American-Irish Guinness Stew

INGREDIENTS: 2 tbsp olive oil 2 lb beef stew meat (chuck or roast)  3 garlic cloves , minced 1 sweet onion, chopped 6 oz bacon, diced 3 tbsp cornstarch 2  11 oz bottles of Guinness Stout (not GF) 4 tbsp  Worcestershire (not NSF) 3 cups beef broth  2 medium carrots , peeled and sliced on a bias 1 inch thick 2 large celery stalks , sliced on a bias 1…

Corn and Crab Chowder

We are enjoying rare snowfall in Tennessee. Cold weather screams for soups. Tonight I am finishing up crab from Valentines Day dinner in my own version of a chowder. This one is not night shade free although it is gluten and cow dairy free. INGREDIENTS: 4 tablespoons olive oil 3/ 4 a cup of diced…

Garlic Smashed Potatoes

These are so easy and so delicious. It is a wonderful alternative to baked potatoes or mashed potatoes. They are almost like the best parts of a potato skin appetizer. Add bacon, chives or sour cream for a divine app! INGREDIENTS: 1 dozen yellow baby potatoes 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 cloves garlic, pressed 1…

Old Fashioned Caramel Popcorn

Popcorn is the perfect vessel for everything from savory to sweet. We love to experiment with it in our house. We pop it in an air popper although my childhood love affair with popcorn began with Jiffy Pop. These days we top it with all kinds of things from brewers yeast to truffle oil. Here…

Meatball hack

I LOVE  meatballs but I detest rolling them and frying them in small batches.  It takes forever and it spatters.   I picked up this little trick  a while back.  They are every bit as good as pan fried but in a tenth of the time.   Just use a small scoop and scoop them out into…