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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California Burrito

This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “California Cuisine”. I grew up in California so when I saw this theme, I got a little nostalgic. Just the other week I was talking about how much I miss California burritos. I mean beans and rice are good and all but some times I want fries in my burrito. This definitely cured my craving for one and I am glad that I have enough to make a few more.

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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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Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

I was not really planning on making this dish because I have been making a lot of soup, stew, and chili recipes lately. Then I thought how much I really love homemade gnocchis. Every time I make Gnocchis, I somehow forget how much of a pain in the ass they are. Probably because while I am eating them, I am so overjoyed with how they taste. Normally, I make them like I would a normal pasta and just dump sauce on them so I wanted to try something different and I had most of the ingredients already. While the soup was really good, the next day was even better!

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Slow Cooker Corned Beef & Cabbage

After attempting to make my own corned beef to make myself a reuben, I had quite a bit of corned beef left over and I could think of nothing better than some corned beef & cabbage. The fact that it was one of the colder days in the past month might have affected my decision as well. Plus, I do not care who you are or where you came from, everyone loves a warm, hearty meal when it is a bit cold out. If you do not, you are a liar. 

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Cawl (Welsh Lamb Stew)

This dish was prepared for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Welsh”. I was in Wales for a few days a few years back and I remembered absolutely loving it and trying to wrap my head around the language but I could not remember anything about the food sadly. So I did a fair bit of digging and I thought every one else and their brother would do rarebit. That’s when I came across this recipe. Which makes it better is that the weather has finally started to cool off which made stew much more appealing.

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