Pecan-Crusted Tilapia

Worthy of a special occasion, try this tasty tilapia with a simple squeeze of lemon or, if you a have a little more time, delicious Golden Rum-Butter Sauce.  If you don’t have a skillet large enough to hold all the fillets easily, we recommend cooking them in batches and keeping them warm in a 200° oven. You can substitute catfish, flounder, or orange roughy for tilapia.fish pecan-crusted-tilapia

Prep: 10 Minutes
Cook: 8 Minutes

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Chili con Carne

Chili is practically a religion in Texas. The thick, meaty “bowl of red” dates back to San Antonio in the 1820s. By the 1880s, the city’s plazas were full of pushcarts run by “chili queens” who would lure customers with live music. And Texans may argue about chili ingredients—but purists agree that the hearty stew would never, ever involve beans.chili con carne

YIELD: Makes 8 servings
ACTIVE TIME: 1 hour
TOTAL TIME: 11 hours 45 minutes

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White Chicken Chili

It’s a one pot meal that you can have on the dinner table in under an hour. The chili is made with a store bought rotisserie chicken, which makes it easy. Always shred the chicken as soon as you get home from the grocery store — it’s easier to do while the chicken is still warm, eliminates a step at dinnertime, and also takes up less room in the fridge. Three chili peppers might seem like a lot but the chili is still relatively mild. The key is to remove and discard the seeds — that’s where most of the heat is — unless, of course, you like a spicier chili, in which case you can save the seeds and stir them in at the end to taste.chili white chicken chili

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Servings: 4-6
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 35 Minutes
Total Time: 55 Minutes

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Three-Bean Chili

It’s an easy, but tasty recipe spiced up with jalapeno pepper and cayenne pepper. A touch of brown sugar tones down the acidity of the tomatoes. We’ve used kidney beans, black beans, and chickpeas but you can use any type of canned beans that you have on hand. Of course chickpeas aren’t technically beans, but they fit right in and provide some texture contrast.chili 3 bean

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Yield: 4-6 servings

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Baltimore-Style Crab Cake

This recipe comes from Andrew Zimmern. Listen to his rave review:

This is the best crab cake recipe you will ever find. If you don’t overmix, and don’t pack your mounds too tightly, you will experience pure, unadulterated crab cake heaven. Seriously, they are that good. Follow the steps to the letter and you will be making these cakes every opportunity you have…I make these in double batches and put the leftovers in the fridge. If you haven’t eaten a cold crab cake on toast with sliced tomato and Russian dressing, then you are really missing out.

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ACTIVE: 25 MIN
TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 25 MIN
SERVINGS: 4

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Bouillabaisse

This Mediterranean seafood stew’s uniqueness comes from the herb and spice combination of orange peel, fennel and saffron, which is what gives the soup its deep golden color.

Now let’s talk about the seafood. You can use whatever you want, though traditional Bouillabaisse recipes will call for 3 different kinds of fish along with shellfish.fish bouillabaisse

Servings: 6 Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes

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