Bison Chipotle Chili

Bison Chipotle Chili

Bison Chipotle Chili

If you don’t love football season for football, you have to love it for the chili. There’s nothing like a crockpot full of chili on a cool Sunday evening – and having dinner done without much hassle frees the rest of day for watching football, an afternoon hike, or whatever else fall inspires you to do.

Flavored with smoky chipotle chili power,  our bison chipotle chili has two additional secret ingredients –  apple cider and unsweetened chocolate. The apple cider brings natural sweetness, and the chocolate brings a depth of flavor without leaving much of itself behind.

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Moroccan spiced carrot and sweet potato fries

Moroccan Carrot and Sweet Potato Fries

There’s a certain ripe, heavy sweetness at the end of the summer, a couple of weeks when colors are brighter and smells are deeper. The grass is thicker and greener than it has been or will be, and the rain on the sidewalk returns a quick, sharp memory of rain on the sidewalk 10 summers… 

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Vietnamese Beef Meatballs

Vietnamese Beef Meatballs

This recipe was inspired by a visit to the ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen that opened in Columbia last month. ShopHouse, owned and operated by Chipotle Mexican Grill, offers dishes inspired by Singapore, Vietnam and Indonesia in the same you-pick style as Chipotle. For the last couple of years Chipotle has been our family’s  favorite – and… 

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Chicken basil stir fry with walnuts

Chicken Basil Stir Fry with Walnuts

Lately my seven-year-old has been on strike from eating foods that don’t start with “grilled” and end in “cheese.” Meal times have been a roller coaster ride, with H.T. claiming he ate 5 minutes ago, is sick to his stomach,  or  – new- is concerned that X, Y or Z causes sudden death from cancer…. 

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The Shenandoah Sour: Whiskey and Blackberry Lemonade

The Shenandoah Sour: Whiskey and Blackberry Lemonade + 12 Places to Visit in the Shenandoah

Today I’m taking inspiration from our  last-summer-hoorah  trip to the Shenandoah Valley to bring you a pretty little cocktail with some serious Virginia flavor. Born from a traditional whiskey sour, the Shenandoah Sour is flavored with good, local whiskey and the wild blackberries that are native to the Blue Ridge Mountains. We had so much fun… 

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Garlic Dill Refrigerator Pickles

Garlic Dill Refrigerator Pickles

  As most backyard gardeners can tell you, every growing season varies. In Maryland, the weather for the past few summers has ranged from fairly hot and dry, with temperatures in the mid-90s, to mild with the occasional rain, such as it has been this summer. Cucumbers don’t seem to mind what the temperature will be… 

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Roasted Mini Peppers

Roasted Mini Peppers

Four or five years ago  when I was taking J.B. to his annual dentist check up, we took the elevator up just a single floor to the dentist office because he loved to the push the buttons. He was maybe five at the time, and an elevator ride seemed like a reasonable consolation prize for a… 

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Peach Breakfast Muffins

Peach Breakfast Muffins

H.T. starts second grade this morning. He’s sitting next to me right now, spreading blueberry jelly on a whole wheat waffle and chattering about the necklace he has in his pocket. He got the necklace from a gum ball machine Saturday and can’t wait to give to another seven-year-old named Aja who he is suddenly… 

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Watermelon Heirloom Tomato Salad

Watermelon Heirloom Tomato Salad

It’s supposed to be 90 degrees outside later today – so downright hot that I may load the boys up in the Mini and take them to the pool one last time before it closes for good for Labor Day. Still – there’s something of fall in the air right now – a kind of… 

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Cucumber Avocado Soup

Cucumber Avocado Soup + Dan Barber’s “The Third Plate,” Lessons for the Home Cook

  Ready to put down the whisk for a minute and geek-out with me, foodies? I just finished Dan Barber’s “The Third Plate,” the foodie book a the top of my summer reading list because of its focus on sustainability and because it got fantastic reviews from everyone from iconic food writer and editor Ruth Reichl to the… 

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J's All-Day Marinara Sauce

J’s All-Day Marinara Sauce

Last Saturday J. brought home 30 pounds of local tomatoes in a big box, purchased for an irresistible $15 from Frank’s, a local greenhouse and produce market and once of our favorite places to go when the CSA take for the week didn’t quite round out our weekly menu. The tomatoes were fully ripe and a little ugly… 

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