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Habanero Carrot Curry Crab Pot Pie

  Habanero Carrot Curry Crab Pot Pie Makes 2 pies   Ingredients:   Crust: 3 cups all purpose flour 1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 sticks (16 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, diced 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1/2 to 2/3 cup ice water 1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash   Filling: 2 leeks 1 fennel bulb 1 red bell pepper 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter 2 teaspoons kosher salt ½ teaspoon black pepper ½ cup all-purpose flour 2 cups...

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Hatch Sesame Balsamic Macaroni and Cheese

I grew up with stove top mac and cheese. Luckily my mother often made her own from scratch, but I also had the commercial boxed mac and cheese as well. Personally I've always prefered stove top to baked. I know, it is controversial. There is something to that velvety sauce and soft texture. It is simple and concise. However, as I grew up, the idea of making it from scratch seemed more and more improbable.  So I leaned toward the box. Now I am not saying that something is bad if it is in a box but powdered things often don't feel super healthy in the food realm. Especially if all you are adding...

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Gin Roasted Pepper Stew with Masa Dumplings

This is a very simple recipe. It is also a very fun recipe. The dumplings are as flavorful as they are adorable floating around in a peppery bath. This is not an overtly spicy stew but rather a complex myriad of fresh flavors mingling with peppers that have been dried and reconstituted in gin as well as heirloom red bell peppers that have been roasted and peeled. All of the hard work has been done for you so that you in our Gin Roasted Pepper sauce, so that you can easily assemble a delicious and visually impressive meal. One of my favorite elements is that it is easily vegetarian or the meat...

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Summer Rolls (No I am not referring to what I have from all the pizza I’ve been eating.)

Habanero Carrot Curry Lentil Summer Rolls Although you could use that "No it isn't that I didn't workout prior to swimsuit season. I was working on my summer rolls. These are my trophies. I earned these mouth battling pizza and beer all winter. VICTORY IS MINE!!!" (Then frantically jiggle said salad rolls as you back out of the room.) Now, what was I going to talk about? Oh yes, I know that I have said previously that I get insecure in the kitchen and that I need specificity in recipes. While that is true. Some recipes are specific in just the right areas and as long as you abide by those...

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Haute Pockets

Haute Pockets Alright, I am going to share a secret with you. (Well, maybe it isn't much of a secret if you know me or follow me on Instagram or Twitter.) I like laughter. I like to laugh. I love making other people laugh. Laughter is a wonderful thing. I like silliness. I like jokes. I even like bad jokes and I love puns. In fact my brain is far better at connecting random things and making plays on words than it is at anything that would be deemed an appropriate activity for an adult mind. Hence today's recipe: Haute Pockets. Now if you look at our sauce company's name: Marshall's Haute...

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Serrano Ginger Lemongrass Chicken Patties

Serrano Ginger Lemongrass Chicken Patties & Red Chili Lime Rice Noodles with Mango I have a confession to make: I am not a chef or even an expert home cook. When I am reading a cookbook and a recipe strikes me as something worth a shot, a feeling of excitement builds in me. The idea of trying something new. It usually begins with the picture. What can I say, I am a visual learner. Then I look at the ingredients and then the process. Now there are several points in those last two catagories where the mommentum can lose steam and the whole train of inspriation can come off its tracks. For...

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Exercise your ability to use your noodle.

  Alright, I am just going to address the elephant in the room. Self-you feel like an elephant when you only eat tacos and pizza all the time. It's true, but it's also true that pizza and tacos and taco pizza for that matter are all delicious. For me it is far more enticing to eat spicy tacos than something light and healthy. Sure, I could exercise to feel less elephant like. That is true, but it is also true that physical exertion makes you sweat and it's kinda hard. So if I want to be healthier I am going to focus on the eating. (There is less sweat involved.) Todays recipe is Serrano...

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Sometimes Things Can Haunt Us

Sometimes in life we see something and it hovers in our mind. What we see could be anything from a sweet Esprit sweatshirt to buy, a mountain to climb, or even a recipe to prepare. These things won't go away until we attempt them even if we won't make it to the top, the sweatshirt bunches up on our waist, and the recipe won't be edible. My story is sadly about the latter situation. For some reason the recipes that always used to catch my eye were extremely labor intensive and usually involved ingredients I had never tried or cooked with. On this particular occasion I wanted to make a risotto...

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Good things take time. (Sometimes)

Ah, comfort food. A chicken soup made with a rich stock from boiling the bones and a depth of flavor intensified by reducing the soup over time. A lasagna made with a thick powerful marinara with a concentrated tomato flavor created by boiling away on the stove for a day. A vegetable chili both intricate and complex by pan roasting vegetables and aromatics then blending them and reducing wine and homemade vegetable stock. All of these things are wonderful because they take time and effort. You can taste that in the finished product. Well, here is the good news. We did the hard work for you. Today's...

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