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Julia Child's beef bourguignon puts a smile on my face. Beef bourguignon is very forgiving and turns out absolutely fantastic every time. Don't be intimidated.

2-1/2 lbs beef chuck shoulder ( cut into 1-inch cubes )
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
6 oz bacon ( cut into 1-inch squares )
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1-1/2 c carrots ( cut into 1-inch pieces )
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Nutritions

Calories
2200

Sodium
4498mg
187% DV

Fat
139g
215% DV

Protein
210g
420% DV

Carbs
8g
2% DV

Fiber
11g
47% DV
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This recipe for old fashioned, homemade, easy chicken and dumplings from scratch is so simple and delicious, it will instantly become a family favorite! It's the very definition of comfort food.

2-1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 medium onion ( chopped )
1-1/2 stalks celery ( chopped )
3 medium carrots ( peeled and chopped )
1-1/2 c peas
2 cloves garlic ( minced )
4 c chicken broth
1/3 c heavy cream
6 Tbsp salted butter ( melted )
1 tsp thyme
2 bay leaves
1/2 c parsley ( roughly chopped )
1/2 c all-purpose flour
Salt and pepper to taste
Dumplings:
1 c all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 c heavy cream
1 Tbsp unsalted butter ( melted )
Pinch of salt
4
Nutritions

Calories
1568

Sodium
1999mg
83% DV

Fat
92g
142% DV

Protein
73g
146% DV

Carbs
96g
32% DV

Fiber
14g
59% DV
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Sometimes we need to be transferred back to happy times. Happy food times, to be precise. Spaghetti and meatballs? You're close... Try our One-Pot Sausage Meatballs with Pasta.

1 lb mild/sweet Italian sausage
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
3 Tbsp butter
1 c chopped onion or shallot
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp freshly cracked pepper
3 cloves garlic ( minced )
1 Tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp anchovy paste
1 tsp oregano ( dried or fresh )
28 oz can of plum tomatoes
3 c beef stock
16 oz dried pasta of your choice
1-1/2 c freshly grated Parmesan ( or cheese of your choice )
Roughly chopped flat leaf Italian parsley for garnish
4
Nutritions

Calories
492

Sodium
2191mg
91% DV

Fat
27g
42% DV

Protein
31g
63% DV

Carbs
29g
10% DV

Fiber
8g
34% 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
22

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
81

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
316

Grilled Marinated Leg of Lamb

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Grilled leg of lamb: A step-by-step recipe to preparing the meat, marinating with hand-ground herbs and spices, and grilling to perfection over natural wood.

1 bone-in leg of lamb, about 7 lbs before trimming
6 cloves garlic
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 Tbsp kosher salt
2 tsp black tellicherry peppercorns
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest
1 Tbsp rosemary ( chopped )
3 Tbsp olive oil
Nutritions

Calories
1287

Sodium
7391mg
307% DV

Fat
88g
136% DV

Protein
91g
182% DV

Carbs
21g
7% DV

Fiber
8g
34% DV

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