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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Greatest thing EVER?!

I ran across this and just had to share. It's possibly the greatest thing I've seen in my whole life! -- Shannon

How to make bacon salt...

Thanks to our friends over at Tactical Grilling!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Regular Old Red Chili

My sister called me this morning asking me about "good old regular chili". She hadn't found much online and thought I might have something. Well, of course I did!

Drew’s “regular old red chili”

  • Olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef (NOT super lean, you want fat… 80/20 or 85/15 is fine)
  • 1 lb Italian sausage, casings removed (I like Boulder Sausage or Canino’s… both local)
  • Dried herbs… Mexican Oregano, Chili Powder, Ground Cumin, Cayenne (if you like more heat)... and whatever else sounds good to you.
  • 1 large onion, peeled and diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed or minced
  • 2 28 oz cans of diced tomatoes (I like Muir Glen)
  • 1 14 oz can of white kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 14 oz can of red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2-4 cups Vegetable or Chicken stock (to get the consistency you want)

Pour a couple tablespoons of olive oil in the pot and get it nice and hot over medium-high to high heat. Add the ground beef, add dried herbs and break up the ground beef. Now leave it alone so it caramelizes. Once that’s nice and brown, give it a good stir remove it from the pot and put it on a plate. Add some more olive oil and brown the sausage the same way, adding more dried herbs. After the sausage is brown, remove it. Turn the heat down to medium and add more olive oil. Add the onions and garlic and sauté for ~5-7 minutes or until the onions are softened.

At this point, you should have lots of “fond” (good dark stuff) on the bottom of your pot. That’s where all the flavor is!

Turn the heat back up to medium-high. Add all the meat back in. Add the tomatoes and stir, breaking up the fond. Add all the beans. Add the bay leaves. Add 2 cups of stock or more if you want a “soupier” chili.

Bring to a boil and then simmer on medium-low for a couple hours uncovered. The chili should reduce so you can add more stock if you want. Remove the bay leaves.

Serve and enjoy!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Porcini Mushroom Soup

I love this soup! I've made it a couple times and it always tastes SO good. There weren't any porcinis around so I used dried shiitakes instead. Worked great. The only thing with this soup is it doesn't really translate via pictures. Oh well, here goes...

Onions, Garlic, Leeks, Fennel

The addition of potatoes thickens the soup and makes it a complete meal.

Simmering goodness

Ready to go!

Here's the recipe, from New England Soup Factory Cookbook:

3 T butter
4 whole cloves garlic, peeled
1 large onion, peeled and diced
2 leeks (white part only), trimmed and sliced
1 bulb fresh fennel or anise, diced
3 Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch chunks
1 cup dried or 2 pounds fresh porcini (or shiitake) mushrooms
6 C chicken or vegetable stock
1 t dried thyme leaves
1/2 C sherry or dry marsala
2 C heavy cream
1/2 t Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper

In a stockpot, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, onion, leeks, and fennel. Saute for 10 minutes. Add the potatoes, mushrooms, stock, and thyme. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until the potatoes are soft and tender, ~30 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the sherry, cream, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Puree in a blender (in batches... I like to leave some chunks). Place back on the stove and simmer an additional 5 to 7 minutes to warm through.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Peace Maker Whiskey Maple Glazed Salmon

First of all let me just say we found a whiskey that is seriously awesome. Now if I tell you the price your first thought will be "can't be that good" WRONG!! it is that good and it is only about $13.00 a bottle. It's called Peace Maker Whiskey. I guess our very own Drew Schneider ran into the owner at a liquor store and was pretty impressed with their story and told me about it so I had to try it. This whiskey is the perfect match for any cigar and perfect for sippin but priced for mixin. I made a whiskey maple glazed salmon with it that was awesome. These measurements a ballpark at best.

You take a couple nice Salmon fillets

1/2 cup soy sauce
1 cup of Peace Maker Whiskey
1 cup real maple syrup I prefer grade B for recipes. It's a little cheaper and more maple flavor.
2 or 3 crushed garlic cloves
about 20 twists of black pepper
A squirt or two of Sriracha

put everything in a zip bag, massage a bit and place in the fridge for at least 4 hours no more than over night.

Then go out and drop a grand on a Big Green Egg bring it home and put it together. Fill with natural wood charcoal light it, wait for coals to get all perfect. Pour a Peace Maker Rocks. Place the salmon fillets on the grill. Brush with remaining marinade/glaze a few times while standing over your new Big Green Egg drinking your Peace Maker Rocks smoking your cigar but be careful not to stand too close and burn your woody. Grub on - Shannon