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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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Munchy Mary goes abroad: Joplin coffee

For the next three installments of Munchy Mary, this food fighter is going abroad to the wild and exotic land of Joplin. Cue the intense Jaws theme music.   To prepare for the journey, Munchy Mary is beginning with the wide array of coffee in Joplin. Although there are Starbucks on …

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Munchy Mary takes on Fruitcake

Fruitcake – the ugly red-headed stepchild of the cake world. That’s probably because it’s not really fruit and it’s not really cake. It’s also the cockroach of the food world – it will be more likely to survive a nuclear apocalypse than you will. Seriously, fruitcakes will never die. If …

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Munchy Mary takes on fruitcake

Fruitcake – the ugly red-headed stepchild of the cake world. That’s probably because it’s not really fruit and it’s not really cake. It’s also the cockroach of the food world – it will be more likely to survive a nuclear apocalypse than you will. Seriously, fruitcakes will never die. If …

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Food Fight: Breakfast

The food fight is back in town, and this time, it’s personal. This week, Munchy Mary headed to the beloved breakfast triumvirate of Pittsburg to see which one is best – Bob, Harry, or Otto. Which restaurant continues to make their namesake proud? First up, we headed to Harry’s to see what …

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