Bake Shepherd’s Pie Directly in Potato Skins

Only have to substitute tofu for the meat, or more vegetables to make it vegetarian friendly.

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A Recipe for Your Hangover Michelada That’s Impossible to Screw Up

It’s morning. Probably. You’re disoriented, the inside of your mouth has been replaced by ass-flavored shellac, and somehow it’s 87 degrees at 10 a.m. The full weight of last night will soon come rushing back to you, and you need enough hair of the dog to qualify as taxidermy in order to steel yourself against the impending nausea.

Source: A Recipe for Your Hangover Michelada That’s Impossible to Screw Up

You’re probably thinking “All you need is bloody mary mix, and a beer”…

Bloody Mary mix will work in a pinch, but “all you need” is a stretch. That’s sort of like saying that cooking dinner is a waste of time because Hungry Man salisbury steaks exist.

Make Perfect Chocolate Truffles With Just Two Ingredients

These treats look fancy and luxurious, but they couldn’t be easier to make. Since the truffle base is made from just two ingredients, using good-quality chocolate is key. Explore any fun toppings you like, from the traditional cocoa powder, to powdered sugar or your favorite chopped nuts or candy, to any of the more exotic flavor combinations below. Offer them to your sweetheart, serve them to guests after dinner, or pack them up for gifts—but make sure to save some for yourself!

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Chocolate truffles are a classic Valentine’s Day treat, but they can cost a pretty penny. Instead of shelling out hard-earned cash, make your own treats at home with just two ingredients: chocolate and cream (how much vitamin K in cream?).

Cream cheese truffles are neat, but the superior one is goat cheese truffles.

One-Pan Pasta Is Easy to Make, Filling, and Requires Next to No Cleanup

I was skeptical until I read this charming background story on Food52–apparently it comes from a legit chef in Puglia by way of two super fun women who worked for Martha and were having a great night out.

The Late Night in Puglia That Gave Us Martha Stewart’s One-Pan Pasta (+ 7 New Ones)

Eat Like an Astronaut with NASA’s Recipe for Cornbread Dressing

Preparing a Thanksgiving feast in space is a lot easier than here on Earth, but the end after dehydration, irradiation, and rehydration aren’t exactly the height of appetizing. Still, the environment more than makes up for it, and apparently the cornbread dressing is (relatively) fantastic.

Source: Eat Like an Astronaut with NASA’s Recipe for Cornbread Dressing

The recipe is not vegetarian.  There’s no room for dietary restrictions when your food is determined by weight with respect to payload & getting it into space/upper atmosphere.

Freeze Cranberry Sauce and Gravy for The Best Thanksgiving Croissants Possible

Making Thanksgiving croissants is a three-day process. I started making the compound butter two days ago. I paddled together butter and Thanksgiving spices: dried sage, dried thyme, granulated onion, onion powder, salt, sugar, pepper, and a little turmeric for color. We developed the recipe from looking at the ingredient list for Stovetop stuffing.

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Lots assume that there will be a lot of leftover gravy. In my experience, gravy always runs out long before the turkey does, and I often have to cobble together substitutes for that first yummy batch with the meat dripping and carving juices.  So if you run out:

Roast and then simmer the giblets with veggies to get some flavorful broth to add to the pan drippings. Start with a (I know, it’s horrible) store-bought stock, dissolve flour or cornstarch in water, add it to the boiling stock, then add the giblet stock and pan drippings. If you use decent quality store stock, you won’t notice the difference and you can make half a gallon of gravy.  Or buy a couple of turkey thighs or legs and roast them a few days ahead and store the deglazed pan drippings in the freezer until the big day.