Roasted Garlic and Sweet Onion Jam

Savory jams are great as an appetizer, and adding a thick, rich layer of your favorite cream cheese turns an ordinary piece of toasted bread into a delectable bite.

I first made this jam for Thanksgiving, but everyone enjoyed it so much, I made it again to give as gifts to my friends at Christmas.  The sweet components of the roasted garlic, onions and brown sugar perfectly balance the acid from the vinegar and the heat in the chili flakes.

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Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

Single digits on the thermometer outside means steaming bowls of rich, satisfying soup inside. Using the slow cooker for this recipe gets you out of the kitchen fast, and the reward is a deep rich broth with smoky caramelized onions. A big bowl of this soup topped with a quick toast of some bread, and creamy Gruyere cheese will warm you from the inside out and chase those bitter temperatures away.
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French Dip Sandwiches with Caramelized Onions

Italian French Dip Sandwiches with Caramelized Onions

It is your turn to host the gang’s next football gathering, but you have no idea what to serve? It’s late in the season, and everyone has grown tired of the cheese dips, five-alarm chilis, platters of spicy buffalo wings, and countless boxes of delivery pizza. It’s time for something different this week.

Serve this savory herb-infused beef sandwich, and you’ll have a touch-down long before the first kick-off! The slow cooking tenderizes the meat to the point where all you have to do is pull it apart with two forks, and the caramelized onions add just a hint of sweetness and the perfect amount of crunch.

Plus the convenience of using your slow cooker allows you time to get ready for the big game and not spend all of your time in the kitchen!

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Caramelized Onion, Mushrooms and Gruyere Quiche

Caramelized Onion, Mushrooms and Gruyere Quiche

Weekday mornings are most often very hurried, making sure our daughter ready for school, the dog is walked and fed and I’m ready to go at 7:30 AM.  If I’m able to work in a quick healthy breakfast during that time, it’s been a successful morning.

The weekends; however, are more along my favored speed, where I can plan out and take my time preparing a nice flavorful, delicious breakfast like this caramelized onion, mushroom and Gruyere quiche.  If you read my books, this recipe may sound familiar.  It was featured in my second book, ‘The Enlightenment, Book Two in the Tori Cooper Novels’.

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