Category Archives: Soups, Stews & Chili

Sierra Nevada Stout Slow Cooker Beef Stew


Maybe it was the looming clouds and the threat of rain this week that made me crave beef stew. Maybe it was the fact that I’m getting over a cold. Or maybe I needed an excuse to buy a six-pack of Sierra Nevada Stout and invite our neighbor, Virginia, over for dinner. For the record, we have the coolest neighbor ever. Virginia is a sixty-somthing, semi-retired, celestial anthropologist who never ceases to engage in passionate conversation about her latest discoveries in the Southwest. Matt, Virginia, and I gobbled down this savory stew while we talked about everything from gardening to health to politics. A few hours and several Sierra Nevada Stouts later, we locked the chickens up for the evening and wished Virginia goodnight.
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Red Lentil Coconut Curry Soup


If there’s one thing I love, it’s creating something from nothing (or seemingly so). This soup is magic. Except for a giant bag of carrots, leftover cubed butternut squash, and a bottle of sriracha sauce, there was next to nothing in my fridge this afternoon. The last thing I wanted to do was go grocery shopping. Lucky for me, I keep my pantry well-stocked. I threw in a little tomato paste, a can of coconut cream, red lentils, some spices, and I made myself a delicious, velvety vegan soup with just the right balance of spicy heat. Hey, I’m not even vegan. This is a meat-eater-approved vegan soup.
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