Red Bean Chili

This red bean chili is a fall favorite in my house. I love to make it once it starts getting cold out. Who doesn't love a good chili recipe? It's got a secret ingredient too...cocoa. Who'd a thought, but I'm telling you it works! This recipe comes from one of my favorite food blogs, Smitten Kitchen.  I did make some slight modifications (a little extra cocoa, cough cough), but other than that this recipe is golden. I. Love. Red Bean Chili. It's like a heartier version of a taco without the shell and there's so much that can go with…

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Ratatouille — A Classic Vegetarian Dish

I'm pretty sure my inspiration to try out Ratatouille was actually the adorable Disney movie. Remy made me want to try it. So I made it for the first time a couple of years ago and my husband and I love it. It warms you right up with a mix of creamy tomato and béchamel sauces that have a little zing from hot red pepper flakes. The veggies all stacked into one another look pretty elegant too. I always feel fancy when I make this dish.  I'll admit this ratatouille takes a fair bit of prep work, but it's all…

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