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Easy Cheesy Chili Mac

June 26, 2017
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Easy Cheesy Chili Mac
Easy and cheesy comfort food that you will love. Add more heat with green chili or change the taste by adding fire roasted diced tomatoes. If you are not a beef eater, swap with ground turkey or chicken. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large dutch oven or deep skillet, heat oil at medium high heat. Add onions and celery. Cook about 3-5 minutes then add garlic. Cook another minute.
    In a large dutch oven or deep skillet, heat oil at medium high heat.  Add onions and celery.  Cook about 3-5 minutes then add garlic.  Cook another minute.
  2. Add beef and cook until browned. Drain fat, if needed. Note: you can use turkey or chicken if you are not a fan of beef.
  3. Stir in cumin, chili powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.
    Stir in cumin, chili powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.
  4. Add beans, water, brown sugar, and tomatoes. Simmer for 20 minutes.
    Add beans, water, brown sugar, and tomatoes.  Simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Stir in cooked pasta, cheese, and parsley. Allow cheese to melt. Sprinkle on more salt and pepper, as needed.
    Stir in cooked pasta, cheese, and parsley.  Allow cheese to melt.  Sprinkle on more salt and pepper, as needed.
  6. Serve while hot with corn bread. Enjoy!
    Serve while hot with corn bread.

Enjoy!
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Market Finds: The Zucchini

June 15, 2017
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What’s a fast growing vegetable that’s great to grill, saute, bake, add to a soup, or steam?  Zucchini!

Zucchini is my one of my favorite vegetables and the peak time to buy is in the summer.  Cooked tender or left crispy, you cannot go wrong with it.  Next time you want to buy a good zucchini, follow these basic rules:

  • No blemishes skin
  • No bruises on the skin
  • Skin should have a smooth, glossy sheen
  • Skip buying it if they are not firm and watery
  • If fresh blossom is still attached BUY IT!
    • Fresh blossoms means the veggie was handed picked very carefully vs. a machine at the farm

How do you store fresh zucchini?  Easy!  Store in a plastic bag within the crisper drawer of the fridge.  They will keep for 4-7 days.

Why are zucchinis great for you? They are very low in calories and have folate, potassium, and vitamin A.  Low folate levels mean certain types of anemia due to low numbers of large red blood cells.  This can make you feel tired, shortness of breath, and even changes in skin color.  What does this all mean?  Eat more zucchini!

Check out these recipes with zucchini for some ideas.  Let me know what you think.

Teriyaki Zucchini

Roasted Vegetables with Herbs De Provencal

Vegetarian Minestrone Soup

Ina Garten’s Phenomenal Brownies

June 11, 2017
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Ian Graten's Phenomenal Brownies
A rich, moist, and indulgence brownie everyone will love. Your kids will be asking for this everyday! lol Thank you Ian for such a great recipe. I did adjust it a little bit to my liking but the base is the same.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease a 12 x 17 x 1 inch baking sheet. Set aside.
  3. Melt butter and 1 lb chocolate in a medium sized bowl over simmering water in a pot. ...yes, over a simmer water, =) otherwise you will burn the chocolate instead of tempering it. Don't melt the chocolate in the microwave either! Set aside and allow to cool.
  4. In a separate bowl, prepare eggs, sugar, coffee, and vanilla extract. Mix well. Mix chocolate mixture into egg mixture.
  5. Fold in sifted flour (1 cup), baking powder, and salt.
  6. Take remaining chocolate chips and flour. Toss and fold into batter.
  7. Pour batter into baking sheet, even out, and rap sheet against the counter to force the air to escape from between the pan and batter.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Be careful not to over bake! Allow to cool!
    Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Be careful not to over bake!  Allow to cool!
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Cilantro Lime Rice

June 11, 2017
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Cilantro Lime Rice
Fluffy, fragrant rice with hits of cilantro and lime. This is a great side next to any Spanish influenced dish.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat, add rice and toast. Add cumin.
    Heat oil over medium-high heat, add rice and toast.  Add cumin.
  2. Stir often and once rice start to smell fragrant, add lime juice, salt and broth. Stir well. Allow to come to a simmer. Lower heat and cover. Cook about 25-30 minutes.
    Stir often and once rice start to smell fragrant, add lime juice, salt and broth.  Stir well.

Allow to come to a simmer.  Lower heat and cover.  Cook about 25-30 minutes.
  3. Toss in cilantro, fluff with fork, and serve warm. Enjoy!
    Toss in cilantro, fluff with fork, and serve warm.

Enjoy!
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Classic Bolognese Sauce with Fettuccine Noodles

June 5, 2017
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Classic Bolognese Sauce
This traditional Bolognese sauce is made using all fresh ingredients, then cooked low and slow to develop a rich, hearty taste. You will love how this smells while cooking!
Cuisine Italian, pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
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Cuisine Italian, pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
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Instructions
  1. In a large dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onions, carrots, and celery. Cook until tender. About 10 mins.
    In a large dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat.

Add onions, carrots, and celery.  Cook until tender.  About 10 mins.
  2. Add ground beef. Stir frequently to break up meat and until no longer pink. Note: I like buying lean meat. If you are using high content fatty meat. Please remember to drain once cooked.
    Add ground beef. Stir frequently to break up meat and until no longer pink.

Note: I like buying lean meat.  If you are using high content fatty meat.  Please remember to drain once cooked.
  3. Stir in red wine (or beef broth). Bring mixture to a boil.
  4. Add in tomatoes, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Mix well. Simmer uncovered for 1 hour stirring occasionally.
    Add in tomatoes, salt, pepper, and nutmeg.  Mix well.  Simmer uncovered for 1 hour stirring occasionally.
  5. Add in cream to thicken sauce.
  6. Prep pasta according to package.
  7. To serve, toss sauce with the pasta. Sprinkle on some cheese as you like! Enjoy!!
    To serve, toss sauce with the pasta.  Sprinkle on some cheese as you like!  Enjoy!!
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