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Dutch oven chili con carne is comfort food. We all need it. It warms your house, your stomach, and your heart, and is super easy to make. It's a one-pot dish that requires minimal cleanup.

2 lbs lean ground beef
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 shallots, or 1 medium onion ( chopped )
1 bell pepper ( chopped )
2 cloves garlic ( chopped )
2 c beef stock ( or 1 c beef stock and 1 c red wine )
2 16-oz cans kidney beans ( drained and rinsed )
1 28-oz can plum tomatoes
2 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp dried oregano
1 Tbsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to taste
Toppings, like shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, sliced scallions, Saltine crackers, sliced jalapenos, etc
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Nutritions

Calories
800

Sodium
833mg
34% DV

Fat
50g
77% DV

Protein
58g
117% DV

Carbs
12g
4% DV

Fiber
7g
29% DV
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Bacon-Apple-Pecan Stuffed French Toast...that's a mouthful. Stuffed with bacon, apples, pecans, and mascarpone, it's a Sunday morning party for your taste buds!

2 slices thick bread ( like Texas toast )
1/4 of an apple ( cored and sliced into 1/4 inch slices )
3 strips of thick-cut bacon
1 Tbsp brown sugar
3 Tbsp pecans ( crumbled into small pieces )
2 oz mascarpone ( or cream cheese )
1 large egg
1 Tbsp milk
Nutritions

Calories
3073

Sodium
132mg
5% DV

Fat
233g
359% DV

Protein
45g
91% DV

Carbs
119g
40% DV

Fiber
35g
142% DV
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Yes, sir! Let's get out the trusty old Lodge pan and have some pizza fun. Let's make a crazy delicious cast iron shrimp pizza with a pecan basil pesto.

Pizza Dough:
1-1/4 c warm water
1 tsp granulated sugar
2 tsp instant yeast
2 Tbsp olive oil
3-1/2 c flour
1-1/4 tsp salt
Pesto:
2 c basil leaves
1/2 c extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1/4 c pecan nuts ( about 8 whole nuts )
1/4 c Parmesan cheese ( 2 oz )
1/2 tsp kosher sea salt
1/4 tsp freshly cracked pepper
1/2 Tbsp semolina ( optional )
Toppings:
1/2 lb large shrimp ( about 8 )
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp butter
1/2 c mozzarella ( 2 oz )
1/4 tsp kosher sea salt
1/4 tsp freshly cracked pepper
2
Nutritions

Calories
2079

Sodium
3968mg
165% DV

Fat
41g
64% DV

Protein
84g
169% DV

Carbs
309g
105% DV

Fiber
17g
68% DV
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Delicious Homemade Cheese Pizza

Thinking of a delicious homemade cheese pizza recipe as an afternoon snack idea? Well, this homemade pizza is a perfect snack to make at home. There are so many recipes for creating the perfect pizza. But, this recipe is a treat for those who are cheese lovers.

You can add some fresh herbs to the pizza after it's cooked. Herbs such as thyme, oregano, and basil would be great here. You can also add some hot sauce to the tomato sauce mixture for a fiery kick.

If you like, you can use a flatbread dough for this recipe. You may check this Flatbread Pizza for the recipe. A yeastless pizza dough that can be prepared in advance. After it has risen, cover, and place in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Then let the dough sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before stretching out/shaping and topping.

You may also use aged Havarti, provolone, and pecorino romano cheeses for this recipe. Sometimes, the simpler you go, the better it gets.

1 store-bought pizza dough
8 oz canned tomato sauce
5 oz shredded parmesan cheese
3 oz shredded cheddar cheese
5 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
1 tsp garlic powder
(1 tsp) dried oregano
2 tsp salt
1 cup Semolina flour, for dusting the pizza peel
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  1. Prepare the pizza dough by following the instructions on the package.
  2. Use the semolina flour to dust the pizza peel or back of a rimmed baking sheet.
  3. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees...
    See the full directions on my site
Nutritions

Calories
226

Sodium
1194mg
49% DV

Fat
9g
14% DV

Protein
13g
27% DV

Carbs
21g
7% DV

Fiber
2g
9% DV
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It's a light mouthful of silky pasta that will transfer you to a happy place. And thanks to my secret ingredient, it will leave you satisfied and refueled without feeling heavy.

10 oz spaghetti
2 c tomatoes ( chopped )
1 clove garlic ( thinly sliced, optional )
4 oz mozzarella ( chopped or shredded )
2 oz basil leaves ( thinly sliced )
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp Diamond Crystal kosher salt
1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
1/4 c pasta water
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
2
Nutritions

Calories
610

Sodium
7564mg
315% DV

Fat
36g
56% DV

Protein
22g
44% DV

Carbs
47g
16% DV

Fiber
6g
27% DV
923

Berry Chantilly Cake

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My Berry Chantilly Cake recipe will reward you with one of the most luscious cakes you've ever tasted. The light, fluffy vanilla cake is piled high with layers of fresh berries and an indulgent yet delicate and fluffy chantilly cream with mascarpone. You couldn't ask for anything more in a dessert.

Vanilla Cake:
1 c unsalted butter ( at room temperature )
2 c granulated sugar
4 large eggs ( at room temperature )
1 tsp salt
3 tsp baking powder
3 c cake flour
1 c whole milk
1/4 c vegetable oil
1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Berry Syrup:
1/4 c jam
2 Tbsp water
Chantilly Cream:
1-1/2 c heavy cream
8 oz full-fat cream cheese ( at room temperature )
8 oz mascarpone cheese
2 c powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
12
Nutritions

Calories
969

Sodium
1318mg
54% DV

Fat
59g
91% DV

Protein
15g
30% DV

Carbs
90g
30% DV

Fiber
4g
16% DV
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Pepperoni bread (aka pepperoni roll or stromboli) has always been a special treat for me. In my Italian family in southern New Jersey, we all savored pepperoni bread!This recipe makes enough dough for 2 loaves of pepperoni bread (you'll have to double the fillings though). So, my recommendation is to either double the "fillings" or save the other half of the dough to make a homemade pizza!

Pizza Dough:
1-1/4 c warm water
1 tsp granulated sugar
2 tsp instant yeast
2 Tbsp olive oil
3-1/2 c flour
1-1/4 tsp salt
Filling:
5 oz pepperoni ( sliced thin )
1 lb mozzarella cheese ( grated or cut into thin strips )
1/4 c Parmesan cheese ( grated )
1 large egg ( beaten )
2 Tbsp butter ( melted )
Your favorite Italian spices and herbs (garlic powder, oregano, basil, etc)
16 slices
Nutritions

Calories
5835

Sodium
9399mg
391% DV

Fat
225g
346% DV

Protein
259g
519% DV

Carbs
618g
210% DV

Fiber
35g
143% DV

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