Chili Mac & Cheese

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With all the extra activities around the holiday season, I’ve been feeling a bit worn down and need a little me time. When that happens I turn to one of my favorite winter meals.  A combination of two classic comfort foods: Chili and Mac-n-Cheese. It is guaranteed to warm you up, fill you up, and get you out of the kitchen and snuggled up in cozy PJs in no time at all.  A chili based pasta filled with spicy goodness swirled in cheese.

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Italian Pot-Roast

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“Undoubtedly, there would be very few men that would decline an invitation to sit down to a juicy tender beef blade pot-roast…no matter what time of the year. Naturally, remembering that a pot-roast is a ‘ress-demanded and a less-tender meat cut, it must be braised slowly until tender.” Taken from “The Rural Homemaker: Volume Two” by Margaretta Dewey. Original publication,1954. Last addition 1979.

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Bourbon Beef Tips

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I’m cooking with bourbon tonight, I might even add a little to the food, (as borrowed from W.C. Fields). Adding bourbon to beef is one of my favorite things to do. The bourbon adds an additional layer and brings out the flavors in beef. Note that I keep repeating beef. Darker spirits do better in darker meats like beef or pork. If cooking with chicken and fish stick with wine or lighter alcohols.

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Tailgate Chili

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There are certain things that just go together. You can’t say one without thinking about the other. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Tailgates and Chili. This rich bean version is simmered in spicy flavors and cooks into a deep red stew. Thick, hearty, and delicious. It travels well and finishes cooking in a crockpot at the tailgate.

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Enchilada Tacos

Why is it we love tacos so much? We eat them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and let’s be honest how many late-night taco runs haven’t we made in college? But maybe the real reason we love them so much is that they are inexpensive, delicious, nutritious, can be found everywhere, offer a variety of tastes and sizes, spicy or sweet, and they go great with tequila!

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