The 9th Annual Volk/Watson Christmas Extravaganza: Sushi (and a Surprise!)

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If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you'll know that every year my family has a massive Christmas party in Newfoundland called an at-home, where friends and friends-of-friends drop by for a few hours in the afternoon on their way to other Christmas parties, most likely. … [Read more...]

Slow-Cooker Lamb Neck Tagine with Chickpeas and Cinnamon

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If you think lamb is too expensive, this is the recipe for you. Whereas a leg of lamb will usually cost you ~$30-$40, a deboned lamb shoulder costs maybe $15, and cheaper still is the lamb neck. Yes, there's more fat, and a lot of it is bones, but they're easy to pick out, add a … [Read more...]

Cider-Braised Turkey Thigh and why the Oven is Better than a Slow Cooker

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How could anything be better than the fix-it-and-forget-it mentality of slow cookers and their resulting fork tender meat? you ask. Excellent question. In a slow cooker, the skin (if you use it) ends up flimsy and gelatinous, even if you sear it beforehand. The only work … [Read more...]

Baby it’s Cold Outside: The Best Soups, Stews and Slow Cooker Recipes

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This should be illegal, this cold weather. My nose thought it was done almost freezing off for the year. But it got a nasty surprise the other day when the cold snap came. Now my nose hates me. And all it wants is soup. Fortunately, that's something I can get into. … [Read more...]

Sweet and Spicy Slow-Cooker Turkey with Pinto Beans

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I kind of cheated on this one. Instead of making a sauce, I just threw in a bunch of my frozen Heinz on Crack (sweet and spicy tomato jam). So if you make this recipe, don't replace it with ketchup or salsa. It won't be the same. The bones you see are the ones I took the … [Read more...]