Tag Archives: Dinner

Chili: No Rules, No Recipe

22 Jan

In my attempt to make 5 meals a week, chili was one of the first dishes I thought of because it’s probably one of the easiest meals to make.  There are so many different ingredients that go into this classic dish that it’s hard for me to make it the same way twice.  Sometimes I’ll do ground beef, sirloin steak, all vegetable, or make it super spicy.  It really all depends on my mood.  I guess that’s why I love it so much, because it comes out different, like a brand new dish, every time I make it. Maybe one day I’ll have a set recipe, but for now I like to keep ‘em guessing.

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‘Cause I’m Keeping It Real

19 Jan

No I’m not gonna shave my head, but I immediately thought of this scene from the movie Clueless when I decided on the title of my post.  Just like Murray, I gotta keep it real.  Although it may appear I cook like a maniac, appearances can be deceiving. I recently sat down and went through my bank statements for 2010 and about 40-50% of my purchases were food related. That breaks down to a ridiculous amount of takeout, lunches from the Deli around the corner, and worst of all fast food. After crunching some numbers I probably ate out on average 3-5 times a week. For me that’s insane! I love to cook! What happened?

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside

18 Dec

I know it’s been a while since my last post but this wintry weather sent me into hibernation.  Not to mention, I’ve been eating a diet consisting of ginger bread, sugar, and chocolate chip cookies.  Ok, just kidding about the last part….not really.  On a day like this in Northern Virginia, when the wind is blowing, there is snow on the ground, and the temperature drops below 20 degrees, I want nothing more than a big hot bowl of soup.  However, I would gladly swap with someone who lives in say Tahiti where the breeze is blowing, there is sand on the ground and the temperature drops to a cool 60 degrees.  Any takers? Well, I’ll be waiting for your call, but in the meantime how ‘bout some chicken and dumpling soup?   It’s hearty like chicken noodle, and is almost like the filling of a chicken pot pie.  Perfect for weather like this, because baby, it really is cold outside.

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Greens: A Southern Tradition

19 Nov

In my family no Thanksgiving would be complete without greens.  Last year, I hosted my first Thanksgiving Dinner and it was also my first year as head chef.  Of course, I was under the watchful eye of my Mamaw, but I did the majority of the prepping, and I’m happy to say I think I’ve finally mastered the art of making greens.  However, I must admit, earlier today I placed a call to my Mamaw just to make sure I was doing it right. After all, she was raised in Rappahannock County Virginia (Vah-ginah, as she says), where you ‘bet not mess up dem greens.

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