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Comfort Feast: Top 3 Chicken Stews

If you’re feeling under the weather or just can’t imagine another trip to the grocery store in a snowstorm, it’s stew to the rescue. These hearty stew recipes can be made ahead of time and are also easy to freeze. So stock up, make extra portions and you’ll be set with comfort food for dinner all week long.

1. Bobby Deen’s Mediterranean Chicken Stew (pictured above)

Hearty doesn’t have to mean unhealthy. Bobby Deen’s recipe calls for skinless boneless chicken thighs, trimmed of all fat. Ingredients like basil, lemon, garlic and a touch of white wine make the dish pack a ton of flavor with fewer calories.

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Countdown to Super Bowl: I’m Rooting for the Chili

A New Mexican Style chili with lots of beans at last weekend's Chili Fest in NYC.

Most Sunday afternoons, I’m happy to watch football with a bag of chips, but this Sunday is the Super Bowl and my team isn’t playing — sigh — so I’ll be paying a lot more attention to what’s on the menu.

When it comes to game-day eats, I’m usually partial to wings, but after attending NYC’s first annual Chili Fest last weekend, I can’t stop thinking about those hearty meat stews. It’s always a special occasion when twenty four well-known restaurants from around NYC get together to compete in an old fashioned chili cook-off, but with the big game coming up this weekend, I went looking for some inspiration. 

Like pizza, styles and ingredients vary by region, and each region thinks it has the best recipe. Some swear by beans, some swear by pork — others use neither. You’ll find lots of beans in New Mexican chili, for example, but in Texas absolutely none.

In total, I tried eighteen different takes on the classic comfort food this past weekend. What did I learn from all that chili? Here, have a taste.

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