Summer ended so abruptly this year that it felt like a rude visitor rushing out without saying a proper goodbye. It didn’t help that we went on vacation quite late, meaning that by the time we got back it was already the first day of September and my kiddo was starting preschool – yikes! Plus the weather in Paris got decidedly chilly as soon as back-to-school season rolled around, like it was in a hurry to make sure we knew summer was definitively over. Continue reading Slow Cooker Mexican Beef Stew
I often get asked about how to find grass-fed meat here in France, usually by expats who have lost their nutritional bearings when moving countries. There’s really no easy answer since organic does not at all guarantee that your meat will be exclusively pasture-raised; organic feed (comprised mainly of grains) is authorized and even prized by some producers as a badge of quality. Yeah, I know. Continue reading Slow Cooker Lamb Tajine
I’d been eyeing a slow cooker for ages and when I recently joined the club of working mothers, I decided it was finally time to invest in one. I am still giddy about my purchase and have been slowly making my way down a long list of recipes that are adapted to my new helper.
So it is that I have happily discovered that a beef chili lends itself quite graciously to being slow-cooked. If you don’t count the bean preparation (which is low on hands-on time, to be fair), this is fairly quick to prep and delicious to come home to. Continue reading Slow Cooker Beef Chocolate Chili