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Garlic-Herb Whole Roasted Chicken

I always debate about making a whole chicken, because there are certain parts of the chicken, like the legs that I won’t eat.  And I hate wasting chicken, so I usually only make a whole one when I have someone lined up to take the legs off my hands. This flavorful chicken recipe is the perfect choice for a nice Sunday dinner with friends and family. Plus, you can use the leftovers to make a delicious homemade chicken stock or shred the remaining meat to use in a quick soup or salad recipe the next day.  The onion in this recipe serves two purposes: It raises the chicken out of the juices while it cooks and it imparts a lovely flavor to the pan sauce. After cooking, the onion is discarded, rather than eaten, to keep the overall carb count low. If you would like to omit the onion completely, you can replace…

Homemade Chicken Broth

Having homemade chicken broth in your freezer is super important if you cook a lot. I can never seem to keep enough chicken broth in my house. As soon as I make it, I am using it. Thankfully, it’s super easy to make and it is a great way to use up all those fresh herbs and vegetables you didn’t get around to using. Simply freeze whatever portion you don’t use right away, and then pull it out whenever you want to make a quick soup, stew, or slow cooker meal. Tip: As you cook throughout the week, freeze leftover edible vegetable and herb stems and scraps in a freezer-safe bag. Use these scraps whenever you make a new batch of stock. Homemade Chicken Broth 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil2 large onions, roughly chopped4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed3 stalks celery, roughly chopped 1 (5-6 lbs) leftover roasted chicken carcasss8…

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…

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…