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Best Braised Lamb Shanks in Red Wine

Lamb shanks are a wonderful thing to serve on a cold day, so as fall arrives and winter rolls in, stock up on these meaty treats and you can braise them to make the most delicious meals. Braising means slow-cooking in liquid, and you can choose from beer, wine or other liquids. There is plenty of meat on a lamb shank and the flavor is phenomenal.

So Much Appeal in this Dish

Lamb shanks smell incredible while they cook and the flavor will drive you half-crazy with anticipation! The following recipe is easy to make and the ingredients are easy to find. The lamb is browned then cooked with onion, carrots and celery, garlic, bay leaves, peppercorns, and red wine.

Use a casserole dish on the stove and in the oven, or else use a heavy pot on the stove and transfer the mixture into an ovenproof casserole to bake. It just depends what you have to hand.

This is excellent served with mashed potatoes and this recipe makes 4 portions, but you can always double it if you are feeding a crowd. Once you have experienced the amazing flavor of this braised lamb in red wine recipe you will certainly want to make it again.

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Best Avocado Potato Salad

Have you ever tried avocado in your potato salad? If not, make some now because it is really tasty! The avocado adds a creamy, nutty, decadent touch to the potato salad which works so well.

This goes beautifully as a side dish alongside chicken, burgers or any other meat, or try it with fish or something else. Make this once and you are sure to want to make it again and again, and don’t be surprised if everyone asks you for the recipe.

Which Potatoes to Use

We are using baby red-skinned potatoes here but you can use brown-skinned ones if you wish, or even larger potatoes cut into cubes. They should be boiled until they are just tender, no more else they will fall apart too easily in the salad and that is not what you want.

Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for the tastiest result and if you have some leftover potato avocado salad then squeeze extra lemon juice into it, to help preserve the bright green avocado color and prevent browning. You can keep any leftovers (although there usually aren’t any!) in a covered container in the refrigerator for 2 or 3 days.

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Hungarian Venison Goulash Stew

This is a real winter warmer of a recipe, offering amazing comfort food for those chilly fall and winter evenings. An authentic Hungarian recipe, this is sure to fill even the hungriest belly, and it is easy to make as well, even if you are new to cooking venison, new to making stews, or just never made this particular recipe before. The results will be great.

Serving This Tasty Meal

Serve this with mashed potatoes, fluffy white rice, dumplings, vegetables, or anything else you want. Personally I like garlic mashed potatoes with plenty of butter mashed into them! Leftover stew can be reheated the following day if you want to enjoy this lovely dish twice. You  might be surprised by the amounts of onions and paprika but the onions soften and cook down and the paprika lends an amazing flavor, mellowing as the dish cooks.

You can swap the venison stew meat for another type of stew meat if you wish – lamb, beef, goat or rabbit are all good. Mushrooms would work for a vegetarian take on the dish. Ensure your paprika is fresh too – it should be bright red and fragrant for a perfect result. If you have old paprika and it’s losing its color and aroma toss it out because that isn’t much good for anything apart from a colorful sprinkling on the top of deviled eggs or similar, for presentation only.

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Amazing Quinoa Burger Recipe

These delicious vegetarian burgers are made with quinoa and beans, ensuring they are hearty and appealing to vegetarians and carnivores alike. Quinoa, pronounced keen-wah, is a tasty grain available in health food stores and, these days, most food markets too.

It is actually a pseudocereal, not a true cereal, since it is not in the grass family. Quinoa is closely related to spinach and beetroot.

It is high in protein and can be used to make appetizers, entrees, risotto-type dishes, and even burgers. If you have never cooked with this grain, grab some the next time you go to the store and make this wonderful burger recipe. You will then want to find more uses for quinoa because it is tasty, filling and really versatile.

One of the Tastiest Vegetarian Burger Recipes

Quinoa works particularly well in burgers and is a great solution if you want a meat-free burger, something new and different, or simply a vegetarian change from the standard bean burger options.
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Stuffed Mini Peppers with Goat Cheese

These make an incredible appetizer and my husband and I both love them. Where we live we can buy them in different varieties – some are sweet while others are spicy.

One store uses the pointy end of spicy chilies as their ‘mini’ peppers while others use mini sweet peppers, mostly red but sometimes green or yellow.

Green is more savory while yellow (and orange to a lesser extent) is sweeter. Whichever peppers you use the flavor of these little bites is going to be fantastic. See what they sell in your local food market and decide whether you want a sweet, semi-spicy or piquant result, or you could make some of each.

Plenty of Tempting Choices

Making your own over buying them saves you money, plus you get to decide what result you want – spicy, medium or mild, as well as what color peppers you want, plus whether to use only goat cheese for the filling, or to combine the goat cheese with sour cream and/or cream cheese. There are a lot of options here actually!
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Authentic Chinese Wonton Soup

Traditional Chinese food recipes are fascinating and following these will allow you to prepare the meal as it has been made and enjoyed for centuries. Every element of the recipe including the ingredients, preparation and serving suggestions are authentic.

The original style of preparing and cooking the Chinese recipes are incredible, and will allow you to indulge in top quality Chinese foods, keeping things traditional at every stage.

Ensuring that Chinese Food Recipes are Traditional

You may enjoy Chinese food, but what you purchase in the local takeout or eat at a Chinese buffet is unlikely to be traditionally Chinese. This means if you have the opportunity to experience traditional Chinese recipes as they should be prepared, you will be surprised. The taste, texture and preparation methods are likely to be incredibly different.
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