Creamy Beef and Shells

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces medium pasta shells
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 6 ounces shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese, about 1 1/2 cups
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Basil Lemonade

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, plus 8 sprigs for garnishing
  • 8 cups lemonade

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, over medium heat, bring the sugar and 1 1/2 cups cold water to a simmer. Cook, without stirring, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture thickens slightly, about 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat, add the basil, and let cool to room temperature. Strain the syrup into a resealable container and discard the solids.
  3. Pour 2 to 3 teaspoons of the basil syrup into each of 8 ice-filled glasses, then fill with lemonade. Garnish with an additional sprig of basil. (You can cover and refrigerate the remaining syrup for up to 2 weeks.)

Chicken Pot Pie IX

Ingredients

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cubed
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 (9 inch) unbaked pie crusts

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C.)
  2. In a saucepan, combine chicken, carrots, peas, and celery. Add water to cover and boil for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, drain and set aside.
  3. In the saucepan over medium heat, cook onions in butter until soft and translucent. Stir in flour, salt, pepper, and celery seed. Slowly stir in chicken broth and milk. Simmer over medium-low heat until thick. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Place the chicken mixture in bottom pie crust. Pour hot liquid mixture over. Cover with top crust, seal edges, and cut away excess dough. Make several small slits in the top to allow steam to escape.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Grilled Spatchcock Firecracker Chicken

Ingredients

  • One 3- to 4-pound whole chicken
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable or neutral oil, for the grill grates
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce, such as Kikkoman® Traditionally Brewed Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Buffalo-style hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar, such as Kikkoman® Rice Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • Flatbread, for serving

Directions

  1. Prepare a grill for direct and indirect heat: For gas grills (with 3 or more burners), turn all the burners to medium-high heat; after about 15 minutes, turn off one of the side burners and turn the remaining burners down to medium. For charcoal grills, bank one chimney starter-full of lit and ashed-over charcoal briquettes to one side of the grill. Set up a drip pan on the other side to avoid flare-ups. (Be sure to consult the grill manufacturer’s guide for best results.) If your grill has a thermometer, aim to keep the temperature at about 350 degrees F throughout grilling.
  2. To spatchcock the chicken: Use kitchen shears to cut out the backbone from the chicken. Lay the chicken breast-side down on a cutting board and use a large knife to cut through the breastbone but not into the flesh. Push the chicken down to flatten it. Cut the wings off at the third joint (at the wing tip). Line a plate with paper towels and put the chicken on it skin-side down to dry the skin. Sprinkle the non-skin side generously with salt and pepper.
  3. Oil the grill grates thoroughly. Put the chicken on the indirect-heat side of the grill skin-side down and top with a large cast-iron skillet. Cover the grill and cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh registers 165 degrees F and the skin is golden and very crisp, 35 to 40 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, combine the soy sauce, sugar, hot sauce, vinegar and red pepper flakes in a medium bowl and whisk to combine.
  5. Remove the skillet from the chicken and put it on the direct-heat side of the grill (leave the chicken where it is). Pour the soy mixture into the skillet and bring it to a boil. Immediately transfer the chicken to the skillet with tongs and coat both sides in the sauce. Sprinkle with the scallions and serve with flatbread.