Meals you can make ahead of time. Just the thing for when you have people over and don’t want to be stressing in the kitchen. (Check out my collection of Slow Cooker recipes too.)

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Shrimp Escabeche

Shrimp Escabeche

Quickly cook the shrimp, deglaze the pan with a splash of wine, warm the fennel, carrots, celery,...

Cocoa Pecan Truffles

Cocoa Pecan Truffles

A delicious and nutritious treat for everyday and holidays. Keep a few in the fridge and freeze...

Panna Cotta

Panna Cotta

Panna cotta is a dessert made with lightly sweetened cream that is delicious with fresh berries,...

Osso Buco

Osso Buco

Osso buco refers to a cross-cut piece of beef shank that exposes the "hole in the bone" and...

Gravlax

Gravlax

Salmon is easy to cure at home but for some reason has people intimidated. No more! As long as you...

Barbacoa

Barbacoa

I love the limey acidity in this slow cooked, spicy beef that I like to serve as soft tacos with...

Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Oven space is always at a premium when you're cooking a holiday meal, especially Thanksgiving, so...

Pot Roast (Beef or Bison)

Pot Roast (Beef or Bison)

  Pot roast, daube, stew, even ragu, they're all very similar: meat seasoned and browned on...

Spicy Winter Squash Soup

Spicy Winter Squash Soup

Collecting colorful winter squash and cooking up a batch of soup without having to first go to the...

Slow Cooker Carnitas

Slow Cooker Carnitas

"It's like bacon!" exclaimed my 11 year old. He tolerates my creations of squash and beans and...

Three Bean Salad

Three Bean Salad

Got cooked beans you need to use? Make a bean salad and you'll have something to eat for lunch or...

Spinach Lasagna

Spinach Lasagna

Simple cooking relies on the best tasting, best quality ingredients. For lasagna, that means...

Black Bean Chili

Black Bean Chili

What did Julia Child order when she went to Cafe Beaujolais in Mendocino CA?  This chili!  No...

Winter Squash Enchiladas

Winter Squash Enchiladas

Jumbled together in bins at the market, you'll find all kinds of winter squash: Delicata,...

Crab Cakes

Crab Cakes

  I'm not going to lie. These babies are a project. On the upside, make them ahead (night...

Chipotle Chicken Chili

Chipotle Chicken Chili

  Start stocking canned beans and chipotle peppers in your pantry so you can make this spicy...

Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Can we talk about San Marzano tomatoes?  Wow!  This sauce!  Simple ingredients, yet so rich and...

Eggplant Lasagna

Eggplant Lasagna

Roasted eggplant slices baked in layers with parmesan and a meaty, creamy, tomato-y sauce...you'll...

Rustic Chard Tart

Rustic Chard Tart

The savory tarts of the Mediterranean are my inspiration for this Rustic Chard Tart, a slice of...

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