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Turkey & Three Bean “Halloween” Chili and Sour Cream Cornbread

Photo Oct 31, 7 21 44 PM (1) HALLOWEEN CHILI

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Hi everyone,

I wanted to post the recipe for my traditional Halloween meal.

Turkey and Three Bean Chili with Sour Cream Cornbread

 I use ground turkey for my chili but you can easily substitute ground beef. 

Remember to taste your food for seasonings as you go along and build your flavors…

Enjoy and Happy Halloween!

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Turkey and Three Bean Chili

Ingredients:

1- 2 tbsp. olive olive

1 large onion- diced (1 cup)

4 garlic cloves – minced

2 bell peppers- diced (I use one green and one red just for color)

3 carrots- diced in coins

2 (1 lb.) pkgs. of ground turkey OR ground beef

2 tsp. ground cumin

2 tsp. chili powder

2 tsp. cayenne

2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. oregano

salt & fresh ground pepper to taste

1 capful of hot sauce (Frank’s red hot or Revenge)

4 tsp. of green chiles (fire roasted in a can found in the Mexican food aisle- I use the entire 4 oz. can of MILD because I find if I don’t use them all at once, I just end up throwing them out.

2 cups of water

1 ( 28 oz.) can of crushed tomatoes

1 (15.5 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 (15.5 oz) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 (15.5 oz) can pink beans (or pinto beans), drained and rinsed

½ cup green scallions plus additional for garnish

1 bag of shredded cheese (cheddar, jalapeno or Mexican blend) for garnish

Sour cream for garnish

Optional–Chipolte peppers in adobo sauce (also in a can in the Mexican food aisle). These are very spicy so be careful…I usually use 1 or 2 chopped up because I like heat in my chili. You can freeze the rest for another meal.

Optional – for some added spice, I use a squirt of sriracha sauce ( You can tell I like spicy)

Directions:

Heat the oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over moderate heat.

Add the onion, garlic, bell pepper and carrots, cover and cook, stirring occasionally until the vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes.

In the meantime, combine your spices, cumin, cayenne, chili powder, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper.

After the vegetables are soft, ADD the spice mixture and stir well to incorporate the spices and vegetables. Cook for 1 minute.

Add the ground turkey or beef, raise the heat to high and cook, breaking up the meat with a spoon into bite size pieces, until the meat is no longer pink.

Reduce the heat to medium-high and stir in the tomatoes, water, green chiles, hot sauce and scallions.

Add the chopped chipolte chiles in adobo sauce and sriracha, if using.

Cook partially covered, stirring from time to time for 30 minutes.

Remember, taste for seasonings!

Stir in the beans and continue cooking , partially covered, 20 minutes longer, stirring occasionally.

Season to taste with salt and fresh ground pepper before serving.

Garnish with shredded Hot Jalapeno, cheddar or Mexican cheese, dollop of sour cream and additional scallions.

Serve with Sour Cream Cornbread (recipe to follow)

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Photo Oct 31, 8 20 09 PM SOUR CREAM CORN BREAD

Sour Cream Cornbread

(To get the top crusty -I used a lot of butter on top of the cornbread before baking but that is not really part of the recipe- just a personal preference- Follow the recipe as written and your corn bread will be lighter in color.)

You will need an 8 X 8 square pan

(I prefer a glass pan, I think it cooks evenly in glass)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Ingredients:

1 cup all purpose flour

3/4 cup yellow cornmeal

1/4 cup sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt 

1 cup full fat sour cream

1/4 cup whole milk

1 egg (beaten)

2 TBSP. melted butter

Additional butter and raw honey for garnish

Directions:

In a bowl mix all your dry ingredients – flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir to combine.

In a separate bowl mix all your wet ingredients – sour cream, milk, beaten egg and melted butter. Whisk until well combined

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well. (Batter will be very sticky)

Pour the batter into a greased, 8 X 8 square pan. Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes or until a pick inserted in the center comes out clean

Cut into squares. Best served warm with extra butter or raw honey.

Enjoy!

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Have a very Happy and Safe Halloween!

Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well,

Diane

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Happy Halloween 2017

Photo Oct 30, 4 24 19 PM INTRO

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Hi Everyone,

Happy Halloween!

I have been seeing all the Christmas trees up in Costco, so I knew that we were close to Halloween. Isn’t that how it feels? All of the holidays are so rushed. You don’t even know what month you’re in anymore.

Anyway, back to Halloween. I love decorating for the Fall and Halloween. I still decorate outside with pumpkins, mums, and a few friendly ghosts. (I don’t want to have all the scary decorations and frighten the little ones). I have seriously curtailed the outdoor decorations from when my son was a child, but I still like a festive tablescape and indoor decorations.

Back in the day, my son and his friends in the neighborhood would go door to door trick or treating for a few hours after school and then I would have some of my son’s friends and their parents over for a Halloween party.

The menu was pizza for the kids and Three Bean Turkey Chili with Sour Cream Cornbread for the adults. I still keep the tradition and make chili every Halloween.  

I have collected quite a few decorations over the years which allows me to change the tablescape, except for my favorite table accent that is always on my Halloween tablescapes.

It is a Frankenstein mug that was the base for a floral arrangement I received years ago and Frankie is always a welcomed guest at the table. 

So let’s get started…

The tablecloth this year is what other colors but orange and black. This year the tablecloth is plaid with a few Halloween designs featuring pumpkins, spider webs, black cats, bats and candy corn.

The designs on the tablecloth match my treat bowls.

Photo Oct 30, 4 18 32 PM    HALLOWEEN TABLECLOTH.jpg

The placemat is a black spider web and I put a little plastic spider crawling up the side of the web. No need for a charger plate with this placemat.

Photo Oct 30, 8 30 59 PM SPIDER PLACEMAT

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The dinner dishes are solid orange ceramic dishes and I am using a new purchase, black and white melamine salad dishes with the word “Spooky” written over a black & white pumpkin.

I bought them in Wegmans of all places, last year on a visit to see my son. There were only six dishes on a clearance shelf and I took it as a sign they were just waiting for me.

Photo Oct 30, 4 17 25 PM  HALLOWEEN DISHES.jpg

The flatware is the standard black matte for Halloween.

Photo Oct 30, 8 36 35 PM  FLATWARE.jpg

Instead of using cloth napkins and glassware, this year I decided to use paper napkins and paper cups.

Photo Oct 30, 8 30 14 PM PAPER GOODS

The candlesticks are wire spiders holding a black tapered candle. I decided not to use the big candelabra this year. 

Photo Oct 30, 8 34 45 PM    CANDLESTICK.jpg

 To continue with the spider theme, I put decorated Halloween cupcakes iced in green and orange frosting with sprinkles in spider cupcake holders scattered on the table for dessert after dinner.

I just love these cupcake holders! They were too cute not to purchase.

Photo Oct 30, 4 18 53 PM   CUPCAKE 2.jpg

The centerpiece is a combination of cake plates and a pumpkin trio tea light holder taken from the kitchen window (shop your house first) with two sparkle black pumpkins with attached black crows, some glitter ribbon and Halloween paper shred.

This centerpiece was truly a work in progress. I had no plan what I wanted when I started out. It was a little of this and that.

Photo Oct 30, 4 11 16 PM CENTERPIECE

Photo Oct 30, 4 20 38 PM CROW

My table accents are of course a salt and pepper shaker; this time a ghost and black cat, both with pumpkins.

Photo Oct 30, 4 09 41 PM SALT AND PEPPER SHAKERS

To add to the table accents, I have four assorted Halloween treat bowls.

I put glass Halloween table scatter in two bowls, paper napkins in another and left one to be filled with candy. 

Photo Oct 30, 4 23 05 PM BOWLS 1

Photo Oct 30, 4 10 39 PM BOWL 2

 The Halloween glass table scatter looks great, especially when the candles are lit.

Photo Oct 30, 8 37 22 PM   GHOST BOWL.jpg

And last but not least, “Frankie”.

Instead of holding flowers, Frankie now holds pretzel rods with plastic witches fingers.

Photo Oct 30, 8 33 17 PM   FRANKIE.jpg

The tablescape is complete and I am now ready for today’s trick or treaters and a piece of candy for myself here and there. I have a weakness for peanut M & M’s and Milky Way bars. (Notice what is in the bowl)?

Photo Oct 30, 8 37 36 PM (1) END CANDY

Have a very Happy and Safe Halloween!

Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well,

Diane

Photo Oct 30, 4 09 06 PM EXTRA WITH NAME

Place SettingPhoto Oct 30, 4 10 21 PM PLACE SETTING

Table Details

Plaid orange and black tablecloth from Homegoods

Black spider placemats from Bed, Bath & Beyond

Orange ceramic dinner plate from Dollar Tree

Black & white “spooky” melamine salad plate from Wegmans

Spider Cupcake holders from Crate and Barrel

Spider candlesticks from Michael’s Arts & Crafts

Orange ceramic candy bowl from Homegoods

Halloween treat bowls from Sur La Table

Black pumpkins with black crows from Michael’s Arts & Crafts

Pumpkin trio tea light holder from Michael’s Arts & Crafts

Black Flatware from Bed, Bath & Beyond

Paper Goods, witches fingers and plastic spiders from Party City

Halloween paper shred and black tapered candles from Michael’s Arts and Crafts

Glass Halloween table scatter from Homegoods

Frankie mug from previous floral arrangement

Salt & Pepper shakers from too old to remember

Photo Oct 30, 8 41 47 PM FROSTED PIC

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Coquille St. Jacques- with a twist

Photo Oct 24, 12 02 52 AM COQUILLE 1

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Hi everyone,

Here is another recipe that I would like to share with you. A flashback for me.

Back in the day when my sister Linda got married, I was 11 yrs old and missed her terribly once she moved out. Her new home wasn’t that far away from my parents house and on certain days she would pick me up to have a “sister day”, which was shopping and lunch. Just the two of us hanging out and having a lot of fun.

Linda would always find nice restaurants to go to- no fast food for us. One day we went to a French restaurant and I decided to order something I had never tried and it was “Coquille St. Jacques”. I liked all the ingredients individually and together they must be terrific. The dish was scallops and mushrooms in a cream sauce with a crispy topping.

I remember it coming to the table and I was so excited. One bite and I was hooked. I loved it. It soon became one of my favorite entrees.

When my sister Linda suddenly passed away at the age of 25 yrs old, I could never order this dish again because it always reminded me of Linda and how my life would never be the same without her.

Recently, I read an article about updated time honored recipes and there was Coquille St. Jacques on the list. This version adds shrimp to the basic recipe and I decided to give it a try (with a few twists of my own) in Memory of Linda.

It was fantastic. Bob loved it and it brought me back 48 yrs to my “sister days”. I want to share this with you now.

Give it a try. The recipe is very easy and takes about 30 minutes to prepare.

Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well,

Diane

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Coquille St. Jacques

Author: Adapted from Coup de Pouce

Serves: 4 portions

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups small scallops
  • 2 cups small shrimps shelled and deveined
  • 12 oz. (375 g) mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 small onion, chopped –  I used a shallot*
  • 1 tbsp. parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • ¼ cup + 1 tbsp. butter
  • 6 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup half and half cream (or 10%)
  • ⅓ cup Gruyere cheese, grated
  • 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs or panko
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne *

Cooks Notes:

*I used a shallot instead of an onion

*I added 1/8 tsp. cayenne for a little kick

*I used heavy cream instead of half an half

Possible variation – add mushroom risotto

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a large pan, combine scallops, shrimps, mushrooms, wine, onion, parsley, lemon juice and a pinch of salt
  2. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes (don’t overcook)
  3. Transfer to a strainer set over a pot to reserve 1 cup of the cooking liquid
  4. In the pan, melt ¼ cup of butter and add flour, mix well
  5. Pour in the reserved liquid and the cream in one shot and cook, whisking for about 3 minutes or until boiling and thick
  6. Remove from the heat and add cheese, stirring until melted
  7. Add seafood mixture and mix well
  8. Transfer in 4 shells
  9. In a bowl that can go in the microwave, melt 1tbs. of butter and then add the breadcrumbs, mix well
  10. Sprinkle breadcrumbs over shells
  11. Cook under the broiler for about 2-3 minutes or until golden and bubbling (watch this carefully- it could burn very quickly).

 

Lemon Ricotta Cake with Amarena Cherries

Photo Oct 14, 5 20 38 PM LEMON RICOTTA CAKE WITH AMARENA

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Hi everyone,

Well, here is another recipe to share, Lemon Ricotta Cake.

Recently, Bob and I went to Eataly, NYC to shop and we fit in some time for pistachio gelato too (my favorite flavor).

For those of you who are not familiar with Eataly, it is a 50,000 square foot Italian Market in NYC that has just about everything you could possibly imagine. Fresh pasta, fresh bread, butcher shop, cafes, sit down restaurants and a cooking school. The list goes on and on. It is owned by celebrity chefs Mario Batali and Lidia Bastianich.

While I was there I spotted a jar of Amarena cherries which are basically the Italian version of a maraschino cherry. I don’t really know how to describe them. They are small but very sweet and intense and come in a sweet syrup that you can put in a cocktail or club soda.

When I was a child my grandmother would serve these cherries over ice cream or she would make the most heavenly cookies with them. The cookies were a combination of the cherries mixed with cocoa powder covered in a sugar glaze. (Unfortunately, I don’t have the recipe for the cookies).

The cherries come in a beautiful blue and white jar ceramic jar. As soon as I saw the jar, I had a memory of grandma and I just had to buy them.

Photo Oct 15, 3 11 47 AM AMARENA CHERRIES

When I got home, I tried to find an Amarena cookie recipe like grandmas, but I wasn’t lucky enough to find one. 

However, I did come across this recipe for Lemon Ricotta Cake from one of my favorite Italian chefs, Deborah Mele, of Italian Food Forever and thought this lemon ricotta cake would be perfect to go along with the cherries.

You know that I am not the baker, but this recipe was no fuss and easy to put together and it was lemon, another favorite flavor of mine. So I started to bake. 

Bob and I loved the cake and the cherries were just perfect. I put the photo on DishingwithDiane instagram and immediately received requests for the recipe, so here it is.

It doesn’t have to be topped with Amarena cherries, whipped cream or strawberries; even plain, the cake is delicious.

Try it and enjoy. 

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LEMON RICOTTA CAKE

A simple lemon flavored cake that includes ricotta cheese, keeping the cake ver moist.

ingredients:

  • 3/4 Cup Softened Butter
  • 3/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • Zest From 3 Large Lemons
  • 1 Teaspoon Lemon Extract
  • 3 Large Eggs, Separated
  • 1 Cup Full Fat Ricotta Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Plus 2 Tablespoons All-purpose Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • Dash of Salt

To Serve:

  • Fresh Strawberries or in this case, Amarena cherries

directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Lightly grease and flour a 7 or 8 inch spring-form pan.
  3. Beat the butter and sugar with a hand mixer until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the lemon zest, extract, egg yolks and ricotta cheese and beat until smooth.
  5. Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt, and beat into the butter mixture just until combined.
  6. Wash your beaters well, and then beat the egg whites in a separate bowl until stiff.
  7. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter then spoon the batter into your prepared tin.
  8. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until a cake tester stuck into the center comes out clean.
  9. Allow to cool to room temperature before serving.

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Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well,

Diane

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage

Photo Oct 09, 8 02 56 PM sweet potato gnocchi

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Hi Everyone, 

Here is another recipe that was requested from DishingwithDiane’s Instagram page.

Welcome to Fall!

My husband LOVES gnocchi and he loves anything that is made with sweet potatoes. He will always be the one to order the sweet potato fries or the sweet potato pie.

When I found this recipe on Epicurious for sweet potato gnocchi, I knew it would be a match made in heaven for Bob to have two of his favorites combined together.

The recipe called for a brown butter sage sauce and I just added some toasted walnuts (toasted pecans would be good also). 

The end result was a delicious Autumn meal even though it has been 80 degrees here on the Northeast (which I personally LOVE).

Give the recipe a try and let me know what you think.

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage

Epicurious recipe…

Makes 10 to 12 servings

Ingredients:

  • (2) 1-pound red-skinned sweet potatoes (yams), rinsed, patted dry, pierced all over with fork
  • (1) 12-ounce container fresh ricotta cheese, drained in sieve 2 hours
  • 1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese (about 3 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons plus 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 2- 3/4 cups (about) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons chopped fresh sage plus whole leaves for garnish

Cooks note: I added toasted walnuts.

Preparation:

  1. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place sweet potatoes on plate; microwave on high until tender, about 5 minutes per side. Cut in half and cool. Scrape sweet potato flesh into medium bowl and mash; transfer 3 cups to large bowl. Add ricotta cheese; blend well. Add Parmesan cheese, brown sugar, 2 teaspoons salt, and nutmeg; mash to blend. Mix in flour, about 1/2 cup at a time, until soft dough forms.
  3. Turn dough out onto floured surface; divide into 6 equal pieces. Rolling between palms and floured work surface, form each piece into 20-inch-long rope (about 1 inch in diameter), sprinkling with flour as needed if sticky. Cut each rope into 20 pieces. Roll each piece over tines of fork to indent. Transfer to baking sheet.
  4. Bring large pot of water to boil; add 2 tablespoons salt and return to boil. Working in batches, boil gnocchi until tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer gnocchi to clean rimmed baking sheet. Cool completely. (Can be made 4 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.)
  5. Preheat oven to 300°F. Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until butter solids are brown and have toasty aroma, swirling pan occasionally, about 5 minutes.  (I added the walnuts at this point and let them cook for the 5 minutes).
  6. Add chopped sage (mixture will bubble up). Turn off heat. Season sage butter generously with salt and pepper.
  7. Transfer half of sage butter to large skillet set over medium-high heat. Add half of gnocchi. Sauté until gnocchi are heated through, about 6 minutes. Empty skillet onto rimmed baking sheet; place in oven to keep warm. Repeat with remaining sage butter and gnocchi.
  8. Divide gnocchi and sauce among shallow bowls. Garnish with sage leaves.

Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well,

Diane

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