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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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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Poutine-Style Twice-Baked Potatoes

This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Potatoes”. For a person who hates these boring themes and not the fondest of potatoes, I am really glad I made this. I found this theme boring because so many dishes have potatoes in them, I feel like they are like onions in that regard. Also, I was hesitant to make this because of the time commitment just for a baked potato but god damn it was so worth it.

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Corn Dogs

This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Handheld Foods”. When I saw this theme, I did not even question it, my mind went back to highschool and college and eating a bunch of those terrible frozen corn dogs. Also, I decided on corn dogs because they are one of my guilty pleasures and I realised that I have never made them. These were absolutely delicious and reminded me of faires and carnivals. These are definitely on list of exceptions to not liking deep fried food.

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Bierocks

This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Pie”. I am assuming that they picked this theme because of Pi day which is the best day mostly because I am a big math geek. Does not matter what the reason was, I decided I that I did not want to make a sweet pie because I wanted dinner and I did not want to do a normal pot pie because that can be boring. Then I saw these and I had to have them. I was very pleased with the outcome and I am very happy that these freeze well because I plan to eat the hell out of them!

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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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