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ancho chile black bean chili

In culinary experiments, dinner, easy weeknight meals, lunch, slowcooker, snacks on 11.30.11 at 9:16 pm

snow day? hello, comfort food. nothing like a winter storm to make you crave some slowcooked goodness. this hearty slowcooked chili will warm you up and have you coming back for seconds. it did for me. :)

what’s great about this recipe is that you don’t need to run to the grocery store for the ingredients. i’m guessing you probably have everything you need right in your kitchen. you can prep the chili for the slowcooker and then smell the lovely slowcooker aroma while you curl up on the sofa. now how’s that for a pretty stellar snow day?

the ancho chile beef:
– heat up 1.5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (evoo) in a large saucepan on high heat
– brown 2 large shallots (peeled, rough chop) in pan
– add a dash of sea salt
– add 500g lean ground beef to shallots
– sprinkle 1 tsp ancho chile spice
– season w/ ground black peppercorns
– sauté ground beef until browned, but not fully cooked
– remove from heat & set aside, while prepping other ingredients for the slowcooker

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southwest chicken w/ chipotle corn & baked kale chips

In brunch, culinary experiments, dinner, easy weeknight meals, ethnic food, lunch, side dishes on 03.08.11 at 8:52 pm

texmex food is a lot of fun. sweet corn. guacamole. chipotle bbq. great aromas & southwest flavours. this down-home comfort food makes for a fantastic weekend brunch or sunday dinner. yummers, indeed.

southwest marinade:
combine the following ingredients in a small prep bowl
– 2 tbsp organic extra-virgin olive oil (evoo)
– 1 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar
– 3 heaping tbsp southwest spice blend (combo of spices incl salt, ground cumin, ground mexican oregano, ground coriander, ancho chile pepper, black pepper, garlic)

saute the chicken:
– brown 2 shallots (rough chop) w/ evoo in saucepan
– 2 lean boneless chicken breasts, coated on both sides w/ southwest marinade
– add marinated chicken to saucepan, flipping to ensure that each side of the chicken gets some shallot/olive oil mixture
– cook on medium heat, until chicken is browned and no longer pink inside

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chipotle corn on the cob

In appetizers, culinary experiments, dinner, easy weeknight meals, ethnic food, side dishes, vegan, vegetarian on 02.23.11 at 7:54 pm

sweet corn on the cob reminds me of summer bbqs & picnics in the park… funny how i felt compelled to cook this summertime dish in the middle of a winter wonderland — not really the season for patio lanterns & picnic blankets!

this dish is simple and perfect for those busy weeknights when you’re tight on time, but still looking for some flavour in your meal.


cook the corn:

– bring a large pot of water to boil
– add 4 cobs of sweet corn & boil corn for 10-12min
– drain water & set cobs aside to cool

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