Recipes

    Shepherd’s Pie

    February 23, 2017

    One of my favorite people on the planet is Terry Ouzts and if you’ve met her you know why.  She is kindness and motherhood personified.  She is generous and gentle and can pray down the sky.  And if you’ve known her long enough you’ve probably had more than one of her warm shepherd’s pies delivered to your house.  She probably rocked your new baby and read to your kids while you ate it.  Every time I make Shepherd’s Pie I…

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