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No-Big-Deal Homemade Chicken Stock

Who else has been thinking that homemade chicken stock is just too big a production? Not me, not anymore. For a long while now, I've been making chicken stock one small batch at a time because, well, making stock should be No Big Deal. Until you taste it, that is – rich but delicate, thick as jelly, tasting like the real chicken it’s made with – that’s when you know for sure that homemade chicken stock is One Very Big Deal. So really, am I alone? Who else keeps a big stockpot in a cupboard in the kitchen? Who else KNOWS how to make a big batch of chicken stock but just doesn’t get around to it?These days, in my kitchen, the big stockpot stays put even as I make a small batch of chicken stock (or beef stock or vegetable stock) nearly every day, no effort, no big production. It is, frankly, No Big Deal – except that an abundance of rich, flavorful chicken stock on hand for soups, sauces and stews is One Very Big Deal.Two things make all the difference.THE RIGHT POT, SMALL & HEAVY

Hamburger Casserole:
Weeknight Comfort Food

The Recipe: One-skillet weeknight comfort food, "lightened up" and highly adaptable. Not a single can of mushroom soup in sight! ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~


Okay, Laugh.Even I think it's funny – albeit frustrating – that last week, I had two pounds of hamburger thawed for dinner and for the life of me, couldn't think what to make. So there I am, the woman with endless recipe inspiration, my own, too-many cookbooks, a kazillion favorite blogs, the Whole Wide World of the World Wide Web, for goodness sake. Talk about a rut. Burgers? It's winter. Meatloaf? Bor-ing. Meatballs? No, no, no, no, no, no.My fancy-pants cookbooks failed to inspire. Why? Apparently hamburger has been replaced by short ribs and brisket.A collection of church-style cookbooks from the 1980s failed me too, I'd thought they were a certain thing. Why? One recipe after another, sure, but one can of mushroom soup after another too.
COMPLIMENTS!"This was very good!" ~Candi
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