Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Great Eats for Super Bowl 2016

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A collection of 10 snacks, dips, and meals for your Super Bowl party.


Great Eats for Super Bowl 2016:  A collection of 10 snacks, dips, and meals for your Super Bowl party.



Go Panthers!  I'm originally from North Carolina so guess who I'm pulling for this year?  Besides the football, my favorite thing about the Super Bowl (or any sporting event) is the food.  So here is a collection of great recipes to serve at your Super Bowl party (or any get-together).

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First, let's start with relatively healthy and delicious finger foods.  Finger foods are great to serve during the big game.  You don't need utensils and don't even need to take your eyes off the action while you stuff your face.

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Spicy Edamame:  Young soybeans, in the pod, sauteed in ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and sriracha.  A spicy, salty, and nutritious snack.
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Cucumber Bites:  Crisp, fresh, cucumber slices on baguette spread with cheese.
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Sun-dried Tomato Spread:  A zesty two-ingredient spread made with pureed sun-dried tomatoes and olive oil.  A great appetizer for a party, a gameday snack, or anytime.

Now come the dips.  Again no need for utensils just grab a chip or a vegetable and dip away while watching the game.

Grab a chip or veggie and dip away w/ these #dips for #SuperBowl2016  [Tweet this]




Finally, I give you meals.  These meals are simple, easy to prepare, and even easier to eat.  Everyone loves chili and you can't go wrong with it (in Hawaii it's often served over rice).  My last two meals (Kimchi Fried Rice and Loco Moco) are local style grinds and they are absolutely delicious.  All of these meals can be prepared in big batches ahead of time and kept warm until everyone is ready to eat.

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I hope this collection gives you some delicious ideas for what to serve during Super Bowl 2016.

Enjoy.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Turkey Chilli

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A spicy chili made with ground turkey, beans, and chili pepper sauce.  Using a tried and true recipe.


Turkey Chili:  A spicy chili made with ground turkey, beans, and chili pepper sauce.  Using a tried and true recipe.



It's that time of year again.  Winter is the perfect time for chili.  Although, I love chili and will eat it anytime.  It's one of the few dishes I would happily eat every day.  I always make a big pot of it so I can eat leftovers for most of the week.  If there is any left it makes a great addition to Queso dip or Beer Cheese Nacho Sauce for a Chili Cheese dip.

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Turkey Chili:  A spicy chili made with ground turkey, beans, and chili pepper sauce.  Using a tried and true recipe.

Chili is also a great meal to serve a crowd.  It's simple, delicious, and you don't have to spend too much time in the kitchen.  Just a little work and then let the chili simmer on low heat (or in a slow cooker) for a while.  I believe it tastes even better the longer it sits.  Chili is a great meal or snack for any gameday or Superbowl party.

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Turkey Chili:  A spicy chili made with ground turkey, beans, and chili pepper sauce.  Using a tried and true recipe.

I make chili so often I usually don't think to post about it but I was looking back at some older posts and noticed my Chili con Carne post from 2013 needed updating.  The pictures were old and not great and I've started using a better recipe.  So I updated my old post with my new basic chili recipe that works with just about any kind of meat. Since my husband and I are trying to eat less red meat, we try to keep ground turkey on hand.  So I used ground turkey in my chili recipe with great results.

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Turkey Chili:  A spicy chili made with ground turkey, beans, and chili pepper sauce.  Using a tried and true recipe.



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Friday, January 22, 2016

My Kitchen Essentials

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A look into my kitchen and what food and cooking items I use the most.


My Kitchen Essentials:  A look into my kitchen and what food and cooking items I use the most.



Don't you just love my old green counter tops and back splash?  I rent and this kitchen hasn't been updated in a while (probably ever).

This fun project was suggested by Bluestar Cooking.  They have beautiful ranges and ovens that I dream about and would love to have someday but for the moment, that's not possible.  Even without top-of-the-line equipment, I still love to cook and create new dishes.  These are 5 of my go-to kitchen essentials that I use to make just about every recipe on my blog.

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My Kitchen Essentials:  A look into my kitchen and what food and cooking items I use the most.

My number one kitchen essential is my 12-inch stainless steel skillet.  I cook so many dishes in this skillet.  Lots of stir fries, pastas, curries, and more.  It's plenty big so food doesn't spill out as I stir, I can use any kind of utensil in it without worrying about scratching a non-stick coating, and it's easy to clean.  I use this skillet all the time.  Here are just a few recipes I make in my skillet.




My Kitchen Essentials:  A look into my kitchen and what food and cooking items I use the most.

My next kitchen essential is my rice cooker.  I love this one too.  It can cook up to 10 cups of rice, has  both a brown and white rice setting, has a delay timer, and has a slow cooker feature.  Since moving to Hawaii (about 5 years ago), my husband and I eat much more rice and this cooker has room to make plenty.  It's no trouble to make extras for leftover rice dishes.  I don't think we've come anywhere close to making 10 cups of rice, but it's nice to know we can.  I love the delay timer.  I can add the rice and water whenever I have a free moment and just program the cooker for when dinner will be ready.  I also use the slow cooker setting often and it's easy and convenient.  I love that this ricecooker/slow cooker has multiple uses.  It's important to get the most out of one appliance when you have a small kitchen with limited counter space.  This has a place of honor on our countertop because I use it multiple times a week.  Below are just a few recipes made with the help of this cooker.


My Kitchen Essentials:  A look into my kitchen and what food and cooking items I use the most.

My toaster oven.  This is my third most essential kitchen item.  I've mentioned many times how my apartment oven is unreliable.  So, about a year ago (after our first toaster oven died), my husband bought this one.  I've always loved toaster ovens because they are the perfect appliance to use for making cheese toast (my favorite lunch) and this one is no different but it offers much more.  My favorite thing about this oven is it's big enough to fit a frozen pizza.  I bake many things in our toaster oven and since I'm only feeding two it's the perfect size .  This toaster oven is used to bake everything from breads (8x4 inch loaf pans fit perfectly) to nachos.  I use it often.  Here are some recipes that I bake in my toaster oven.


My Kitchen Essentials:  A look into my kitchen and what food and cooking items I use the most.

Wooden spoons are a must-have item for every kitchen.  They have long handles and are sturdy so they are great for stirring large pots of stews, chilis, soups, and batters.  You don't have to worry about the handle getting too hot, and they are safe to use on non-stick pans.  Wooden spoons have been around for a long time and it easy to see why.  I would be a very unhappy cook without my wooden spoons.  Below are just a few recipes stirred by a wooden spoon.


My Kitchen Essentials:  A look into my kitchen and what food and cooking items I use the most.

Now that I've made all of these delicious dishes (using my top four kitchen essentials) I need to store the leftovers.  This is where my final kitchen essential comes in handy.  A set of Snapware Pirex Glass Storage Containers (actually we bought a second set  because we loved them so much).  My husband bought these at Costco a few months ago to replace the plastic containers we had.  They don't all stack together as well as the plastic, but I am happy to dedicate an entire shelf to these.  Reheating food in glass containers is so much better, the sizes are great, and the lids fit tight.  I also love the steamer basket (5 minutes in the microwave steams broccoli just how I like it).  Just a few months of using these storage containers and I don't know how I lived without them.

I hope you enjoyed this look into my kitchen.

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What are your kitchen essentials?

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