Mushroom Stock
You will not be sorry you took the time to make your own stock. As you cook and are busy prepping vegetables and such, e.g., carrots, celery, onions, mushrooms, parsley, and thyme, rather than toss or compost the carrot tops and peels, celery ends and leaves, onion ends and cores, shiitake and button stems, thyme and parsley stems, and any other produce bits you collect, save them. (Skip vegetables like kale, cabbage, broccoli, or anything with a dominating flavor or color that you wouldn’t want in a mushroom stock — no beets!) — Shroom by Becky Selengut
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Chicken stock is helpful for so many dishes! Making it yourself will bring more flavor to your dishes. 
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Homemade Beef Stock
I adore this recipe, even though it takes two days to make. Yep! That is right, two days. You could hurry things along and do it in a day, if you don’t have the time, but it is worth making the time for this recipe. What takes so long is that there is roasting and simmering that takes place... The longer I do each step, the more intense this recipe gets. And how it smells while cooking is insanely good. Usually when I am planning a "stock making" weekend, I plan to do other things around the house that need to be done, so I don’t feel like it was a wasted weekend. Or, I indulge, by making stock and enjoying a few good movies or a book. Head to the butcher and pick up your ingredients and then kick back and enjoy yourself; as soon as you pour yourself a bowl of soup made with this stock you will be thanking yourself (and me).   Click here to see The Principles of Making Stock.
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Slapfish Basic Fish Stock
Good fish stock is the first step to delicious soups, stews and chowders. Use fish trimmings or lobster and shrimp shells add lots of flavor to the stock. This recipe comes from Slapfish restaurant in California. Click Here to See More Stock Recipes
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Mushroom Risotto
Risotto is a go-to meal for us. Despite what most people think, it is not that complicated. Sure, it takes a little time, but it’s worth every sweet bite. And, love takes time, and look at how worthwhile love is. So, put aside your fears and make risotto. Despite the nasty rumors that you have to slave over the stove, stirring, and stirring, and stirring to get the perfect risotto... you don’t. I took a cooking class from an Italian chef, some many moons ago, and he washed that premise away. What you need is good ingredients and very hot broth. See all mushroom recipes. Click here to see 1 Chicken Recipe, 5 Meals.
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Surprisingly, a lot of kids love couscous because it has a pretty mild flavor and is exotic. Even better, adults love making it because it cooks quickly and is inexpensive to make, making it the perfect dish to serve for your kids' lunch.
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Basic Chicken Stock
Chicken stock is a fantastic and flavorful substitute for water when preparing quinoa, rice or couscous or for adding richness and depth to sauces. The next time you make chicken for dinner, instead of giving the bones to the dog, throw them in a pot and make this simple and easy recipe. You can also substitute duck or rabbit bones for chicken bones. (Rabbit makes a particularly flavorful stock.)
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Making turkey stock is a great way to use the leftover turkey carcass from your Thanksgiving bird. Since Hanukkah coincides with Thanksgiving this year, upcycling the turkey stock as a base for matzo ball soup just makes sense. The stock can also be frozen, either in quart containers to make soup later on, or in ice cube trays so you can use small amounts of stock to enrich sauces, pastas, and risottos.
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Turkey Stock
Turkey stock is a great way to add a little oomph to your pan gravy. It's a flavorful base that's a snap to make and adds complex flavor to many other dishes as well. Once you try it, you'll never go back to using just water again. Click here to see A Gluten-Free Thanksgiving.
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Alligator Meatballs
Beef, chicken, fish, or pork? How about alligator? Yes, a little back fat from the pork gives these alligator meatballs the richness that people have come to expect from this comfort-food favorite. Serve them with your favorite sauce for an exciting meal. See all meatball recipes. Click here to see Best Alligator Recipes.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Stock
The slow cooker is the perfect vessel for making chicken stock because it cooks low and slow, allowing the flavors to meld together gently. The stock doesn’t need to be tended to at all. You can usually buy chicken bones from your local butcher, but if you cannot find any, you can use chicken thighs and wings. Click here for more of the 101 Best Slow Cooker Recipes
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Pumpkin risotto is an easy alternative for a vegetarian Thanksgiving.  Click here to see 9 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes
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