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Another week…

We are both slipping!!!! The Cowboys and Eagles made a poor showing this weekend, on both the field and our TVs! Because we were not home to cook (but rather in a bar, watching our standings slip), we made some of our favorite comfort foods, which touched upon our visiting teams.

Check out our recipe HERE for the best homemade mac and cheese!And HERE for our NY Systems hot wieners!

We love to revisit things that work for the cool Fall days- falling into the comfort of chunky sweaters, watching three games throughout the day, and relaxing with family before we start our week. We hope your teams are faring better than our boys and can’t wait to see what next week brings! ‘Til then- stay strong, cook well and laugh (at our records) a lot!

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Bringing the boys to slaughter…

Sounds rough, but that was Sunday. Really.

Eagles… 20 to 52. Yes. 52.
Cowboys… 21 to 30.

It was a valiant effort by Dallas, but let’s be real… the Eagles gave in and were trampled by the Broncos.  It was painful to watch.

Regardless, it wasn’t painful to eat. We opted for some comfort food to ring in the cooler weather with some crock pot tacos, rice and delicious pumpkin cake.

Tacos with chicken:

Adapted from Table for Seven

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 1/2 hours
Serves:  4-6

You will need:
1 1/4 # boneless chicken breast
1 envelope dry taco mix
1 envelop dry ranch dressing mix
1 1/2 c chicken broth
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Place chicken in crock pot with taco mix, ranch dressing and chicken broth.

Cover and cook on low for 5 hours, then uncover and shred chicken.

Re-cover and cook an additional 30 minutes.

…then make tacos!!!!

We also added ground beef as an option, browned with taco seasoning.

Hard or soft shells are perfect. Toppings? Avocado, cheese, sour cream (plain yogurt), lettuce, tomatoes, salsa verde, beans and rice (see below).

We used a triple crock pot to keep the meat and rice warm for serving :)

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Vegetable Rice:

Prep time: 30 min

Cooking time: 40 min

Serves: 6

You will need:

2 T extra-virgin olive oil
1 t chili powder
1 onion, quartered and thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 zucchini, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 green pepper, sliced
1 t paprika
1 t thyme
1/2 t salt
1/8 t pepper
1 1/4 c white rice
3 c vegetable broth

Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add chile powder, onion and garlic and cook until the onion is soft but not browned (~6 min).

Add tomatoes, zucchini, bell peppers, paprika, thyme, salt and pepper; cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes.

Add rice; stir to coat well with the tomato mixture.

Add broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer until the rice is tender, 25 to 30 minutes.

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Pumpkin Pudding Cake…

DIRECTLY FROM Butter with a Side of Bread. Because this is too amazing to change!

1st Layer:
  • 1 box of yellow cake mix {reserve 1 cup after you open it}
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 egg
2nd layer:
  • 1 30-oz can Pumpkin Pie Mix {not just pumpkin!}
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 eggs

3rd Layer:

  • 1 cup dry yellow cake mix
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Grease the bottom of a 9×13 pan. Mix 1st layer ingredients until crumbly and pour in the bottom of the pan. Barely mix the ingredients for the 2nd layer and pour over 1st layer. Mix 3rd layer ingredients until crumbly and sprinkle on top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Top with Cool-Whip and a dash of cinnamon. Enjoy!

 

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Sunday…

It was a win, but more so for our family then for Dallas.

Regretfully we will not have a recipe for you this week due to a family emergency that ended in happy moments and our beloved Cyril (The Carpenter’s 93 year old dad) coming home from the hospital, but we will supply you with this list so that you may make your own St. Louis style food!

St. Louis Originals

  • Toasted Ravioli
  • Gooey butter cake
  • Prosperity sandwich
  • Pork Steaks
  • The Slinger – breakfast of champions!
  • Provel ™ cheese
  • St. Louis style Pizza
  • St. Paul Sandwich
  • Brain Sandwich
  • 7-UP™
  • Hot Dog on a bun for the first time made and sized for it
  • Cotton candy – originally called fairy floss.

FUN FACT! In 1904  the quote “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, was proclaimed J.T. Stinson in an address to the St. Louis Exposition.

Thank you for understanding our family situation this week! We hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

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That was rough…

As we said last week, the Cowboys played Kansas Sunday and then the Eagles Thursday, so we opted to do one AWESOME recipe to represent KC.

Thursday night football was more shaming than last Sunday’s showing by Dallas, offering fumbles, interceptions and a lack of drive coming from the birds. Kansas City came out hard and proved that they wanted it more. Andy Reid was doused after the game- a bit of overkill for the third game of the season- but certainly a clincher to explaining what that sharp pain in our backs was. The knife of karma… or irony. Whatever it was, watching the game left an uneasy feeling in our bellies about the season, but we were certainly full of delicious food!

Joe makes a mean rib and has been using the same smoker recipe from THIS book… because it’s SO good, we don’t mess with it. This post is in pictures (taken by Chelley) and sure to leave you drooling, but the recipe is 100% Smoke & Spice. Print out the pics to easily add it to your own family recipe book… you will not be disappointed!

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Tomato based BBQ sauces are personal taste! We went spicy!

Tomato based BBQ sauces are personal taste! We went spicy!

          The night before you plan to barbecue, combine the rub ingredients in a bowl. Apply about 1/3 of the rub evenly to the ribs, reserving the rest of the spice mixture. Place the slabs in a plastic bag and refrigerate overnight.
Before you being to barbecue, takes the ribs from the refrigerator. Sprinkle the ribs lightly but thoroughly with rub, reserving the rest of the mixture. Let the ribs sit at room temperature for 30 to 40 minutes.
Prepare the smoker for barbecuing, bringing the temperature to 200° to 220°.
Transfer the meat to the smoker. Cook the ribs about 4 hours, turning and sprinkling them with more dry rub about halfway through the time. In the last 45 minutes of cooking, slather the ribs once or twice with tomato-based barbecue sauce.

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          When ready, the meat will bend easily between the ribs, and the sauce will be gooey and sticky. Allow the slabs to sit for 10 minutes before slicing them into individual ribs. Serve with more sauce on top or on the side and plenty of napkins.

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Don’t forget the napkins!

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We added a can of baked beans (a yummy cheat), baked potatoes, sliced watermelon, and a homemade coleslaw that’s often paired with our southern-style meals, which is super easy to put together (10 minutes) and serves 8:

1 head cabbage, shredded
2 carrots, shredded
3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sour cream
2 T onion, finely chopped
1 T
2 T white vinegar
1 T dry mustard
2 t celery salt
S&P to taste
Combine all ingredients, being sure all items are integrated. Serve! Easily saved for the week’s lunches, too!
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Happy Sunday Football, fans!
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Sunday wasn’t funday… but it was DELICIOUS!

It was a  perfect weekend, until Sunday! We watched the Eagles and Cowboys both lose CLOSE games. Yep. We both lost. It was painful, but it was a football Sunday, so not all was lost! Philadelphia took on the Chargers in a heated back-and-forth game, that ended at the last few seconds with a field goal. 30-33. It was a nail biter and definitely not how we wanted the game to go. Dallas was in a match with Kansas City, and though we wanted a Cowboys win, of course Chelley’s heartstrings were pulled a little seeing Andy Reid across the field in red.  Also a tense game, KC pulled it out with a 16-17 win. SO frustrating!

Due to the Eagles playing Kansas City this Thursday (where we will be making ribs- smoked ALL DAY!), we only did one recipe this weekend, and it was a winner with everyone! Check out this recipe we made representing the San Diego Chargers- perfect for the family on game night, in lieu of beef taco nights and as a fresh star meal that will surely get the whole family to enjoy fish!

Dave and Chelley’s Fish Tacos

Prep:
Cook:
Serves: 6

You will need
1# tilapia
1 medium red pepper, diced
1 small onion, diced
1 jalapeño, chopped small (remove seeds and use gloves if heat bothers you!)
1 medium tomato chopped
2 avocados, sliced
2 c. chopped lettuce
1/4 c. chopped cilantro
1 package of hard/soft taco shells
2 limes
2 T olive oil, divided
1/2 c. salsa verde (can be found canned or jarred with different spice levels)
S&P to taste

1. Preheat oven to 350° and then chop your ingredients. Put 1 T oil in the bottom of a glass baking pan, add fish and season with salt and pepper and a squeeze of lime juice. Bake for 10 minutes, until flaky.

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2. In a pan, heat 1 T oil with some salt and pepper. Add onions, red pepper and jalapeño and sautée for 5 minutes on medium heat.

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3. Pull fish from oven and remove pan from heat and start packing your taco shells! We love to add tomato, avocado, lettuce, cilantro, some salsa verde for extra heat and top it off with a wedge of lime! Enjoy your fresh tacos from the oven, or package the ingredients up for leftovers after game day!

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You win some, you lose some…

Still in preseason mode, but getting closer to the decisions that need to be made.

Who will start, who will sit, and who wasted team funds as duds this year?

On the 15th, the Eagles showed up to play with a good showing from both Vick and Foles, but coach Kelly isn’t calling it (officially) yet. With a 14-9 win over the Panthers, we took to calabash-style cooking, and made some shrimp that are sure to please those off the field, even if on-the-field is disappointing.

On the 17th, however, the Cowboys lost their third preseason game to the Arizona Cardinals, 7-12. For this occasion, we went with local Phoenix favorite, chimichangas. They were a hit with us, too. We hope you enjoy the meal as much as we did… which we cooked Sunday as a family and enjoyed while watching prerecorded games (thanks DVR!).

Fried Shrimp Calabash-Style (a new Martinka recipe)

Before we begin, let’s explain calabash-style cooking: This style of cooking seafood, mostly flounder and shrimp, began in Calabash, NC- which is a small fishing town. Beck’s is one of the original restaurants to open with this style of cooking and serving, which started as a town tradition of people showing up at the docks to see what was caught and having a big meal right there. As the idea blossomed, the communal celebrations were eventually moved indoors and started restaurants. The actual style of cooking is very fresh seafood coated in cornmeal with a peppery sauce- soaked in buttermilk with added hot sauce for those brave enough. The food is then quickly and lightly fried and served with coleslaw. This is the Carolinas’ finest. Enjoy.

Prep: 10 min
Cook: 30 min
Servings: 10

You will need
1 c milk
1/2 c buttermilk
2# shrimp… preferably fresh. We used a bag of Berkley & Jensen frozen shrimp, which we thawed (~30 oz)
1/2 t hot sauce
2 c cornmeal
1/4 c canola oil

Pour buttermilk and hot sauce into a large bowl and place a handful of shrimp in to soak for 2-3 minutes. While soaking, pour oil into a frying pan and raise to high heat.

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In another bowl filled with your cornmeal, toss your soaked shrimp until completely coated. Then place shrimp into the heated oil and cook for about 2 minutes, until your shrimp are golden.

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Place your shrimp on a paper towel before serving.

Repeat the soaking, breading and frying process until all shrimp are used.

Serve with spicy mustard, coleslaw or as-is… they are too delicious to resist!

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Arizona’s Favorite Chimichangas

recipe used directly from Foodnetwork.com
Prep: 30 min
Cook: 30 min
Servings: 4

You will need

2 T unsalted butter
4 T vegetable oil
1 white onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, diced (remove seeds for less heat)
1 1/2 t chili powder
1/2 t ground cumin
1/4 t ground cinnamon
Kosher salt
1 small tomato, chopped, plus more for topping
2 T chopped fresh cilantro
2 1/2 c shredded rotisserie chicken
1/4 c sour cream
1 15-ounce can refried beans
4 10-inch flour tortillas
1 c shredded monterey jack cheese, plus more for topping
Mexi-sauce, for topping (see below)
Shredded lettuce, for topping
Mexican rice, for serving

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Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Melt the butter with 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a skillet; transfer to a bowl.

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Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil in the skillet. Add the onion, garlic and jalapeno and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the chili powder, cumin, cinnamon and 1 teaspoon salt; toast 30 seconds.

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Add the tomato and cilantro and cook until slightly dry, about 2 minutes. Stir in the chicken and sour cream and warm through. Remove from the heat.

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Brush a rimmed baking sheet with some of the butter-oil mixture.
Spread 2 tablespoons refried beans down the center of each tortilla, leaving a 2-inch border on both ends. Top with 1 cup chicken mixture and 1/4 cup cheese. Fold in the ends and roll up.
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Top with the sauce, more cheese, lettuce and tomato. Serve with rice and the remaining beans.

Make Chi-Chi’s Mexi-sauce:
Saute 1/2 cup chopped onion and 2 chopped garlic cloves in a skillet with vegetable oil. Add a pinch each of chili powder, cumin, sugar and salt; cook 30 seconds. Stir in two 4-ounce cans chopped green chiles (drained and rinsed); cook 2 minutes. Add 1 cup chicken broth and simmer until thickened, then puree. Stir in 1/4 cup chopped cilantro.

 

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Food that's sure to bring smiles to young and old!

Food that’s sure to bring smiles to young and old!

We hope you enjoy these delicious recipes and share in the joy of cooking with your whole family this season… which is almost officially starting! Are you ready for some football?!

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