Beef Stew with Herb Dumplings

This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Inspired by Books”. The last time we had this theme, my friend sent me a bunch of recipes from the official Harry Potter cookbook and with it being all cold out, stew sounded good. This is a common theme for me in the winter I am noticing. The added benefit of dumplings really intrigued me because I absolutely love dumplings in any fashion. Everything about this dish was delicious and definitely worth the wait. Even better were the left overs after all of the dumplings and veggies absorbed the liquid, then I just added some beef broth to reheat it.

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Sausage & Tortellini Soup

This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Stocks and Broths”. A good broth or stock is absolutely delicious and I love making them but so far this year, I think I have made 5 or 6 different broths so I decided to go with a different route for this and just use a broth I have in my freezer. I am very glad I did this because we currently have a snow storm at my house and this soup was absolutely perfect. Also, I was about to go to my favourite pasta market to get some fresh pasta to go with this. Even better yet, this tasted even better the next day though the tortellini absorbed much of the liquid which is easily fixable.

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Pork & Shrimp Pancit

This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Filipino”. Honestly, I was not sure what to expect for this theme since the only Filipino food I knew of was Adobo and I have definitely made that before. Then I stumbled upon a few different pancit recipes and got really excited. This did not disappoint but I might have accidentally made way too much and have been eating it for days. No regrets, I could eat this forever and I am not even that big of a pork fan.

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Bulgogi Beef Burrito

This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Olympics”. I love this theme because I am kind of in love with Olypmics, summer or winter, do not care, love it. Since the Olympics this year will be in South Korea, I decided to use that as an excuse to make Korean food. Plus, who doesn’t love burritos? … I might have just done it to use up some tortillas I had… Either way, this was really good and I was able to use some ingredients I never have before win and win.

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Shrimp & Grits

This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Poaching”. Honestly, I have no idea what it means to poach anything other than an egg. It does not mean that I have not done it, I just did not know that it was the name of a process. That being said, this turned out to be one of my top 10 dishes I have ever made. I cannot remember the other 9 because I have not been keeping track but this is definitely up there. Plus, how could it not be? Shrimp is good, grits are good. Boom!

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Bacalhau à Gomes de Sá

This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Portuguese”. Honestly, nothing really came to mind when I saw this theme. I have always wanted to visit Portugal and I have no doubt the food is amazing but I had no idea the kind of food that was made. Then I found this recipe and I thought of it like Portuguese lasagna due to the layering of the casserole. Plus, just like lasagna, this was much better the next day!

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Stir Fry Bowls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Spicy”. Kind of a boring theme because I am a spice head and most of my dishes have some sort of heat but I was really craving peanut sauce and I needed to use up some of the peanut butter I made so I stop eating it with a spoon. These bowls were really good and a good way to raid my freezer for chicken and pork that I have been meaning to use. Just looking at it makes me want to eat it again. Also, I hate chopping up peanuts when my food processor is in use. Can you tell?

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