Seasonal Sundays (Week 3) Inauguration Week

Tis a big albeit nerve-wracking week ahead. But a body's gotta eat, right? I've collected some recipes for real food – meaty! – suppers that won't break the bank and just might feed our souls, too. Oh. And chili, because, well, chili to say nothing of chilly.
Seasonal Sundays ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and life ideas in and out of the kitchen.

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays ...

My godson was cute as the dickens but, well, a little, um, let's call it "demanding".

It was kinda-sorta cute when he was two, less so as he turned three and four and horrific to imagine as an adult.

His mom and I found a book that helped, both in life lessons and in the moment. It was called "Who Made YOU the Boss Anyway, Banana Monkey?"

And now this country is being terrorized by Banana Monkeys, people who think their own will somehow trumps – small t – free and fair elections whose outcome is certain.

It's a precarious moment, when so many of us cling to lies predicated on party and piety not the rule of law nor the peaceful transfer of power.

Do we really know what the dawn will bring? Whose flag shall fly on the morrow?

About the Photo By Popular Request, a Little Insight into the Top Image: I am struck how the words of our national anthem resonate in this moment, even though they were written more than 200 years ago. Hum along, here are the lyrics, annotated by historians.


Pick One is for those of us overwhelmed by life's unending choices. If that resonates, then check out this one recipe and then call it a day. It's one that I think could make the most difference, the one I hope will become a regular in your kitchen, as it is in mine.

Chicken Curry ♥, one-pot supper reminiscent of London's best take-away curries. Great with beef, too!
  • THE RECIPE Chicken Curry Reminiscent of London's curbside curry take-away.


Winter Tomato Soup ♥, homemade, where slow-roasting draws summer flavor from canned tomatoes. Six variations, one for the slow cooker.
  • "My family loves this soup. I am making it every week, some times twice!" ~ Kim
  • THE RECIPE Winter Tomato Soup Roasting, slow-cooking draw out summer flavor.
  • ANOTHER TAKE Summer's Tomato Soup Ripe summer tomatoes only, please.

Real (Meaty) Food

Slow-Cooked or Slow Cooker Pot Roast ♥, three easy tricks for tender, moist and flavorful pot roast. Low Carb. Weight Watchers friendly.

Cast Iron Meatloaf ♥, my go-to meatloaf recipe, tender, moist and full of flavor thanks to milk-soaked bread crumbs and a pile of chopped vegetables that melt into the meatloaf.
  • THE RECIPE Cast Iron Meatloaf My go-to recipe for meatloaf.
  • ANOTHER TAKE Elk Meatloaf Adapted from the easy Quaker Oats meatloaf with ground beef, elk, bison, venison or even turkey.

Fast Roast Chicken ♥, such a simple way to roast a chicken, fast, yielding a crispy salty skin and perfectly roasted meat.

Tis Chili Season!

Easy Turkey Chili ♥, zero points for Weight Watchers, extra-easy with frozen vegetables and canned beans.

Beefy Tomatillo Chili ♥, the 'sour' of tomatillos really work in chili. Weight Watchers Friendly. Low Carb.

Chocolate Chili ♥, my oldest (and still best!) recipe for homemade chili with lots of spices and yes, cocoa powder. Weight Watchers Friendly. Whole30 Friendly. High Protein. Gluten Free.

Veggies Forever

To mark A Veggie Venture's 15th anniversary in 2020, I took a hard look at the first 365 vegetable recipes from the first year to select just 15 which, all these many years and recipes later, remain ever so useful. The result is a fascinating collection of recipes, 15 Favorite Vegetable Recipes, Still Useful After 15 Years. Here's just one.

Mashed Potatoes & Carrots ♥, a family favorite recipe, potatoes and carrots mashed together, requiring virtually no added fat.

PS Who's noticed? I'm big on "usefulness". See? Best-Ever “Most Useful” Recipes 2002 – Present, just one recipe per year from Kitchen Parade.


Who else loves seeing old photos pop up, quick memories from years past? Welcome to a recipe timehop ...

Mediterranean Eggplant, another Quick Supper ♥, a quick, easy & tasty vegetarian supper, just eggplant, zucchini and tomato (fresh or canned) with a little feta stirred in. One Pot. Weight Watchers Friendly. Low Carb. Gluten Free.

Maple-Glazed Chicken with Easy Skillet Creamed Carrots & Onions, another Quick Supper ♥ with a touch of rosemary. Low Carb.

What's New?!

Winter Stew ♥, a master recipe for a wintry meat and vegetable stew, a concept recipe that's been much-tested with many combinations of meats and vegetables, liquids and more. Shown here, elk meat, butternut squash, sherry and dried apricots.
  • THE RECIPE Winter Stew A master recipe, cook with confidence, no recipe required.
  • ANOTHER TAKE Beef & Mushroom Stew On the table and flavorful within an hour.

Vegetable Chili with Sweet Potatoes & Chipotle ♥, a confetti of colorful vegetables and beans warmed with chili spices.

Just Updated!

Baked Cabbage Wedges ♥, slow-roasted with carrots and onion, here ready for the oven where they turn dark and toasty, sweet and smoky. Vegan. Gluten Free. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Mashed Rutabagas and Apple, another intriguing vegetable recipe ♥, just rutabaga (also called 'swede') and apple in a silky-smooth mash.

How to Roast a Whole Butternut Squash in the Oven, no knives required, perfect results ♥

Don't Be a Stranger ...

I'd love to hear from you. Comment, send me a quick e-mail via, dot-dash in Morse code, build a fire for smoke signals, launch a message in a bottle, send a Christmas letter, get the dog to yip, toss me a note wrapped in a rubberband, write a message in the sky, scratch a note in the sand, listen to a seashell, whatever.

Kitchen Parade is written by second-generation food columnist Alanna Kellogg and features fresh, seasonal dishes for every-day healthful eating and occasional indulgences. Quick Suppers are Kitchen Parade favorites and feature recipes easy on the budget, the clock, the waistline and the dishwasher. Do you have a favorite recipe that other Kitchen Parade readers might like? Just send me a quick e-mail via How to print a Kitchen Parade recipe. Never miss a recipe! If you like this recipe, sign up for a free e-mail subscription. If you like Kitchen Parade, you're sure to like my food blog about vegetable recipes, too, A Veggie Venture. If you make this recipe, I'd love to know your results! Just leave a comment below.

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A Veggie Venture is home of "veggie evangelist" Alanna Kellogg and the famous asparagus-to-zucchini Alphabet of Vegetables.