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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
344

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Photo by Viana Boenzli

The first time I made this pumpkin cheesecake recipe, there were no leftovers to take home...they ate it all! Guess I'll just have to make another one.

Crust:
10 oz graham crackers or gingersnaps
1-1/2 sticks unsalted butter ( melted )
Pumpkin Cheesecake Filling:
1 lb Philadelphia cream cheese ( softened )
3/4 c granulated sugar
16 oz pure pumpkin puree
2 large eggs
1 Tbsp flour
1-1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract
Whipped Cream :
1 c heavy cream
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
12
Nutritions

Calories
578

Sodium
211mg
8% DV

Fat
37g
57% DV

Protein
5g
10% DV

Carbs
54g
18% DV

Fiber
3g
12% DV
Photo by Viana Boenzli

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
Photo by Viana Boenzli

It's apple cider muffin season! Moist, fluffy muffins with apple cider, shredded apple, and your favorite apple pie spices, with a cinnamon streusel on top.

Muffins:
1-1/2 c apple cider
1 large egg
1/2 c granulated sugar
1/2 c brown sugar ( packed )
4 Tbsp unsalted butter ( melted )
1/2 c milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 c all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp salt
1 apple ( peeled, cored, and shredded )
Extra melted butter for greasing muffin pan
Cinnamon Sugar Streusel:
1/3 c all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp granulated sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 Tbsp unsalted butter ( softened )
1/3 c chopped nuts ( optional )
16 muffins
Nutritions

Calories
4416

Sodium
4148mg
172% DV

Fat
123g
189% DV

Protein
100g
201% DV

Carbs
720g
245% DV

Fiber
32g
130% DV
Photo by Viana Boenzli

Learn how to make croissants (and pain au chocolat!) It should be flaky, with as many rich buttery layers as possible, this beautiful pastry defying gravity itself.

4 c all-purpose flour ( sifted )
1/3 c granulated sugar
3 Tbsp unsalted butter ( softened )
2-1/4 tsp instant yeast
1-1/2 tsp salt
1 c whole milk
1/4 c water ( at room temperature )
1-1/4 c (2-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter ( softened - for laminating )
1 large egg, plus a few drops of water ( for egg wash )
12
Nutritions

Calories
629

Sodium
222mg
9% DV

Fat
33g
51% DV

Protein
10g
21% DV

Carbs
66g
22% DV

Fiber
3g
14% DV
Photo by Viana Boenzli

I admit it...I'm a chocoholic! These triple chocolate cupcakes feature a chocolate cake, plus chocolate ganache filling and a light, whipped buttercream frosting.

Cupcake Batter:
1-1/2 c flour ( sifted )
1/2 c granulated sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 c cocoa powder
2 oz chocolate bar ( melted )
2 Tbsp unsalted butter ( softened )
1/3 c canola oil
2 large eggs
1 c heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 c brewed coffee
Ganache Filling:
4 oz chocolate bar
1/4 c heavy cream
Frosting:
1 c unsalted butter ( softened )
1/2 c cocoa powder
5 c confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c heavy cream
18
Nutritions

Calories
744

Sodium
140mg
5% DV

Fat
42g
65% DV

Protein
6g
13% DV

Carbs
91g
31% DV

Fiber
6g
25% 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
Photo by Erich Boenzli

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
119

Slow Cooked Pulled Pork

Photo by Viana Boenzli

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
34

World's Best Apple Pie

Photo by Viana Boenzli

There's no better time of year than now to make the world's best apple pie...from scratch. It's easy as pie!

Apple Pie Crust:
2-1/2 c all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp granulated sugar
1 c cold, unsalted butter ( cut into pea-sized pieces )
Ice water
Extra butter for greasing pie pan
Apple Pie Filling:
6-7 apples ( peeled, cored, and sliced )
1 c granulated sugar
1/4 c flour
4 Tbsp unsalted butter
1-1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Apple Pie Topping:
1 large egg
Splash of cream
Coarse sugar
8
Nutritions

Calories
518

Sodium
505mg
21% DV

Fat
27g
42% DV

Protein
8g
16% DV

Carbs
54g
18% DV

Fiber
2g
10% DV

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