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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St. Louis Style Spicy BBQ Chicken Drumsticks with Blue Cheese

This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “American Midwest”. While I usually do not go for chicken when cooking, I have always had a soft spot for wings, drumsticks, and thighs. Also, the fact that these were cooked “St. Louis” style intrigued me because I want to go to St. Louis just for the food. Hell, I have traveled for worse reasons before.

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Red Beans and Rice

This dish was part of a meal that was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Southern”. I am just going to start that this makes a lot but I am 100% ok with that. I plan to eat this for days because of how good it is. It might look like a pain due to the waiting and simmering time but I barely noticed it.

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Manhattan Clam Chowder

This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “chowder”. The first thing I thought of was clam chowder because I love it but then I realised that I have never even eaten Manhattan Clam Chowder. After looking online, I found that most people either love or hate it and there was very little in between. I decided to give it a shot since looking at the ingredients, it seemed like it would taste really good.

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Vegetarian Curry Shepherd’s Pie

This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Made Healthy.” I have always loved Shepherd’s Pie because it is an amazing comfort food but like most comfort foods, not the healthiest. In order to make this healthy, I decided to go with a vegetarian option and not use butter in the my mashed potatoes (the recipe says butter because I plan to make this again). I am really glad that I decided to go with a lot of spices in this because mashed potatoes without butter did not taste quite right. Other than that, this was absolutely delicious and I have been eating it all week.

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Moroccan Lentil Stew

I saw this stew on another website a while back and I had to try it… I did not anticipate non-stew like weather. Oh well, I bought the ingredients so I had to make it. Also, I am very glad I did. This was absolutely bursting with flavour. When I was making it, I was thinking of adding shredded chicken or something similar but it does not need it at all. I can still taste it on my tongue. This is definitely going into my soup/stew arsenal.

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