This week the word is Brrrrr! That means it’s time to pull out your favorite chili recipe, grab a Dutch oven and get cookin! This yummy dish makes the cold weather almost welcome, and there isn’t a finer bowl of winter comfort food than homemade chili! This particular recipe has a fabulous twist—cinnamon sticks, which adds a subtle earthiness to the dish.(You’ll find many award-winning chili recipes have added cinnamon to the mix!) I’ve partnered with La Mesa RV to travel our great state, looking for fun adventures and cooking delicious dishes in all sorts of RV’s, and this week, it was time for a hot bowl of spicy beef and chiles! Grab a bowl full and devour!
What makes a recipe on social media a viral mega-trend? If I knew the answer, I’d be a very happy gal! But for now, just finding these treasures is enough for me. So it is with this pasta dish. It’s the most pinned recipe on Pinterest with 2.8 million pins and 50,000 shares on Facebook. Wow! This better be good! Well, I became one of the millions who put it to the test, and my How to Video takes you step by step through the process. It’s a penne pasta one skillet meal with chicken, bacon, tomatoes and spinach in a garlic cream sauce. (They had me at one-skillet!) Is it that good? I’m going to let you be the judge. All I can say is its absolutely delicious and worth the effort!
They are Chick Peas in America, Garbanzo Beans in Spain, Pois Chiche in France, Ceci Beans in Italy –and they are one and the same. An ancient protein-filled legume that makes the base for one of our favorite dips- Hummus. I decided to do a Hummus Test this week. I made one batch from scratch which required, among its many steps, soaking the chick peas overnight, grinding the cumin seed to a powder, and boiling the peas to soften before blending in a food processor. Then, I made a Hummus recipe in less than 5 minutes using one can of Chick Peas. The winner? I was shocked. It was unanimous. By a panel of 12 trusted foodies, the 5-minute version surprisingly won the day. Nothing more to say than Easy Peasy! Enjoy it with my Homemade Wheat Thins.