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Ingredient: Fresh Garlic, minced

Carne Guisada

 Look out taco night – gravy’s coming! Fill your favorite tortillas with tender, moist chunks of beef swimming in a bold blend of smoky dried chilies and cumin. This Carne Guisada is gonna be a hit!    Gravy makes the world go ‘round. Okay, maybe that’s gravity, but gravy definitely makes lots of things better – mashed potatoes, biscuits, that Thanksgiving turkey Aunt Mary always overcooks. Gravy is also what makes Carne Guisada such a standout dish and an extra special filling for tacos or burritos. If you’ve missed this one on the menu at your favorite Tex-Mex spot,...

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Steak Marinade

No more relegating steak to special occasion status! Even inexpensive cuts of beef will satisfy when you use my Steak Marinade. Fire up your grill, STAT!=The Best Steak Marinade  Whenever I experience some life event that calls for an extravagant culinary celebration, maybe a graduation, anniversary, or even a cheat meal after two hours of successful dieting, I usually opt for a big steak dinner.  That’s the time to pull out all the stops with an expensive cut of beef – maybe a prime ribeye, with a little butter melting on top, surrounded by a monster baked potato and...

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Antipasto Salad

If there’s anyone in your life who thinks salads are boring, one bite of my antipasto salad will change their whole outlook. It’s chock full of meat, cheese, olives, and pickled veggies for new textures and flavors in every bite.  What if I told you there was a salad that was so flavorful and filling that you’ll forget you’re even eating a salad? Antipasto salad checks all those boxes and more. It’s an awesome starter for your next dinner party, a great dish to take to potlucks, and it’s a perfect side for grilled foods. It can easily be...

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Tortellini Salad

Take a tour of the Mediterranean with the bold flavors in my Tortellini Salad.  It’s zesty and creamy and tangy and hearty – the salad that eats like a meal! One of my favorite things about pasta (other than eating it, of course) is all the fun shapes they can make out of a little semolina flour, eggs, and water. Of course, many of those shapes offer both form and function – designed to stand out on their own like tagliatelle or pappardelle or to cling to a savory sauce like macaroni or penne rigate (the ones with the...

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Portillo’s Chopped Salad

Portillo’s Chopped Salad! A copycat recipe of the delicious salad served at Portillo’s restaurants. Have you ever been to Portillo’s? Well, if you haven’t, let me introduce you. Portillo’s is a famous Chicago area fast food restaurant that’s been feeding and making people happy since 1963. They serve hot dogs, burgers, sandwiches, and of course, this wonderful salad. I read somewhere that this salad is the most popular item on the menu, and if you try it, you’ll quickly understand why! This wonderful salad is like a cross between a really good, loaded with goodies, chopped salad and a great...

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