Archive | February 2010

Recipe Of The Week: Homemade Chili

Hot and Homemade: 12 Easy Chili Recipes

We love chili. It satisfies a hungry crowd, uses economical ingredients, and tastes just right on a chilly (pun intended!) winter weekend. What’s more, most homemade chili recipes are a snap to prepare — slow simmering coaxes dynamic flavors out of simple ingredients like ground meat, beans, onions, and spices.

This one looks good for my taste buds!

Real-Deal Chili
From Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

Bacon adds smoky flavor to this authentic Southwestern beef chili. Masa harina, or fine cornmeal, helps thicken it. Serve the lime wedges on the side.

Ingredients
2 slice(s) bacon, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch pieces
1 onion, coarsely chopped
3 clove(s) garlic, chopped (1 1/2 tablespoons)
2 tablespoon(s) paprika
1 1/2 teaspoon(s) ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoon(s) dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon(s) cayenne pepper
1 1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
1/2 teaspoon(s) pepper
2 pound(s) ground beef chuck
3 cup(s) water
2 tablespoon(s) fine cornmeal, or masa harina
1 1/2 tablespoon(s) cider, or other vinegar
Chopped jalapeño, chopped onion or scallion, grated cheddar cheese, lime wedges, and sour cream

Directions
In a Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium heat until just beginning to brown, about 4 minutes. Add onion and garlic, and cook for 30 seconds. Add paprika, cumin, oregano, cayenne, salt, pepper, and ground beef. Cook, stirring occasionally, and breaking up the meat with the side of the spoon, until the beef is cooked through, about 10 minutes.

Stir in water, cornmeal, and vinegar, and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid thickens, about 20 minutes. It may be necessary to add a little water to thin the chili. Serve hot, garnished with desired toppings.

Real Deal Chili

Real Deal Chili

Rebecca

Rebecca

 

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Recipe Of The Week: Fancy Pasta

Fancy Pasta Made Easy: 10 Elegantly Simple Recipes for Your Favorite Pastas
Courtesy of Delish

These 10 pasta dishes may look too fancy for everyday, but they’re actually quick and easy to prepare, relying on simple ingredients with bold flavors, like roasted eggplant with goat cheese, Brussels sprouts with Gorgonzola, and a broccoli rabe–walnut pesto.

My pick is the Linguine with Shrimp and Creamy Roasted Tomatoes

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup(s) grape tomatoes
1 tablespoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon(s) thyme leaves
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
3/4 pound(s) linguine
1 cup(s) heavy cream
3/4 pound(s) large shrimp, shelled, deveined and halved lengthwise
2 teaspoon(s) fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon(s) finely grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon(s) coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. In a large ovenproof skillet, toss the tomatoes with the olive oil and thyme and season with salt and pepper. Roast the tomatoes for about 25 minutes, until starting to brown and their skins split.

Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the linguine until al dente; drain.

Add the cream to the tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Cook over moderate heat, gently crushing the tomatoes, until the cream thickens slightly, about 3 minutes. Add the shrimp and simmer over moderate heat until cooked through, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add the linguine to the skillet along with the lemon juice and toss over low heat until the pasta is coated, about 1 minute. Add the lemon zest and parsley and toss. Transfer the pasta to warm bowls and serve at once.

Linguine with Shrimp and Creamy Roasted Tomatoes

Linguine with Shrimp and Creamy Roasted Tomatoes

Rebecca

Rebecca

Recipes: Muffins

Ten great muffin recipes courtesy of Delish!

Breakfast Sweets: 10 Great Muffin Recipes

Bravo to whoever thought up muffins! How else are we supposed to get our cake for breakfast? But seriously, these moist, large-crumbed morning pastries can contain a treasure trove of whole-grains, fresh fruits, and good fats. Whether you prefer yours hearty and healthful or sweet and traditional, we’ve got a muffin recipe to suit.

I love coffee cake but a whole cake is sometimes too much to make when there are only two of you!

Muffins are quick and easy and you can give the ‘left overs’ to other family members!

This one looks good!

Coffee Cake Muffins

Ingredients

1 cup(s) packed dark-brown sugar
1 cup(s) all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
1/2 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
1/2 cup(s) (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup(s) (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature plus more for pans
1 3/4 cup(s) all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pans
2 teaspoon(s) baking powder
1 teaspoon(s) baking soda
1 cup(s) sour cream
1 cup(s) granulated sugar
1 teaspoon(s) pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
Confectioners’ sugar (optional)

Directions

Prepare streusel topping: In a medium bowl, stir together brown sugar, flour, and salt. With a pastry blender or two knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles large coarse crumbs; refrigerate until ready to use.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare muffins: Butter and flour a jumbo 12-cup muffin tin (or two 6-cup muffin tins). In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and baking soda; set aside.

Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together butter, sour cream, granulated sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until well combined. With mixer on low, beat flour mixture into butter mixture.

Divide half the batter among prepared muffin cups. Top with half the streusel mixture, then remaining batter, and top with streusel. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners’ sugar, if desired.

Coffee Cake Muffins

Coffee Cake Muffins

Rebecca

Rebecca