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Buffalo Chile

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We love chili! Not the greasy chili that will send you to the pepto bismol but the tasty chili that is lean flavorful delicious and nutritious. We tried making chili with several types of meats , from turkey to venison, they were all chili in the academic sense but some struck a lovely note with all tasters. The top one was made of buffalo meat. Why Buffalo? Doesn’t it taste gamey???. Not quite. The buffalo or bison kept as we  we consume today is far the free roaming herds from the past, and in many cases they are kept  like regular cattle “sans le hormones. Mainly we chose to make chili with buffalo because it is lean and delicious, and has some described it , buffalo has a slightly sweeter taste that beef.
Not into bison? No problem,  the second place (with similar tasting rating) was made of lean  chopped sirloin beef. It was also lean and flavorful

 

2 lbs chopped buffalo or 90% lean chopped sirloin meat
2 Tbsp canola oil
1 Tbls ground cumin
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
2 Tbls powdered garlic
3 Tblsp Chile powder
salt and pepper to taste
1 yellow pepper diced
1 large onion diced
2 cloves garlic chopped
10 oz ( one can or 1 and 1/2 cups) of fresh chopped tomatoes
Chopped green onions (optional)

In a dutch oven, heat 1 Tbsp of oil and  brown bison  on low heat . Add the  dry seasonings and cook till there is no liquid left. Remove from dutch oven into a tray and cover to keep warm. Place dutch oven back on heat  add 1Tblsp of oil and cook the onion and  pepper for 5 minutes or till slightly caramelized. Add  the garlic, stir for 30 seconds then add the meat with all the juices,the tomatoes, stir, cover and set heat to low. Let cook simmering for 30 minutes. It will taste just as if you were cooking it all day!
 Serving suggestions: Put a few broken tortilla chips in the bowl before ladling in the chili. Top with grated cheddar cheese.

Bolognese Sauce (Tomato & Meat)

 

It’s sooooo cold! How about something simple, hearty and simply delicious? Taking a step back on memory lane ,I remember my dearest Grandma making the best of what she had, Italian style. So it was customary for her to make spaghetti and meatballs. But if time was short and appetites were calling for food, she would make this delicious Bolognese sauce and serve on top of pasta, polenta or potatoes. The result : full tummies and warm hearts.  We also tried the recipe with ground turkey and it was just as fabulous! Enjoy

Ingredients: (for 6 cups of sauce)

2 lbs fresh Roma tomatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 lb lean ground meat
2 yellow onions, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tbls olive oil
1/2 cup tomato paste
2 tsp chopped basil
2 tsp oregano
salt and pepper to taste
dash of sugar
1 Tbls balsamic vinegar

Heat the olive in a sauce pot, incorporate the garlic and let cook for 15 to 20 seconds; quickly add the onions and stir , let cook till translucent. Incorporate meat, cook till browned, stirring frequently. Add the diced tomatoes and the tomato paste. Let mixture come to a boil, then reduce heat and add the herbs, salt & pepper to taste. Add the sugar and the vinegar and stir. Let cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour, the flavors will be well blended and the sugar will reduce the acidity of the sauce. Serve over your favorite pasta or over polenta or potatoes for a gluten free dish. Add fresh grated Pecorino Romano as a topping and enjoy!.

Caviar Beurre Blanc on Seared White Sturgeon

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Planning on celebrating a wonderful dinner for two for  Valentines , and anniversary or just for the joy of it? Forgo the chicken and the beef and go for delicious white sturgeon.  If you are afraid of fish, fear not! This fish has no scales to deal with and is very hard to overcook. As with all fish , get it from a trusted source, it will smell like the ocean ( and not fish) when fresh. And get good quality caviar . Our friends from Petrossian  shared the secret to one of their delicious signature dishes with us.,It’s the  double reduction of wine and fish stock in the beurre blanc! this builds incredible layers of flavor. The recipe is for 4 portions, reduce by half if making for two, or just have seconds. ENJOY!

 

Ingredients: 

2 shallots, peeled & sliced
2 cloves garlic
1 bay leaf
3 sprigs thyme
2 black peppercorns
1 cup white wine
1 cup fish fumet (stock)
1 cup cream
8 ounces butter, cut in cubes and chilled
Salt & pepper to taste
Caviar, 80 grams

 

For Mushrooms: 

1 oz. vegetable oil, we used canola
1 pound Trumpet Royale Mushrooms, cleaned and quartered
1 shallot, minced
3 sprigs thyme
1 lb. fava beans, blanched
4 7 oz. filets White Sturgeon
Chervil (optional)
Salt & pepper to taste 

 

Procedure: 

 

To make the Beurre Blanc: Combine shallots, garlic, bay leaf,  thyme, peppercorns and white wine in a saucepan over medium heat , cook until and the wine is nearly evaporated. Add the fish stock and reduce until nearly evaporated. Add the cream and reduce by half. Strain the mixture. Discard the solids and put the hot liquid into the blender and puree. Slowly add the cubes of butter to the working blender. Season and reserve in a warm place. 

 

To make the mushrooms: Place sauté pan over high heat until very hot and then add oil. Place mushrooms in a single layer in the hot pan. Add a pinch of shallots, garlic and a spring of thyme. Sauté until slightly brown and then flip to other side and repeat process. Repeat this process with remaining mushrooms. Reserve. Blanch the Fava beans in salted water. 

 

To assemble: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put a sauté pan on high heat and add a little oil. Season the sturgeon and place in a very hot pan. Brown the presentation side first and place in preheated oven. Sauté the mushrooms and add the Fava beans. Season. Place the cooked sturgeon on top of the mushroom fricassee. Add the caviar to the sauce and combine. Pour the caviar beurre blanc over fish and garnish with chervil.

Easy Low Carb Chile

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BRRRRRR it’s cold outside just in tim for this simple chile. How can something so good be low carb? It’s done Texas style…with NO BEANS! 

This is a hearty dish that stores well for a couple of days. The best part is that you can adjust the heat to your taste.

Use cayenne, ground chipotle, Anaheim or simple hot sauce if you are in a jam!

3 tsp canola oil
2 Lbs ground or chopped sirloin
1 large onion chopped
1 yellow, orange or red bell pepper chopped into quarter size cubes
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1 large can of crushed tomatoes
chili powder ( enough to your taste)
1Tbs ground oregano
salt and pepper to taste
HOT pepper ( to taste)
Shredded cheese and chopped green onion to top off

In a large skillet, heat the oil and cook the onions and the chopped peppers till onions are translucent.
Remove from skillet and set aside.
Add meat to the same skillet, and add chili powder, little by little, as you brown.
How much ? you may ask, just enough so it smells right. About 1/4 to 1/2 cup Add salt and pepper to taste.

Once all meat has browned, add the cooked onions and peppers, the tomatoes and the hot pepper.

Let cook on low heat for 20- 30 minutes till it “becomes chile”.

Serve in a bowl topped with shredded cheese and chopped green peppers.

A trick of the trade: if you added TOO much spice, add a little sugar and cheese to the chile ( it should cool it off)

Sweet & Spicy Tomato Glaze

This is sweet & spicy condiment that is great brushed on pork , turkey or chicken .
It is a dual purpose sauce that can be used while roasting or served with the roasted meat.
Just separate a portion to use exclusively for glazing to avoid possible contamination with raw meat present the rest with the final dish  and.. voila! lots of flavor layering!

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 lbs plum tomatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbls fresh ginger
  • 1 Tbls butter
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 tps ground clove
  • 1/4 tps cayenne pepper
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan, add the ginger and the garlic, stir for one minute. Add the vinegar and cinnamon, cook for another minute. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, reduce heat and let cook for 90 minutes. Let it cool, then remove the cinnamon stick. Serve the jam at room temperature.

    The glaze will keep for one week in the fridge, but we doubt there will be any leftover!