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Archive for October, 2009

Chili

Who doesn’t like chili especially as it gets a little colder out? (Actually my mom since she hates beans, but just her.)

I made a pot of it a little while ago and it was great. I browned ground beef, while rinsing the canned pinto beans, and getting out the can of crushed tomatoes. I added everything to a big pot and threw in a little chicken stock, cumin, and chili powder. I let it simmer and then had a bowl of it. Delicious and just thing to have on a fall day.

chili

chili

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pasta!

NY Times writes about all different kinds of pasta. I love all the different things you can do with pasta plus it’s great to eat before and after long runs (only a few months until I do the Vegas Half Marathon-lots of time for pasta between now and then).

Although instead of the pre-race pasta party, I want to go to Bouchon or Mesa Grill

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A group of my friends get together and make a dinner around a theme. We’ve done tasting menus, a Spanish night, and a Mastering the Art of French Cooking night. My sisters just went to New Orleans and wanted to a Cajun/Creole night.

I remembered hearing about Cooking Up a Storm on NPR. After Katrina, people began writing into the Times-Picayune of New Orleans asking for recipes they had lost. They decided to do a cookbook of the popular requests.

I ended up making McCain brownies (not particularly Cajun or Creole but absolutely delicious). They were served at McCain Girls High School in the 40’s.

The brownies went fast and I was glad I chose to bring them.

It was a fun night overall. There was fried chicken, jambalaya, gumbo, and cornbread with friends from college, grad school, and work.

pre baked brownies

pre baked brownies

1 cup white whole wheat flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
pinch of salt
1 cup butter at room temperature
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, slightly beatened
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup pecan pieces

Preheat oven to 275F.

Grease 9 by 13 inch baking pan.

Mix flour, cocoa, and salt in a medium mixing bowl.

In a large mixing bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Add sugar, beaten eggs, and vanilla. Mix in dry ingredients. Fold in pecans by hand.

Spoon batter into pan. Bake for about one hour.

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adorable ice cream

Hagaan  Daz makes adorable mini ice creams.

ice cream

ice cream

It even comes with its own tiny spoon.

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greens

NY Times has an article on different greens for salad including some that are considered weeds. Iceberg is ok every now and then but I do like other greens much more. They tend to have more flavor and be much more interesting to eat.

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peanut sauce

I am a big fan of peanut sauce and after reading about Sara trying an Ellie Krieger recipe for it I dug out my copy of The Food You Crave Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life and to try it. I own the book but I think mostly get it out after reading about the recipes at imafoodblog.com. It wasn’t Sara’s favorite but Pat and I enjoyed it over chicken and noodles.

peanut sauce

peanut sauce

I made the sauce. Then, I cut the chicken and browned it while I cooked the noodles. I tossed them in the sauce. I finished the dish by using my mandolin to slice zucchini and throwing it raw.

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