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Ingredient: Ground Beef, 80/20

Meatballs, Meatballs, Meatballs !!!

There are few meals I love more than Spaghetti and Meatballs.  You know what I’m talking about.  Good Italian pasta, cooked al dente, bathed in a wonderful gravy and topped of with moist, flavorful, beefy meatballs.  Totally a slice of heaven!  Simple, soul satisfying food.  For some reason, I’ve had a hard time finding a great version of this at a restaurant.  Maybe they aren’t the current chic thing for restaurants to be serving, I don’t know. When I tried this recipe for meatballs, I feel instantly, head over heels in love.  These babies were just what I was...

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Mama’s Old Fashioned Chili

Chili is one of those dishes that I totally LOVE. You add all these ingredients into a single pot, simmer for a while and something truly magical happens. The flavor of the chili transcends its humble, individual ingredients. This is a recipe I have developed over the years. It’s a bit unusual, in that, in the beginning, it’s a bit soupy.  I like to add a lot of very flavorful liquid early on and let them reduce, thicken and intensify as the chili simmers away. I think it makes a lot more sense than thinning a chili with water...

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