We were having friends over for dinner the other day. I had planned this fancy salad with pears, dried cherries, glazed pecans, and goat cheese. I originally planned on using store bought dressing to save some time, but after further pondering, I decided I should up my game and rock some homemade balsamic vinegar dressing. With a fancy salad bursting with all that flavor I couldn’t lame out for the dressing. This balsamic dressing was super delicious and was a crowd pleaser. It kept really well in the refrigerator too. I think using the immersion blender helped keep the oil from separating. Continue reading “BALSAMIC VINEGAR DRESSING”
Chili in our family is a Halloween tradition. What turkey is to Thanksgiving, chili is to Halloween. I can’t imagine a Halloween without it. Even when we aren’t with my parents on the holiday, I try to carry the tradition and make her famous chili. It’s not overly spicy, or interestingly unique, but it is a classic dependable recipe. If you like to experiment, this is a good base to make your own creation. However, I don’t like to stray too far from this tried and true recipe.
- 1.5lbs ground chuck
- 1 onion chopped
- 1/2 green pepper chopped
- 1 6oz can tomato paste
- 2-3 cans of kidney beans
- 2 TBSP chili powder
- 1 can diced tomatoes (I prefer petite diced)
- 1.5 tsp Italian seasoning
- water to desired consistency (approx. 3 cups)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- *I add red, orange, and yellow peppers. I use about 3 whole peppers in total.
- Brown the meat and then drain excess grease.
- Saute onions and peppers until soft (3-5 minutes)
- Add remaining ingredients on high heat. Bring to a boil and then reduce to low. Let simmer for 1 hour or so. Top with cheese or other favorite chili toppings.
The clouds had parted and the sun was shining. Chloe’s flu quarantine had been lifted and we got the thumbs up to hit the streets. With it being a sunny and crisp 49 degrees, we figured the best place to start our day was to go out for breakfast.
We’vebeen in Japan a week now, and because of illness and the weather, we’ve really only been to the grocery store directly across the street from Aya’s parent’s apartment. But there is one thing we can enjoy without leaving the apartment, and that is PIZZA NIGHT!
I love shyabu shyabu! It’s like Japanese fondue. This was one of my first meals that Aya’s mom cooked when I visited and met her parents for the first time 12 years ago. Other than sushi two or three times and some miso soup, I had neverÂ really had much Japanese food before I visited them, and I loved everything!