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Roasted Sweet and Savory Acorn Squash

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When it comes to cooking for the holidays I know how stressing it can get.  You’ve got “those” family members coming over that you only see like 3 times a year, kids are running around, your house is trashed and your kitchen has crusty foil lids laying around and food is everywhere.  Yeah, I’ve been down that road a few times.  But, it’s all good because eventually that delicious meal you’ve been working up to will get served, people and kids will eat, and your favorite relatives will eventually go home :-).    One of the biggest questions I get…

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Easy Thanksgiving Day Slow Cooker Stuffing

Save precious stove top and oven space by making this amazingly Easy Thanksgiving Day Slow Cooker Stuffing. Save Print Easy Thanksgiving Day Slow Cooker Stuffing Author: Chef Billy Parisi Recipe type: Side Dish   Save precious stove top and oven space by making this amazingly Easy Thanksgiving Day Slow Cooker Stuffing. Ingredients 1 small diced yellow onion 3 small diced stalks of celery 8 cups of cubed crusty bread 1 tablespoon of dry sage 1 tablespoon of dry thyme 1 cup of melted butter 1 cup of chicken stock salt and pepper to taste Instructions Place all ingredients into a slow cooker,…

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Leftover Creamy Mashed Potato Soup Recipe

I’ve done plenty of leftover Turkey recipes after the holidays, and while those are fantastic and always delicious I decided to change it up in this Leftover Creamy Mashed Potato Soup Recipe!  You don’t want to miss this one, it’s a keeper! Save Print Leftover Creamy Mashed Potato Soup Recipe Author: Chef Billy Parisi   This Leftover Creamy Mashed Potato Soup Recipe is perfect to get your creativity kick started after the holidays! Ingredients 1 small diced yellow onion 3 small diced stalks of celery 4 tablespoons of butter 3 heaping tablespoons of all-purpose flour 4 cups of vegetable stock 6 cups…

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Tabouleh Quinoa Salad Recipe with Fried Feta Cheese

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I’ve always said that you have to master the classics before it’s time to move on and start adding your twists, but my tune has changed a bit in the past year. While that is certainly a traditional way to think in a professional food setting, it’s really no longer feasible. I’m not going to lie, I’ve made tabouleh salads only a handful of times, so I’ve not really mastered anything. BUT, what I am good at is twisting up classics and DANG was this twist successful.       I’m not so much of a fan of the authentic…

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Grilled Potato Salad with Mustard Dressing

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It is so easy to get into the same old routine when it comes to backyard barbecue and grilling. I mean if it’s not broke don’t fix it right? WRONG! In no way could you eat the same thing every meal every day, so why would you do the same barbecued or grilled items every single time? You wouldn’t. It’s so much fun to try new things, and if they come out exactly as you wanted, it’s even that much sweeter. Really mu approached has always been to take staple classic items and put my own twist on it, and…

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Chive and Horseradish Mashed Red Potatoes

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I mean seriously, is there such a thing as bad mashed potatoes?!  These Chive and Horseradish Mashed Red Potatoes would honestly go great with just about anything.  In addition they have a nice little kick from the buttermilk and would go amazing with a big fat juicy steak!  The best thing about mashed potatoes is how easy they are how to make and how versatile they are in flavor.  For instance after boiling potatoes all you need to do is mash them, just figure out what other ingredients you want to put in there.  You can add herbs, roasted garlic, etc.…

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Sweet Potatoes Au Gratin Recipe

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I can’t lie, this Sweet Potatoes Au Gratin Recipe doesn’t have all sweet potatoes… In fact I’ve added in some plain old russet potatoes to balance out the dish.  With the savory flavors from the herbs and cheese I thought it would be good to add in some regular potatoes.  Don’t get me wrong you can certainly use all sweet potatoes in this dish and I’m sure it would be delicious, I am just always in search of the perfect flavor balanced dish and to do that it requires cutting some things.  In a food world where the craziest thing is…

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