Slow Cooker Indian Summer Stew

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Many moons ago, I was a Montessori teacher (or Directress as we are known in the IAPM world). I worked with many wonderful women from Sri Lanka and India who introduced me to their amazingly flavorful cuisines. They would giggle at my white bread sandwiches and I would watch in awe as they would eat curries and rice dishes with chilies and spices I had never seen. It was an eye opening experience for a young adult from Orange County, California to encounter culture from so far away. Continue reading “Slow Cooker Indian Summer Stew”

Slow Cooker Taco Soup

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Back when I was a newlywed, I read that the average American family makes the same 9 meals on rotation. 9 meals. 9 meals? “How can the vast flavors of the world be explored in just 9 meals?” I wondered. I vowed then and there that I would never allow myself to become the “average American family” in that regard. I had only been cooking for a couple of years at this point and was bound and determined to explore food as much as my palate and budget would allow. Continue reading “Slow Cooker Taco Soup”

Slow Cooker Lentil Sloppy Joes

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As a child I was a very picky eater. Picky might even be an understatement. I went through “phases” of eating only boxed mac and cheese, bologna and Kraft singles “roll ups,” and fruit snacks. Getting me to eat much of anything was not an easy task. So when it was time to go to the week-long 6th grade science camp, it wasn’t being away from home for a week that made me nervous, it was the prospect of eating unfamiliar food that really freaked me out.

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