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December 2013

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Three Bean Chili – In the Kitchen with Rachel O – Video

Written by , Posted in Beans, Beef, Dinner, Fruit, Gluten Free, In the Kitchen with Rachel O, Legumes, Main Dishes, Meat, One Dish Dinners, Soups, Vegetables

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Beans beans beans. I love beans. I wonder if I have too many foods that I love. Nah. I just had this awful thought, “What if I hated as many foods as I love!?” That would be terrible. Let’s not even go down that path. Shudder…

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I have made chili about one million different ways. Long before I knew I liked to cook, eons before blogging was even a thing, I liked to make chili. Back then I thought it tasted good. I have no idea if it actually did, since I don’t time travel (I think that that’s the second time I’ve mentioned time travel on here in a short time… I’m cool with that… Tim should be very proud). I suppose that as my chili recipe has evolved, so has the taste. It’s a good thing to learn, grow, change, don’t you think? I mean, if we go deep for a minute, would I want to be the person I was a year ago, 5 years ago, 10, 15, or 20 years ago? Heavens no. I’ve learned, I’ve changed, I hope that I’ve become a better version of myself. As we mature, that’s what tends to happen.

Kinda like a good chili. The recipe changes over the years. Ingredients are added and subtracted, cooking times speed up and slow down. The chili itself gets deeper and richer as time passes, gently simmering over the fire. A great metaphor for our lives I think. I want to be chili. With a depth, a richness, a savory quality that can only come from years of well seasoned living.

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This is a well seasoned, deep chili. It can cook for a shorter time or you can let it go for longer. It’s simple, yet rich. It’s hearty. It will fill you right up, but might leave you wanting more, because it tastes so good. It’s perfect with your favorite cornbread. Um, but then what isn’t? Cornbread is one of those foods that I could eat forever. I like it cold the next day, standing in front of the fridge with the door open, starving, needing a snack. It is the perfect solution to that problem. It’s great heated up in the toaster with a fried egg for breakfast. Or, with the leftover chili. That’s always a good idea.

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Here’s to lives and food that have depth, richness, and are well seasoned.

Happy Eating!

Three Bean Chili
Recipe Type: Main Dish, Dinner, Soup, Chili, Hearty, Stove Top, One Dish Dinner, Easy, Meat, Beef, Legumes, Beans, Vegetables
Cuisine: American
Author: Rachel Oberg – De Ma Cuisine
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 C onion, chopped
  • 1 serrano pepper, ribs and seeds removed, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 C black beans
  • 1 C kidney beans
  • 1 C cranberry beans
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 1/4 t ginger
  • 1 t chili powder
  • 1 t sweet paprika
  • 2 T tomato paste
  • 2 T balsamic vinegar
  • 2-3 C vegetable stock (beef or chicken would work too)
  • 1 T honey
  • 1 t butter
Instructions
  1. Heat soup pot and add beef. Break up and cook for a few minutes. Add onion and serrano pepper, and cook for 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add garlic, tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, and tomato. Cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add beans, seasonings, stock, and honey. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for 30-60 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in butter.
  5. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.
  6. Serve with your favorite cornbread.

Happy Eating!

Wednesday

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October 2013

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Shepherd’s Pie – In the Kitchen with Rachel O – Video

Written by , Posted in Beef, Cheese, Dinner, Gluten Free, In the Kitchen with Rachel O, Leftovers, Main Dishes, Meat, Potatoes, Potlucks, Vegetables

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Right now we’re kinda in between seasons. It’s technically fall. But produce-wise, we’ve still got a few summer treats hanging on (hello zucchini!), yet are simultaneously moving into the winter goodies (hello root veggies!).

This Shepherd’s Pie is a mash of the two (no pun intended, hello mashed potatoes!).

This is a great dish for using leftovers. Mostly on the mashed potato end. You may want to bookmark this one for Thanksgiving, along with Shepherd’s Pie of the South. One uses up the leftover turkey or chicken, the other uses up the mashed potatoes. No, it’s not too early to start planning what you’re going to do with your Thanksgiving leftovers. It’s never too early to menu plan. 😉

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Back to October, which is a great month, by-the-way. We celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary a couple weeks ago, and the baseball postseason is in full swing. Yeah, both of these make me happy. Add to that the cooler weather and falling leaves and you may understand why this is my absolute favorite time of the year.

Since it’s my favorite month, we should eat some of my favorite foods. We should enjoy hearty, warm meals. We should bring out the quilts and hot chocolate mugs. We should eat Shepherd’s Pie (and Chicken Pot Pie, and Chili and Cornbread, and… oh I’m getting hungry).

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One thing that I love about Shepherd’s Pie is that it’s a great way to use yesterday’s dinner. I’m a big fan of making yummy foods and then repurposing the leftovers. Want to see how it could work? Say Sunday’s dinner is Roasted Chicken, with Mashed Potatoes and Mushroom and Savory Gravy, and Steamed Carrots with Honey and Butter. By making a little more than you will need the first night, you give yourself the starting points for the rest of the week’s dinners. Monday: Chicken and Rice Soup. Tuesday: Shepherd’s Pie. Wednesday: Honey Mustard Chicken Sandwiches. Thursday: Chicken Club Pizza. Friday: Sheppy Pasta (make extra Shepherd’s Pie filling and toss with pasta and tomatoes). Saturday: Soup Day (Taco SoupMashed Potato Soup, and definitely remember to make some Chicken Stock with the chicken bones). (Of course make sure that foods are frozen if they will be saved for more than a few days, and re-heated to a safe temperature… but you knew that.)

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Another thing that I love about Shepherd’s Pie is that it just tastes so darn good. Starting at the top, we’ve got some cheese. It’s all melty and maybe a bit crispy where it touches the skillet. Then a layer of Mashed Potatoes. Well, I love those on their own, so I can’t really go wrong here. And the foundation of this dish, ground beef (you could also use tempeh, chicken, maybe even tofu), veggies, and a bit of sauce. Well, sure, don’t mind if I do. You can make a big skillet to feed the whole family, or make individual portions and heat them up one or two at a time (I like to use medium-sized ramekins for this). It freezes well, so once everyone has eaten their fill, pop them into single serving containers and they can be saved for lunches. I wonder, maybe you could even fry an egg and slide it on top of the pie, then toast some bread, top it with a tomato slice and a sprinkle of salt and pepper, and a drizzle of good olive oil, and have it for breakfast… stranger things have happened.

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However it’s eaten, this meal is a winner in my book. Husband’s too. We love pie… especially the savory kind.

Happy Eating!

Shepherd’s Pie

Yield: 4-6

Shepherd’s Pie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 4 small radishes, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • to taste, salt
  • to taste, pepper
  • 1/2 t chili powder
  • 1/2 t coriander
  • pinch nutmeg
  • pinch cumin
  • 1 C peas (frozen are fine)
  • 5 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 T balsamic vinegar
  • 2 T tomato paste
  • 1 T cornstarch
  • 1/4 C cold water
  • 1 C stock (chicken, beef, or vegetable)
  • 4-6 C warm/hot mashed potatoes (4 large potatoes)
  • 1/2 to 1 C Gruyere cheese, grated
  • sprinkle coriander
  • sprinkle chili powder

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375F.
  2. Heat oven safe skillet. Add beef. When partially cooked, add carrots through cumin. Cook covered, stirring occasionally, for 10-15 minutes, or until veggies are tender.
  3. Add peas and garlic, cook 1 minute.
  4. Add balsamic vinegar and tomato paste, cook 2 minutes.
  5. Whisk cornstarch with water and stock. Add to veggies and beef. Bring to a boil and let sauce thicken.
  6. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  7. Smooth out and top with mashed potatoes, cheese, and sprinkle with coriander and chili powder. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and potatoes are hot.
http://www.de-ma-cuisine.com/shepherds-pie-video/

Friday

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October 2013

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Taco Soup – In the Kitchen with Rachel O – Video

Written by , Posted in Beans, Beef, Cheese, Dinner, Fruit, Gluten Free, In the Kitchen with Rachel O, Legumes, Main Dishes, Meat, One Dish Dinners, Soups, Vegetables

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I love soup! I could probably eat soup every day. Summer weather is no excuse for no soup, in our home. We just can’t get enough.

Thankfully, it’s finally feeling like fall (jump, cheer, squeak of joy). So we will eat soup, will eat soup, will eat SOUP!

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We are kinda crazy about anything taco. We love Tacos tacos, we adore Taco Salad, and we could eat endless bowls of Taco Soup. 

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This soup is all kinds of hearty. It’s full of veggies (corn, tomatoes, zucchini, radishes, and onions), it has a bit of a kick, but not so much that it will make you sweat (but if you want it to, add another serrano or two, and keep the ribs and seeds), and you get to top it with cheese, corn chips, yogurt, salsa, and cilantro.

We liked it so much that I made it for one of my ifood.tv episodes and will probably make it again and again this fall and winter. We also thought it was good enough to bring to some friends who just had the most adorable baby girl. They agreed (even one of them who claims to dislike vegetables liked it)…

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Here’s to a cold fall night, hot Taco Soup, and lots of time with the ones you love.

Happy Eating!

Taco Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 4

Taco Soup

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 T olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 medium (about 1 1/2 C) zucchini (or other summer squash), chopped
  • 3 small radishes, chopped
  • 1 serrano chili pepper, ribs and seeds removed, diced
  • to taste, salt
  • to taste, pepper
  • 1 t chili powder
  • 1/4 t cumin
  • pinch all spice
  • pinch ginger
  • 1 C corn (frozen or fresh)
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 tomatoes (about 1 1/2 C), chopped
  • 1 T red wine vinegar
  • 2 T lemon juice, divided
  • 6-7 C stock (vegetable, chicken, or beef), or water
  • salsa, for topping
  • corn chips, for topping
  • Greek yogurt (or sour cream), for topping
  • cheddar cheese, grated, for topping
  • fresh cilantro, chopped, for topping

Instructions

  1. Place beef in a soup pot. Cook over medium heat until it's partially cooked. Add olive oil and next 10 ingredients (thru ginger). Cook over medium-low heat for 5-10 minutes, or until veggies are tender, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add corn and garlic, cook 1 minute.
  3. Add tomato paste, tomatoes, vinegar, and 1 T lemon juice; cook 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add stock and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about 30 minutes, or until veggies are tender.
  5. Add remaining lemon juice. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  6. Serve topped with cheese, yogurt, salsa, chips, and cilantro.
http://www.de-ma-cuisine.com/taco-soup-in-the-kitchen-with-rachel-o-video/

Friday

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September 2013

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Saving Dinner – Rotini Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Written by , Posted in Beef, Cheese, Dinner, Fruit, Gluten Free, Main Dishes, Meat, Pasta, Sauces, Thoughts, Vegetables

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Picture this: You’ve had a long day. You’re tired, kinda grumpy, and gosh you’re hungry. Maybe you’re cooking for 1, maybe it’s for 7… and you don’t have dinner planned. Does this ever happen to anyone else? No? Just me? That’s ok. Because I almost always have pasta on hand.

Add to it a bit of tomato sauce, some fresh veggies, and you’ve got dinner. If you have ground beef, that’s a bonus. If not, don’t worry. I think you’ll be just fine.

Maybe you haven’t made it to the store yet this week. You’ve got some cheese and veggies, but no tomato sauce in the pantry. I’ve got you covered. Sauté some veggies (the ones from this recipe if you have them, minus the tomatoes). Once they’re cooked, remove them from the pan. Then make a béchamel sauce (fancy sounding way to say a white sauce): add 2 T olive oil to a pan, heat it until it shimmers, then add 2 T all purpose flour and whisk. Cook for about 30-60 seconds, then slowly add some milk (1 to 2 C should do), whisking and letting it thicken between additions. Let it heat up, but don’t boil (the sauce may break) – just heat until steam rises. Remove from the heat and whisk in 1/2 to 1 C cheese, a little at a time. (You could add the fresh tomatoes now. Just let them warm through.) Add your sautéed veggies, some salt, pepper, and Italian seasonings.

Or, you could do both… I call it Spaghetteroni and Cheese. It’s any sort of pasta with tomato sauce that gets topped with cheese sauce. In our home, we think it’s crazy good.

I don’t think you can really go wrong with any of these options. And I’m not sure if I can choose a favorite. But, if I’m going with easiest, this Rotini Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce is super simple and doesn’t take too long to go from starving to eating.

Dinner is saved.

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Leftovers can be frozen, so don’t be shy about making a double or even triple batch. Store a few single servings in freezer-safe containers – they’ll be great for lunches if you’re tired of PB&J (I mean, who doesn’t love PB&J?! I do, but it can get old…). I don’t know that I’d recommend freezing the pasta, but you could make enough for dinner and for everyone to take some for lunch the next day. The sauce would also be delicious over top of some Roasted Summer Squash (toss thinly sliced squash with olive oil, salt, and pepper, then bake at 350F for 15-20 minutes, or until slightly crispy), mixed in with a roasted spaghetti squash, as Stuffed Tomatoes (heat sauce, hollow out large tomatoes, fill with sauce, serve topped with parmesan cheese), or mixed with rice to stuff a Zoo Boat (Stuffed Summer Squash)… the possibilities are endless!

Aaaand now I’m craving PB&J.

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Happy Eating!

Rotini Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 4

Rotini Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1 T olive oil (opt.)
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 2 small zucchini, chopped
  • 3-4 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped (opt)
  • 1 carrot, grated (opt)
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 t dried savory
  • 1/2 t dried Parsley
  • 1/2 t dried basil
  • 1/4 t dried oregano
  • Pinch coriander
  • 1 T balsamic vinegar
  • 2 T lemon juice, divided
  • 2-3 8oz cans tomato sauce
  • 1/2 C pasta water
  • 1/2 pkg rotini rice pasta (or your favorite kind of pasta)
  • Parmesan cheese, grated, for topping

Instructions

  1. Cook beef. Remove from pan and set aside. Wipe out pan if desired.
  2. (If pan has been wiped out, add 1 T olive oil. Let it get hot.) Add veggies and some salt. Cook over medium-low heat until tender, 10 min or so.
  3. Add seasonings, balsamic vinegar, 1 T lemon juice, tomatoes, and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 min.
  4. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  5. Before draining pasta add 1/2 C pasta water to tomato sauce and stir in. Add 1 T lemon juice. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  6. Top pasta with sauce and some parmesan cheese.
http://www.de-ma-cuisine.com/saving-dinner-rotini-pasta-with-fresh-tomato-sauce/

Friday

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September 2013

5

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Veggies and Beef – Taco Salad

Written by , Posted in Beef, Cheese, Dinner, Gluten Free, Lunch, Main Dishes, Meat, Salads, Vegetables

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Are you ever too lazy to wash lettuce? Right. Me neither… It’s never a problem. That’s false. I don’t know why washing lettuce is a bother. It’s not like it takes all that long. And, I have a salad spinner, so I’m not even washing by hand. Sheesh, I say. Sheesh.

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We have 3 heads of lettuce in our fridge right now. And while I’m cool with using any that gets a little past its prime in vegetable stock, I’d much rather eat it raw. (Plus, I’m making vegetable stock right now, a lot of vegetable stock, and I may never have room in my freezer for anything else, let alone MORE vegetable stock… good thing it’s almost soup season.)

So let’s talk about lettuce for a minute. There are so many different varieties. I don’t know if I have a favorite. I tend to prefer the not so bitter ones, but other than that, not too picky. I have noticed that certain varieties (the less heavy leaves) don’t stand up as well to being prepared in advance and can get soggy if they’re not dried properly or if they’re dressed too soon. Simple solution: dry the lettuce well and dress it right before eating. Ok, that was easy.

I’ve never made anything like lettuce soup (is that a thing?). The craziest I get with lettuce is putting it on a sandwich or in a salad. Of all the salads, I’d say the Taco Salad is my favorite. I love it with any combination of the following: beans, beef, shredded chicken, chips, corn, shredded carrot, tomatoes, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, chives, cheese, Greek yogurt, salsa, guacamole… anything else? Oh ya, and lettuce, duh.

Taco Salad is one of two or three salads that Husband considers a meal. He’s not picky when it comes to food, but has mentioned this particular preference (he also doesn’t prefer overcooked asparagus and some squash, but he usually eats without complaint and sometimes the dog just gets a little more to clean off the plate ;)).

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Today, I don’t have any beans cooked (I tend to use dried beans, which require overnight soaking and then hours of cooking – definitely a time investment, but quite simple when I plan ahead… today I did not). So I’m going with what would be a regular old taco, in salad version. Almost regular. I’m definitely going to add zucchini and broccoli. And while I might be fine with that on a taco, I know that someone else in this household might not prefer it (but I think he would still eat it… after asking if there really was broccoli on it). There will be ground beef, bell peppers, tomato, corn chips, chives, Greek yogurt and salsa for dressing, and cheddar cheese.

I’m ready. Let’s eat!

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Taco Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 to 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1/4 t chili powder
  • 1/4 t smoked paprika
  • 1/4 t sweet paprika
  • pinch cumin
  • pinch salt
  • pepper
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 3-4 C lettuce, torn
  • 1 small bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 C zucchini, finely chopped or grated
  • 1/2 C broccoli, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 T chives, chopped
  • 1/4 C cheddar cheese, grated
  • corn chips, crumbled slightly, if desired
  • Greek yogurt
  • salsa

Instructions

  1. Cook beef with seasonings. Drain and discard fat. Set aside.
  2. Divide lettuce into two bowls and top with remaining veggies, chives, cheese, yogurt, and salsa.
http://www.de-ma-cuisine.com/veggies-and-beef-taco-salad/

Happy Eating!