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Ultimate Spicy Cheese Fries Recipe

The secret is in the...cheddar powder
Feb 3, 2015 1:00 pm
Photo: Alexandra Winsby

Cheese fries are one of life’s great treats. What’s not to love about the combination of cheese and fries? At least in theory. Unfortunately, in practice, cheese fries can often fall flat. But we think we might have this whole thing figured out.

Check Out This Video Of A Creamy Polenta Casserole, Then Try The Recipe

More over, lasagna! There's a new bake in town.
Feb 2, 2015 11:00 am
polenta casserole recipe
Photo: Alexandra Winsby

Polenta: It's not just that soft, creamy stuff you eat all winter to stay alive. It's so versatile, and actually the pantry ingredient I run out of most frequently. Rather than making yet another pasta dish, I often bake up a sheet of flavor-infused polenta — with fresh herbs, Parmesan rind, bacon, garlic, you name it — and top it with whatever I feel like mixing in.

Cheese, Potatoes, Bacon, Go! It's A Taleggio Tartiflette Recipe.

A serious French comfort dish you will want to make
Jan 29, 2015 1:00 pm
tartiflette recipe
Photo: Alexandra Winsby

One of my favorite cold-weather dishes celebrates three of my favorite cold-weather ingredients: potatoes, bacon and cheese. It's tartiflette, and if you've ever attempted to survive a winter in the Alps (or the northeastern United States), it's a dish you'll want to know intimately. Pour it a glass of wine. Seriously, pour wine right in there — the potatoes will love you for it.

21st-Century Tuna Casserole Recipe

Rethink this comfort classic with soba, seared tuna
Jan 28, 2015 11:00 am
seared tuna noodle casserole recipe
Photo: Alexandra Winsby

I cringe to think of my girlfriend’s reaction to me making a classic tuna noodle casserole, but I still love the idea of it. That’s why I decided to revive the old favorite and completely revamp it. This is a Japanese-influenced version with soba noodles and miso cream.

Steak And Ale Casserole Recipe

Layers of beer-braised beef and savory potatoes
Jan 21, 2015 3:00 pm
steak and ale casserole
Photo: Alexandra Winsby

Recently I was forced to decide between shepherd’s pie and a steak and ale pie, and I really didn’t know what to do. I thought to myself “why can’t the two be combined?” which quickly turned to an indignant “why aren't these things combined?” So you know what I did? I combined them. 

Super Greens And Cheese Casserole Recipe

But we just call it the Super Greenserole. Make it!
Jan 14, 2015 1:00 pm
greens and cheese casserole
Photo: Alexandra Winsby

Sometimes people are like, “Hey, why do all your recipes have meat in them?” or “Why does everything you make have carbs in it?” or “Do you have to use so much butter?” Luckily, my Super Greens and Cheese Casserole addresses some of those points up there, in addition to being an awesome winter side dish recipe packed with healthy leafy greens.

Bread Bowl Alert! Make This Savory Stuffed Mushroom Dip

Start hollowing out a big sourdough loaf now
Oct 23, 2014 12:00 pm
stuffed mushroom dip recipe
Photo: Alexandra Winsby

Bread bowls aren't just for clam chowder. In formulating a series of dips for the Food Republic Test Kitchen, I decided to transform a beloved appetizer, stuffed mushrooms. Taking the mushrooms off the heat as soon as they release their liquid will keep the shroomy flavor intact, and frying shallots in bacon fat for a little texture and added bacon flavor is just a good idea. 

Paleo Bacon Avocado Burger Sliders Recipe

Make gluten-free burgers for a paleo party treat
Oct 9, 2014 4:00 pm
paleo bacon avocado burger sliders
Photo: Alexandra Winsby

Here's my thing with sliders: by the time you're full, you will have ingested at least twice as much bread as if you'd just had a regular burger. One slider won't do it...unless they're one of these spectacularly filling mini Paleo bacon avocado burgers.  

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