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Buffalo Chile


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.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


Craving for cookies that are delicious and good for you? Try these ultra- rich oatmeal raisin cookies. They are semi-soft and simply scrumptious.  The recipe is so simple !
There is a funny story behind the  recipe; The first time I tried oatmeal raisin cookies worth eating was at the Naples Ritz Carlton.  At that moment I realized these were extraordinary cookies with an amazing flavor. They had a secret ingredient for sure !

Ever hear of the Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip cookie urban legend?  A lady wanted the recipe and she was charged $250 dollars for it, well it is an urban legend. Believe it or not, the secret to their recipe is  a touch of espresso powder. In the case of the Ritz cookies.. it’s apple sauce!  Try them once and you’ll never think of oatmeal the same way ever again. 

Ingredients ( for 3 dozen good size cookies)

1 stick butter softened
1/2 cup applesauce
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
a pinch of kosher salt
3 cups of rolled oats ( quick or old fashioned)
1 cup of raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Meanwhile in a food processor, cream softened butter with both sugars, add applesauce and eggs and mix till combined.

In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon , mix well and add the raisins. Gently mix the creamed butter with the flour mix, then add the 3 cups of oats and mix well.

Drop on non- greased baking sheets by   fully loaded, heaping tablespoon leaving  2 inches on every side for expansion . Place in oven and cook for 13 minutes or till you see the borders getting slightly golden.  Please note that time will change according to your particular oven’s conditions. Remove from oven immediately and let cool on wire rack.  For best results, bake  one cookie tray at a  time. ENJOY!



Hot Chocolate

This is a delicious spiced hot chocolate, omit the rum for a non-alcoholic version

Ingredients: for 6 servings

2 squares of semisweet chocolate or 1/3 cup of morsels*
1/2 cup sugar
4 cups of milk
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 cup rum , or to taste

Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan, place over low heat, stirring constantly till heated through. DO NOT BOIL. Remove from heat and beat with a mixer till frothy. Top with whipped cream if desired and enjoy!

* please pay attention to label for soy ( lecithin) and nuts if there are food allergy concerns

Maple Cranberry Sauce


Maple Cranberry Sauce the sweet maple combines with the tanginess of cranberries to become the ultimate sauce for holiday poultry

Ingredients: for 2 cups of sauce

2 cups of fresh cranberries
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
4 Tbsp maple syrup
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup water

Place the cranberries with the all other ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and stir, let simmer uncovered for 10 to 15 minutes or till the cranberries soften. Remove from heat and let stand for 1 hour or refrigerate covered overnight. Serve chilled or at room temperature with your favorite roast. Enjoy!

Maple Pumpkin Pie

We love pumpkins! Jack o Lanterns are up and burning and pumpkin patches will soon do their “two for the price of one” offers. Just in time to prepare an all time favorite!  Nothing greets the season better that the sweet aroma of our pumpkin pie flavored with sweet maple syrup. 

Its easy to make! either use 2 cups of home cooked pumpkin, or use a can for a shortcut


Ingredients: for one pie

1 16 oz can of pumpkin or 2 cups of mashed cooked pumpkin
1 8 oz package of cream cheese, softened
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3 eggs beaten
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 pie crust ( Single if you want a classic pie or double if you want a lattice top)

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Poke bottom crust with a fork, place in oven and bake for 15 minutes.  Meanwhile, in a food processor, beat the cream cheese with the spices and the maple syrup, add pumpkin and the eggs and continue to mix till uniform.

Pour mixture into semi-baked bottom pie crust. If you like, make a lattice top as in the picture by cutting the other pie crust with a knife to an even number of strips and interweaving them. Bush top with milk and bake for 30 to 35 minutes.

Let cool before serving, enjoy with spiced wine.