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Month: August 2008

Chili Improvements

Chili Improvements

I love chili. I never really make it the same way twice. I don’t measure my ingredients, and I don’t use beans.

This weekend I decided to expand on my basic ingredients and the results were amazing.

First, I used chicken and beef as my meats. I started by boiling skin on, bone in chicken legs in salted water for over an hour (they were frozen when I startet them). I used that liquid in the chili (and the chicken meat, but not the skin). The beef was stew meat. Ground might work, but I don’t think it would go too well in this recipe.

I roasted my green chilies and garlic in the oven. The jalapenos and onion were fresh. Diced tomatoes were canned.

Here is what made it great. I added cinnamon, cocoa powder, and frozen raspberries (thawed, with the juice). you don’t want to go overboard with these ingredients, but they add a wonderful flavor!

I served it up in a bowl with Fritos, grated cheddar, and a dollup of sour cream.

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Freezing Breaded Zucchini

Freezing Breaded Zucchini

We have an abundance of zucchini from just two plants grown in containers. Fried zucchini is one of my favorite foods.

Battering and freezing it ahead of time is easy. Just batter or bread the zucchini like you normally would and place it on a small baking sheet in the freezer. When it has frozen, toss it in a freezer bag.

I tried something similar with eggplant once, but did not do the baking sheet step. It was a disaster! I used waxed paper between layers and it all stuck together. So, be sure to freeze it on the baking sheet! You don’t need to cover it during that process.

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Food Zoning?

Food Zoning?

I am certainly not one to promote fast food, but this is just creepy and frightening. You can read about it here.

The short version is that Los Angeles is trying to put a moratorium on new fast food restaurants in poor neighborhoods under the guise of creating better food choices for residents.

I’m all for more and better choices, but progress is not achieved by imposing restrictions.

Why not create a plan that focuses on the positive? Encourage gardening, food coops, and offer some kind of incentive to grocers and other food providers. Maybe take some money out of the Wal-Mart fund for that?

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