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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
Photo by Viana Boenzli

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
343

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

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
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

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