Posts Tagged With: Spice

Gameday Chili

I could care less about this years Superbowl.  As soon as I publish this I’m going to have to Google who’s even playing.  I usually get pretty excited about it, not for the game itself, but for the excuse to have a party and make some of my favorite foods (and sometimes the commercials).  Here’s one of my many chili recipes that’s sure to spice up what might otherwise be a boring Sunday evening.

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Love it or hate it, there is no denying that chili, or chili con carne, is one of the first great American dishes.  Now that’s not to say that it was actually a good dish back in the day, more of a pioneer version of a military MRE (meal ready-to-eat). Dried, and formed into a brick, chili was an easy meal to rehydrate and cook out on the trails.  We’ve come a long way since then, chili competitions, Bobby Flay “Throwdowns”, chili in a sense provided a gateway for the amateur chef to make his or her mark on the scene. Continue reading

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“Beefcake” Pasta Salad

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“Follow your dreams, you can meet your goals, I’m living proof.” – E.T.C.

January has not been a good month for blogging.  It’s the high season in the Caribbean and we’ve had lots of visitors.  Every time I’ve tried to cook and blog about it I just can’t seem to find the time to put it all together.  I’m forcing myself today to put up what I just made for lunch.  I don’t cook pasta all that often, but when I do, I always enjoy it.  This a great lunchtime dish, for me it’s pre-gym workout fuel.  This dish has a good balance of carbs and protein to get me through the next hour or so of lifting.  In the words of Eric T. Cartman, “Beefcake!” Continue reading

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Jamaican Chicken Curry

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There is a woman who owns a small eatery around the corner from me that has a concept that I absolutely love, you eat whatever she decides to cook, and if you don’t like it, leave.  Now I’m not one for eating out, but lately I’ve been so busy I’ve had to grab a few orders of take out when I ran out of leftovers.  Everything I’ve had from her place has been exceptional, and I keep hoping that one of these days she’ll make her famous chicken curry.  The other day I went on what I thought was “curry day” only to have my hopes crushed by a closed sign on the door.  Screw it, I had time, so I made my own.  It was fantastic, I’ve already made a second one for friends.  It’s not as complicated as it might appear, and it is definitely worth the effort.  Makes at least 6 servings. Continue reading

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Boil’em, Mash’em, Stick’em in a Stew

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Boil’em, mash’em, stick’em in a stew, potatoes Plantains!

A staple of the Caribbean diet, plantains are a close cousin to the banana.  They mature in a similar way, the more yellow they get, the sweeter and softer they become.  Green plantains are tough, and are usually boiled and mashed, or fried into chips.  I recently decided to fry up some green plantains, here’s their story. Continue reading

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“Man Flu” Soup

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So gracias to a co-worker of mine I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather.  Yes, that means man flu.  The number one symptom of man flu is whining and thinking your going to die, when it’s really just a puny little cold.  Guilty as charged.  Nothing makes you feel a bit better when your a bit down than some nice spicy soup (winning the lottery aside).  I made a couple of pots of this the past few days and I’m starting to feel right as rain.  It really should be called “I threw whatever I had in my fridge soup”, but I thought this title was more fitting.  Anyway, here it goes. Continue reading

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Black Bean Soup, by Request

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This is my first post as per request of a friend in South America.  I don’t remember exactly what I had made back in those days, but I remember that I had to buy the beans dry and then cook them.  It was always a long process, and since I didn’t exactly have a trusted bean vendor per say, sometimes I got beans that came out a bit dry (old beans). Continue reading

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Chipotle Beef & Black Bean Enchiladas

I love Mexican food, and you should too.  Now I’ve never been to Mexico, and I suspect that most of the restaurants I’ve been to were more close to Tex-Mex than anything else.  So the authenticity of the food I make and call Mexican is no doubt questionable.  But it’s awesome, and I guarantee you’ll like it or your money back… nevermind. Continue reading

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Caribbean Meatballs

Caribbean Meatballs with Island Spiced Potatoes

It’s election day in the US, and with every possible form of media jamming last minute political ads down your throat, perhaps you need to get in the kitchen and make something crazy to cover up the taste.  Give yourself a little island getaway from the comfort of your own table.

I remember meatballs being a popular meal choice in my home growing up.  Well, popular for everyone except me.  I never really enjoyed meatballs until I started making them for myself.  I usually like to make “albondigas”, which are Spanish tapas style meatballs.  For this entry, I thought I would try something a bit different.  I really enjoyed the Island Spiced Burgers I made a few weeks ago, and I used a bit of that concept in this recipe.  I always find making meatballs to be a labor of love (a.k.a. pain in the @$$), but in this case it was definitely worth the effort.  This will serve 4. Continue reading

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Island Spiced Potatoes

I’ve been on a Caribbean food kick for the past few weeks.  This dish is similar to “The Hash” I make for breakfast.  They’re great on their own or served with these meatballs.  This will serve 4. Continue reading

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Not Your Average White Bean Chicken Chili

I have always had a bit of an improvisational aspect to my cooking.  I often look in the fridge and use whatever I happen to have that day.  On this occasion I had the makings for a chicken chili.  I’ve made variations of this for years, but this time I thought I would add a few different spices into the mix and see how the flavors combine.  The results are quite tasty.  This should serve at least 6.  Continue reading

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Chicken Satay Curry

The other day I bought a large package of chicken thighs thinking about making some chicken satay.  I made a simple marinade for the chicken, and then I realized I didn’t have any skewers.  Crap.  To be honest I was too lazy to go back out and buy some so I turned it into a curry instead.  This is one of those instances when laziness paid off.  The marinade is rather simple, and you could easily skewer these bad boys up and toss them on the grill.  This will make at least 6 servings. Continue reading

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Caribbean Pork

I absolutely love Jerk chicken and pork.  Depending on where you live it’s not always the easiest thing to find when you’re eating out.  After a few less than satisfying meals at some “Jamaican” establishments I started making my own.  My favorite way to cook jerk meats is on the grill, and since I’m currently without, I decided to go a different route.  I thought about the pulled pork I made a little while ago and I came up with the idea “Jerk-Style Pulled Pork”.  Thinking that “Caribbean Pork” sounds a bit better, I changed the name.  This was my first attempt and I am very happy with the results.  Grab some Red Stripes, some friends, and shout “Hooooooray, Pork!” Continue reading

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Simple Coconut Rice

This is a really easy rice dish that goes well with a lot of types of cuisine.  I’ve been eating this lately with Caribbean and Indian food. Continue reading

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