Corned Beef and Cabbage

Well it’s St. Patrick’s Day so of course I had to make Corned Beef and Cabbage. It’s really Corned Beef with Cabbage, Turnips, Potatoes and Carrots so it’s a complete meal. If you buy a corned beef brisket sealed in a bag of brine, half the work is already done for you. So all that’s left is boiling and chopping. It’s that easy!

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Beef Vegetable Stir Fry

I set out to make beef with broccoli, just like the dish served in Asian restaurants. Then I got to thinking, I really want this to have lots of veggies, not just broccoli. And I want this Beef Vegetable Stir Fry to have that authentic taste, that sauce that’s not too sweet. And of course lots of colour. I think I nailed it!

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Moussaka

If you’ve never had Moussaka it’s sort of like a Greek version of lasagna. I’ve always wanted to make it but I wasn’t sure about the combination of spices in the meat. Cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves sound like pumpkin pie to me. But, curiosity got the best of me so I consulted numerous versions on the internet and came up with this recipe that passed not one but TWO taste test dinners!

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Steak and Guinness Pie

Steak and Guinness Pie. Top of my list for comfort food. The meat is cooked slowly in a bath of dark beer and topped with pastry. It’s pretty much that simple but the taste is rich and satisfying. There’s no need to make your own pastry because store bought puff pastry is perfect for this. Add a few veggies to the stew and you’ve got a complete meal.

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Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Meatballs are always a crowd pleaser at happy hour. You can buy Italian, Asian, Swedish….then there are the multiple varieties of sauce options. Dump the meatballs and sauce into a slow cooker and voila, you have an easy but popular dish. OR, if you want some kitchen swagger, you can make your own. And as a bonus, it costs less to make these Sweet and Sour Meatballs yourself.

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