Slow Cooker Turkey Drumsticks

Drumsticks are my favorite part of the turkey but like most, I used to have them only once a year on Thanksgiving—until I learned how to make them in my slow cooker.  I like to brine my poultry for extra flavor and tenderness but you can skip this step if you like. Brining poultry is

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Lee’s Chunky Applesauce

Chunky applesauce

I bought a few Gala apples at the end of the summer that tasted kind of flat and flavorless so I just left them in the fridge, planning to turn them into pie or turnovers at some point.  Weeks later, craving something sweet and easy to make, I decided to turn my flavorless apples into

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Lee’s Homemade Pancakes

My grandson has given me a directive for his overnight visits: “You don’t ever have to ask what I want for breakfast, G. Lee. Just assume it will always be pancakes”). I love pancakes too but lacking his speedy metabolism, I don’t make them often.  One weekend morning when he wasn’t visiting, I woke up

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Vegetarian Bean Chili

I whip out this dish when I crave Chili Con Carne, but am all out of ground meat. And since this version is just as hearty, I don’t miss it. The beans are the star here and I use whichever I have on hand—kidney, pinto, black, or a combination of these—it doesn’t matter. (Kidney beans

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Shakshuka (Poached Eggs in Tomato Sauce)

closeup photo of shakshouka in a skillet

My first taste of this classic Middle Eastern dish was at an entirely inauthentic location—a fast casual tea shop near my job. Nevertheless, it was an amazing experience. I’m no stranger to tomato sauces, but I’d never had one in quite this way—zesty and seasoned with earthy spices like paprika and cumin. Paired with a

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