Posts Tagged ‘garlic’

Vegetable Chili

In Comfort Food, Entrees, Leftovers on February 24, 2011 at 1:25 am

As you all already know, I LOVE chili and I really LOVE when there are a lot of leftovers. I normally make my chili with some kind of meat, but this was just too good a recipe to pass up. My friend, Steph sent me this recipe and I just had to give it a try. Check out the ingredients I used:


I started by adding all the canned ingredients (jalapeno peppers, garbanzo beans and the whole tomatoes) to the crockpot. Then, I added the garlic, cumin, salt, oregano and chili pepper.

Canned Good and Spices

Next, I set to work chopping up the red pepper.

Red Pepper

Once the red pepper was chopped and added to the crockpot I added the thinly sliced zucchini.

Add the Zucchini

The last item to go in was the chopped onion.

Onions In

I cooked the chili on low for 7 hours, and then topped with cheese before serving.

Ready to Serve

This was delicious, and despite the fact that I was concerned that it wouldn’t be spicy enough since there was no hot sauce in the recipe. This was an amazing treat! I was really glad to have changed up my traditional chili recipe. This was a definite…

Bon Appetit!


Olive Oil and Lemon Marinade

In Entrees on February 9, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Most of the marinades I use are the result of me throwing ingredients in a pan and seeing what happens, this was no different. I decided I wanted to make some chicken for dinner on my spiffy George Foreman grill, and that I wanted to use olive oil in the marinade instead of a thick sauce. This thought process lead me to my spice rack, which lead me to this ingredient list:


Once I had trimmed the chicken breasts, I added the olive oil and lemon juice. Once the chicken was coated I distributed the oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper evenly over the chicken.


I got started later in the afternoon with this process so I only left the chicken in the marinade for 4 hours, I would have preferred 6 hours. After 2 hours I turned the chicken to make sure it was marinating evenly.

Ready to Grill

Once, the chicken was done marinating, which in this case was when I was hungry for dinner I placed it on my George Foreman grill and it grilled evenly for about 4 minutes. The result was a real…

Bon Appetit!

Grilled Chicken

Cheddar Biscuits

In Comfort Food on October 16, 2010 at 11:59 pm


All Ready to be Served!


Well, you were promised, the good, bad, and ugly, these we, well not so good. They were also not as easy and low maintenance as I thought they would be. The recipe I followed was from the Food Network, because let’s be honest I LOVE the Food Network! I found the recipe for these, Almost-Famous Cheddar Biscuits while I was looking through their comfort food recipes. I was super excited about what I thought was going to be a yummy fall afternoon treat.

I ran into a few issues with these, the first being, I don’t have a food processor. I tried executing this recipe using a normal mixing bowl and a hand mixer, and made a super floury mess in my kitchen.


Dry Ingredients Before Shortening and Butter were added


Also, since the butter was supposed to be added while still cold, it was a challenge blending it with the shortening and other dry ingredients. Once, the shortening and butter were blended, I added the milk, which limited the floury fallout. I was very happy with how the hand mixer was working on this, until I went to knead the dough. It was much stickier than I had originally anticipated, and I ended up with a lot of it on my hands that was not easy to get off. I normally would have added some flour to this, but the recipe advised against this. In the end, I ended up with 12 biscuits ready to go into the oven.


Ready for the Oven


The recipe suggest baking for 15-20 minutes, my biscuits were more than a little brown and burned on the bottom after 13 minutes, so I recommend checking them sooner rather than later. Once they were in the oven, I moved on to the making the garlic butter mixture. This was super easy, and since I love garlic I added an extra clove. I once again experienced some technical difficulties here however. I wasn’t able to smash the garlic as well as I would have liked, owing to the fact that I don’t have a pestle and mortar. I definitely intend on acquiring a pestle and mortar soon, and certainly before I get a food processor. All in all it wasn’t a total loss, as the biscuits were fairly tasty, but next time there are several other things I would try, in addition to the notes above, I would add more cheddar cheese. I love cheese!


Garlic Butter


Let me know what you think. Changes? Anyone know a good way to crush garlic cloves?

In the meantime…bon appetit!