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New England Clam Chowder

New England Clam Chowder is hands down one of my favorite soups. Being that is one of my faves, I am very picky about the color, texture, and flavor of the soup. If it doesn’t look right or is the wrong color, I won’t eat it. Since I don’t get to visit my hometown in Connecticut too much, I decided to try and find the perfect recipe so I could enjoy the soup as often as I wanted. The first time I tried, I wasn’t happy with the flavor. Something was missing, so I tried again a few more times and finally, I was able to develop something I was proud to share. New England Clam Chowder 6 slices thick-cut bacon, diced 1 small red onion, diced2 large carrots, finely chopped2 cloves garlic, minced2 tbsp flour 1/2 cup clam juice2 cup whole milk1/2 cup heavy cream1 lb Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled…

Braised Beef Burgundy Stew

I love a good beef stew when the temperatures drop.  There’s something delicious and comforting about letting the beef and vegetable stew for hours; having the whole house smelling amazing. This recipe is flavorful and even better the next day. Braised Beef Burgundy Stew 6 slices thick-cut bacon, diced2 lbs beef chuck, cut into 1-inch pieces1 small red onion, chopped1 cup onions, chopped 2 large carrots, sliced diagonally3-4 garlic cloves, minced8 oz white mushrooms, roughly chopped3 tbsp almond flour1 tbsp tomato paste3 cups dry red wine1 1/2 cup beef broth2 bay leaves4 sprigs fresh thyme1/4 cup fresh parsley, choppedSea salt and black pepper, to taste Place top oven rack in the center position and preheat oven to 325°F. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add bacon and cook, stirring occasionally, until crispy, approximately 4-5 minutes. Transfer bacon to a plate lined with paper towels and blot off excess grease. Set…

4 Healthy Fall Snacks You Can Make-Ahead

Eating healthy is often on everyone’s mind, but convenience often wins out. If you want to use superfoods for healthier snacks, making them ahead of time can really encourage you to use them more often. The following snacks are easy to make and allow you to grab-and-go whenever you need to. Cinnamon Apple Chips If you are looking for chips to enjoy in the fall, but don’t want to fry up potatoes, why not use apples? Apples are a wonderful superfood fruit to enjoy in the fall, are inexpensive, and filled with nutrients and antioxidants. Plus, they are low in fat and calories. You can make cinnamon apple chips by slicing apples thinly, coating with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar, and baking them until crisp. You can also just sprinkle a small amount of cinnamon and leave out the sugar entirely if you prefer. Keep them in a container…

Atlantic Cod with Garlic-Herb Butter

I used to always say, I can cook anything but breakfast food and fish. But all of that has changed. I still won’t offer to make anyone eggs, but I can whip up some bacon or some mean red velvet waffles. I’ve also been trying to expand cooking expertise with fish. I started with salmon, then tilapia and now I’ve conquered cod. This recipe is quick and easy to whip up and the garlic herb butter is mmm mmm good. Garlic butter makes EVERYTHING better.   Atlantic Cod with Garlic-Herb Butter Garlic Herb Butter 6 tbsp unsalted butter, softened1 1/2 tsp garlic, finely minced1 tsp fresh parsley, finely chopped1 tsp fresh thyme leaves2 tsp fresh basil, finely chopped1/4 tsp sea salt Remaining Ingredients2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil6 4-oz Atlantic cod filletsSea salt and black pepper, to tasteFresh chopped parsley, for garnish Prepare the garlic-herb butter by combining all ingredients in…

Keto Taco Bowls with Avocado Salsa

Let me be honest and tell you that I attempted to make keto taco bowls before and it did not turn out well. I think it was partly because I used cheap cheese which made it impossible to remove from the parchment paper. This time I had the help from a friend and make sure I didn’t use cheap cheese. And this time the keto taco bowls turned out good.   Keto Taco Bowls with Avocado Salsa 2 cups Colby Jack cheese, finely shredded, divided1 lb ground beef (80% lean)1/4 cup water1 tbsp chili powder1 tbsp ground cumin1 tsp garlic powder1 tsp onion powder1 tsp smoked paprikaSea salt and black pepper, to taste Avocado Salsa1 medium avocado, diced1 small tomato, seeded and diced2 tbsp fresh lime juice1 tbsp fresh cilantro, choppedSea salt and black pepper, to taste Optional1/2 cup sour cream Preheat oven to 200°F and line a large baking…