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This tested and approved Pinterest recipe is easy to make and perfect for wintry Chicago days or sick kids. Read more

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This is a quick, tasty and hydrating meal. Use low-sodium tomatoes and beans to decrease the sodium content in this dish. Read more

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Stews are classic winter fare and can make for a fabulous meal using inexpensive cuts of beef. Since stews are cooked at long periods, using inexpensive cuts over higher-priced cuts makes better sense as it cooks long enough to get yummy, tender. Read more

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When making matzo balls, nothing beats small hands for forming the round balls of dough. Wetting your hands will prevent the dough from sticking. To serve, place one or two matzo balls in bowls of hot chicken soup. Feel free to add vegetables such as onions, carrots or celery, but noodles or crackers are not permitted during Passover. Read more

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Flavor-boosting tip: Serve it with hot pepper sauce and stir in chopped fresh cilantro and thinly sliced scallions at the table. Read more

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This recipe comes from Geoff Rhyne, executive chef at Sugar Toad, a Naperville restaurant serving fine American cuisine. Don't tell your kids about the parsnips, and they'll have a blast with the homemade marshmallow garnish! Read more

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With classic fall flavors, this soup is a welcome de-thawer on on Chicago's long fall and winter nights. Read more

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Scott Walton, executive chef at Markethouse restaurant in Chicago, starts his Thanksgiving dinner with this soup. He says that it buys him time – from his eager gobblers – while he finishes preparing the rest of the meal. Read more

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This is a great crock pot dish. You can skip the oil and browning of the beef (though it does boost the flavor), and just toss all the ingredients in the crock pot. Cook on high for 6 hours or low for 10 to 12 hours, or until the beef is tender. Read more

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It's pasta fagioli in Italian, but what it really is is a delicious, hearty soup perfect for chilly nights and hungry kids. Read more

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This meatless chowder is creamy and filling. Adjust the amount of heat for your family's preference. Read more

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This hearty Midwestern classic is full of beef and vegetables. Complete the meal by adding a tossed salad and a dinner roll. Read more

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