Author Archives: TaMara
It’s almost Super Bowl Sunday, when you sit down to stuff your face with favorite snack foods, drink beer and watch the Super Bowl Commercials. I think there is some football in there somewhere.
I’ve been gone all day. Today was the first day I’ve left Bixby alone all day out of his crate. I’ve been working up to it a few hours at a time. I’m happy to report he did great, nothing out of place when I came home. Good puppy!
I decided after a busy day, the easiest way to do this tonight was to pull together all the recipes we’ve done over the years for Super Bowl. I’m happy with a variety and chips and dips myself. But this is a recipe exchange so I know you expect more.
You can’t go wrong with nachos – easy and easy to pile high with your favorites ingredients.
Here’s a kinda healthy version: Black Bean and Corn Nachos, recipe here.
For something a little different, Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe is here.
Now it’s your turn, what are you planning on making this Sunday and more importantly what beer are you serving? Do you make chicken wings or buy them from a favorite place? Most importantly, Broncos or Panthers?
Tonight’s featured recipes – one traditional, one a bit more creative:
Quick and Easy Chili
- 1 lb ground beef
- 3-5 Jalapenos finely chopped (depending on heat)
- 1/2 green pepper chopped
- 1/2 sweet onion chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic crushed and chopped
- Lg. can V8 Juice
- 2 cans kidney beans drained and rinsed
- 1 can Original Ro-Tel
- 2 Tbsp chili powder
- 1 Tsp cumin
- 1/2 Tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp paprika
Brown ground beef and drain. Saute jalapenos, green pepper, onion and garlic. In large pot combine all ingredients bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer, covered for at least 30 minutes.
In my house we serve chili with fritos and shredded cheddar, layered in a bowl – fritos, chili, cheese and more fritos.
Slow Cooker instructions: Following instructions above, add everything to slow cooker, cook on high for 15 minutes, reduce heat to low and let simmer for 6 to 8 hours.
Also, if you are serving at a party, you can cook in large pot above for 30 minutes and then transfer to slow cooker on low or warm to keep it hot during the festivities.
Looking for a little more kicked up chili? Check out JeffreyW’s Chorizo Chili here.
And my favorites to take to a party:
Basic Tortilla Pinwheels
- 1 (8 ounce) package whipped cream cheese
- 10 (10 inch) flour tortillas
- 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
- 1/4 cup black olives, chopped (optional)
- 3/4 cup chopped ham slices
You spread the ingredients on the tortillas, roll them up and slice them into 1 inch pinwheels. Couldn’t get much easier.
So how do we add some dazzle? Flavored tortillas and a variety of fillings.
Here are some ideas I had:
Jalapeño & Cilantro Tortillas and Black Bean Tortillas
- Cream Cheese
- Pickled jalapenos
- Sliced green chilies
- Black olives
- Shredded cheddar cheese
Roasted Red Pepper Tortillas and Sun-dried Tomato & Basil Tortillas
- Cream cheese mixed with crushed roasted garlic
- Grated parmesan
That’s it for this week. Have a great weekend! – TaMara
French Toast Alert System may be activated, but I have my own comfort snow foods. Big pot of soup on the stove:
- 1 lb ground beef (or 1/2 ground beef, 1/2 spicy Italian sausage)
- 1/4 of a small onion, chopped
- 24 oz diced tomatoes (fresh or canned)
- 2 cups loosely packed baby spinach, cleaned
- 8 oz sliced carrots (I use frozen)
- 1 cup green beans
- 1 cup water, more as needed
- 2 tsp crushed garlic
- 1 tsp dried basil, crushed
- 1 tsp dried oregano, crushed
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (opt)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Grated Parmesan for garnish
- spinach chiffonade for garnish
In saucepan, brown ground beef and onions. In a blender, blend together spinach and tomatoes, until smooth*. Add to beef mixture, along with vegetables and spices. Bring to low boil, stirring frequently, reduce heat and let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Serve with Parmesan and spinach chiffonade. Makes 4 generous servings.
*Blending the spinach, tomatoes together gives you a nice hearty tomato base for the soup. You can add some additional spinach leaves at the end if you like, letting them get limp but not overcooked.
Just a quick Bixby update. This dog loves snow and we must find the deepest and freshest snow on our walks. And he spends a considerable amount of time laying around in it. He’s had a good winter for it, as our Christmas snow has uncharacteristically stuck around.
Somehow, despite my best efforts, he’s turning into a beautifully behaved dog. I’ve taken the door off his crate and he does great when I’m at work, usually lounging on the couch until I get back. He’s an excellent walking partner and affable office companion. Even Jake is warming up to him.
We had an awesome play date last week with a friend’s foster dog. And Bixby did something completely unexpected. Denali, the foster dog, is just a smidge of a pup, underweight, medium sized, and completely unfazed by Bixby’s size or enthusiasm. They romped around and around, then Denali jumped up on Bixby, trying to take him down. And bless that big dog’s heart, he paused for a moment and then flopped down, legs up in the air, as if to say “you got me, you got me!” Then he’d get up and they’d do it all over again. My heart just melted.
Anyone who has played with this dog at all knows he never acquiesces, he loves a good game and plays with all his heart. But I believe he was crushing on her and knew she needed a “win” in her rough life. And he happily gave in to her.
I adore this dog.
The video below is just a bit of him playing. The sunny day and the snow totally bled out my camera, so it’s not the best quality.
It’s a bit long, but it’s mostly for my archives. Though you do get to hear the Beast barking and watch him run full out.
Until next time….