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Fall Flavors Shepherd’s Pie

I think all of us find ourselves from time to time stuck in a food rut. You know what I’m talking about, when you feel like you’re always cooking the same dishes. I don’t know about you, but I get bored.

So the other day I was looking to try something new. Instead of coming up with something I’d never made before, I decided to re-think something we make fairly often: Shepherd’s Pie.

I’ve shared our regular Shepherd’s Pie recipe before, and I like it a lot. But I’ve had a thing for sweet potatoes lately, ever since the weather started to cool. I love the flavors of fall, and I wanted something comforting. So I threw some stuff together.

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My Mom’s Pot Roast

Well, friends…

I’m going to let you in on a secret. Well, it’s not that much of a secret really.

My mom pretty much hates to cook. It’s not one of her gifts, really. She’s great at sewing and doing things with color and listening to your problems and a lot of other things, but would prefer to not have to cook anything ever.

That being said, she makes a good pot roast. And if my mom makes it, you know that it can’t be complicated. (more…)

Pastys

Well, it may be spring, but here in Minnesota the weather has been rather capricious, vacillating mercilessly between winter and summer. The weekend was beautiful, but the new week was heralded by thunderstorms and cooler temperatures again. Looks like the entire week will be like this.

It’s the kind of weather that makes me want to eat oatmeal and drink hot chocolate and curl up with a good book.

And eat comfort food for dinner.

That’s where this recipe comes in.  It’s one of my grandma’s, but I don’t have a scanned version since she decided to throw away her recipe card for this one when we were cleaning out her old recipe box because she knows it by heart.

These are called “pastys,” pronounced like “past-eez,” not like the color my skin gets in the winter.

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