Texas Style Chili

We recently got back from a trip celebrating our 30 anniversary, had a great time twirling, sipping and spitting wines from Napa to Sonoma. we were befriended by two great ladies, sister in laws,  one was I believe 76 and the other 87 and a hot shit. Phyllis was from Texas and on one excursion we were tasting some local chili and she mumbled beans we don’t put beans in chili in Texas.  Well my wife was inspired and it was not long, this last weekend that I was confronted with another do you think you can make this. The first thing I noticed was brisket and I was sold, I love brisket and have a lot of different recipes take a look at them if you have a chance. I actually just had some for lunch, I love the way the different heats from the chilies come out as you eat.

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds flat-cut beef brisket, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes (I really trimmed most of the fat off the brisket)
  • 1 pound beef stew meat
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 5 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 4 cups chopped yellow onion
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ancho chile powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 1 dried ancho chile, seeded
  • 1 (6-ounce) can unsalted tomato paste
  • 4 1/2 cups water, divided
  • 1 (12-ounce) lager beer (such as Shiner)
  • 5 tablespoons masa harina
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce (such as Tabasco)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions

Preparation

1. Sprinkle beef with 1 teaspoon pepper and 1 teaspoon salt. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add one-quarter of beef to pan; sauté 3 minutes or until well browned on all sides. Remove beef from pan. Repeat procedure 3 times with 3 teaspoons oil and remaining beef.

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2. Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion and next 8 ingredients (through dried chile); sauté 3 minutes. Stir in remaining 1 teaspoon black pepper, remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt, and tomato paste; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in 4 cups water and beer; bring to a simmer.

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Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook 2 hours or until beef is very tender. Combine remaining 1/2 cup water and masa in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Add masa mixture and hot sauce to pan; cook 3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Discard dried ancho chile and bay leaves. Sprinkle with green onions.

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Dont’a Touch My Taco and Shredded Chicken Treats

Dont’a Touch My Taco and Shredded Chicken Treats

Week 3

When watching football you don’t want something that will make you miss that play, instant replay is not quite the same.  While eating these make perfect mouth popping eats or two bites for the ladies. Not only are they easy to eat but quick to make. I kind of threw this together so the measurements are estimated

Loosely based on about 3 recipes I read.

 

Ingredients

1 chicken breast I had ½ rotisserie chicken and I have talked about using left overs

1/2 pound ground beef

Mrs. Dash southwest seasoning

Hot sauce

¼ green or red pepper diced

2-4 tablespoons  chopped cilantro

Pepper to taste

1 package of wonton

Salsa – I used homemade

Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese

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How

Preheat oven to 400 degree

Sauté the hamburger with a couple of shakes of Mrs. Dash when cooked add remaining cilantro, peppers, and some hot sauce, mix and set aside

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Using two forks shred the chicken and mix with half the cilantro, peppers, a shake or two of Mrs. Dash and hot sauce, set aside.

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Using mini muffin pan place a wonton wrapper in each cup crimping slightly.

You can use a spoon or as I did my hands and place about 1 tablespoon of chicken mixture in each cup, top with salsa and then shredded cheese . Repeat with second tray and meat mixture.

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Bake at 400 degree  6-8 minutes

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Now plate and eat

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You could do this with BBQ sauce as well…I can taste them now….

Mimi Chili

Mimi Chili

Every once in a while I come home from work and there is a package sitting there beside the garage door with the return address of Maine on it. A smile grows across my face I know that it is a special treat from Lyn’s sister, Mimi. This time is was chili packed with just the right amount of freezer bags keeping it a perfect temp and ready to heat up. I asked her for the recipe and as she says it kind of hard I just sort of throw it together but here ya go! So I give you a totally buildable recipe that I know I have enjoyed for years. What about some of that spinage bread?? Take some pictures while you make it and I’ll post with your permission ofcourse.

 Ingredients

  • 1 lb to 1 1/2 lb. Hamburg
  • 1 big can Cento Crushed tomato
  • 1 big can Hunt’s Sauce
  • 1 can Stewarts shelled beans
  • 1 can Bush’s black beans
  • 1 can Bush’s dark red kidney bean
  • 1 bag frozen diced green peppers
  • 1 can Hunt’s tomato paste
  • Frozen corn
  • 1/2 bag frozen diced onions
  • Old El Paso Chili mix
  • Weber’s Grill Master’s Hamburg seasoning to taste
  • cumin
  • chili powder
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • basil
  • cilantro
  • salt & pepper

How

Heat in pan, add Old El Paso Chili mix, spice with cumin, chili powder, onion & garlic power, basil, cilantro salt & pepper to taste. 1 can Stewarts shelled beans, 1 can Bush’s black beans, 1 can Bush’s dark red kidney beans. In frying pan brown hamburg, season with salt & Weber’s Grill Master’s Hamburg seasoning to taste. Strain and add to chili pot. Add 1 can Hunt’s tomato paste to chili w/ little water if chili too thick. Add some corn to it if you like, as always season to taste with spices & hot sauce.

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Cumin

An aromatic spice with a distinctive bitter flavor and strong, warm aroma due to its abundant oil content. Cumin “seeds” are actually the small dried fruit of an annual plant in the parsley family. Native to the Mediterranean, cumin is hotter to the taste, lighter in color, and larger than caraway, another spice it’s sometimes confused with. Sold whole or ground, the seeds come in three colors: amber, white or black. Amber is most widely available, but the black has such a complex flavor it should not be substituted for the other two. Cumin is a popular ingredient in Middle Eastern, Asian, Mediterranean and Mexican cuisines, and is one of the main ingredients in curry powder.

How to store: Store in an airtight container and place in a dry, cool area, away from light. Flavor and aroma can be retained for up to six months.

Matches well with: beans, chicken, couscous, curry, eggplant, fish, lamb, lentils, peas, pork, potatoes, rice, sausages, soups, stews, eggs

Bonelss Buffalo Wings

About a year or two ago I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic which was odd since I thought, actually every one thought, I ate right and did get some exercise it puzzled everyone but I took it in stride and much like when you got married everyone you saw was married, when you had kid there were kids everywhere I was surprised to find so many friends family and acquaintances with one stage of another diabetes.  So I took action change my eating habits some, walk at least 2 miles 5 times a week do three flights of stairs at work etc. etc. and my doc calls me her poster person. My blood sugar is normal and I have lost weight by just cutting back a little. The recent holidays took their toll but you got to live if you know what I mean.

We found this recipe for buffalo chicken wings and thought it was great. We did not notice that it was an appetizer and that it fed 14 until our second time eating it, it made a good meal with left overs for salads the next day or two.

Boneless Buffalo Wings

Prep 20-30 minutes

Cook: 25 minutes

 Ingredients

  • Vegetable oil spray
  • 2 Tbsp. Whole Wheat Flour
  • ¼ tsp. salt free season pepper blend or I like mixed ground pepper corns or just ground black pepper
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, remove all visible fat
  • ¼ cup fat free or low fat butter milk. I keep the dried kind in the refrigerator all the time.
  • 1 tsp. red hot pepper sauce
  • 1 cup crushed cornflakes cereal about 2 ½ cups flakes
  • ¼ cup BBQ sauce (Whole Foods has a great sauce with no high glucose corn syrup)
  • 1 Tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. honey

 How

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a backing sheet with vegetable oil spray.

In a large airtight plastic bag stir together the flour and the pepper. Cut chicken into 28 strips. Add to the flour mixture. Seal the bag, I like to blow some air into it first, and shake to coat.

Now add the buttermilk and hot pepper sauce, reseal and shake gently to coat.

Put the cornflakes in a shallow bowl. Add the chicken, turning gently to coat. Arrange the chicken in a single layer on the baking sheet. Lightly spray the chicken with vegetable oil spray.

Bake uncovered for about 25 minutes until chicken is no longer pink in the center and the coating is crispy. After a while you can tell just by touch when it is done.

Meanwhile in a medium bowl, stir together the BBQ sauce, vinegar and honey.

Add chicken to the sauce, stirring gently to coat or serve on the side.

Hints:

I put the cornflakes in a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to crush.

I will spread parchment paper on the baking sheet, make clean up easier