Pasta with Cauliflower, Bacon, and Bread Crumbs for Two

Dinner, Pasta | January 31, 2015 | By

Pasta with Caulifower, Bacon and Breadcrumbs for Two

It’s 19 degrees outside right now with snow covering everything, but inside it’s toasty warm and smells like bacon and herbs.  Smelling fresh herbs in the winter makes me happy!  Smelling bacon ALWAYS makes me happy!  πŸ™‚

Pasta with Caulifower, Bacon and Breadcrumbs for Two

Easy weeknight meals also makes me happy but I also don’t want to sacrifice flavor for ease.  This recipe delivers on both.  Pasta, nutty cauliflower, meaty bacon and crispy bread crumbs are a wonderful combination and the flavors are so well balanced.  The lemon juice at the end really helps to brighten it all up.  Browning cauliflower in a skillet develops its flavors and cooks off some of the water to keep it from becoming mushy. 

Bacon, Breadcrumbs, Cauliflower

Cooking the pasta in a small amount of water skips the draining step and makes a creamy sauce as the pasta cooks. Topping the pasta with bacon-flavored bread crumbs adds texture and another layer of flavor.

Pasta with Caulifower, Bacon and Breadcrumbs for Two

Pasta with Cauliflower, Bacon and Breadcrumbs for Two
Serves 2
Pasta, nutty cauliflower, meaty bacon and crispy bread crumbs come together in this recipe for an easy week-night meal.
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Cook Time
35 min
Cook Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 slices bacon cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  2. 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  3. 2 tsp vegetable oil
  4. 1/2 head cauliflower, cored and cut into 1-inch florets
  5. 1 onion chopped fine
  6. 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
  7. 1/2 pound ziti rigati (or any ridged pasta)
  8. 2 3/4 cup chicken broth
  9. 1/4 cup dry white wine
  10. 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  11. 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Cook bacon in a skillet until crisp, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. Add panko and 1/4 tsp pepper and stir until browned and well coated, 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and wipe out skillet.
  3. Add 2 tsp. oil into empty skillet and heat until shimmering, add the cauliflower and 1/2 tsp salt and cook until browned in spots and crisp-tender, 7-10 minutes. Remove pan from heat and cover and keep warm.
  4. Heat 1 tsp of oil in large saucepan over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion, thyme, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring frequently, until onion has softened, 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. Increase heat to high, add pasta, broth, and wine, and bring to simmer. Cook pasta, stirring often, until most of liquid is absorbed and pasta is al dente, about 10 minutes.
  6. Remove pan from heat; stir in parsley, lemon juice, and cauliflower. Taste to see if additional salt and pepper is needed and serve, passing the bacon-breadcrumb mixture.
Notes
  1. If the pasta seems dry add 2 tbsp of hot water.
Adapted from Cooks Illustrated
Adapted from Cooks Illustrated
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Farmhouse Vegetable Soup

Dinner, Soup | January 12, 2015 | By

Farmhouse Vegetable Soup

As I was peeling potatoes for this soup I thought of my Grandmother peeling a potato.  She could peel an entire skin of a potato in one long, curling peel!  I’ve tried, I just can’t do it!  That got me to thinking about my parents house where she lived and where my parents still live.  Tom and I just spent a wonderful Christmas there with my family and I loved it! 

The house…it’s a large old frame house with huge old oak trees dripping with Spanish moss.  You have to drive down a winding dirt road canopied with those old oaks to get to the house.  My children call it “The Farmhouse”.  We have had a lot of fun there, and the house has seen many seasons. My family likes to laugh and we have had plenty of silly times!  They have had large vegetable gardens, roosters, chickens, (did you know that chickens will peck your toenails if you have a bright polish on them?!) geese, and lots of cats have come and gone. It is in the country in the middle of Florida and the acreage it sits on is lush and green and pretty wild.  Some of the elephant ears are so large you could set up camp under them!  The mosquitoes will carry you off in the summer but still, I love it!  Sitting on the steps on the front porch sipping my coffee first thing in the morning surrounded by all those old oak trees is about my most favorite thing to do.  The birds are happily singing, the tree frogs are chirping and we even saw a fox run across the yard on this last trip! 

Rooster and Goose at the Farmhouse

Oak Tree swathed in Spanish Moss after the rain

Inside, there are old hardwood floors, scuffed and scratched from lives lived on them and really just perfect like that.  All of the windows are old double hung windows with sash pulleys to raise and lower them.  The windows in the front of the house are said to be salvaged from some old governor’s mansion and they are unique and so pretty.  A cozy fireplace graces the living room which is an unusual thing to have in Florida but it gets chilly once in a while in the winter and gets put to good use then. 

Governor's mansion windows

I love the reflection of the oak trees in the glass.

I mentioned cats and funny times, well one memory comes to mind.  We had an old cat named Pixie, who died peacefully in her sleep one night and my oldest son Donnie, who was about 8 or 9 at the time, decided that he wanted to be in charge of the burial so he set off with a shovel and thought a nice place would be right under one of the lovely old oaks.  Well, if you have ever tried to dig a hole under an oak tree you know that the roots and the ground around it are pretty unyielding!  He was gone for quite a while before he came back in and asked us to come on out and pay our last respects.  Well, I guess he got pretty tired trying to dig through all those roots and only dug a small hole.  When we went out to have a look, all four of poor Pixie’s paws were sticking up out of the ground like some kind of kitty paw plant sprouting through the dirt!  I know it sounds awful but it was the funniest thing!  I tried not to laugh but you just couldn’t help it!  (my Dad re-buried Pixie later so don’t worry πŸ™‚ ) 

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The house has hosted weddings, parties and holidays and ALWAYS centers around good ole’ southern food!  Which brings me back to this Farmhouse Vegetable Soup that is simmering on the stove.  It’s full of all kinds of good things that comfort and nourish the body and soul.  It reminds me of home and my Grandmother and what on earth more could you ever want from a humble bowl of soup? 

Dirt lane

On to the recipe!  I found this recipe on Cook’s Illustrated who I trust since they test their recipes so thoroughly but this one missed the mark for me.  It was just too bland and watered down for me so I adapted it by substituting chicken broth for the water and leaving out the soy sauce which was just weird to me in this soup.  I loved that they used humble ingredients though like turnips and cabbage along-side fancier ingredients like white wine and porcini mushrooms (I used morel because that’s all I could find) but honestly you can really play with this recipe and make it your own. 

herbs and ground mushrooms

Leeks and Carrots

Substitute whatever you have on hand.  I’ve used onions instead of leeks. I’ve left out the wine and replaced it with chicken broth.  I’ve left off the powdered mushrooms altogether and honestly didn’t miss it much.  You can sub all of the broth for vegetable broth if you like.  My favorite way to eat it is with crumbled bacon on top! 

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Farmhouse Vegetable Soup
Serves 6
A hearty winter vegetable soup to warm you up and nourish the body and soul!
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Prep Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/8 ounce dried porcini mushrooms or morel which I used since I couldn't find any porcini
  2. 8 sprigs fresh parsley plus 3 tablespoons chopped for throwing in at the end.
  3. 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  4. 1 bay leaf
  5. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  6. 1 1/2 pounds leeks, white and light green parts sliced 1/2 inch thick and washed thoroughly
  7. 2 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  8. 2 celery ribs, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  9. 1/3 cup dry white wine
  10. Salt and pepper
  11. 10 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth
  12. 1/2 cup pearl barley
  13. 1 garlic clove, peeled and smashed
  14. 1 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  15. 1 turnip, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  16. 1 1/2 cups chopped green cabbage
  17. 1 cup frozen peas
  18. 1 teaspoon lemon juice (don't leave this out, it really makes a difference for such a small amount)
Instructions
  1. Grind porcini with spice grinder or blender, which is what I used, until they resemble fine meal, 10 to 30 seconds. Measure out 2 teaspoons porcini powder; reserve remainder for other use. Using kitchen twine, tie together parsley sprigs and thyme, tie in the bay leaf too if you can, I couldn't so I just tossed it in when I tossed in the herbs.
  2. Melt butter in large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add leeks, carrots, celery, wine, and 2 teaspoons salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid has evaporated and celery is softened, for about 10 minutes.
  3. Add broth, barley, porcini powder, herb bundle, bay leaf and garlic; increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, partially covered, for 25 minutes.
  4. Add potatoes, turnip, and cabbage; return to simmer and cook until barley, potatoes, turnip, and cabbage are tender, 20 minutes.
  5. Remove pot from heat and remove herb bundle and fish out the bay leaf. Stir in peas, lemon juice, and chopped parsley; season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve this up with crumbled bacon or cheddar cheese. It's also good with homemade croutons!
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Adapted from Cooks Illustrated
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Pasta with Bacon, Butternut Squash and Sage for Two

Dinner, Pasta | December 6, 2014 | By

Butternut squash and sage are two ingredients that say winter to me and I love them both, but together they are a marriage made in heaven! Add bacon and you’ve got a happy little family of yummy flavors!

Cooking the sage in the rendered bacon fat makes the perfect herb infused oil for sauteing the squash. 

Sage

There are a few tricks to coaxing the most flavor out of butternut squash and one is caramelizing it. It helps to dry out some of the wateriness of the squash and brings out some of its inherent sweetness, adding butter and sugar help to bring out the sweet nutty notes of the squash even more.
The scallions add some brightness to the dish and the nutmeg adds just the right spice or earthiness to the dish. Adding parmesan and a little lemon juice at the end along with toasted almonds for some textural crunch really brings the whole dish together!

Pasta with Bacon, Butternut Squash and Sage Pasta for Two

Pasta with Bacon, Butternut Squash and Sage for Two
Serves 2
A perfect winter-time meal that is comforting and so full of flavor!
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Total Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 4 slices bacon, halved lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 1/4-inch pieces
  2. 4 large fresh sage leaves, plus 1 tablespoon minced
  3. 1/2 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  4. 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  5. 3 scallions, sliced thin (about 1/2 cup)
  6. 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  7. 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  8. Table salt and ground black pepper
  9. 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  10. 1/2 pound penne or other short, tubular pasta
  11. 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving
  12. 2 teaspoons juice from 1 lemon
  13. 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
Instructions
  1. Cook bacon in 12-inch skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 8 minutes. Remove bacon and reserve.
  2. Cook whole sage leaves in rendered fat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Remove sage leaves and reserve.
  3. Return infused bacon fat in skillet and turn to high heat adding olive oil to make one TBSP of oil if needed and heat until shimmering.
  4. Add squash in even layer and cook, without stirring, until beginning to caramelize, about 5 minutes. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally until spotty brown, 3-4 minutes longer.
  5. Add butter and allow to melt, about 30 seconds. Add scallions, nutmeg, sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper, and minced sage; cook, stirring occasionally, until scallions are softened, about 3 minutes.
  6. Add broth and bring to simmer; continue to cook 1-3 mintues or until squash is tender,
  7. Meanwhile, bring 2 quarts water to boil in large Dutch oven over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon salt and pasta. Cook until just al dente, then drain pasta, reserving 1/4 cup cooking water, and transfer back to Dutch oven.
  8. Add squash mixture to pasta; stir in 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, and reserved bacon-sage mixture, adjusting consistency with reserved pasta liquid. Serve with the sliced almonds and more parmesan cheese.
Notes
  1. I double this recipe for company!
Adapted from Cooks Illustrated
Adapted from Cooks Illustrated
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Apple Crumble with Salted Butter Caramel Sauce

Dessert | November 15, 2014 | By

Apple Crumble

So, desserts have always been my thing and everyone is asking…”Where are your desserts?!”  Scaling down desserts for two isn’t the easiest thing in the world but this one was super easy!  So here it is, my first dessert on the blog and I promise many more to come! 

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Now I know that they say that an apple a day will keep the doctor away but what about an apple crumble?!  I kind of doubt it, but this recipe is still great because of it’s perfect little sweet portion control size!  You only get one and it really is just the right amount!  Everything in moderation, right?  πŸ™‚

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I love everything apple.  Apple pie a la mode is one of my favorite desserts but most of the time I don’t want to fuss with making a crust for apple pie.  That’s why I love apple crumble!  I have had some crumbles that ended up with a soggy topping and flavorless filling until I tried this recipe with a simple way to make crisp, crunchy crumble and an apple filling that tastes like apple! 

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Another thing I love is caramel.  Caramel and apples just go together!  I decided that I wanted to have that caramel flavor with my crumble so I made a quick no-stir Salted Butter Caramel Sauce to drizzle over the top!  Yeah, I don’t know when to stop.  As if that wasn’t enough, I added a scoop of vanilla ice cream!  Maybe that’s gilding the lily but so what, I like my lilies gilded! 

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The trick to keeping your crumble crisp is to bake it for 20 minutes on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet before adding it to the apple filling.  This step insures perfect crumble every time!

Crumble Prep

Apple Crumble with Salted Butter Caramel
Serves 2
Perfect apple crumble with a crisp crumble and apple filling that tastes like apples.
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Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Filling
  1. 1/4 teaspoon cornstarch
  2. 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, (approximately 1/2 lemon)
  3. 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 1 cup)
  4. 1 Golden Delicious apple, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 1 cup) or any sweet apple
  5. 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  6. Pinch table salt
  7. Pinch ground cinnamon
  8. Pinch ground nutmeg
Topping
  1. 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  2. 2 Tbsps granulated sugar plus 1 tsp
  3. 2 Tbsps packed brown sugar (light or dark)
  4. Pinch table salt
  5. 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  6. 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 3 pieces and very soft
  7. 1/4 cup chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Adjust oven racks to lower and middle positions; heat oven to 350 degrees.
FOR THE FILLING
  1. Combine cornstarch and lemon juice in medium bowl until cornstarch is dissolved. Add apples, sugar, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg; toss to combine. Divide apple filling between two ramekins, cover with foil.
FOR THE TOPPING
  1. Combine flour, sugars (reserving 1 tsp granulated sugar), and salt in workbowl of a food processor; drizzle vanilla over top. Pulse to combine, about five 1-second pulses. Add butter and half of pecans; process until mixture clumps together into large, crumbly balls, about 30 seconds. Sprinkle remaining pecans over mixture and combine with 2 quick pulses. Transfer mixture to parchment-lined baking sheet and spread into even layer. Place topping mixture on middle rack in oven and apple filling mixture on lower rack. Bake topping until lightly browned and firm, about 20 minutes. Remove both topping and apples from oven.
TO ASSEMBLE AND BAKE
  1. Remove foil from apple filling and gently stir. Slide topping over apples and spread into even layer with spatula, packing down lightly and breaking up any very large pieces. Sprinkle remaining tsp sugar over top and place on middle oven rack. Bake until well browned and fruit is tender and bubbling around edges, about 25 minutes. Cool on wire rack until warm, at least 15 minutes; serve with Salted Butter Caramel and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Notes
  1. I noticed that my apples were a bit too done and next time I will leave off the first 20 minute bake time with the crumble and will only do the second bake time but that's because I like the apples to still have a bit of firmness, that's just my personal preference.
  2. You can also easily double this recipe.
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Easy Beef Stew for Two

Beef, Dinner | November 13, 2014 | By

It’s cold out today!  When it’s cold out I immediately think of warm, comforting food and this super easy full-bodied stew is perfect for cold days!  This red wine-braised beef stew is the ultimate one-pot meal, loaded with tender potatoes and carrots. Don’t forget a loaf of crusty French bread for sopping up the rich sauce.

Beef Stew for Two

Many stew recipes call for cooking the meat and vegetables at the same time, leaving the vegetables overcooked and mushy. Instead, first braise the meat with onions in red wine and beef broth until a rich sauce develops. Then, after about an hour, add carrots, and potatoes. By the time the vegetables are cooked, the beef will be tender, then just stir in some peas if you like, for a little freshness and color.  I sprinkle a little fresh parsley in at the end.  You can also spoon the stew over buttered egg noodles.  YUMMY!

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Easy Beef Stew for Two
Serves 2
This easy red wine-braised beef stew is the ultimate one-pot meal.
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Total Time
3 hr 30 min
Total Time
3 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound beef stew meat or boneless beef short ribs, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  2. Salt and pepper
  3. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  4. 1 small onion, chopped fine
  5. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  6. 1 teaspoon tomato paste (freeze leftover tomato paste in a ziploc bag)
  7. 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh thyme or 1/8 teaspoon dried
  8. 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  9. 1/4 cup dry red wine
  10. 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  11. 1 bay leaf
  12. 1 Yukon Gold potato (8 ounces), cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  13. 2 carrots, peeled and sliced 3/4 inch thick
  14. 1/4 cup frozen peas
  15. 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
Instructions
  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 300 degrees. Pat beef dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Heat oil in medium ovensafe saucepan over medium-high heat until just smoking. Brown beef on all sides, about 8 minutes; transfer to bowl.
  2. Add onion to fat left in saucepan and cook over medium heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, tomato paste, and thyme and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Slowly whisk in wine, scraping up any browned bits and smoothing out any lumps. Stir in broth, bay leaf, and browned beef with any accumulated juices and bring to simmer. Cover, transfer saucepan to oven, and cook for 1 hour.
  4. Stir in potato and carrots and continue to cook in oven, covered, until beef and vegetables are tender, 2 hours or until vegetables are tender.
  5. Discard bay leaf. Using large spoon, skim excess fat from surface of stew, if needed.
  6. Stir in peas and let sit until heated through, about 2 minutes. Stir in parsley and season with salt and Β­pepper to taste. Eat up!
Notes
  1. Serve with crusty bread or over buttered egg noodles.
Adapted from Cooks Illustrated
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Pumpkin Spice Buttermilk Pancakes for Two

Breakfast | November 1, 2014 | By

Pancakes are my favorite thing to eat for breakfast!  Eating them just makes me happy!  I am always adding things in to take advantage of seasonal produce.  Somehow I feel better about the indulgence if there is fruit inside of them!  πŸ™‚  I am on a pumpkin kick, but aren’t nearly all of us when fall rolls around?  These cure my pumpkin and sweet craving all at once!  The smell of the warm spices and the sweet butter and maple syrup all mingling together…yeah it’s divine!  They only take a few minutes to put together, so get the coffee going and then get started on these and I promise you’ll be so glad you did! 

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The first thing I do is preheat the oven to 200 degrees.  I can only fit 3 pancakes at a time in my skillet so you’ll want to put your first batch in the oven to stay warm.  This recipe makes 6 pancakes if you use a 1/3 cup measuring cup for each pancake.  Mix all of your dry ingredients together well in a medium bowl.  Next, you’ll whisk all your wet ingredients together.  Gently add your wet ingredients to your dry just until combined.  It’s okay if you still see a few flour spots here and there.   Now the hard part, let this batter rest for 10 minutes!  Sometimes I fail at this but I noticed that my first batch aren’t nearly as fluffy as the second batch which sat out the full 10 minutes so go check your email or wash up the dishes you just messed up or set the table.  πŸ™‚  I like to spray my 1/3 cup measuring cup with a little cooking spray before I scoop out the batter.  The batter slips out of the measuring cup so much easier if you do this.  I cook them on medium-low for 4 minutes and then flip and cook for 3 minutes or until they get a little brown around the edges.  Serve these with a little powdered sugar sprinkled on top and of course, butter and syrup!   If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice I have a recipe on how to make it yourself here. –> Pumpkin Pie Spice

Pumpkin Buttermilk Pancakes

Pumpkin Spice Buttermilk Pancakes
Serves 2
Soft, pillowy pumpkin pancakes accented with the warm spices of fall!
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Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
23 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
23 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1 tablespoon sugar
  3. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  7. 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  8. 2/3 cup buttermilk
  9. 2 tablespoons sour cream
  10. 1/3 cup pumpkin puree (I use canned pumpkin)
  11. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  12. 1 large egg
  13. 1 teaspoon vegetable oil, plus extra as needed, or spray with cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 200 degrees. Set wire rack in rimmed baking sheet, spray with vegetable oil spray, and place in oven. This will keep the pancakes from getting soggy.
  2. Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices together in medium bowl. Whisk buttermilk, sour cream, pumpkin, melted butter, and egg together in separate bowl until smooth. Gently fold buttermilk mixture into flour mixture with rubber spatula until just combined. (Batter will be lumpy with a few spots of dry flour; do not overmix.) Let batter rest for 10 minutes before cooking.
  3. Heat oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Using wad of paper towels, carefully wipe out oil, leaving thin film of oil on bottom and sides of skillet. Using 1/3-cup dry measure, portion batter into skillet in 3 places. Cook until edges are set, first side is golden brown, and bubbles on surface are just beginning to break, 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Using thin, wide spatula, flip pancakes and continue to cook until second side is golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer pancakes to prepared wire rack (don't overlap them) in warm oven. Repeat with remaining batter, using more oil as needed. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if you like.
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Cook-Off Chili

Entertaining | October 28, 2014 | By

I have been making this chili for awhile now and like I said in my post Cook-Off Chili for Two, everyone always asks for the recipe, my family especially!  I get called or emailed several times when fall kicks in with family asking for the recipe when I’ve given it to them a dozen times!  They are always just tossing the email that had the recipe or lost the paper they wrote it down on so when I said I was starting a food blog, the first thing they all said was, PLEASE put that chili recipe up so I can just go to your site and get it whenever I want!  Hahaha!  That makes me laugh!  So…here it is!  I think I might actually miss getting those email requests and phone calls now! 

Cook Off Chili

This recipe serves 6-8, but you can easily double it if you’re hosting a party and need to feed a crowd, just use a big pot!  Chili is such an effortless way to entertain.  Put everything out and let everyone help themselves and put whatever they want on top.  Some topping options are shredded Cheddar cheese, sour cream, chopped onion, chopped jalapeno, sliced ripe olives.  Serve it with tortilla chips or even rice or elbow macaroni noodles! 

Cook-Off Chili

 

Cook-Off Chili
Serves 6
Warm, comforting chili seasoned with the smoky flavors of cumin, spicy jalapenos and the malty flavor of beer!
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Total Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr
For the ground beef mixture
  1. 2 pounds ground beef
  2. 1/2 tsp chili powder
  3. 1/4 tsp gound cumin
For the chili
  1. 2 large onion, chopped
  2. 4 cloves garlic, minced
  3. 1 jalapeno, minced
  4. 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  5. 2 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
  6. 1 (15 oz) can Mexican-style chili beans, undrained
  7. 1 cup of water
  8. 1 (6 oz) can of tomato paste
  9. 1/2 cup of salsa (jalapeno if you can find it)
  10. 3 to 4 Tbsps chili powder
  11. 1 (16 oz) can red kidney beans, drained
  12. 1 (12 oz) beer
  13. 1 (2 1/2 oz) can sliced ripe olives, drained
  14. 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  15. Salt and Pepper to taste
  16. Hot sauce to taste
  17. Shredded Cheddar cheese
  18. Sour cream
  19. Tortilla chips
Instructions
  1. Cook ground beef, 1/2 tsp chili powder, and 1/4 tsp cumin in a Dutch oven until meat is browned, stirring to crumble meat. Drain and set aside.
  2. Saute chopped onions, garlic, and jalapeno pepper in oil until tender.
  3. Add ground beef mixture.
  4. Stir in tomato sauce, chili beans, water, tomato paste, salsa, and 3 to 4 Tbsps chili powder.
  5. Cover and suimmer 20 minutes.
  6. Add kidney beans and next 5 ingredients, stirring well. Simmer 15 minutes or until ready to serve.
  7. Serve chili with cheese, sour cream and tortilla chips.
Notes
  1. You can double this for a crowd.
Adapted from 5-Star Recipes, Southern Living
Adapted from 5-Star Recipes, Southern Living
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Cook-Off Chili for Two

Dinner | October 27, 2014 | By

When it’s cold out I start thinking about this chili!  There is nothing better to warm you up and make you feel all cozy and comforted like a hot bowl of chili with melted cheddar cheese on top!  We add sour cream to cool it down a little from the jalapeno kick.  Everytime I make this for anyone they always ask for the recipe.  I have a family member who made this recipe and won the chili cook-off at his church!  I usually make the full recipe because there is always someone besides my husband and I that want some, but for the purposes of cooking for two I’m cutting the recipe in half so it’s more appropriate for just two people.  If you want a lot of leftovers or you’re having company then head over to my entertaining page for the full recipe there, Cook-Off Chili.  

Cook-Off Chili

This recipe comes together so quickly and doesn’t take long to cook at all.  I’d say it takes me close to an hour from start to finish.  I like prepping my veggies ahead of time and storing them in a ziploc bag so that I can just grab them out of the fridge when it’s time to cook!

Cook-Off Chili

Just start browning your ground beef and add 1/2 tsp of chili powder and 1/4 tsp of cumin in a Dutch oven.  While the meat is browning I chop all my veggies if I haven’t done it ahead of time.  Drain the meat and set it aside for now.  You’ll take the same Dutch oven you browned your beef in and add 1 Tbsp of oil, I use canola oil.  Toss in your chopped vegetables and saute until tender (about 10 minutes).  Add your ground beef to the vegetables along with the tomato sauce, chili beans, water, tomato paste, salsa and 2 Tbsp chili powder.  Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.  Next, you add the kidney beans, beer, but only half a bottle, just drink the rest while you’re cooking, that’s the perk of cooking chili! πŸ™‚ ripe olives and 1/4 tsp cumin, stir it well but be gentle with the beans and just simmer them gently or they’ll disentegrate.  Simmer for another 15 minutes, uncovered this time, or until you’re ready to eat. 

When I was adapting this recipe for two I could have done away with the kidney beans because you have chili beans in the chili already but I like the firmer texture of the kidney beans so I kept them in.  I serve this with grated cheddar cheese, sour cream, hot sauce and tortilla chips!  This will seriously rock your socks off!  Just remember to put them back on or your feet will get cold! πŸ˜€ 

Cook Off Chili

Cook-Off Chili for Two
Serves 2
Warm, comforting chili seasoned with the smoky flavors of cumin, spicy jalapenos and the malty flavor of beer!
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Total Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr
For the ground beef mixture
  1. 1 pound ground beef
  2. 1/2 tsp chili powder
  3. 1/4 tsp gound cumin
For the chili
  1. 1 large onion, chopped
  2. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  3. 1/2 jalapeno, minced
  4. 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  5. 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
  6. 1 (15 oz) can Mexican-style chili beans, undrained
  7. 1/2 cup of water
  8. 1/2 of a 6 oz can of tomato paste (freeze the rest in a ziploc bag)
  9. 1/4 cup of salsa (jalapeno if you can find it)
  10. 2 Tbsp chili powder
  11. 1 (16 oz) can red kidney beans, drained
  12. 1/2 of a 12 oz beer
  13. 1 (2 1/2 oz) can sliced ripe olives, drained
  14. 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  15. Salt and Pepper to taste
  16. Hot sauce to taste
  17. Shredded Cheddar cheese
  18. Sour cream
  19. Tortilla chips
Instructions
  1. Cook ground beef, 1/2 tsp chili powder, and 1/4 tsp cumin in a Dutch oven until meat is browned, stirring to crumble meat. Drain and set aside.
  2. Saute chopped onions, garlic, and jalapeno pepper in oil until tender.
  3. Add ground beef mixture.
  4. Stir in tomato sauce, chili beans, water, tomato paste, salsa, and 2 Tbsp chili powder.
  5. Cover and simmer 20 minutes.
  6. Add kidney beans and next 5 ingredients, stirring well. Simmer 15 minutes or until ready to serve. Serve chili with cheese, sour cream and tortilla chips.
Adapted from 5-Star Recipes, Southern Living
Adapted from 5-Star Recipes, Southern Living
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