Curried Butternut Squash & Roasted Garlic Soup Slow Cooker & Instant Pot

I just stepped out of the kitchen to write this weeks post. It’s raining, and home with just my 8 year old we baked fresh scones for a neighbor in need and a soup for the week. So much of this experience reminds me of the James Beard quote “Food is our common ground, a universal experience.”

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Vegetarian Red Lentil Curry with Coconut

Red Lentil Dal

Shopping list at a glance: onion, garlic, chili, tomato paste, red lentils, vegetable broth, coconut milk

From your pantry at a glance: olive oil, salt, pepper

Red Lentil Curry with Coconut
Prep Time: 10m, Cook Time: 6 hours LOW / 3 hours HIGH, Servings: 6
  1. 1 tbsp light olive oil
  2. 1 1/2 cups / 1 medium onion, small dice
  3. 2 tsp / 4 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1 Indian Dal blend
  5. 1/2 tsp salt
  6. 1/4 tsp black pepper, ground
  7. 2 tbsp tomato paste
  8. 1 cup red lentils, washed and picked over
  9. 1 1/4 cups vegetable broth
  10. 1 can coconut milk, light or full fat
  1. heat oil in a skillet on medium; sauté onion & garlic for 2 minutes
  2. transfer onion mixture to slow cooker
  3. sprinkle the Indian Dal blend; add the salt, pepper, tomato paste, red lentils, broth & coconut milk
  4. stir, cover and cook on LOW: 6 hours or HIGH: 2 1/2 - 3 hours
  5. spoon the dal over brown basmati rice or serve as a curry side dish with naan bread
the zen of slow cooking

Cilantro Chicken Curry

I have no access to a slow cooker for two weeks as we live out of holiday rentals (although a slow cooker would be a great addition!)

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Summer Dips Made Easy

Inside my fridge lies a myriad of random pots filled with leftovers. The pantry is lined with a Dal Dip 3legion of sample spices and heirloom beans from suppliers all over the country. My counter is decked with 3 slow cookers and an Instant Pot, and my kitchen is in constant “test mode” due to the nature of our food business.  Continue reading

Chilled Spicy Cauliflower Soup

In an effort to reduce the heat in my kitchen my slow cooker came to the rescue this week when our AC broke down, on the IMG_4417hottest day of the year nonetheless.  Continue reading