cooking Sorted... read more

Thursday Link Rodeo

Forget a roundup – this here is a link rodeo! It’s a collection of cool/exciting/delicious food news, recipes, and more that we’ve encountered recently. Yeehaw. Or something.  This week’s rodeo is hosted by a pumpkin. 1. Pumpkin Spice Rice Crispy Treats from us! 2. Pumpkin and Ricotta Casserole from The Kitchn. 3. Pumpkin Pancakes from 4. Pumpkin Whoopie Pies from us! 5. Hot Pumpkin Pie Cocktail from The Cookie Rookie. What form of pumpkin are you... read more

Overcoming Anxiety: Grease Fires

Last week, while Brie was cooking up some DELICIOUS fried chicken, we had our first kitchen fire. Thankfully it was localized to the burner on the stove top, and Brandie and Brie’s mom knew exactly how to safely put it out. Nothing was damaged and no one was hurt, but it helped me realize that I’m in desperate need of a fire safety refresher. I figured I’d share it.

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We created this space in 2013 as a home for recipes, reviews, and entertaining tips for those on the nerdier end of the spectrum. Watch for new posts every Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday.
With our powers combined, we represent a culinary school grad, an aspiring astronaut, a culinary school dropout, social nerds, gamers, cinephiles, bibliophiles, laqueristas, food fanatics, social anxiety disorders, and more. It’s fun stuff. Oh! And Brandie is wife to Adam who is brother to Brie who is cousin to Cat! Clearly nerdiness runs in this family.


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