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Surprisingly savory with the flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, and red wine, this stew is nice when you want something unusual.

2 pounds boneless lamb stew meat (such as as shoulder), cubed
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, sliced thin
2 carrots, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
1 28-ounce can chopped tomatoes
1 cup wine
1 bay leaf
a few sprigs of parsley
Place the lamb in a glass bowl or baking dish and toss with cinnamon, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Cover and place in refrigerator for up to 24 hours, or cook immediately.

In a heavy saucepan or Dutch oven, sauté the pieces of lamb in the oil over medium heat. You may have to work in batches. Meat should be browned on all sides. When all of the meat is browned, add the garlic, carrots, celery and onion, and cook for about five minutes, stirring, until vegetables start to soften . Add tomatoes, wine and bay leaf. When mixture begins to bubble, reduce heat to low and cover.

Cook for 2 hours, or until meat falls apart when squeezed.

Serve over couscous or rice and garnish with chopped parsley.

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Still my favorite way to each butternut squash: roasted with walnuts and cranberries in maple syrup & tossed in an apple cider vinaigrette over spinach.

1 (1½-pound) butternut squash, peeled and ¾-inch) diced
good olive oil
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons dried cranberries
½ cup walnuts halves
¾ cup apple cider or apple juice
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons minced shallots
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
4 ounces baby arugula or spinach, washed and spun dry
¾ cup freshly grated Parmesan

Preheat the oven to 400F.

Place the butternut squash on a sheet pan. Add 1-2 tablespoons olive oil, the maple syrup, 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper and toss. Roast the squash for 15 to 20 minutes, turning once, until tender. Add the cranberries and walnuts to the pan for the last 5 minutes.

While the squash is roasting, combine the apple cider, vinegar, and shallots in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes, until the cider is reduced to about ¼ cup. Off the heat, whisk in the mustard, ½ cup olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon of pepper.

Place the arugula in a large salad bowl and add the roasted squash mixture, the walnuts, and the grated Parmesan. Spoon just enough vinaigrette over the salad to moisten and toss well. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

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Warm beef stew spiced with paprika and bay leaves, with tomatoes and potatoes to make it a one dish meal.

½ c. flour
1 tsp. paprika
salt & pepper
2 lbs. well-trimmed beef chuck, cut into 1.25" chunks
¼ c. olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
4 small onions, cut into 6 wedges
4 garlic cloves, minced
¾ tsp. dried thyme, crumbled
3 bay leaves
1 can beef broth
1 can stewed tomatoes
1 ½ c. water
1 lb. new potatoes, cut into 1" chunks
½ medium butternut squash
2 large carrots, cut into ½" slices

In large bowl, mix flour, paprika, ½ tsp. salt, ¾ tsp. pepper. Add beef and toss to coat.
In a Dutch oven, heat 2 tbs. oil over medium-high heat. Cook the beef in small batches for 3 to 4 minutes, until lightly browned on all sides, adding additional oil as needed. Set aside remaining seasoned flour
Reduce the heat to medium and add the chopped onion, garlic, thyme, and bay leaves. Pour in ¼ c. beef broth and cook, scraping with a wooden spoon to loosen any browned bits in the bottom of the pan. Cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes, until the onion is tender, adding additional broth if the pot becomes dry. Stir in the reserved seasoned flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
Add the tomatoes and stir until the mixture begins to boil. Add the remaining broth, water, and beef, along with any accumulated meat juices and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer for about 1 ½ hours, or until the meat is just tender when pierced with a fork.
Add the potatoes, onion wedges, squash, and carrots and return the stew to a simmer. Cover and cook for 30 to 40 minutes longer, until the beef and vegetables are very tender.

Cummings family
lamb_burgers_sm.jpgThese lamb burgers on homemade potato chips make attractive finger food seasoned with coriander, cumin, and cilantro. The meat mixture can be made ahead of time for quicker preparation.

1 pound ground lamb
1 teaspoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
3 cloves garlic, minced

2 large potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1/4 inch thick rounds
Olive oil
Chunky salt and fresh pepper
Fresh lettuce, washed and torn into small bits
Cilantro leaves, for garnish
Mix the lamb, spices, salt and pepper, egg, breadcrumbs, cilantro and garlic. You can use the meat mix immediately, freeze, or leave in the fridge overnight. When you're ready to use it, form into small, 3-inch patties.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Toss the potato rounds in olive oil and salt and pepper. Spread in a single layer on a parchment-covered baking sheet and roast for about 30 minutes, or until golden on the outside and flaky inside. Turn them over about halfway through. Check often near the end; the roasting time really depends on how thick you cut them.

While the potatoes are roasting, heat a grill or a heavy skillet. Heat a little olive oil in the skillet, if using, then cook the lamb burgers for about 2 minutes on each side, or until medium pink in the center.

Serve hot on top of roasted potato rounds with lettuce, cilantro, and some fresh horseradish if you would like.

makes about 20 mini burgers

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Stacie's Macaroni and Cheese Stacie's famous baked macaroni & cheese with 4 cheeses: Parmesan, fontina, Velveeta, and cheddar. Classic comfort food. 3 cups elbow macaroni
1/2 C parmesan
4 oz Velveeta
1/3 C flour
2 1/3 C milk
3/4 C fontina cheese
1/2 C cheddar
PAM cooking spray
salt/pepper/cayenne to taste

Preheat oven 375 degrees. Grease 9x13 casserole dish.
Cook/drain macaroni.
Combine flour and milk with whisk over low heat for 10 mins. Add cheeses, spices.
Mix with macaroni and pour into casserole dish. Sprinkle extra cheese on top or rough-torn fresh bread crumbs tossed with melted butter.
Bake for 30-40 mins.

From: Stacie
The perfect winter meal: warm, creamy potato soup with sweet ham, corn, and bacon. Be sure to use good quality ham, thick cut.

6 c. diced potatoes
8 strips bacon
½ onion, sliced
1 c. celery, sliced
2 c. honey ham, chopped
3 tbs. butter
6 tbs. flour
2 c. milk
2 cans chicken broth
1 ½ tsp. thyme
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
¾ can corn
chives
cheese

Fry bacon. Empty most of grease. 
Sauté onion and celery until tender, slowly add broth and milk with flour to create a nice roux.
Add remaining ingredients and simmer on medium until potatoes are done.

From: Daniel
Stewed chicken, marinated and braised in red wine with bacon and prunes. Amazing flavor, but takes forever (plus the 24 hrs marinating).

2+ cups red wine
1 cup chopped yellow onion
1 cup chopped carrot
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 (8-ounce) chicken breast halves, skinned
2 (4-ounce) chicken thighs, skinned
2 (4-ounce) chicken drumsticks, skinned
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (about 2 1/4 ounces)
3 bacon slices, chopped
1/2 cup pitted dried plums, quartered
2 bay leaves
Chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Combine first 10 ingredients in a large bowl; cover and marinate in refrigerator at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours.

Remove the chicken from marinade, reserving marinade, and pat chicken dry. Place flour in a shallow dish. Dredge the chicken in flour; set aside.

Cook bacon in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving drippings in pan; set bacon aside. Add half of chicken to pan; cook 4 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove chicken from pan. Repeat procedure with remaining chicken.

Remove onion and carrot from marinade with a slotted spoon, reserving marinade. Add onion and carrot to pan; sauté for 5 minutes or until softened. Stir in marinade, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add chicken, bacon, dried plums, and bay leaves; bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour and for 20 minutes or until chicken is tender. Discard bay leaves. Garnish with parsley, if desired

Nutritional Information (for about 3/4 cup sauce and 1 breast half or 1 thigh and 1 drumstick)
Calories: 353 (29% from fat)
Fat: 11.2g (sat 3.5g,mono 4.4g,poly 1.7g)

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Quite possibly the most complicated sandwich I've ever made, but yummy nonetheless. Be sure to use a good balsamic vinegar since the flavor is pretty strong in the dish.

1 teaspoon olive oil
2-3 cups halved cherry tomatoes (about 1 pound)
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
1 tablespoon whole-grain Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, minced
1 (16-ounce) loaf French bread, cut in half horizontally
3 ounces Brie cheese, sliced
3 cups shredded cooked chicken breast (about 1 pound)
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups fresh spinach
Preheat oven to 300°.

Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add tomatoes; cook 4 minutes, stirring once. Remove from heat; stir in 2 tablespoons vinegar. Sprinkle tomatoes with thyme, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Wrap handle of pan with foil; bake at 300° for 15 minutes. Keep warm.

Combine mayonnaise, mustard, and garlic in a small bowl. Spread mayonnaise mixture evenly over top half of bread loaf. Spoon tomatoes evenly over bottom half of loaf. Arrange Brie over tomatoes; top with chicken. Combine 2 teaspoons oil, 1 teaspoon vinegar, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add spinach, tossing gently to coat. Top chicken with spinach mixture; replace top half of bread. Cut loaf into 6 pieces.

For toasted sandwiches (recommended):
Assemble without mayo spread or spinach. Toast in 400° oven. Add mayo spread and spinach, serve.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 440 (25% from fat)
Fat: 12.3g (sat 4.2g,mono 4.9g,poly 1.9g)

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This chicken salad is only slightly sweet from the apple, with a strong curry flavor & lemon tang. Serve in sandwiches or on lettuce.

3 c. chopped cooked chicken
1 large red apple, finely chopped
½ c. plain yogurt
1/3 c. mayonnaise
1-2 tbs. lemon juice
1 tbs. curry powder
1/3 c. chopped fresh parsley
¼ c. grated onion (optional)
Combine chicken and apple in large bowl.
In small bowl, blend yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice and curry powder.
Add to chicken mixture, toss to coat.
Stir in remaining ingredients.

Source: First Come, First Served... In Savannah
poblano_sm.jpgA bit complex to put together, but the smoky rich flavors are well worth it.

1 large tomato or 4 plum tomatoes (about 3/4 pound)
6 medium fresh poblano peppers
1 medium yellow onion, peeled and quartered
2 large cloves garlic, unpeeled
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
 Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 cup coarsely grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese
Cheese Grits:
2 teaspoons sea salt, plus more to taste
1 cup stone-ground yellow grits (or yellow cornmeal for quick-cook)
1 cup milk
1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 cup grated cheddar or pepper jack cheese (about 3 ounces)
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
Grits:
Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat. Stir in the salt. Add the grits in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly.

Reduce the heat to medium low, and cook the grits, stirring frequently, for 40 to 45 minutes (5 minutes for cornmeal), until they are thick-soupy and the grains are tender to the bite. Stir in the milk and corn kernels, and cook for about 2 minutes to warm the corn.

Remove the grits from the heat, stir in the butter,cheese and pepper, and continue to stir until butter and cheese are melted. Season to taste.

Vegetables:
Core the tomato with a sharp paring knife. Arrange the tomato, pepper, onion, and garlic in a 9-x-13-inch roasting pan, with the peppers gathered at one end. Brush all the vegetables with the olive oil, and sprinkle them with salt. Slide the pan under the broiler (about 3 inches from the flame or heating element), with the peppers nearest you; you'll be turning them frequently as they roast. Turn the peppers every 3 minutes until their skins are blistered and blackened all over, about 9 minutes total. Transfer the peppers to a large bowl. Transfer the tomato, onion, and garlic to a medium bowl, and let them cool. Set aside the roasting pan.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Assembly:
When the peppers are cool enough to handle, gently massage their skins to remove them and discard. Cut a 3-inch slit down the side of each pepper and gently spoon out the seeds and any whitish, fibrous veins. Fill each pepper with 1/2 cup cheese grits, and place in the roasting pan.

When the tomato, onion and garlic have cooled, remove the skins from the tomato and garlic. Process the tomato, onion and garlic in a blender or food processor, about 30 seconds. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour the sauce over the peppers.

Bake the peppers on the middle rack until the tomato sauce bubbles gently, about 15 minutes. Scatter the cheese on top, and place the pan under the broiler about 2 inches from the flame or heating element until the cheese has browned.

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