I call this Chili Dog Chili because it’s like the stuff you put on chili dogs. It is also similar to the Texan ‘bowl of red’ chili aka chili con carne, though I added beans so it’s not truly related. In fact, chili enthusiasts would yell at me for even insinuating that they’re similar so let’s just not go there.
This chili is very different from the usual chili I make as it is more cooked down and less hearty. However, it’s still very rich and is very satisfying on a cold winter day, especially if you eat it with corn bread or even tortilla chips like I did. And as I mentioned before, it’ll be perfect for chili dogs or even nachos – make it for the superbowl!
Chili con Carne
1.5 lb ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp chili powder
2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes (mine had basil)
1 (14 oz) can red/pink kidney beans
2 cups chicken stock
2 squares (0.7 oz) of bittersweet or dark chocolate (I used Godiva 72% dark chocolate) or 1 tsp cocoa powder
1. Brown and crumble beef in a large heavy pot. Use a paper towel to remove some of the fat or drain the fat.
2. Add the onion, garlic, chili powder and chipotle pepper. Cook for 2-5 minutes.
3. Add the chicken stock, tomatoes, beans and chocolate. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about an hour or until liquid has reduced and it has reached desired consistency.
You may have noticed that I tend to blog in the summer when I have lots of free time and then trail off never to be seen again till next summer. This Moroccan Lamb Stew was so good that I had to post it so I don’t lose the recipe. It’s perfect for the cold winter days. NYC is expected more snow tonight!
The stew is savory with sweet undertones and rich flavors. It’s not truly Moroccan but inspired by recipes I found online. I cooked this in the pressure cooker but you can do the whole thing in a dutch oven. I hope you enjoy it.
Moroccan Lamb Stew
2.5 lbs lamb leg with bone and skin or ~1.5-2lb stewing lamb, cut into 2″ pieces
1/2 kobocha squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1″ pieces
1 cup pearl onions (frozen from Trader Joe’s), defrosted
1/2 cup chopped dried dates (I used Empress dates)
1/2 cup crushed tomatoes with basil (from can)
1 3/4 cup water
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp honey
salt and pepper
1-2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
1. Preheat a large frying pan and add lamb to hot pan. Cook until sides are seared brown; you don’t need to fully cook the lamb.
2. Move the lamb to your pressure cooker. Add onions to the pan and toss around for 1 minute. Add some of the water to the pan to deglaze. Pour the onions and water into the pressure cooker.
3. Add the remaining ingredients except for fresh cilantro into the pressure cooker and stir.
4. Seal your pressure cooker as usual and cook for 25 minutes on high.
5. Let sit for 10-15 minutes while the pressure cooker calms down, then stir in fresh cilantro and serve.
If using a dutch oven, brown the meat in the dutch oven then add the remaining ingredients, except for the cilantro, and cook, covered, until lamb is tender (approximately an hour?). Stir in cilantro before serving.
It’s no longer summer but this was a tasty summer treat that can still be enjoyed if you can find some peaches. It’s super simple. Peal and slices peaches into wedges. Toss with some honey and cinnamon. Grill on medium heat until caramelized (light grill marks). Enjoy warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
look at them glisten
Maangchi posted a Spicy Stir-Fried Pork (Doejibulgogi) recipe recently and I knew that I had to try it out. The pictures were making me drool! It was such a simple recipe and the only ingredient I had to buy was the pork belly. *Warning – pork belly skin is ridiculously hard to cut.* Make sure you have sharp knives. Freezing the pork before cutting also helps. If you don’t like eating all that fat, go for the leaner pork shoulder.
I’ll re-type the recipe here the way I made it. By leaving out the hot peppers and pepper flakes, the heat is mild but still there. Check out the link above for her video!
Spicy Korean Pork Belly
adapted from Maangchi
2 lbs pork belly, sliced into 1/4″ pieces
1 onion, sliced
3 scallions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1/3 cup Korean hot pepper paste
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp toasted sesame oil
toasted sesame seeds
lettuce leaves for wrapping
1. Place all ingredients except for the sesame seeds and lettuce in a large, deep pan or wok.
2. Cook over high heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring to combine with a wooden spoon. Stir occasionally until pork is cooked through and onions are softened.
3. Serve with rice and use lettuce to wrap pork.
I saw Stresscake’s bacon waffle recipe and had to try it. She wrote it for her friend’s blog, Waffleizer. It’s an interesting concept; go check it out.
Bacon waffles are delicious with syrup. You get the sweet, salty, and crunchy all in one go. This one doesn’t actually have as much bacon as it could. Put more for a better bacon flavor.
Of course, I had to try it with fried chicken as the typical soul food chicken and waffle dish. Popeye’s chicken is the best! The combination was interesting and really filling. I think it’s a little too much meat and carbs for one sitting so this combo won’t be happening often but I’m definitely going to make more bacon waffles.
This summer was a tart filled summer. Tarts are surprisingly easy to make and turn out pretty fluted edges with no effort. You can make all types of tarts because there are so many types of crusts that be used. Flaky butter pie crusts for sweet or savory tarts and graham, shortbread or cookie crusts for sweet tarts. Plus, most of the time you only need to bake the crust and not the filling so it’s very easy. The pan I used in California was a scratched up 9″ aluminum pan I got for $2 at the thrift shop. I have a non-stick 10″ pan with a removable bottom at home in NY. I totally recommend the latter. It was a Christmas gift purchased from Crate and Barrel in my annual Cousins Secret Santa. Thanks Lisa!
Sour Cream Lemon Tart
I made a lemon tart following this recipe. It’s basically a pudding thickened with corn starch and egg yolk with lemon juice and sour cream stirred in. It’s really simple to make, especially if you use a store bought refrigerator pastry crust like I did. The result was tasty but didn’t look amazing. The zest is visible and it was difficult to smooth out the filling. It also didn’t set well at all. We drove this to the final destination and one hard stop caused the filling to shift out of the crust. Tasty but not very presentable.
after the car ride
I made the chocolate satin tart for a friend’s birthday party. I let him pick a dessert and he said anything with chocolate! It’s kind of funny because chocolate would have been the last thing I would have chosen but I have to accommodate the birthday boy! It took me a long time to decide what to make because it had to be a chocolate dessert that was portable and would survive a hot car ride to New Jersey. Chocolate cake/cupcakes would have been too fragile, cheesecake/mousse/puddings would have melted, and brownies weren’t special enough.
The recipe I used turned out to be perfect because the filling was very sturdy. That’s probably because it’s mainly chocolate! It’s almost like a firm chocolate ganache tart. The crust was made from shortbread cookies, butter and sugar. The recipe is very easy. The only thing I changed was to replace the rosemary/mint for a tablespoon of instant coffee granules. Coffee brings out the rich chocolate flavor.
The birthday boy loved the dessert. He also got a store bought cappuccino birthday cake but this 10″ tart was able to serve ~14 people. Since it’s so rich, a smaller slice is preferable. Milk is highly recommended!
What chocolate dessert would you have chosen to make?
I’m back! I’m finally back home in NYC after living with my boyfriend in San Mateo for the summer. Then I went on a really enjoayble cruise to Bermuda. Now that I’m home with a stocked kitchen again, I can cook whenever I want to. Cruises love to sell you things and alcohol is cheap on board. I got a bottle of Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum for $11, perfect for rum cake. Bermuda has a rum cake factory and we got to taste many flavors of rum cake. The only issue was the price! $12.95 for 4 oz of cake was too much so we ended up buying cheaper non-Bermudan rum cake on the ship as souvenirs for people. Once I got home, I knew I had to make a rum cake for us to enjoy.
I followed this recipe using only half the glaze to reduce the fat and alcohol factor. I also left out the nuts and used Pillsbury vanilla cake mix with pudding already in it. I highly recommend the recipe because it’s easy and doesn’t taste like box cake at all! Make sure you spray your bundt pan so it doesn’t stick and poke holes into the cake with a skewer before glazing it. Half the recipe of glaze makes a nice outer coating of rum flavor but the inside is not saturated. For a more saturated cake, use the full recipe of glaze. The cake is moist and full of flavor.