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Traditional Irish stew

Ingredients:  2 tablespoons vegetable oil  1-pound beef, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks  2 tablespoons plain all-purpose flour  2 pounds potatoes (peeled and cut into quarters)  1 cup onion (roughly chopped)  1 cup leeks (cleaned and finely chopped)  1 cup carrots (roughly chopped)  3 cups dark beef stock  2 or 3 cabbage leaves  Salt …

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Easy, classic French style crepes

Ingredients:  1 cup all-purpose flour  2 large eggs  1/2 cup milk  1/2 cup water  1/4 teaspoon salt  2 tablespoons butter melted  Suggested toppings:  1-2 bananas sliced  Sliced strawberries (as many as you want)  Nutella  Whipping cream  Blueberries  Directions:  To begin, in a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and …

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Sweet and sour pork ribs

Ingredients:  1-pound spare pork ribs  2 tablespoons cooking oil  7 teaspoons sugar  2 tablespoons light soy sauce  3 tablespoons black vinegar  3 ginger slices  4 green onion white parts  Hot water as needed  1/2 tablespoon white sesame seed for garnish  Spring onion for garnish  Instructions:  To begin, cut the pork …

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Simple spinach and bacon quiche

Ingredients:  6 large eggs, beaten  1 1/2 cups heavy cream  Salt and pepper  2 cups chopped fresh baby spinach  1-pound bacon cooked and crumbled  1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese  1 (9 inch) refrigerated pie crust  Instructions:  To begin, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celcius).   Secondly, place …

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Homemade chocolate croissants (Pain au chocolat)

Ingredients:  4 cups bread flour  1/2 cup water  1/2 cup milk  1/4 cup sugar  2 teaspoons salt  1 packet instant dry yeast  3 tablespoons unsalted butter softened  1 1/4 cold unsalted butter cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices  1 egg beaten  2 bars sweetened chocolate   Directions:  To begin, make the dough. In a large bowl, mix together the …

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Simple, semi-homemade chicken and noodles

Ingredients  1 bag egg noodles  4 stalks celery, sliced  3 whole carrots, sliced  1/3 onion, diced  1 carton chicken broth  1 cup water  2 tsp. thyme  2 tsp. oregano   Pinch salt  Pinch pepper  1 tsp. garlic powder  1 tsp. onion powder  1/2 – 1 lb. chicken  Instructions  To begin, boil a …

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Quick and easy one-pot chili pasta

Ingredients:  1 Tbsp olive oil   1 medium onion   2 cloves garlic   1/2 lb ground beef   2 Tbsp flour   2 Tbsp chili powder   15 oz can tomato sauce   15 oz can diced tomatoes   15 oz can black beans   15 oz can kidney beans   1 cup frozen corn kernels   2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni   2 cups beef broth   1 cup shredded cheese  Directions:  To begin, dice the onion and mince the garlic. Put it a large pot with the one Tbsp of …

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Homemade peanut butter dog treats

Ingredients:  2/3 cup pumpkin puree  ¼ cup peanut butter  2 large eggs  3 cups whole wheat flour  Directions:  First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.  In a large bowl, beat pumpkin puree, peanut butter, and eggs until well …

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Munchy Mary maxes out Mall Deli

The Mall Deli – a longstanding Pittsburg institution. Seldom is this restaurant found without a line reaching out to the doors. But what about the food? Is it constantly packed because the food and prices are actually worth it? Or is it just because it’s the only sandwich joint in town?  …

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Munchy Mary abroad: Instant Karma

This week, Mary is putting down the gloves. No fighting for this foodie gal. We’re going to bring the boujie food reviewer game right here to the South East Kansas/South West Missouri area. A few months ago, a Joplin favorite, Instant Karma Gourmet Hot Dogs, dropped the old hot dog label and …

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