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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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Creamy Balsamic Chicken with Mushrooms is a one-skillet dish that's deeply satisfying and nourishing. Caramelized onions add sweetness, mushrooms add umami, and balsamic vinegar adds a sweet, slightly tangy flavor. And underneath this wonderfully rich fall sauce awaits a perfectly browned, succulent, boneless chicken breast.

2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
2 Tbsp butter
6 oz onion or shallot ( thinly sliced )
8 oz button mushrooms ( sliced 1/4 inch thick )
2 cloves garlic ( minced )
1 c chicken stock
1 c heavy cream
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp thyme ( dried or fresh )
1 c flat-leaf Italian parsley ( roughly chopped )
Salt to taste
4
Nutritions

Calories
728

Sodium
1469mg
61% DV

Fat
60g
92% DV

Protein
22g
44% DV

Carbs
20g
6% DV

Fiber
5g
20% 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
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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
78

Pork Chops with Apple

Photo by Erich Boenzil

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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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
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A cool, refreshing watermelon lemonade with fresh garden rosemary! This drink has just the right combination of sweet & tart to cool you off on a hot summer...

1/4 c fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp simple syrup
1/2 c cold water
3/4 c watermelon, blended
1/4 tsp rosemary, roughly chopped
Ice cubes
Nutritions

Calories
126

Sodium
8mg
0% DV

Fat
7g
12% DV

Protein
4g
8% DV

Carbs
35g
12% DV

Fiber
6g
24% DV
Photo by Viana Boenzli

What better way to enjoy this juicy, sweet fruit than in a strawberry cocktail (and mocktail) that's super refreshing and thirst-quenching on a hot sunny day. (Each recipe makes one drink. Simply double, triple, or quadruple the recipe when company stops by!)

2 strawberries, hulled
1/8 c honey
Juice of 1 lemon
7 oz sparkling water ( plus another 1/4 c sparkling water )
Mint or basil leaves ( optional )
Strawberries and slice of lemon for garnish
Nutritions

Calories
388

Sodium
72mg
3% DV

Fat
102g
157% DV

Protein
35g
71% DV

Carbs
126g
42% DV

Fiber
40g
160% DV
Photo by Viana Boenzli
10 strawberries, hulled and cut into quarters
10 leaves basil
1 oz vodka
1 oz limoncello
2 Tbsp simple syrup
4 ice cubes
Strawberries and basil for garnish
Nutritions

Calories
750

Sodium
25mg
1% DV

Fat
14g
21% DV

Protein
14g
29% DV

Carbs
145g
49% DV

Fiber
35g
141% DV

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