Slight chance of rain!

3 meat Chili!

2 small cans of beans of your choice (I used red kidney beans) or 1 big can
6 slices bacon
3 sausages, I use mild Italian kind
1.5 pounds ground beef
2 cans of fire roasted tomatoes, 28 ounces total
3 cloves of garlic
1 tbs cumin
2 tbs unsweetened cocoa
1 tbs chili powder
1 tbs paprika (I used the smoked kind)
1 small can of tomato paste
Optional: 1 small can of spicy Mexican tomato sauce, I used El Pato

I use a Dutch oven.

Brown bacon and set aside
Brown sausage and beef in the bacon grease, drain and set aside
Add tomatoes and let simmer, add tomato paste and let the sauce come to a boil.
Add beef/sausage and bacon
Add half of the seasonings to the mixture, add the beans
Let simmer for around 20 minutes and taste! before adding more spices.
Finish off uncovered in the oven for 30 minutes.

I found Chiplote powder and it gave it a really nice kick without making it too spicy.

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Aye Spicy!

Last week my friend Kev. posted a picture of Jalapeno Poppers he brought to a party and I was slightly jealous. I wanted some and he wasn’t sharing any.
Time to make my own then.

The recipe is decidedly simple as all out but it packs a nice punch of flavor.
Added bonus, I ended up with 8 medium poppers at a grand total of 240 calories.
Excellent little snack if you keep to eating only 2 or 3.

poppers

You will need for 2 servings:

4 jalapenos
4 tbs of cream cheese ( I used Boursin)
1 package of Prosciutto or 8 slices of thin bacon (ask the butcher to slice for you)

Cut jalapenos in half, scoop out seeds.
Fill evenly with cream cheese
Wrap with bacon and put on a cookie sheet.

WASH YOUR HANDS REAL WELL!(trust me)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees and allow poppers to cook a little for 10 minutes.
Set broiler on low and place poppers on the middle rack.
Broil for about 10 minutes making sure bacon doesn’t burn.
For an additional 3-5 minutes broil on high.
Let cool a little and enjoy!

You can easily double this recipe by doubling the ingredients.
I think you’ll want to because mine were gone as soon as TallOne found out I made them.

Carne Asada

I hope my readers don’t mind a repeat recipe, I got food poisoning (undercooked chicken I didn’t cook but bought at a deli) and had to delay the cooking of flank steak I had.
I decided to marinate the steak for Carne Asada.

This recipe serves 8, it keeps well in the fridge for at least 3 days or until The Boy eats it all.
Really thin slicked steak is the key, it takes on the flavor so well.
If you are making this recipe outside the US ask your butcher for thin sliced beef, in France it’s called “Bavette”, in the Netherlands it’s “runder-rib lap”
It’s from the cows belly-side.

1-1/2 pounds flank steak
2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons white vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 limes, juiced
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika

Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
In order to get the marinade on all the pieces of meat I just dip them in the marinade so they coat evenly.
Layer beef in an oven proof dish so they can sit in the marinade, cover with remaining marinade.
Cover with plastic wrap and marinade 24-8 hours.

Either BBQ over medium heat or pan sear for 2 minutes on each side.
Serve with beans, guacamole and sour cream.

Enjoy.

Fiesta time and an easy recipe

I had bought a watermelon on impulse and then the weather went much much cooler.
And as it turns out, I’m the only one wanting to eat watermelon in this house.
After a week of eating it on my own I was about ready to toss it.
One can only eat so much of the same food, right?
Food Network Magazine to the rescue!
They had a fish taco recipe with a watermelon salsa that looked very appealing.

I made it in a small portion seeing that Himself had raised an eyebrow when I showed him the recipe.
But EVERYONE ate it and liked it.
The combo of the watermelon with the spice of the jalapeno was amazing.

This *will* be a repeat and a great salsa to take to parties.
I labeled it low-carb/ gluten free because you can omit the taco’s and still have a great dish.
(The original recipe was done with sea bass)

Fish taco’s with watermelon salsa.

4 cups diced seedless watermelon
1/2 small shallot, finely diced
1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro
Juice of 2 limes, plus lime wedges for serving
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely diced
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
Kosher salt
1 pound cod fillets, you want to get “chunky” pieces because otherwise it falls apart while grilling.
1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
1 avocado, sliced

Make the watermelon salsa: Combine the watermelon, shallot, cilantro, lime juice and jalapeno in a bowl. Toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt and set aside.

Preheat a grill to high. Sprinkle the fish on both sides with the chile powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt; drizzle both sides with the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil. Brush the grill with olive oil, then add the fish and grill until marked and cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer the fish to a plate and break into bite-size pieces.

Himself and Bubble Wrap Boy ate this with crunchy taco’s, College Girl preferred a soft taco.
I also had tossed 1 pound of shrimp in chili powder, garlic and salt and grilled those as well.

I served this with avocado.

Artichoke dip

I love the little hand-outs from the grocery store with recipes.
So much so that when cleaning out my purse I found 5 such leaflets.
I’m going to try this recipe for the weekend, I’m changing out the cheese and adding red pepper flakes to give it a bit of a kick.

12 oz. canned artichoke hearts, chopped
1 cup mayonnaise
1 small clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons oregano
2 tablespoons grated onion
2 cups cheddar Cheese, grated
dash of pepper flakes

Combine all ingredients and spoon the mixture into an 8 inch baking dish.
Bake for 30 minutes at 300° F. Serve with assorted vegetables for a low-carb treat.

(recipe altered, originally from http://www.kerrygoldusa.com)

Crockpot pork made easy

For the last few days I’ve been trying to keep a cold at bay, I already had severe allergy issues and wasn’t too happy when I woke up this morning with a nasty cough and an earache.
Not in the mood to think about food I dug through the freezer and pantry and found what I needed.
No store for me today.

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Crock-pot pork shoulder, Mexican style-ish

Pork shoulder
14 oz can Enchilada sauce (mild)
small can diced tomatoes
8 ounces sliced mushrooms
2 cloves garlic crushed
1 tsp unsweetened chocolate powder

Put pork shoulder in crock-pot
cover with other ingredients, stir chocolate powder in sauce

Cook on high for 1 hour and then lower to low heat for at least 5 hours
Pork is done if it falls apart when poked with a fork

Enjoy!

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