Slow Cooker Southwest Lentil Soup

I love crockpot meals. I love throwing ingredients in the morning and coming home to a delicious meal ready made for me. Joe and I like to make crockpot meals on Wednesdays (which is Dungeons and Dragons night) so that we don’t have to worry about cooking when we are also meeting up with a bunch of other people in different time zones online. Lately, I’ve really wanted to find more vegetarian slow cooker recipes, which lead me to try this soup. Joe and I both liked it a lot and because it’s so easy we will certainly make it again often!

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The Taste of Summer: Burst Tomato Galette with Corn and Zucchini

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This time of year, I love eating everything with zucchini, corn, and tomatoes in it because they’re all in season and everywhere and at peak deliciousness… Eating any meal with these three ingredients will instantly transport me back to being a kid, walking through the garden with my mom, running around barefoot with my sister, shucking corn, and catching lightning bugs. The first time I made this galette, all I could think about what how every bite tasted like pure summer. I have made it three times already this summer, and I will likely make it again.

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Joe and my garden has been overflowing with zucchini and tomatoes, which is thrilling, but also terrifying because now we have to figure out what to do with so many tomatoes they completely cover our countertops. This galette has helped.

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Quick and Easy Zucchini Soup With a Side of Corn Fritters

This is the time of year in the midwest when everyone with a garden is starting to give away zucchini because their plant is producing so many you can’t possibly use them all up – even with a kitchen constantly churning out zucchini bread, zucchini noodles (I just fell in love with these in the past year!), ratatouille… you name it. Oh, unless it’s my garden we’re talking about, which so far has only produced a handful of tomatoes that refuse to ripen. Luckily, zucchini and corn are still easy to find, because I always crave it when it gets hot outside and the cicadas start to sing.

The soup recipe I love because it is incredibly quick and easy to make. Although very good, it’s flavor is a little one-note, so I feel it needs a strong side – I like making corn fritters to go with it. Continue reading “Quick and Easy Zucchini Soup With a Side of Corn Fritters”

Holiday Potlucks: Black Bean and Feta Salsa

Yesterday, my coworkers and I had a holiday potluck complete with a gift exchange and a Christmas carol or two. I was worried that lunch would end up being so many cookies and candies, so I made an effort to make something that would stand out from the rest of the heavy holiday fare. The following recipe is one that my mom started making several years ago. Every time she brought some to another party or get-together, at least one or two people asked her for the recipe. Those same parties usually saw me standing by the salsa bowl saying “just one more bite… just one more bite…” I was happy to make this again the other night, and happier still to find both myself and my husband with the leftovers, telling ourselves we’d have just one more bite… Continue reading “Holiday Potlucks: Black Bean and Feta Salsa”