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Thanksgiving is a time of give thanks, of course. The thing I'm most thankful for on my Thanksgiving table is my Thanksgiving stuffing with fruit.

12 oz bag of Pepperidge Farm Herb Seasoned Stuffing
2 c water or broth
4 Tbsp butter
4 stalks of celery ( chopped )
1 small onion ( chopped )
1-1/2 c raisins
2 apples ( peeled, cored, and chopped )
1-1/2 c whole cranberries
2 Tbsp orange zest ( optional )
8
Nutritions

Calories
425

Sodium
175mg
7% DV

Fat
21g
32% DV

Protein
4g
9% DV

Carbs
68g
23% DV

Fiber
8g
33% DV
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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
4
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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Braised Short Ribs in a Dutch Oven are irresistible, fork tender, fall-of-the-bone beefy goodness. And the best thing? Slow cooked short ribs are easy to make.

2.2 lbs beef short ribs, bone-in
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 head of garlic ( unpeeled, cut in half lengthwise )
3 medium shallots or onions ( chopped )
3 celery ribs ( chopped )
1 Tbsp tomato paste
1/2 bottle of dry red wine
2 sprigs oregano
2 sprigs rosemary
3 sprigs thyme
2 c beef stock ( or as needed )
Kosher salt
Freshly cracked black pepper
Gremolata:
Bunch of flat-leaf Italian parsley ( about 1 c chopped )
2 tsp lemon zest
2 tsp orange zest
2 cloves garlic ( minced )
1/2 c extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
2
Nutritions

Calories
2380

Sodium
1304mg
54% DV

Fat
237g
366% DV

Protein
20g
40% DV

Carbs
19g
6% DV

Fiber
11g
46% DV
17

How to Make Crab Cakes

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How to make crab cakes that taste like crab, are easy to make, reasonable on the wallet, and adaptable to your taste. Yes, it's possible.

Crab Cakes:
1/2 lb handpicked lump crab meat
1 large egg
1 Tbsp mayonnaise
1 Tbsp parsley, chopped
1 tsp Old Bay seasoning
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Pinch of kosher sea salt to taste
1/4 c saltine crackers ( crumbled - about 6 crackers )
1 Tbsp butter, for baking - or vegetable oil, for sauteing
1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
Lemon wedges for presentation
Tartar Sauce:
1/2 c mayonnaise
1 Tbsp sweet relish
1 Tbsp shallots ( minced )
1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp capers ( chopped )
1/2 tsp dried tarragon
1/2 tsp hot sauce
Pinch of kosher sea salt to taste
2
Nutritions

Calories
430

Sodium
922mg
38% DV

Fat
21g
32% DV

Protein
27g
55% DV

Carbs
28g
9% DV

Fiber
2g
11% DV
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Making your own pasta is easier than you think. Halloween is right around the corner, so I decided to add a little Halloween and make Squid Ink Pasta.

2-2/3 c 00 flour
3 large eggs
1 Tbsp salt
.25 oz cuttlefish ink
12 large shrimp ( peeled and deveined )
8 sea scallops
2 medium tomatoes ( chopped )
3 cloves garlic ( chopped )
1/4 c extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 c white wine
1 c pasta cooking liquid
1/2 Tbsp hot pepper flakes
1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 c Italian flat leaf parsley ( chopped )
Salt and pepper
2
Nutritions

Calories
1563

Sodium
5357mg
223% DV

Fat
5g
9% DV

Protein
90g
180% DV

Carbs
282g
96% DV

Fiber
26g
104% DV
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This oven baked sheet pan salmon recipe with broccoli checks all the boxes. It's easy to make, healthy, delicious, pantry friendly, quick, and gentle on the wallet.

Salmon Steaks:
2 4-oz salmon steaks
1 Tbsp mayonnaise
1/2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp lemon juice
1/8 tsp kosher sea salt
2 Tbsp breadcrumbs
2 Tbsp Parmesan ( grated )
1 tsp lemon zest
Vegetable:
8 oz broccoli ( cut into bite-size florets )
2 cloves garlic ( minced )
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp hot pepper flakes
1/4 tsp kosher sea salt
1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
2
Nutritions

Calories
224

Sodium
916mg
38% DV

Fat
15g
23% DV

Protein
6g
13% DV

Carbs
17g
5% DV

Fiber
2g
10% DV
119

Slow Cooked Pulled Pork

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You can make the easiest, tastiest slow cooked pulled pork you've ever had at home with three ingredients.

4-1/2 lb pork roast
3 Tbsp kosher sea salt
3 Tbsp granulated sugar
3 Tbsp neutral cooking oil
1 onion ( cut into three pieces )
6
Nutritions

Calories
666

Sodium
3744mg
156% DV

Fat
39g
61% DV

Protein
58g
117% DV

Carbs
11g
3% DV

Fiber
3g
14% DV
Photo by Erich Boenzli

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
78

Pork Chops with Apple

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Pork chops with apple is a fall classic. But we can actually make it tastier and simpler. And yes, it's a one-pot dish, ready in 30 minutes.

For the chops:
2 thick bone-in pork chops
2 Tbsp neutral oil, like canola
1/2 Tbsp kosher salt
1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
1 tsp warm spice, such as cinnamon, allspice, etc ( optional )
For the sauce:
2 crisp apples, like Fuji ( cored and cut into 12 wedges each )
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 tsp rosemary ( chopped )
1 tsp sage ( chopped )
1/2 c red onion ( chopped )
2 cloves garlic ( unpeeled, crushed )
1/2 c chicken stock
2 Tbsp heavy cream
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
2
Nutritions

Calories
400

Sodium
2241mg
93% DV

Fat
33g
51% DV

Protein
4g
9% DV

Carbs
26g
8% DV

Fiber
5g
21% DV

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