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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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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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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
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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

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