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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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Jaguars, Bengals and Pig Skin- Oh my!

Whew! So we finally sat down and watched some football! Can I get a HECK YEA!?!

It was great to see both the Cowboys and Eagles win… but still- we are SO over preseason!

As we posted HERE, time constraints are backing us up against the wall- as games are being aired and replayed, etc. so we are also fumbling, bumbling and blitzing in the kitchen to get it all done. For the week we bypassed a recipe for the Cowboys-Bengals game, but wanted to let you all know that Cincinnati is known for it’s chili, most often served with pasta. A recipe that sounds delicious is HERE! Try it out for yourselves! Next week we will be doing a recipe for the Cowboys opposing team, the Texans (TX vs TX!) but not for the Jets, who play the Eagles in the last preseason game.

What we did make is some Homestyle Mac and Cheese to represent the Eagles’ southern competitors this week, the Jacksonville Jaguars. With a 31-24 win, it wasn’t quite the blowout we were expecting, but the mac and cheese was a home run (touchdown?) with the whole family!

Homestyle Mac and Cheese

Prep: 40 min (not all active)
Cook: 40 min
Servings: 8

You will need
3 c grated fontina
5 c grated cheddar
2 c grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (or Grana Padano)
4 c milk
1 4-inch piece of day old Italian bread, grated into 1 1/2 c crumbs
4 fresh sage leaves
1# pipette
2 T butter, divided

Preheat your oven to 400°F.
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil for pasta.

In a mixing bowl (we prefer glass) combine fontina and cheddar cheeses then pour the milk over the mix and let sit for ~45 minutes (until the cheese dissolves into the milk).

Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the bread crumbs and toss until crisp and toasted (3 minutes).
Place crumbs into a bowl and let cool.

Completely butter a baking dish- covering the bottom and sides. Add a thin coating of bread crumbs on the bottom and sides (don’t use them all), then stir 1 cup of the grated Parmigiano-Reggiano into remaining crumbs.

Pour the cheese-milk mix into a pot and add sage leaves.
Whisk over medium-low heat until cheese completely melts (7 to 8 minutes).
Stir in remaining 1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Add pipette to boiling water and cook until very al dente (7 minutes) and drain. Return the pasta to pot and add cheese sauce and stir until all of the pasta is coated with the sauce.
Pour pasta and sauce mix into prepared baking dish and sprinkle remaining bread crumbs over top.
Bake until browned and bubbly, about 20 minutes.

Voilà!

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Enjoy with some spicy mustard for an added kick… or if you’re in love with all things condiments like, The Daughter-in-Law…

Happy footballing!

 

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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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