Mushroom stroganoff is a vegetarian dish to cozy up to

Try this hearty, vegetarian twist on the classic Stroganoff. It’s creamy, cozy and just as easy to whip up as a meal for one as it is for a crowd. It’s that odd time of year when spring and winter seem to change guard every other day. We’re celebrating the arrival of longer days, yet we’re still bundled up in bulky sweaters and wool socks. The mushrooms substituting for meat make this meal filling without adding too much heaviness. You’ll be satisfied, yet still up for activity should spring decide it’s taking a late day shift. Mushroom Stroganoff Ingredients 1 (8 0unce) package of egg fettuccini noodles 1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 tbsp butter 3 (8 ounce) packages of sliced mushrooms, cremini or whatever you prefer 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp paprika 2 sprigs fresh thyme 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 2 tbsp flour 1/2 cups vegetable broth 1/2 cup sour…

Slow cooker mashed potatoes made easy

Jump to the fast track on Thanksgiving side dishes and make the most effortless slow cooker mashed potatoes ever. Just set the slow cooker to high, load it with redskin potatoes, add a little water, butter and garlic, and in about four hours you’ll have perfectly rich and flavorful potatoes — no skin peeling and no boiling. Best of all, they’re fairly hands-off, so you’ll be able to use that extra time elsewhere. Slow Cooker Redskin Mashed Potatoes Makes about 10-12 servings Ingredients 3 pounds redskin potatoes, scrubbed (leave skin on) 1/4 cup butter 4 cloves crushed garlic, peeled 1/2 cup sour cream 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese About 1/4 cup milk (more as needed) 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 4 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped 1/4 cup water Directions  Place potatoes in slow cooker along with butter, garlic and water. Set to high for a cook time of 4 hours, then secure the lid. After 4…