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Cowboy BBQ Beef, Bacon & Bean Chili

This Cowboy BBQ Beef, Bacon & Bean Chili is a hearty, stick to your ribs, chili packed with all the fixins’ whether you’re rustling up cattle on the range or the kiddos for practice.

Yes, another chili recipe folks – I’m in a ‘mood’ for chili. It’s winter here in Pittsburgh and last night it was butt cold. Like we’re talking single digits here. I just can’t do the cold weather any more; it just goes straight through me.  And since I don’t like in Bora Bora or Arizona where’s always warm, I go for foods that warm me from the inside out. A few weeks ago I posted my Pumpkin Beef Chili which, has received RAVE reviews! Now if you still on the fence, just read the comments. Have faith and try it. I actually had someone make it as part of their Christmas dinner and LOVED it!

Cowboy BBQ Beef, Bacon & Bean Chili

So this chili is completely different as well. It’s kind of like a cross between a stew and a chili with a hint of bbq. Should I call it a Stewli?  What about Chilew? I had bought some boneless beef shoulder ribs a million years ago and stuck them in my freezer.

…to only be forgotten about for several months.

Do you do that too? Put something in the freezer only to forget about it only to find it later? It’s like a foodie Christmas!  LOL
Mosey on over to grab the recipe!

Pumpkin Beef Chili

Add that extra “WOW” to your chili with the addition of pumpkin plus the reveal of two super-secret ingredients that will make your chili fantabulous!

So let me start off by saying the following:

  1. No you do not taste the pumpkin in the chili.
  2. The addition of pumpkin does NOT make the chili sweet.
  3. No your chili does not taste like pumpkin pie – seriously?
  4. Be adventurous.
  5. Is it necessary to add the pumpkin? Do I really have to add it?

Let me address the last one. Yes it’s necessary but no you really don’t have to (wuss). I mean obviously leave it out if you’re allergic to it though that’s new to me. So why add it?  The addition of pumpkin puree adds that umami flavor to the chili.

Pumpkin Beef Chili “Umami? That sounds like some funky fish in the ocean!” So the easiest way to describe it is do you remember growing up you were taught about the 4 tastes – sweet, salty, sour, and bitter. You can easily close your eyes and think of a food for each taste. Well Umami is a Japanese-coined name for a fifth taste.
This chili will quickly be one of your favorite go-to chili dishes!

One Pot Cheesy Chili Beef Pasta

Make this easy one-pot meal for some serious deliciousness!  It’s cheesy, it’s beefy, it’s the Mac’ Daddy of one pot pasta dishes! Plus with it being only 1 dirty pot that means less time spent washing dishes and more YOU time!

So raise your hands, who out there are a fan of One-Pot meals? Yeah me too. It’s funny as most think this is a new concept, kind of like the latest rage of ‘sheet pan’ dinners. Um sorry but no, I can remember Mom and Grandma doing both of those things while I was wee little. And I’m old people, like crypt keeper old. HA!  This dish, yeah this was my Mom’s buuuuuuuut you know me, I have to Lori-fy it. What that means is remove the ginormous chunks of onions and nasty green peppers (god I hate them!) and give it more rich flavors.

This was something Dad called ‘Slop’. It honestly was a poor man’s meal – just some basic ingredients dumped into a pot, some spices and that was pretty much it. This was something Mom made quite often as it was a cheap meal but fed a lot. It was hearty and delicious. Well once I picked out the cucka chunks of veggies. LOL Mom always served this with her homemade white bread.  God my favorite meal with this was getting tons of sauce in my bowl, topping it with grated cheese and dipping warmed, buttered white bread in it to scoop it out.  Mmmm God I love bread…and carbs <insert thigh jiggle here> LOL

These days I’m finding that a good bit of my cooking is either pressure cooking or one pot/sheet pan meals. I’m in the midst of a HUGE upgrade project at work that has me pulling up to 100 hours a week (thank GOD I’m working from home) which leaves me little time for TKW (thank GOD you guys love me, are patient and understanding) and even less time to cook here. Yes there have been times when I’m like “honey can you just eat PB&J?”. Thankfully Mr. Fantabulous  is understanding and will even help out.

Between doing my day job, doing TKW, working on the house and life, there’s zero time for Lori. But I’m tough and I have an amazing support system. Plus I see the end of the tunnel for the work project and the flooring downstairs is about 60% done so soon I’ll be able to breath a little easier.

So much YUM! in one pot!

Double Chicken with Power Greens Soup

So yes I know it’s almost summer. Yes I know this is soup.  And yes I know I should be posting stuff about cook outs and bbqs but seriously this soup is so flippin’ amazing that you won’t care if it’s a bajillion degrees (okay maybe then you would care if you had something hot to eat) or negative-freeze-my-butt-off cold out.  Think of this soup as a cross between my Tuscan Bean Soup and Pasta e Fagioli. Now this soup came out of a need.  A need to clean out my fridge that is. LOL I mean we’ve all been there – we buy a big package of chicken only to use part of it up.  We rush to get it cooked up while the remainder stays in the fridge to be eaten another day. 1 or 2 lone carrots lie at the bottom of my bin, sobbing because they feel unloved.  And kale… trendy green goes unnoticed next to the arugula.  Sorry kale but in my house arugula trumps you every single time. It’s not you; it’s me.

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See I had all of these ingredients in the fridge.  There wasn’t enough of any one item to make a full meal out of it itself so when it doubt, soup it out!  Hey.. that’s a pretty cool line. Maybe I could copyright that.  lol Yeah my luck someone already did and wants paid for using it.

Soup – it’s not just for winter

Ultimate Chicken and Gnocchi Cream Soup

This soup… oh this soup! Now Chicken & gnocchi soup is not new. I’m sure we’ve all either heard of it, had it at the chain restaurant that first made it famous or found some pseudo attempt copycat recipe on the internet.  This is none of them.  Why?  It’s BETTER than that chain restaurant. Yes, I’ve thrown the gauntlet down.  Don’t get me wrong, I like that soup but it’s inconsistent when I order it.  Either it’s thick as mud, it never has chicken in it, it only has a single gnocchi or it’s thin as water.  Occasionally it’s on the money and I love it but it doesn’t always happen that way sadly.   Sorry I like you but when it comes to food, it’s about quality AND consistency here folks. But I have to give mad props for your salad and breadsticks.  AWESOME!

When it was butt cold out here in Pittsburgh all I wanted was soup but after a while you get tired of the same ol’ soup.  Sure I’ve give you tons of soup and chili recipes on here but I really was craving this soup.  Now one of the things I pride myself on is having a very distinguishable palate. I can pick apart ingredients in a recipe fairly easily even the most obscure ones.  To date there has only been one ingredient I couldn’t figure out from this one Chinese restaurant.  They made these house rolls with a funky ‘twinge’ to it.  I asked what it was but unfortunately there was language barrier issues.  Now I didn’t want to remake their recipe as it sucked (sorry to be blunt but it was pretty nasty… even Mr. Fantabulous wouldn’t finish his and that man would eat rocks covered in sauce) but it bothered me that I could never pinpoint that one spice.

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Thankfully I had all the ingredients on hand (bonus) and a very empty belly (double bonus!).  This soup is truly super simple to make though it does require a bit of your attention when you add in the flour and whisk it in.  Another thing is when you pour the milk/cream in is to do it SLOWLY and not just dump it all in.  If you dump it all in you run the high risk of flour lumps and your soup not being creamy.  Take your time and slowly pour while whisking the whole time.  It takes some coordination but you’ll get it.  If you don’t have coordination (like yours truly) have someone help you.  It’s awesome to cook with someone!

Soup is truly food for the soul!

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