Posts Tagged ‘flavor’

West By God Virginia Chili

July 30, 2018

Ingredients:

1 large red bell pepper, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
1 lb. ground beef
3-1/2 tablespoons Chili Seasonings (Recipe right below)
*2 Tbsp. chili powder
*2 teaspoons ground cumin
*1 ½ teaspoons smoked paprika
*1 teaspoon dried oregano
*1 teaspoon garlic powder
*½ teaspoon ground black pepper
1-15 ounce can diced carrots
1-14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes with juices
1-14.5 ounce can crushed tomatoes
2-15 ounces cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1-15 ounces pinto beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups vegetable broth or water

Directions:

Bring a large pot to medium-high heat, add butter, then add beef, and cook, stir, and crumble until fully cooked, about 6 minutes.

Add remaining ingredients, mix well, and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for 15 minutes, or until veggies have softened.

Serve up with cornbread and your favorite beverage!

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Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts

July 30, 2018

donutsI worked on this recipe, trying several variations until I hit upon the key ingredients.  By mixing pumpkin pie filling and straight pumpkin you get intense flavor and you build it even more with the addition of pumpkin oil.  I suggest spraying the doughnut pans with an oil/flour mixture or wiping them with oil and dusting with flour before using and between each batch.  If you don’t have oat flour and whole wheat pastry flour you can substitute all-purpose flour, just use a high quality flour and don’t pat it down when measuring.

Ingredients-

  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 – 15oz can pumpkin pie filling
  • 1 – 15oz can pumpkin
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin seed oil
  • 1-1/2 tsps. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1-1/2 tsps. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 2-2/3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
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  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
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  • 1 cup butter melted

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325˚ degrees.
  2. Lightly grease 2 – 12 count nonstick metal doughnut pans.
  3. Beat together the oil, eggs, 3 cups sugar, pumpkin, 1 tsp. pumpkin seed oil, 1 1/2 tsps. pumpkin pie spice, salt and baking powder until smooth.
  4. Combine flours, gently add into mixture and stir just until smooth.
  5. Fill large pastry bag with pumpkin mixture and pipe into donut pans until 3/4 full.
  6. Bake the donuts for 14-16 mins or until they are lightly browned.
  7. Remove the donuts from the oven and set aside; after 5 minutes gently removed from pan and transfer them to cooling rack.
  8. Melt butter in a small saucepan.
  9. In a separate small, wide bowl combine 2 cups sugar and 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice and ½ tsp. cinnamon.
  10. Brush donuts lightly with butter, but not drenched and then toss in sugar & spice mixture to coat evenly.

Kale Caesar Salad

September 14, 2017

This salad could also be referred to as a slaw depending upon the style of menu presented.  The heavy texture and bite of Kale stands up to the robust quality of the Caesar dressing covering the salad.  I chose Kippered snack herring to be used in the dressings, but can be eliminated if desired or switched to anchovy fillets or sardines if desired.  As always the quality of ingredients makes the dish, so do use wilted greens or off tasting oil as they will detract from the presentation and flavor.

Ingredients:

¼ cup fresh lemon juice
1 can kippered snacks in oil (3.25oz)
2 teaspoons Dijon Mustard
2 cloves of garlic, peeled
1 cup EVOO
½ cup shredded Parmesan, divided
1 hard boiled egg, finely chopped
Freshly ground salt and pepper to taste
1 lb kale, cleaned, center stalks removed, thinly sliced crosswise to form ribbons.

Procedures:

Place first four ingredients into a blender and process until smooth.  While the blender is still running gradually add the oil in a slow stream to create a creamy dressing.  When fully combined remove from the blender and place into a small bowl and set aside.

Place kale into a large bowl and drizzle in ¾ of the dressing, combining to coat the kale evenly.  Add in a few grinds of salt and pepper to taste, then top with remaining chopped egg and remaining Parmesan cheese and drizzle with remaining dressing and serve.

Note – Dressing can be made up to 3 days ahead if kept in fridge.

Ya-Ya’s Greek Football Nachos

February 3, 2016

nachos (2)Ingredients:
• 1 pound thinly sliced and chopped Gyro meat*
• 1 bag Tortilla chips, restaurant style
• 6 ounces crumbled feta cheese
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• 1 cup diced fresh tomatoes
• 1 cup shredded lettuce
• 1/2 cup diced cucumbers
• 1/2 cup black olives
• 1/2 cup red onion, diced
• ½ cup sliced pepperoncini
• 2 ounces crumbled feta cheese
• 1 ½ cups Tzatziki Sauce

Directions:
1. If you do not have pre-done sliced Gyro meat, follow Ground Lamb directions below.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place tortilla chips onto a large jelly roll pan or casserole dish. Top with Gyro meat (or crumbled Cooked Lamb) 6 ounces of feta. Place in the oven and cook 8 – 10 minutes or until the feta starts to brown.
3. Remove from oven. Top with Tzatziki, diced tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, olives, red onion, pepperoncini and remaining feta cheese.
4. Serve.

*Ground Lamb Directions
• 1-pound ground lamb
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• 1/2 medium yellow onion, small dice
• 2 teaspoons dried oregano
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon pepper

  1. Cook lamb, garlic, yellow onion, oregano and salt and pepper in a pan over medium heat. Cook until lamb is cooked through and onions are softened approximately 7 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and set aside.

Red Monkey Seasoning and Rubs

July 4, 2011

I stumbled across the Red Monkey website over 2 months ago and they graciously sent me a few samples to try. I’ve been using them in a variety of recipes from commercial to home use and each seasoning is loaded with flavor.

The main three that I have utilized are:

Mango Habanera – a delicious blend of sea salt, dried mango, orange peel, spices, peppers, smoke, garlic and a few other spices.

Smoked Paprika and Roasted Garlic – a nice blending of sea salt, garlic, smoke, onion paprika and select spices.

Hickory Smoked Balsamic – a perfect blend of sea salt, dehydrated garlic, spices and herbs, dehydrated onion, apple cider vinegar powder, ground mustard, citric acid, and balsamic vinegar powder.

I used the seasonings on chicken, ribs, steaks, pork loins and chops, fish, lobster, shrimp, vegetables, dips, sauces, gravies and the list goes on. Don’t take my word for it, go online and look up the seasonings and pick up some to try. They are certainly worth it, and at $3.99 a bottle they go a long way. They also carry foodservice sizes in a few of their blends if you need larger quantities. I’ve been using the smaller bottles but will be placing an order for foodservice sizes in the next two days. I really hope they have the Roasted Raspberry Chipotle in stock so that I can try out on some smoked pork or beef brisket.

Try taking 1 tablespoon of the Smoked Paprika and Roasted Garlic seasoning and add it to 1/2 cups of sour cream, 1/2 tsp lemon juice, and 1/2 cup Greek yogurt. Mix well and allow to sit for at least 3 hours for seasonings to blend. You can add more or less according to your personal taste, just remember that the flavor will intensify as it sits in the fridge.

Stay tuned in for more ideas and recipes featuring Red Monkey seasonings!

Grilling up the summer!

June 15, 2011

Head to your local market, food pantry, garden, farmers market or snag some fresh produce from your neighbors garden if they are away! In any case pick some fresh ingredients, lightly season them and fire up the grill and get it smoking hot.

Sear the veggies to your desired doneness and then dress with a bit of freshly diced scallions or shallots, some grated Wisconsin cheese and drizzle on a touch of aged balsamic vinegar!

Have at it and be creative, leap before you look and grill until you can grill no more! Then grill again!

Apple Slaw

May 12, 2011

I wanted something bright, fresh and crisp for the upcoming summer season, and this salad hit the mark. It has a nice crispness, delightful flavor and delicious crunch.

Try a variety of your favorite apples and mix up the sharpness of cheddar if you wish. The sky is the limit so mix up this delightful summer dish and enjoy.

¼ cup apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp Spicy Brown mustard
1 tbsp olive oil
¼ tsp seat salt
¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper
1 medium cabbage, shredded (4 cups)
1 small red cabbage, shredded (2 cups)
2 large carrots, shredded (1 cup)
1 medium parsnip, shredded (1/3 cup)
1 Granny Smith apple, unpeeled and cut into thin strips
1 Gala apple, unpeeled and cut into thin strips
¼ cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
4 oz Carr Valley Mammoth Cheddar, cut into small wedges

In a metal bowl, whisk together vinegar, mustard, oil, salt and pepper; set aside

In a large wooden salad bowl, combine cabbage, carrots, parsnip, apples and parsley; drizzle on vinaigrette and toss to coat well.

Chill for at least 20 minutes to allow flavors to combine, and then arrange cheddar wedges around the edge of the salad in the bowl.

Gazpacho – Chef Scott Style

January 17, 2011

Serves 10

I traditionally like hot and spicy food, often my staff and family comment that to try my foods is simply to dine with fire. Even though a simple dish may not call for heat I usually try to spice things up and add a little extra hot sauce or chopped up jalapeno pepper if possible.

Such is the case with this wonderful summer time soup. Even though the past several days have felt more like winter, the warmer weather is sure to arrive in the months ahead. When it does you want to be ready with this delicious creation for your guests and family. The recipe as you see it is a blending of two recipes I like, one a traditional Spanish recipe and the other a recipe from a professional garde manger kitchen. Enjoy!

Soup Base Ingredients
• 10 oz of crustless firm white bread
• 2 lbs. of tomato, seeded and chopped
• 20 fl oz canned tomato juice
• 3 cloves of garlic, minced
• 2 sweet onions, peeled & chopped
• 2 red and orange peppers, cleaned & chopped
• 1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
• 8 tablespoons of olive oil
• ¼ teaspoon Cumin
• 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
• Salt
• Ice water

Soak the bread in water to cover for 10 minutes, and then squeeze the water out of the bread and place into a food processor. Add the tomato, garlic, onion, peppers and cucumber and grind to a coarse puree. Add in the tomato juice and olive oil, and process until combined and smooth – PLEASE DO NOT process until it is foamy. Remove from the food processor, place into plastic bowl and season with vinegar and salt to taste. Refrigerate for at least 45 minutes to an hour to allow the flavors to blend and mellow. If the soup base is too thick then thin with additional tomato juice or ice water and taste to correct acidic balance of flavor with additional salt and/or vinegar if needed.

Soup Components
• 2 oz Brunoise* cucumber
• 2 oz Brunoise green bell pepper, cleaned
• 2 oz Brunoise tomato, seeded
• 2 oz Brunoise sweet onion
• 2 oz Chopped scallions
• 2 oz Chopped jalapeno pepper
• 4 oz Garlic Croutons

*Brunoise is a basic knife cut measuring 1/8 inch × 1/8 inch × 1/8 inch. The diced vegetables are blanched briefly in salty boiling water and then submerged in ice water for a few seconds to set the color.

Before service ladle soup base into chilled bowls, then sprinkle the vegetable garnishes evenly into the bowls or set aside in separate bowls so the guests can add their own amount. Lastly, place the croutons in a separate dish to be added by the guests as desired.

Avocado, Sausage, Onion and Wisconsin Jalapeno Colby Cheese quiche

January 17, 2011

1 Avocado – pitted and thinly sliced
¼ cup minced onion
6 oz Ground sausage (good quality)
1 oz canola or Grapeseed oil (if needed)
3 oz grated Widmer’s jalapeno Colby cheese
4 large eggs
¾ cup 2% milk
¼ tsp Salt
Dash of Ground Black Pepper (more if desired)
1-9” Pie crust

Preheat oven to 350˚F

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Toss in ground sausage and break apart as you cook. Stir and cook until it just starts to brown, still a bit pink. Add oil if there is not a lot of fat from the sausage and toss in onions and continue cooking until onions are lightly browned and sausage is completely cooked. Remove from heat and transfer sausage onion mixture to a separate bowl.

Take pie shell and line bottom with ½ avocado in a circle. Add in sausage and onion and top with grated cheese. Then layer remaining ½ avocado in a circle on top of the mixture making sure to press in slightly to stay below top.

In a separate bowl whisk together eggs and milk until well incorporated, stir in salt and dash of pepper. Pout egg mixture into pie shell and carefully place quiche onto a baking sheet and then into the oven, towards the bottom 1/3 of the oven.

Bake for 40-45 minutes or until set and center no longer jiggles when checked. Remove from oven and allow to set for 5 minutes before cutting.

Cuisinart Rechargeable Salt and Pepper Mill

November 29, 2010

Right from the box this salt and pepper set worked well. There did seem to be an issue of charging but when I switched sides both units charged accordingly and have never been a problem since. The ease in changing the grind certainly helps with a variety of textures needed. Some recipes call for a coarse grind pepper such as grilled steaks but a finer grind in soups and sauces. This also applies to the salt mill as well and it’s ease of use.

The handle is ergonomically designed and comfortable to hold and both units have an easy to press button on the top to start the grinding. The base unit is great for storage and makes recharging easy as well as economical, thus saving on tossing batteries into landfills.

I also like the light feature so you can see what your grinding into and how much. The hoppers hold a nice amount of salt or pepper and are interchangeable and it you desire to add a variety of herbs or dried garlic/ginger the grinders are equally up to the task. Once I’ve used the grinder I simply put back into teh charging base and it ready for the next culinary need. Very simple and straight forward without a lot of guesswork on operation and cleaning the grinders and base charging station is a snap with a simple wipe with a damp cloth.

Pick up a set and enjoy the versatility of grinding wihtout the constant twisting of your wrist. Both grinders are also kid friendly, just make sure they hold them high enough above the food without dropping them into the pot, dish or plate.