Maybe Popeye liked the canned stuff or maybe he liked the convenience of canned spinach when it came to protecting the lovely Olive Oyl. Whatever the reason, I think he, as well as many a cartoon-watching child, would love the fresh stuff. So, what makes spinach so delightful?
Mother Nature, I want my Crock-Pot back. This time last week, it was fall in the Mile High City. From the 48 degree weather emerged pea coats, tall boots and the promise of nippy evening walks accompanied by piping hot PSLs and crunchy leaves.
Today is National Cheeseburger Day. But before we get too far into that, a quick anecdote from my childhood: The year was 2000, it was Mother’s Day, and I was a punk kid. And as a punk kid, I fussed and whined when my mom asked me to do the dishes after lunch. Your instincts are probably telling you I was some spoiled, undisciplined brat growing up, but that’s simply not true—I just really hated doing the dishes.
My dad always told me that I shouldn't hide my gifts; that I should take them out in the world so they could fully gestate for all to see. The only time this tried and true advice doesn't apply is when cooking a cheeseburger. If your gift lies in searing ground-up patties, then covering it up isn't just acceptable - it's encouraged.
Autumn is my favorite time of year for several reasons. First off, I was born in October so I naturally gravitate toward the fall season. Then there’s pumpkin everything, hot toddies, warm blankets, snuggles with my fiancé and my cats, and stew. Lots and lots of warm, filling autumn stew. Read on for more awesomeness about stew...