Category Archives: Soups, Stews & Chili

Sierra Nevada Stout Slow Cooker Beef Stew

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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

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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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