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Cheesy Potato and Sausage Casserole

Do you hate cooking after a busy day at work but still want to feed your family something delicious and nutritious?  This cheesy potato and sausage casserole can be made ahead of time and then baked after a busy day and tiring commute.   You can alter the ingredients to fit your family’s tastes, too.  The Butcher Shop carries a wide variety of sausages, allowing you to be creative with your meal preparation.  For example, this same recipe can be made with jalapeno sausages and Monterey jack cheese and served with salsa and sour cream. Ingredients: ½ pound of your favorite...
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Frittata Breakfast Muffins

Grab-and-Go Mini Frittata Breakfast Muffins Easter’s coming up, and that means there’s a very good chance you will have leftover ham you need to use up.  One brilliant solution is to make these easy grab-and-go min frittata breakfast muffins.  Your family can enjoy them at their leisure as they are easy to reheat in the microwave or toaster oven.  Refrigerate leftovers with wax paper between layers for a leisurely grab-and-go breakfast throughout the week. For this recipe, you’ll need two mini muffin tins (those with 24 little cups.) Ingredients: About ½ cup of leftover TBS ham, finely chopped Nonstick vegetable...
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Italian Sausage and Potato Soup (Instant Pot)

Italian Sausage and Potato Soup. Making soup in the Instant Pot or other similar pressure cooker is an easy way to put together a wholesome meal in minutes.  Some people refer to this type of soup as Zuppa Toscana meaning “Tuscan soup,” but the actual Italian name is “minestra di pane,” meaning bread soup.  Italian sausage, potatoes, onion, and kale are almost always core ingredients. Depending on the chef, you may also find this soup containing zucchini, cannellini beans, celery, and carrots.   Italian Sausage and Potato Soup Ingredients 1 pound TBS Italian ground sausage (mild or spicy) 1 tablespoon olive...
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Grilled Leg of Lamb in 45 Minutes

Grilled leg of lamb is a traditional main course for Easter dinner, although many people may not know why.  It’s not seasonality since, in most regions of the world, Easter is before lambing season.  Instead, the tradition’s history can be found in the Christian Bible. Many Biblical stories may shed light on the tradition.  For some, eating lamb at Easter simply represents the sacrifice of Jesus (the lamb of God) on the cross. There are other stories as well, though.  For example, when ancient Egypt experienced traumatic plagues that resulted in high infant mortality, the Jews sought help from God. ...
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Butter Chicken on the Stovetop

Do you love going out for Indian food, but the tab puts a considerable strain on your pocketbook?  Thanks to the unique combination of spices, Indian food has a distinctive flavor that many people find addictive.  The good news is that there are simple Indian recipes you can make at home for a fraction of the cost and minimal work.  One very popular Indian dish is butter chicken. Butter chicken is a culinary creation of Kundan Lal Gujral, an employee at a sweet shop in Peshawar, India, called Mukhey da Dhaba.  He originally came up with the idea for tandoori...
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Creole Shrimp Cakes W/Ancho Chile Rémoulade

Crab cakes make a delicious appetizer, but what do you do during the months when crabs are less prevalent on the Oregon coast?  How about creole shrimp cakes?  This is a tasty recipe combining Creole spices with delicious, chopped shrimp.  Because the shrimp is chopped, it's best to use the largest you can find.  Rock shrimp makes a perfectly flavored cake if available. Creole Shrimp Cakes Ingredients: 1 pound TBS extra-large shrimp, peeled, deveined, and chopped 6 tablespoons olive oil ⅓ cup yellow onion, diced ¼ cup green pepper, diced ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon white pepper ¾ cup green...
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Braised Beef Short Ribs

Braised beef short ribs are very popular because it is a delicious section of beef.  Interestingly, all though these are the first five-rib bones of the cow, short ribs are technically from the chuck section of meat, not the beef rib.  Because of that, they are rich in flavor, full of marbling, and absolutely perfect for braising or slow cooking. What is braising? Braising is a cooking technique that combines searing (or browning) the meat and then baking it in a liquid.  The tough tissues (collagen) are broken down by braising the meat without drying out the beef.  This is...
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Flank Steak Tortilla Wraps

Flank steak has a delicious, intense flavor and is best cooked to medium-rare.  It’s easy to cook, making it an excellent option for simple dinners. Flank steak is a cut of meat from the cow’s lower chest or abdominal muscle.  Flank steak is similar to skirt steak; however, a skirt steak is cut from a nearby diaphragm region of the cow with a more prominent grain and a higher fat content.  You can easily substitute skirt steak for flank steak for this recipe. These steaks are about a foot long and an inch thick.  Each steak should be cooked as...
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Grilled Lamb Cutlets Made Easy

Cooking grilled lamb cutlets might seem intimidating because it is one of the less common meats used in American cooking, but it is actually quite simple.  Using a few tips, you can create a lamb-based meal that is tender and mouth-watering. What is lamb meat? Lamb meat is sourced from younger sheep–typically those under a year of age.  The younger age of the meat means it is tender and moist.  Also, domestic sheep are usually grass-fed, resulting in higher fat content and a delicate flavor.  A 100-gram serving of lamb contains approximately 26 grams of protein, 16 grams of fat,...
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Shrimp Alfredo Fettucine for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and while you may want to prepare a delicious meal for you and your loved one to enjoy, no one wants to spend all day cooking.  Shrimp Alfredo Fettucine is one dish that always impresses but is simple to cook is Shrimp Alfredo Fettucine. Four Tips to Achieve the Perfect Shrimp Alfredo Fettucine To make a super flavorful shrimp alfredo fettuccine that’s cheesy and melts in your mouth, there are just a few key concepts to be aware of. Don’t overcook the pasta.  With a recipe like this, pasta is cooked (boiled) in...
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