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Chili con Carne (The Best Chili Ever)

OK I know what you’re thinking… another chili recipe?!@? Yeah, but this one is really really good. I’m a big chili fan and always keep my eye out for variations. This one has cinnamon and cloves in it along with more traditional chili seasonings and almost has an Indian-esque flavor to it. It also has beer in it 🙂 We both really loved this one. Really.

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Zinfandel Pot Roast w/Glazed Carrots & Fresh Sage

For the holidays and our first anniversary present my dad gave us a Staub cocotte. My dad is an avid at home chef as well and he did the research for himself and went with a Staub over Le Creuset and thus gifted us with one as well.

It’s a nice big one too!

He also gave us two cookbooks: All About Braising by Molly Stevens and Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles Cookbook.  So, needless to say this pot has become quite the superstar in our house lately!

The first recipe I made was courtesy of the Molly Steven’s book: Zinfandel Pot Roast with Glazed Carrots & Fresh Sage. Not only was the recipe easy to follow but she also gives good advice on selecting the right cuts of meat, step by step instructions on how to tie it correctly, and even how to select good parsnips. I found the tips on meat selection to be especially helpful as I was sifting through the meat choices at the supermarket. She suggested some cuts and stressed the importance of not selecting others. It gets really confusing to me so that was really nice.

As she suggested, I went with boneless beef chuck. The cuts at the store were on the smaller side so I bought two of them.

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Gruyere and Broccoli Mac and Cheese

This is another holiday dish that was a big hit.  I have been making mac and cheese for years and it’s my first real dish that inspired all of this.  I actually got the original recipe in middle school cooking class.  For this occasion, I wanted to switch it up and make it a bit classier so along came Gruyere and broccoli!  It was sort of tough to decide what to name this to hit on all of the key parts without saying and, and, and.  In the end, I felt there and wasn’t and much and of a choice.  And.

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Christmas Pierogies

It has been a tradition for many years to make rogies on Christmas.  My mom has a recipe that has been passed down to her through family for years.  This is a typical eastern European/Pittsburgh dish that I wanted to fully learn and record.  It is a lot of work to make them if you make everything from scratch like we did but there are some corners that could be cut.  Either way, they are a great comfort and holiday food that can be eaten at anytime too.

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

We sometimes get requests from our loyal readers for certain recipes and one we recently received was for chicken tortilla soup. This worked out perfectly because I happen to be a huge fan of tortilla soup  and I have never made it before. So, I happily took on this challenge and made it on a very cold Sunday afternoon.

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Braised Bourbon Chuck Roast

I braised a chuck roast with some veggies.  The pot was deglazed with bourbon which added to the sauce.  It was tender and flavorful on a fall day!

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Shrimp Fried Rice

I have always loved fried rice but have never had too much success with it at home the few times that I tried.  This time went much better with a spicy shrimp version!

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Blue Cheese Cole Slaw

Here’s a quick post on a quick and easy side dish that is sure to please. I’ve been making my creamy slaw using the same recipe for a while now and decided to kick it up a notch and add some blue cheese to it.

First, I shredded some cabbage and a yellow onion in the food processor. You can also buy a pre cut bag of slaw mix or add some red cabbage or carrots for some more color if you’d like.

The next step is to make the dressing. Greg got this blue cheese down the strip.

Then just mix ’em togegther and allow to sit in the fridge for at least an hour before serving. We served it with some pulled pork and it was awesome!

Recipe for Blue Cheese Cole Slaw