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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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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
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
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Chanterelles- How to Find, Identify, and Cook These Delicious Morsels from the Wild

1 c Chanterelles ( chopped )
1/2 c chives ( chopped )
1 tsp butter
1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp Maldon sea salt
Freshly cracked pepper
1 slice toasted bread
Nutritions

Calories
202

Sodium
18mg
0% DV

Fat
17g
27% DV

Protein
0.1g
0% DV

Carbs
0.1g
0% DV

Fiber
0.1g
0% 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
72

Angel Food Cake Recipe

A no-fail homemade angel food cake that is one of the easiest angel food cake recipes you'll find. It's got a light and fluffy texture you want to dive into. This dessert cake recipe is a must-try and can serve as a great afternoon snack idea.

It's always best to use a bundt pan when making any angel food cake recipe. The delicate structure of the batter makes the tube pan an important component. Another tip to make this recipe a successful one is to slowly add the sugar to the egg whites. Slowly adding the sugar will prevent the air bubbles from deflating, which is an important factor in the fluffiness of this type of recipe.

1 1/4 cups egg whites
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup cake flour
1 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/4 tsp salt
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  1. Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.
  2. Sift 1/2 cup sugar and flour together twice; set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
  4. ...
    See the full directions on my site
Nutritions

Calories
149

Sodium
220mg
9% DV

Fat
1g
2% DV

Protein
3g
7% DV

Carbs
33g
11% DV

Fiber
0.8g
3% DV

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