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Traditional Beef Pasties Recipe

Any true Yooper will tell you, there’s nothing more iconic about the Upper Peninsula than a pasty.

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A savory pastry dough stuffed with meat and potatoes, the pasty was developed as a way for miners to have a good, hardy lunch while working underground. The pasty can be eaten warm or cold and the thick, twisted crust was used as a handle of sorts that would be thrown away so miners could hold their food without having to worry about their dirty hands.

Today you can still find pasty shops all over the UP, and most of them come with a variety of fillings; however, you just can’t go wrong with beef, potatoes and rutabaga.

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I’ve had several pasties in my years spent up in the UP and they really are a tasty and filling meal. Not only that, they’re actually quite easy to make at home!

I made these pasties in a couple hours and they made great lunches and dinners throughout the week. Serve with a salad or just enjoy on it’s own…it’s certainly enough to fill you up!

Traditional Beef Pasties Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup lard
  • 3 to 4 cups bread flour or all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 medium red potatoes, peeled
  • 1 small rutabaga, peeled
  • 6 baby carrots
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 egg, for egg wash (optional)

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Directions:

For the crust: Combine lard with 1 cup water. Melt on low heat until everything is incorporated and liquid is hot.

In separate heat-safe bowl, combine 3 cups flour and salt. Gradually add the hot liquid to the flour and stir until a very soft dough is formed. Cover and refrigerate until dough is cool, about 2 hours.

For filling: Chop red potatoes, rutabaga, carrots and onion into small 1/8 in. cubes. You’ll want everything to be a uniform size so it cooks through properly.

Add ground beef, garlic and salt and pepper to taste. Stir filling until combined.

To assemble: Divide dough into equal portions (I weighed and divided the dough and got 8 portions with this recipe). On a floured surface, roll out one portion at a time into a 7 or 8 in. circle. Add about 3/4 to 1 cup of filling to center of dough. Moisten edges with water, then carefully fold dough over filling and seal edges. You can use a fork for easy sealing or do the traditional twisted crust by folding the dough over itself from one end to the other.

If your dough is still too soft, add more flour. I ended up having to add about a cup of flour after the dough cooled to get it to the right consistency. It should be soft, but workable.

Place pasties on an ungreased baking sheet. If desired, you can do an egg wash for a little color, which is what I did. Poke several holes in each pasty with a fork.

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Bake at 350 degrees F for about 1 hour. Cool slightly before serving.

If you end up with extra filling, pour it in a skillet and cook up a hash for breakfast! I can say from experience, it’s DELICIOUS.

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Braised Short Ribs with Cilantro Slaw

My first introduction to Matty Matheson was this MUNCHIES video for Braised Short Ribs.

It was basically love at first sight.

First of all, I wish I loved anything as much as Matty Matheson loves food. I mean just look at the joy on his face! Second of all, he’s literally the most colorful man I’ve ever seen. He’s like a big, loveable, cuddly coloring book.

As a lover of Cholula hot sauce and basically any meat that’s cooked low and slow, I bookmarked this recipe and continued my deep dive into the rest of Matheson’s videos.

It wasn’t until the first frost hit Chicago a few weekends ago that I decided it was time to finally bust out this recipe. Full of amazing flavor and stick-to-your-ribs deliciousness, this Braised Short Ribs recipe is just as good as it looks. Serve it with the homemade slaw and some salt and vinegar chips for a hearty, rich meal that is certain to warm you, body and soul.

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Braised Short Ribs with Cilantro Slaw

*Based on Braised Short Rib Sandwich Recipe, courtesy of MUNCHIES

Ingredients:

  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 green bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and roughly chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, stemmed, seeded, and roughly chopped
  • 1 poblano, stemmed, seeded, and roughly chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 rib celery, roughly chopped
  • 3 sprigs cilantro
  • 3 sprigs parsley
  • 3 bay leaves, dried
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 (6-inch) long short ribs (about 3 pounds)
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 (5-ounce) bottle Cholula® Original Hot Sauce
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle beer (I used an IPA)
  • 4 cups beef stock

For Slaw

  • 1 head green cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium white onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 limes, zested and juiced
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped cilantro
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

Heat the oven to 325°F. Place garlic, bell pepper, jalapeño, poblano, carrot, onion, and celery in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Set aside.

Tie the cilantro and parsley sprigs together with string. Set aside. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Season the ribs all over with salt and pepper and cook, turning as needed, until brown all over, about 10 minutes. Set aside on a plate.

Add chopped vegetables to the saucepan and cook until soft and the liquid has evaporated, about 20 to 25 minutes (it’s gonna start smelling amazing in your kitchen). Stir in the tomato paste and cook 2 minutes more.

Add the Cholula® Original Hot Sauce (yup, the WHOLE thing) and cook 2 minutes longer.

Add the beer and beef stock and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Again, I used IPA, but a stout or porter would also be really good here.

Return the short ribs to the saucepan. Top with herb bundle and dried bay leaves. Bring to a boil. Cover, then place in the oven. Cook until the ribs are soft, about 3 hours.

For slaw, toss all of the ingredients together in a bowl about an hour before you’re ready to serve. Cover and refrigerate until ready to plate.

Remove the ribs from the oven and set aside (remove and discard the bones). Strain the liquid, discarding the solids. Place the liquid back into the pan and bring to a boil. Simmer until thick and reduced by half, about 15 minutes.

Roughly chop the rib meat and toss in the reduced sauce. Stuff into toasted buns and top each with the slaw. Serve immediately.

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13 Clever Things to Make in Your Cast Iron Skillet

Let’s take a minute and talk about the beauty that is the cast iron skillet.

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It can be used to make dinner, desserts, dips and so much more. Cleaning is a breeze, and really, the more you use it, the nicer it is to you. It really is a staple in any kitchen and is the best way for cooking bacon, chicken and even biscuits!

But that’s not all you can do…here are 13 clever things to make in your cast iron skillet!

13 Clever Things to Make in Your Cast Iron Skillet

Pecan Apple Dutch Baby

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Country Egg Skillet

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Veggie Pot Pie

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Chocolate Cinnamon Skillet Brownie

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Monster Skillet Cookie

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Apple Pie Skillet Cobbler

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Skillet Drop Biscuits

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Curry Bread with Cheesy Dip

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Strawberry Nectarine Skillet Crisp

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Skillet Cookie

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Garlic Lover’s Pizza

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Refried Bean Dip

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Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pasta

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11 Cauliflower Recipes You’re Gonna Love

My love of cauliflower is a recent development…I actually spent the first 20 years or so of my life never having tasted it. I know, I know…BLAME MY PARENTS! 😉

In the last few years, I’ve actually come to love cauliflower and all the amazing things you can do with it. I’ve had it in mac n’ cheese, as a mashed potato substitute, and just roasted with garlic and salt (YOU GUYS IT’S SO GOOD).

In an effort to eat healthier and cut out unnecessary carbs, I’ve been looking for more cauliflower recipes…and I thought I’d share a few of my faves! From spicy snacks to amazing pasta dishes, here are 11 cauliflower recipes you’re gonna love!

11 Cauliflower Recipes You’re Gonna Love

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  1. Cauliflower Pasta with Tahini Sauce
  2. Cauliflower Rice
  3. Cauliflower Potato Salad
  4. Cauliflower Bread
  5. Baked Cauliflower Bites
  6. Cauliflower Pizza Crust
  7. Cauliflower Tacos
  8. Spicy Roasted Cauliflower
  9. Low Carb Cauliflower Hummus
  10. Cauliflower Tater Tots
  11. Cheesy Cauliflower Fritters

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12 Easy and Delicious Family Dinners

Dinner with the fam is about to get a whole lot easier…

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With these 12 easy and delicious dinner recipes, you can have food on the table and be done cooking in time to catch up on your favorite TV shows. These crowd-pleasers are also great for dinner parties and potlucks.

12 Easy and Delicious Family Dinners

Super Tender Slow Cooker Teriyaki Beef

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Creamy Tuscan Shrimp Linguine

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The Best Baked Pineapple Chicken

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Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Mushroom Cream Sauce

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Beefy Bean and Cheese Quesadillas

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Pan-Seared Salmon with Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce

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Egg Roll in a Bowl

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Chinese Glazed Roast Pork

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Vegetable Soup

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Chicken Cacciatore

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Short Rib Ragu with Pappardelle and Ricotta

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Crispy Baked Ranch Chicken

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18 Classic Recipes that Take Us Back in Time

Love it or hate it, classic vintage recipes are a thing of beauty. Often featuring such wonderful ingredients as SPAM, gelatin, mayo, and Cool Whip, the recipes of the 1950s, 60s and 70s are nothing if not indulgent.

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Though it might be hard to just whip up a spiral ham after work on Tuesday, there are a few classic recipes that deserve a bit of a reboot. Whether they’re genuine crowd-pleasers or recreated with healthier ingredients, these 18 classic recipes give us a taste of simpler, better times…while satisfying our hunger, too!

18 Classic Recipes that Take Us Back in Time

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Liven up breakfast with this twist on an old classic. The Quiche with Zucchini, Feta and Mint is easy and tasty to make, and also makes a great lunch when paired with a salad.

For a decadent dessert, this Black Forest Tart will certainly satisfy a sweet tooth.

Make a warm, filling dinner with this recipe for Meatball Stroganoff. Made with turkey meat, these are slightly healthier than the full-beef version.

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Nothing says vintage recipes like gelatin salads! This recipe for Pineapple Fluff Salad is great for parties…and you can serve it during dinner and dessert.

Take the stress out of making a full Wellington by making these adorable Individual Beef Wellingtons. Perfect for a romantic dinner for two!

The kids are sure to love these Pretzel Woven Hot Dogs! A twist on the popular pigs in a blanket, this pull-apart bread is best served with dipping sauces.

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Chicken Kiev was a staple in most 1950s and 60s homes. A genuine crowd-pleaser, this meal makes a great weeknight dinner.

No Sunday brunch is complete without Eggs Benedict. This twist on a classic uses a healthier sauce, so there’s no added guilt!

Forget making those huge cheese balls that take up a ton of space on your table. Entertain guests with these Individual Cheese Ball Bites. Customize to suit the season!

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Filled with all the heartwarming things you could ask for, this Chicken ala King recipe is the perfect dinner after a cool fall or winter day spent outside.

Traditional baked Alaska doesn’t need much improvement, but this recipe for Brownie Baked Alaska plays up the cake layer by using brownie instead of chocolate cake.

Your tummy will thank you after you make this amazing Beef Burgundy Stew. Served on top of rice or noodles, this is a classic that will never go out of style.

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Chicken Waldorf Salad Bites are a lighter solution to the old stand-by. Serve on slices of apples for added crunch and color.

A party’s not a party without chips and dip! This French Onion Dip was a 1950s classic, but this new version is made a little healthier with yogurt instead of sour cream.

For special occasions, Steak Diane is a great meal that will remind you of the rich and hardy dinners grandma used to make.

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Every 50s housewife knows, Swedish Meatballs are a must at any social gathering. Serve on top of egg noodles or alongside a cup of toothpicks for a mixer.

Many a business meetings happened around plates of wedge salads. This twist on a standard includes bolder flavors, like blackberries and basil, for an updated version that’s sure to please.

Do you fondue? If you’re a product of the 1970s, chances are you have at one point or another! This Chanterelle Mushroom Fondue is great for a party or just a movie night with the fam!

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8 Dinner and Dessert Pairings

On any given weekday, about 90% of my drive home from work is trying to figure out what to make for dinner.

It’s near impossible to find the time to make a tasty home-cooked meal, let alone a dessert to match. However, these tasty dinner and dessert pairings are sure to be crowd-pleasers no matter what the occasion.

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Whether you’re planning a family dinner on Sunday or just a casual meal on Wednesday, these dinner and dessert pairings will give you a new appreciation for food and flavor!

8 Dinner and Dessert Pairings

A delicious Red Wine Braised Short Rib dinner is made even better when followed by a Brownie Truffle with Cream and Raspberry Jam. Red wine is what connects these two together…so make sure you have plenty for drinking with dessert once dinner is done!

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Everyone is going to love this Roasted Garlic and Tomato Fettuccine, but anything made with garlic comes at a stinky price! Combat garlic breathe with a slice of tasty Classic Apple Pie. Apples help combat stinky breathe, especially of the garlic variety!

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If you’re looking for something a little healthier, try this Chipotle Chicken Salad. It’s a great summer go-to and a quick dinner for weeknight planning. Finish your meal off with a slice of Lemon Pudding Bundt Cake, perfect for giving you a taste of something sweet without the guilt.

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This all-American meal of Crispy Baked BBQ Chicken deserves a sweet surrender to another classic, Peach Shortcake. Best of all, the dessert is gluten free!

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A splash of honey helps combine this tasty dinner and dessert combo. Delicious Honey Mustard Broiled Salmon is finished with a helping (or two!) of Peach Toasts with Honey-Whipped Ricotta. This is a tasty summer meal that’s great for company.

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These Cheesy Spinach Lasagna Rolls make a great family dinner. They cook up quickly and are a fun alternative to traditional lasagna. Finish things off with another Italian classic, Berry-Misu!

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Take a trip to India with this tasty Mixed Vegetable Curry (you can even add meat if you want). Then cool it down with a sweet Strawberry Lassi Smoothie, great if your dinner was a little on the spicy side.

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Drizzle your Flat Iron Steak with a tasty basil aioli. Great for putting on tacos or just serving as is, this steak is a crowd-pleasing dinner no matter what the occasion. Ironically, strawberries compliment basil quite nicely, making these Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches the perfect finish to this meal.

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12 Sweet Peach Recipes for National Peach Month

August kicks off National Peach Month…and what better way to celebrate than with a meal filled with peaches?

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The great thing about peaches, and most stone fruit for that matter, is that it is sturdy and versatile. It can stand up to being cooked in an oven, on the grill, or in a skillet, and is a great accompaniment to a sweet or savory dish.

From breakfast to dessert, here are 12 sweet peach recipes to celebrate National Peach Month!

12 Sweet Peach Recipes

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Peach Cobbler French Toast

Grilled Steak Salad with Peaches

Rustic Stone Fruit Tart

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Chicken Peach Kebabs

Lemon Peach Fizz

Peach Shortcake

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Peach Galette

Prosciutto Salad with Peach and Mozzarella

Grilled Peach and Prosciutto Flatbread

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Peach Gin and Tonic

Peach Bread

Peaches and Cream Crumble

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12 Delicious Indian Food Recipes

Ahhh, Indian food. Rich, delicious, and just the right amount of spice to set you into a cozy coma for the rest of the day.

Many moons ago, I used to live within walking distance to an Indian buffet and I’m telling you, I miss it way more than I should. The garlic naan was the stuff of dreams…and the food always looked and smelled amazing.

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While I haven’t been too adventurous with my Indian cooking, I have tried making a few curry-filled dishes and they all turned out really well. I’d love to start making Indian food at home, and so I’ve gathered a few of my favorite Indian dishes here to share with ya’ll!

If you’re craving some Indian food and want to get creative in the kitchen with me, check out these 12 delicious Indian recipes!

12 Delicious Indian Food Recipes

Palak Saag Paneer

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Gulab Jamun

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Indian Style Lentils

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Mini Samosas

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Lamb Curry

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Chicken Vindaloo

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Vegetable Uppuma

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Green Moong Dal Tikkis

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Chicken Tikka

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Kesar Dry Fruit Kheer

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Indian Butter Chicken

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Naan

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14 Practically Perfect Pizza Recipes that Won’t Give You E. coli

There really has never been a better time to eat pizza. With all the crazy E. coli outbreaks, eating a salad has never been more dangerous…so fellow pizza lovers, rejoice!

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14 Practically Perfect Pizza Recipes that Won’t Give You E. coli

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  1. White Pizza with Zucchini and Proschiutto
  2. Meatball Pizza
  3. Pesto and Asparagus Flatbread
  4. White Pancetta Pizza
  5. Zucchini Naan Pizza
  6. Cheesy Pizza “Bread”sticks
  7. Cauliflower, Dates, and Tahini Pizza
  8. Deep Dish Pizza
  9. Cheesy Homemade Pizza
  10. Crispy Fried Pizza
  11. Grilled Mexican Pizza
  12. BBQ Chick Pea Pizza
  13. Pepperoni Bacon Pizza with Truffle Honey
  14. Deep Dish Skillet Pizza

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