I’d tap that… Magic Night Chili

Magic Night ChiliMen are coming.

Sure most of them are your run of the mill type nerds, but they’re also men. They hunger, for competition and MEAT. (Not that I’m saying women don’t also enjoy a platter of dead animal, but our playgroup is 99% dudes most times.)

I love these kinds of meals for our gaming groups. I can cook a giant tub of food and they dish up to their desire. Add a bag of corn chips or some freshly baked corn bread and they’ll go until they’re stuffed or the chili runs out. The latter doesn’t happen too often, this makes a ton of chili! Seriously, I barely have room to stir in my 6 quart cooker. Well, without making a huge mess. So make sure you have a LARGE pot or just halve the recipe. Do what you want, I’m not your boss.

Using the slow cooker is awesome for this as well. Not only does the long cooking make the flavors super intricate, I set it to cook in the morning and by time the guys all show up it’s ready to go at any time! This allows them to get a few games in to work up a hunger or some to eat now and some to eat later without ever having to reheat, just keep it on warm.

The original recipe I pulled this from uses a ton of beans and that’s cool, but I have picky eater issues with them still and because I’m the chef here, I do what I want! So beans are out, making this the meatiest chili you can handle! It’s also pretty spicy, so if you are more ‘sensitive’ you may want to cut back on the spicy ingredients. It’s no 2AM Chili but it’s damn fine in my book.

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Chicken Pot, Chicken Pot, Chicken Pot Piiiiiiiieeeee

As summer draws to a close I start to get really excited. Now don’t get me wrong, I do love summer. There was a point in my childhood where I basically lived in the pool my every waking moment. But that’s the thing isn’t it? Summer is made for outside activities, not cooking (unless it’s a BBQ of course). So as we get closer to fall and winter and the days get cooler and nights even more so, baking can again return to the kitchen without having to run the AC to counteract.

The fall brings with it delicious, starchy veggies that just beg to be made into soups and stews that warm your insides while the outside world starts to get cold, windy and wet. I know we’ve still got almost 2 weeks until fall technically starts, but here in Oregon we got our first rain since July. So dinner tonight almost begged to be a chicken soup type dish. And if you’re going to do chicken soup, why not make it even more amazing by making it pie?!

Chicken Pot Pie
CHIKAN. GOOD.

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World’s Best Lasagna

It doesn't have to be pretty, just delicious!
It doesn’t have to be pretty, just delicious!

I found this recipe on All Recipes(of course) and seeing it had over 3,000 reviews I decided it was lasagna time. I gathered the ingredients, which looks like more than it is and got to work! The result? Truly the best damn lasagna I’ve ever had. Cheesy, meaty, saucy, gooey and so full of flavor. I can’t wait to dig into the leftovers sitting the fridge. So avoid buying a prepacked old and frozen lasagna… whip out your 9X13 pan, a large sauce pan or dutch oven, and 3 hours of time and make the World’s Best Lasagna! Continue reading “World’s Best Lasagna”

The Magic Stew of Deliciousness

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Oh delicious beefy stew, tis such a shame you look like poo….

As a child and into my teens I had been a VERY picky eater, infuriating my mother to no end. I have since expanded my likes and shrunk my dislikes quite a bit since then, thanks to many friends and just general grownup-ness. Soups and stews are still on my iffy list. It’s usually a texture more than a flavor thing. I’ve always enjoyed a bowl of hot tomato soup (Campbell’s, Yum!) with a gooey grilled cheese sandwich.

Recently I found a beef stew recipe (due to “gentle” prodding from the husband) that we have absolutely fallen in love with. The default is from AllRecipes.com but I use the suggestions from the comments to make it even more gooder. (English are serious bidness) You can follow the link to get the original or continue reading and I’ll tell you how I do it!
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