Thursday, 21 August 2014

Easy Chili Recipe with Spicy Tinge of Taste

Many story versions are associated with the origin of chilies. Some believe it was cooked first in Texas,in 1840s. Chili is loved by everyone and is a superb creation as it can be eaten with practically anything, but most importantly with tacos or tortillas. These can actually help you to make spicy dishes, by using varying ingredients that are sure to enhance your taste buds but will definitely be delicious.

Irrespective of the origin of chilies they are used worldwide and many delicious and delightful dishes can be prepared with them as they are one of the main ingredients used in many recipes. Chili can be made with chicken, cheese, white beans and mild salsa. A great chili recipe to make when you are in a hurry to eat Let us discuss  simple chili recipe here as mentioned below.

          
Servings: Up to 4-6.

Ingredients:
  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper
  • 1 (15 -16 ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained or 1 (15 -16 ounce) can pinto beans, if desired

Directions:

  •  Take a 3 qt saucepan and cook beef, onion and garlic till beef turns brown.
  • Now stir in remaining ingredients except beans.
  • Heat to boiling point and reduce heat to low.
  • Cover and simmer 1 hour while stirring occasionally
  • Stir in beans.
  • Heat to boiling point and reduce heat to low.
  • Next on low heat let it simmer without lid for about 10 minutes while stirring occasionally, to get the desired thickness.
  • Let chili cool to room temperature and then put it into quart-size freezer bag and freeze it on a cookie sheet. Once it’s frozen, keep it stored in freezer standing up or stacked horizontally.
  • To serve, keep it in fridge overnight and then transfer it to a pot and reheat over medium low heat until heated through nicely
       Recipe URL: http://www.food.com/recipe/simple-chili-190598

Note: If you think your chili is too thick then do not use water to make it thinner instead use a broth. Broth is used to add the liquid that you may need which adds flavor and depth to your chili recipe!

Hope the readers of my blog loved to read about this easy chili recipe. This recipe for chili is quiet easy to make and will surely add unique tinge to your same and old boring style of cooking.

If the readers find this recipe different and unique why not to try this in your kitchen and serve it to your family members.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

An Easy Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Mashed potatoes are favorite in my family especially these are loved by my uncle’s kids the most. This is one of the common recipe for serving potatoes which has always been quite filling. Many variations of mashed potatoes recipes are there around the world. Some do like it plain, with cheese etc. bacon bits depending upon the choice and your food preference.


Let me discuss an Easy Mashed Potato Recipe here:

Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon butter, or more as desired
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 large Yukon Gold potato per person (about 1/2 to 3/4 pound apiece)
  • 1/2 cup milk or cream, or more as needed
  • 1 ounce cream cheese
  • Freshly ground black pepper
Tools Required

Wooden spoon
3-quart pot (or larger)
Fork

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Mouthwatering Alfredo Sauce Recipe

Ever wondered what dish to cook; which is easy and unique in taste and which your family members will relish to eat. Afredo sauce is basically a type of pasta sauce which is creamy, tangy, and makes any ordinary dish quite a filling one. It can be made at once in a larger quantity that it is substantial for the entire family to eat. However there are many different ways to cook this delicious sauce, but every recipe follows the same basic steps that should always be followed to make a perfect sauce.

This Alfredo sauce which is an Italian pasta recipe was created by Alfredo to please his wife when she was pregnant. She could not eat anything so he ran into the kitchen to cook something for her so this amazing Italian pasta recipe was created.

Basis ingredients of an Alfredo sauce are cream, butter, and cheese. All these are the base for making a high quality sauce as these give a different tinge of flavor and distinctive color to it. The quality of the cream and cheese is very important as they can actually make your recipe a hit or a flop one.

Parmesan cheese is the preferred cheese used otherwise any Italian cheese will work.

The magic of seasonings works here as well; they create such an aroma in the sauce that your kids will certainly love and you will receive great praise for it.


Time has come for moms to not to step out to buy this sauce from the store; instead try to make it at home for your family.

Monday, 21 July 2014

2 Best Sauces Which Can Save Any Bad Day In The Kitchen

We all can have a bad day in the kitchen when nothing seems to work. These days can also come quite often and the stress can kill us then and there on such days. I have been emphasizing on the need of creating a weekly menu and planning things accordingly.

However, if you also belongs to the family of non-planners (don’t worry, it’s not a sin) then at least you must have 2 basic sauce in your fridge always. No, I am not talking about the 5 mother sauces. Although, it is very good to have them handy always. Right now I am talking about the two sauces with which you can cook things easily in the kitchen.

You will always find Alfredo sauce as well as tomato sauce in my kitchen. Now you will ask me what is Alfredo sauce? And why I am talking about it with the 5 mother sauces. First of all, I would like to tell you that this sauce goes well with any and everything. You can use it with pizza, wraps, pasta, nachos, chicken etc. It is easily pair able with almost everything. Hence, keeping this in the fridge and cooking with it is easier.
Also, this sauce has a shelf life which means that I can make this sauce in bulk for a week and cook with it whenever it’s required. I have been making this sauce in straight 10 minutes from the last couple of years and with practice you will also be able to make it. If you have kids who love cheese (I guess, everybody does) than you can add some cheese into it and make an extra cheesy sauce.

This sauce also goes well with boiled vegetables and enhance the flavor of it. You can also create lots of side dishes with the help of this sauce. You can look for the recipes online for cooking Alfredo sauce. They are very easily available. Even you can serve this sauce with shrimps and fish. This is a kind of wonder sauce which is eatable with everything.

Now, the next sauce which I have mentioned above is a tomato sauce. Who doesn't swear by the taste of it? This sauce can be used as a base sauce in so many recipes including the meatball recipe, if you are using the frozen meatballs. One can also mix the ripe avocado and create a very nice dip with this sauce. The recipe for cooking a delicious tomato sauce is easily available on internet.

In my further post, I will write more about the recipes which can be cooked easily by these sauces. Do, write back if you need recipe of any specific dish. I will write that for you.


Till my next post. Stay healthy, stay fit!!

Monday, 14 July 2014

Recipes for Chicken Marsala with Mushrooms

There are very few food items which can be termed as wonder food. Chicken and mushroom are certainly on that list. These two food items can go with anything and everything and they taste good with almost every flavor.

Different types of mushroom are available in the market but the most common ones are button mushrooms. I just got some fresh button mushrooms picked out of my backyard and now I am thinking what to cook from them. I am looking at them like they are my prey. There are so many recipes of chicken which can be made in combination of mushroom. 

Today, I will share one such recipe which is made with mushroom and chicken and very close to my heart because this is my father’s favorite recipe. I hope you will also like this recipe as much as my father do.


Ingredients:-
  • 2 boneless chicken breast (cut in half)
  • 3 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 5 big button mushrooms (cut in thin slices)
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • ½ cup marsala wine
  • 3 shallots (thinly sliced)
  • Salt & pepper (to taste)
  • Parsley (for garnishing) 
Methods:-
  • Mix salt and pepper well and season the chicken. Once done, coat the chicken with all-purpose flour and dust off the excess.
  • Take a heavy base pan and melt the 1 spoon butter in it. Once it’s melted, add olive oil in the pan and mix well. Now put the chicken and cook it on a low-medium heat for about 3 minutes each side. After 6 minutes, remove the chicken from the pan.
  • In the same pan, add the rest of the butter and add shallots and sauté them for a minute. Turn the heat on high settings and add mushrooms. Let them get cooked for about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add marsala wine and bring it to boil. Post that, add the chicken stock.
  • Once the chicken stock is boiled, add the chicken. Season the gravy with salt & pepper as per your taste.
  • Give resting time of 10 minutes to chicken in the gravy before serving!
  • Before serving garnish it with parsley
This dish can be cooked in less than 20 minutes and if you want, you can serve this with dish on the bed of cumin rice as well. There are so many other recipes for chicken marsala with mushrooms, but that I will share in my future post. For now, I hope you will all enjoy cooking this dish!!