Posted at 9:12 am , on January 31, 2012
Chili is one of those versatile foods that goes beyond your hearty bowl of chili. You can make a number of meals just by changing it up. Add some beans and it’s easy to make a Taco Salad, top your favorite hot dog with cheese and onion and you have a Coney Dog, bake some tater tots or oven fries and you could have Chili Cheese Fries and don’t forget the Frito Pie. There are just so many good things to do with chili. And everyone seems to have a preference when it comes to spice and whether to add beans or not. I like beans in my chili but Joe does not, so I usually don’t put them in the pot of chili, but rather have some on hand to add to my own bowl. This chili is flavorful but not a hot spicy chili. If you need the heat, add some hotter chili powder and it will definitely spice it up. And lets not forget the sweet cornbread with ancho honey butter. I’m one of those girls who has to have her cornbread, it’s just not the same without it.
Posted at 10:05 am , on January 27, 2012
Breakfast again . . . actually it’s pancake night at the Cook house. It’s been a long week and I needed quick go to meal that was easy but filling. What’s not to like about a big stack of buttermilk pancakes with some warm blueberry sauce drizzled over the top. I have Kat to thank for the buttermilk pancake recipe, it’s the best! And the blueberry sauce is lightly sweetened with a hint of lemon in the background. Continue reading
Posted at 8:51 am , on January 24, 2012
Breakfast burritos are my favorite thing for lunch believe it or not. Since I don’t do breakfast when normal people do, I sometimes treat Joe and myself to a breakfast burrito on the weekends. We sometimes add bacon or ham, but today we had our traditional burrito with country potatoes, creamy scrambled eggs with cheddar and my homemade salsa. Come hungry, these burritos will leave you feeling full and satisfied no matter the time of day.
Posted at 9:29 am , on January 17, 2012
Have you ever had the Swedish Crepes at IHOP? I was hooked from the first bite of those delicate crepes topped with a lingonberry butter and lingonberry sauce. I learned they are a tart berry grown on low evergreen shrubs throughout Scandinavia’s forests. The only time I’ve ever come across Lingonberry Sauce was at World Market aka Cost Plus and I had to pick up a jar. They are dark red in color and tart like a cranberry but smaller. I would have to say these belong on a dessert menu and unlike IHOP, I chose to fill the crepes with a lemony cream cheese filling.
Posted at 9:20 am , on January 13, 2012
Mac and Cheese will always be the ultimate comfort food. My Mom had a simple recipe using Velveeta cheese because it melts so creamy and tastes so good. I recently found the new Queso Blanco Velveeta and wondered how it would taste if I made it into a cheese sauce for Mac and Cheese. Since it was a Queso cheese I added some green chile. It’s the perfect side dish to a to a big juicy burger or barbecue sandwich. Continue reading
Posted at 8:52 am , on January 10, 2012
The other night Joe took me out to dinner at a place called Frida’s (named for the artist). It’s an authentic Mexican restaurant that we found via a Groupon, in our area but had not been to. The menu was filled with wonderful food descriptions that were new to my taste buds. They used cactus, huitlacoche (a corn fungus which grows naturally on corn), achiote paste, wrapped chicken in Hoja Santa leaves, stuffed poblano peppers with apples, plantains and castillian nuts. They prepared dishes in a different way than my traditional New Mexican cuisine. We were treated with appetizers, 4 entree samples and a dessert. They started by bringing us Caldo Tlalpeno soup. Upon the first taste we were both impressed by all the flavors and that heat of chipotle that sneaked up on us. I started taking mental notes on what I was tasting and when we returned home I immediately started looking up this soup. I found that a lot of recipes included carrots, zucchini, and garbanzo beans. Frida’s didn’t include them and we loved it so much that I didn’t include them in my version either. Besides, Joe wouldn’t touch it if I included squash or beans. They placed the shredded chicken and Mexican cheese on the bottom of the bowl, ladled a broth with garlic, onions, peppers, slices of avocado and chipotle and topped with the tiniest tortilla strips and cilantro. I added some chopped fresh tomato and a lime wedge. It was perfect!
Posted at 8:48 am , on January 6, 2012
There must have been an abundance of berries this year because I have been able to get the most amazing fresh berries at an affordable price. I think of berries as a summer treat but when I saw the fresh blueberries I thought of coffee cake. I haven’t had a blueberry coffee cake in years but it sure sounded good. I started looking up recipes and found a recipe called “Blueberry Buckle” that was printed in O Magazine. It looked great and I thought instead of making them in ramekins I would make muffins using these pretty paper liners . These muffins were amazing with the bursting berry center topped with a cinnamon streusel. Continue reading
Posted at 9:55 am , on January 3, 2012
Spinach Artichoke Pizza is one of my favorites. Instead of layering pizza toppings, I make what I call “The Mix” which is a blend of spinach, artichokes, cheese, garlic, green onion and a dry Italian herb blend. From there you can add additional toppings but the mix makes this pizza easy and flavorful. And there’s no sauce for this pizza, instead I like to add fresh, roasted, or sun dried tomatoes. Tonight we made several different pizza’s but the favorite was topped with cream cheese and grilled chicken which tasted like spinach artichoke dip. I’m sure you will agree! Continue reading