Cincinnati Chili

I’ve been craving chili; warm, spicy, chili that is filling to the belly and soul.  I think I found this chili. This recipe is a warm and full of bold flavors reminiscent of it’s Macedonian and Mediterranean roots.  The true Cincinnati chili recipe requires that the sauce is more watery than I made here, but…

Sumac Chicken with Cauliflower, Carrots, and Parsnips

This is the first time I’ve ever cooked with sumac, and I will definitely find ways to sneak this unique spice into my foods in the future! It is deep red in color, aromatic with notes of pink peppercorns and citrus. It tastes like dried lemons and ancho chilies all at once, with a tart,…

Candy Bar Topped Brownies (from Bon Appetit)

This is a decadent brownie, and really rich so you might need a tall glass of milk when you dive into these babies.  We made these twice: once for my department Thanksgiving potluck and a second time for a potluck dinner at a friend’s place.  Both times people raved about how pretty and good they…

Paula Deen Inspired Stewed Okra and Tomatoes

We were challenged to bring an accompaniment to a seafood étouffée dinner that our friends were cooking one day and the only thing I can think of is something with okra.  Our friends suggested stewed tomatoes with okra and after asking and looking what would best go with étouffée, the resounding answer was stewed tomatoes…

Cherry Clafoutis-The Revenge!!

Ok, so this is an update to the cherry clafoutis that we made in July of 2014.  We had left-over cherries and wanted to make another sinfully delicious clafloutis, but I was disappointed by the over-done-ness of the one we made earlier.   I insisted that we cook the new one in our cast iron skillet,…

(Mole Style) Chicken Cashew Chili- from Epicurious

     I added “Mole style” because this is more a chicken mole than it is a chili, however, if you know this going in you will not be disappointed!! Expect a chili and you will be let down!!  The puréed ancho chilies does give this recipe a bit of a sweet smokey kick, especially…

Kla-Foo-Whaaaa….?!! Cherry Clafoutis Limousin (from Saveur)

  That was my reaction the first time I heard of this dish a long time ago, it is pronounced “Kla-Foo-Tee” and is this wonderful French dessert that is eggy, custardy and heavenly; the taste is akin to a very fluffy soufflé with a flan taste!  We were on Twitter when some followers of ours, @motoridersd…

Paula Deen’s Dr. Pepper Pecans

I have to admit, both Kevin and I are terrible at thinking up appetizers to bring to a party that isn’t just cheese, fruit, and crackers.  Should it be hot or should it be cold; should we bring homemade dip with chips or something something fancy?  Is there a theme and does whatever we look…