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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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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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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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16 Copycat Recipes from Your Favorite Restaurants

Eating from your favorite restaurants doesn’t have to hurt your gut (or your wallet). You can indulge in your restaurant favorites right from the comfort of your own home with these 16 tasty copycat recipes.

From Applebee’s famous Oriental Chicken Salad to Red Lobster’s addicting Cheddar Bay Biscuits, these recipes taste just like the real deal at half the price!

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16 Copycat Recipes from Your Favorite Restaurants

  1. Copycat Portillos Chopped Salad
  2. Copycat Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup
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  3. Copycat Outback Steakhouse Blooming Onion
  4. Homemade Cracker Jack
  5. Chipotle Guacamole
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  6. Homemade Moon Pies
  7. Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad
  8. Copycat Orange Chicken
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  9. Noodles and Company Indonesian Peanut Saute
  10. Cheesecake Factory Bang Bang Shrimp
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  11. DIY Mounds Bars
  12. Taco Bell Morning Crunch Wrap
  13. Copycat McDonald’s Big Mac
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  14. Copycat Cracker Barrel Pancakes
  15. California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken Pizza Copycat
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  16. Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

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10 Egg-cellent Egg Recipes

It wasn’t until I had a GOOD egg that I realized how delicious eggs really are. Packed with tons of good protein, a high-quality organic egg is a great way to start your day.

Whether they’re over-easy, hard-boiled, sunny-side-up or fried, an egg makes a tasty addition to any breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Looking for a quick and easy way to fill up at your next meal? Try one of these yummy egg recipes.

10 Egg-cellent Egg Recipes

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  1. Surprise Egg and Bacon Biscuit
  2. Asparagus with Poached Egg
  3. Egg-Stuffed Biscuit
  4. Whole 30 Salad with Poached Egg
  5. Pepper n’ Eggs
  6. Quick Breakfast Pizza
  7. Eggs Benedict
  8. Sweet Potato and Egg Hash
  9. Deviled Eggs
  10. Instant Pot Sous Vide Eggs

 

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14 Easy Shrimp Recipes

Looking for some quick weeknight meal ideas? Shrimp are the perfect solution! Perfect for pairing with pasta, veggies, or just chopping up and putting on a sandwich, shrimp are affordable and cook up super fast.

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These tasty shrimp recipes make tasty meals for any night of the week and you’ll love how easy they are to make.

14 Easy Shrimp Recipes

20 Minute Honey Garlic Shrimp

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Easy Takeout Shrimp Fried Rice

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Sheet Pan Shrimp Broil

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Garlic Honey Lime Shrimp

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Spicy Shrimp Sushi Stacks

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Spicy Shrimp Burrito Bowls

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Easy Baked Coconut Shrimp

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Shrimp Scampi with Tomatoes and Arugula

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Cajun Fried Shrimp

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Shrimp Stuffed Avocado

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Blackened Shrimp Skewers

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Ceviche Style Shrimp Cocktail

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Mediterranean Sheet Pan Baked Shrimp and Veggies

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Shrimp Tacos with Avocado, Mango and Pineapple Salsa

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All the Presidents’ Favorite Dishes

Our wide collection of presidents have gathered up quite the palette. From hoe cakes to cherry ice cream, this collection of some of the presidents’ favorite meals is sure to get you in the mood for President’s Day!

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All the Presidents’ Favorite Dishes*

*While several sites and books list various “favorite foods” of each respective president, I did my best to find those with recipes or those I found in two or more places.

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George Washington
Hoe Cakes

John Adams
Baked Salmon

Thomas Jefferson
Waffles

James Madison
Chicken and Okra Soup

James Monroe
Fried Chicken

John Quincy Adams
Fruits and Crackers

Andrew Jackson
Lamb Chops with Rosemary

Martin Van Buren
Classic Donuts

William Henry Harrison
Roast Wild Duck

John Tyler
Grateful Pudding

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James K. Polk
Classic French Omelette

Zachary Taylor
Hominy

Millard Fillmore
Beef Stew

Franklin Pierce
Fried Clams

James Buchanan
Peach Charlotte

Abraham Lincoln
Sliced Apples

Andrew Johnson
Popcorn

Ulysses S. Grant
Rice Pudding

Rutherford Birchard Hayes
Fresh Coffee

James A. Garfield
Fresh Bread

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Chester A. Arthur
Coffee and a Roll

Grover Cleveland
Corned Beef and Cabbage

Benjamin Harrison
Oysters

William McKinley
Steak

Theodore Roosevelt
Hard-Boiled Eggs

William H. Taft
Grapefruit

Woodrow Wilson
Chicken Salad

Warren G. Harding
Knockwurst and Sauerkraut

Calvin Coolidge
Roast Beef

Herbert Hoover
Gumbo

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Franklin D. Roosevelt
Cream Chipped Beef

Harry S. Truman
Hot Cereal

Dwight D. Eisenhower
Chicken Noodle Soup

John F. Kennedy
Broiled Bacon

Lyndon B. Johnson
Chicken Chop Suey

Richard M. Nixon
Fresh Fruit

Gerald R. Ford
Spaghetti and Meatballs

Jimmy Carter
Pork Chops with Cornbread Stuffing

Ronald Reagan
Mac and Cheese

George Bush
Pork Rinds

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Bill Clinton
Soft Shell Tacos

George W. Bush
Biscuits

Barack Obama
Nachos with Guac

Donald J. Trump
Cherry Ice Cream

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12 Cozy Slow Cooker Recipes

When the wild fall winds blow and the rain pelts your window, there’s nothing better than sinking into your couch with a hot bowl of something tasty from the slow cooker.  I love using the slow cooker in the fall.  When I get home at 5:00 pm and it’s already pitch black outside, there’s absolutely no part of me that wants to cook dinner…so having dinner cook as I work throughout the day is the perfect solution!

This is a collection of some of my favorite slow cooker recipes.  Great for fall and winter, these slow cooker recipes are sure to become seasonal staples you’ll find yourself coming back to again and again!

12 Cozy Slow Cooker Recipes

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  1. Slow Cooker Steak Diane
  2. Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken
  3. Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
  4. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
  5. Slow Cooker Apple Rhubarb Crisp
  6. Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy
  7. Slow Cooker 5-Cheese Macaroni
  8. Slow Cooker Ramen Bowl
  9. Slow Cooker Lasagna
  10. Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff
  11. Slow Cooker Thai Beef Stew
  12. Slow Cooker Homemade Apple Cider

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12 Pineapple Recipes for Summer

So it seems that watermelon was the new cupcake…and now pineapple is the new watermelon.  There’s pineapple stuff everywhere!

But, IMHO, the most important place for pineapple to be is in my face.

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And if you’re a fellow pineapple lover, here are 12 scrumptious and delicious pineapple recipes to get you through the rest of summer!

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12 Pineapple Recipes for Summer

Pineapple Salsa
The Gunny Sack
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Brown Sugar Pineapple Chicken
Carlsbad Cravings
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Bacon Wrapped Pineapple
Delish D’Lites
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Pineapple Bars
Mandy’s Recipe Box
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Pineapple Popsicle
Mama Loves Food!
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Pineapple Fluff Salad
The Country Cook
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Pineapple Pancakes
The Stay at Home Chef
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Pineapple Cooler
Pizzazzerie
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Pineapple Chicken Salad
The Kitchen is my Playground
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Pineapple Coconut Thumbrint Cookies
Cooking Classy
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Pineapple Empanadas
Kitchen Gadget
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Pineapple Upside Down Doughnuts
Baker by Nature
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