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    Dark Days Week 12: Vegetable Soup with Millet

    I almost took this week’s Dark Days Challenge off–I just haven’t been that excited about what we’ve eaten lately. We’re working hard to eat down the freezer and pantry supplies, but that means more of the same ol’ same ol’.  It seems like every meal has frozen green beans, corn or broccoli mixed in with a jar of tomato sauce or vegetable stock. There are only so many times you can throw those in a pot, shake them up and expect something new to come out. It doesn’t help when some of the other Dark Days Challengers are coming out with meals like this: Thrift at Home’s Lamb Bone with…

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    Some days you just need Old-Fashioned

    Well Minnesota. Looks like we’re not going to squeak out that mild winter after all. This morning I’m watching cars creep by outside and the snow pile up on the lawn. I might get to bust out those new snowshoes yet! Days like today call for an extra-large sweater and old-fashioned hearty dishes. Something that sticks with you as you trudge out in the cold, but brings back warm memories of family and fireplaces. Baked beans anyone? Okay. So maybe it’s just me that craves baked beans when it’s cold and snowy. I get that they are an All-American picnic food, meant to be eaten with potato salad, ribs and…