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Ingredient: Dried Bay Leaves

Chicken and Southern Herb Dumplings

Chicken and Dumplings has long been one of my favorite comfort meals. When I lived in Northern California, we had a neighbor named Doug and he had grown up on this dish. He was from a teeny tiny town in Indiana. He called it Chicken and Noodles instead of Chicken and Dumplings but, ironically, he made his recipe just as I had learned to make mine. Hand rolled noodles, lots of chicken and nicely cooked, simple veggies and a good amount of thyme. The thing that was really funny was that he was ever so slightly covetous of his...

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American Goulash

American Goulash is a Family Favorite, ONE DISH meal that is perfect any time of year! My family has been making this recipe for 3 generations! This has been a family favorite for decades. It was one of my all time favorite meals that my mom made when I was a kid. She got the recipe from her mom. I make it for my family. It’s totally a family thang!  And, it’s one of my all time best, “go to recipes for comfort food “. It’s easy and delicious cooking! Even when we’re eating a little lighter, we can’t...

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Pasta Fagioli Soup

I love soup. When the season changes from summer to fall, and the air just begins to turn crisp, the first thing on my menu is this delicious soup. This is the first soup I’m posting this season, so you know I have to share one that I think is really very special. I got your back my friend! Let me take you to soup heaven. Oh, this soup is special!!! Pasta Fagioli soup is always a favorite, but this recipe is incredible! It’s unbelievably rich and thick and hearty. Everything you could ask for from a bowl of...

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Achiote Roasted Pork Tacos

When I’m craving a good, authentic, Mexican pork taco, here’s the receta I immediately turn too.  I’m talking, close your eyes, take a bite and you just might think you’re in Me-he-co!  I’m in Cabo by the way and the weather is perfect!  This is another recipe from the fabulous Rick Bayless. Do you have his cookbooks yet?  If you don’t let me tell ya you’re really missing out.  The breadth of his work is really amazing and he manages to deliver absolute authenticity every time.  Thank you Senior Bayless for giving me this amazing taco recipe!!! Source:Rick...

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Holy Mole Turkey Chili

This is a really, knock your socks off, aint your mama’s chili, chili!  I mean knock your socks off cuz it’s so unusual! It’s like a chili mixed up with a Mole sauce. The cocoa and cinnamon are what give this chili its Mole personality. As the recipe is written, it’s not too spicy.  If spicy is where you want to take this chili, it’s easily done by adding more red pepper flake or a little hot sauce.  Don’t be freaked out by the large quantity of chili powder.  I thought it blended everything together very well.  I found...

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