Slow Cooker Baked Apples

Slow Cooker Baked Apples

My personal feeling is that baked apples are usually quite a bit sweeter than they need to be. So, here you have this very simple, barely sweet version – with warm, fragrant spices, and just a touch of oats! With the ease … Continue reading

Winter Stew with Potatoes, Barley, and Lentils

Winter Stew with Potatoes, Barley, and Lentils

My father-in-law was reminiscing a few years ago about a family dish his mom used to make when he was a little boy. It was a stew, he recalled in great detail, with beef, beans, and root vegetables. He posed … Continue reading

Best Split Pea Soup

Best Split Pea Soup

This recipe has a long history, and goes back several decades. My mom made a wonderful split pea soup, and when I was growing up, it was always one of my favorites. She would top it with “buttered toast squares” … Continue reading

Cranberry, Apple, and Pear Slow Cooked Crumble

Cranberry, Apple, and Pear Slow Cooked Crumble

As a great fan of desserts that practically make themselves, this recipe is among my favorites. It’s a medley of winter fruits, and really shines around the holidays because it features the beauty and flavor of whole fresh cranberries. These … Continue reading

Chai-Spiced Steel Cut Oats

Chai-Spiced Steel Cut Oats

My mighty slow cookers (of almost every size) continue to get a heavy workout during Michigan’s ultra-cold winter months. A few weeks ago, I shared one of my favorite reasons – Breakfast Bean And Tofu Burritos – inspired by Kathy Hester’s book (Vegan … Continue reading

Breakfast Tofu and Bean Burritos

Breakfast Tofu and Bean Burritos

My slow cooker and I have been pretty good friends for a long time, but I’m head-over-heals in love with it now, thanks to Kathy Hester’s newest book, Vegan Slow Cooking for Two or Just for You. As a fan … Continue reading

Spicy Chana Masala

Spicy Chana Masala

Chana Masala is the name of a slightly spicy chickpea stew, and also refers to the name of the complex spice blend used to make that dish. A big thank-you goes to my sister-in-law Janet, for sharing her recipe with … Continue reading

Best Veggie Chili

Best Veggie Chili

Preparing soups and stews is so therapeutic, and one of my favorite comfort foods during Michigan’s coldest months is this three-bean chili. Not only is this chili spicy, it’s layered with deep, satisfying flavor. It’s probably even better the next … Continue reading