Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers with Parmesan Basil Polenta

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Super simple, ready when you are, slow cooker Sausage and Peppers.  No cooking ahead of time, just dump everything into the slow cooker and go.  The Parmesan Basil Polenta makes a great pairing and takes five minutes to make.  Yep, five.  Hungry yet? Halloween is over and Christmas is....EVERYWHERE.  Already. It's only been four days and there are commercials for Christmas specials, wreaths hanging in the shopping center parking lots, pre-Black Friday sales.  Did someone … [Read more...]

Short Rib and Taleggio Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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Rich meaty short ribs combined with creamy, smooth taleggio cheese make this the world's best grilled cheese sandwich. This, my friends, is the ultimate comfort food. I've been struggling to write this post for almost a week.  I wanted to share this amazing sandwich with all of you so you could use up your leftover Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs. ;-)  I wanted to share it immediately but, life.  Sometimes it throws you a wicked curve ball.  One that can leave you reeling for days.  One that … [Read more...]

Easy Homemade Chicken Stock

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The secret to a well-"stocked" kitchen....homemade Chicken Stock. Up your cooking game with a supply of this easy, tasty, golden chicken stock and boost the flavor of all your home cooked meals. You'll never buy store stock again. This is the one ingredient I can't ever get enough of.  Every soup, stew or sauce that calls for chicken stock starts with this recipe.  I "stock"pile it.  I try my best to always have it available but occasionally, I'll have to use that stuff in a box.  It just … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Braised Beef Short Ribs with Herbed Spaetzle

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Rich, meaty short ribs cooked all day long become super tender and melt in your mouth. Suitable for entertaining even the pickiest dinner guests, this is  comfort food taken to a higher level. You will never cook short ribs any other way again.  It's easier than you think!   It's all about technique my friends.  If you take your time you can make something so simple knee-bucklingly sinful.  I kid you not.  I've learned a lot in my few years of blogging but the one thing that has … [Read more...]

The Best Meatballs and Stove Top Marinara Ever

The Best Meatballs and Stove Top Marinara EVER | The Suburban Soapbox

Super savory, tender meatballs and an easy stove top marinara both contain a secret ingredient that put them in a league of their own.  No other meatball can compare....these are not your mama's meatballs.  I read a lot of cooking publications....magazines, books, web articles.  Sooooo much information that I rarely remember everything....but sometimes I come across a zinger.  A game changer....a tip that can change everything.  At least in the kitchen.  And I go at it with reckless … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala Stew

Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala Stew | The Suburban Soapbox

The most amazing slow cooker recipe, ever.  This hearty Chicken Marsala Stew will quickly become a family favorite and is ready to eat when you walk in the door after a busy day.  Lighter and more heart healthy than many stew recipes, you won't feel weighed down after eating a bowl.  Room for dessert! According to Facebook, school has started everywhere....but here.  It's still summer in my 'hood.  The kids are still riding their bikes through the neighbors landscaping and sucking every … [Read more...]

Open-Faced Pulled Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches

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These easy to make sandwiches require very little prep time!  The chicken is made in the slow cooker and takes only two ingredients....no browning required.  A few minutes of assembly and some time under the broiler make them the best for busy weeknight dinners. You know those days....the days that go horribly wrong and all you want is something comforting to eat.  Those days that you were late to work because you may have overslept but still didn't get enough sleep because that was the … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Kahlua Pork with Sweet Chili Pineapple Sauce

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Dreaming of a trip to Hawaii?  This Slow Cooker Kahlua Pork with Sweet Chili Pineapple Sauce can, at least, take your taste buds there.  Perfectly seasoned and so tender it will melt in your mouth, it's like your own personal luau right in your kitchen!   I dream of visiting Hawaii.  I know a ton of people who have been there....and gone back.....multiple times.  That's usually a good sign that it's a winner as far as vacation destinations go.  People, generally, do not visit a place … [Read more...]

Mushroom Bolognese

Mushroom Bolognese | The Suburban Soapbox

A vegetarian twist on the classic meat filled Bolognese recipe.  Thick and hearty, even your biggest carnivore will love this sauce.  This is a great way to get more veggies into your meals. Pasta Bolognese is one of my family's favorite meals.  We love it so much, my Secret Bolognese Sauce is always readily available in the freezer.  I will confess, it's not very healthy...not at all.  So we can't eat it all the time or....you know....pants will not fit, butts will get big.  You get it. … [Read more...]

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with 6 Great Recipes

St Patrick's Day Recipes | The Suburban Soapbox

St. Patrick's Day always sneaks up on me even though it's one of my favorite festive days of the year.  The Irish really know how to party....unfortunately, I can never keep up...I'm that person in the corner of the bar waiting for the night to end.  Beer is not my friend....but I look fabulous in green.  If I could go to an Irish pub and eat the filling comfort food with one or two pints without going deaf on St. Patrick's Day, that's my idea of a good time.  I know, lame.  I will probably be … [Read more...]