Daniel's Southwest Chili Simple, hearty, chili. Serve with flour tortillas or cornbread baked in a cast iron skillet. 1.5 lbs. lean ground beef
1 medium sweet onion (chopped)
1 can of Rotel (original or lime/cilantro)
2 cans of chili beans (Bush's)
2 cans tomato sauce
1 can dark red kidney beans (drained)
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder

Saute ground beef and onions until meat is fully cooked. Drain. Add Rotel, chili beans, kidney beans (about 2/3 of can), and about 1 & 1/2 cans of tomato sauce. Add spices. Bring to rolling boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve!

Serve with: Flour tortillas or cornbread, Monterrey jack cheese, sour cream

Variations: Cilantro goes great with it and freshens it up. For some heat, add ground red Cheyenne pepper.

From: Daniel

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a baking sheet lightly.

Sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Cut the butter into 1/2 inch pieces and add them to the dry mix. Use your hands to rub the butter between your fingers, breaking it into smaller bits. Continue until butter is in sizes ranging from rice grains to flattened peas. Do this quickly so that the butter stays cold.

In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and egg until thoroughly combined. Scrape the buttermilk/egg mix into the dry mixture, and mix until barely combined.

Use a pastry scraper or spatula to transfer the dough to a well floured surface. The dough may be too sticky to handle; if it is, dust it with flour and fold it together a few times. Divide the dough into 2 pieces. Flour your hands and pat each piece of dough into a disk about 3/4 inch thick and 7 inches in diameter. (Note: this makes 8 large scones. If serving a crowd, divide into 4 smaller circles)

Cover one disk with jam. Top with the other disk and press down gently so the dough settles into the jam. Brush the dough lightly with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar. Use a sharp knife to slice the circle into 8 triangular wedges like a pie. Carefully place the wedges on the baking sheet, leaving a few inches between them.

Bake the scones for 22-26 minutes, rotating the sheets halfway through. The scones are ready when their tops are golden brown and some of the jam has bubbled over onto the pan. To keep the scones from sticking to the pan, slide a thin spatula underneath them while they're still warm and move them to a baking rack.

From:Good to the Grain by Kim Boyce

Veggie Peanut Curry with Sweet Potatoes and Collard Greens A hearty, satisfying vegetarian curry with tons of vegetables - red pepper, potato, sweet potato, tomatoes, chickpeas, and (a new one for me) collard greens. All in a wonderful not-from-a-mix peanut curry sauce that tastes kind of Thai, kind of Indian. Can be served over rice or as a stew with pita or naan bread.

2 tsp. canola or vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
One 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated (optional: I omitted it)
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. whole mustard seeds
2 tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. ground tumeric
1 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper, or more to taste
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped
1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into bite size pieces
2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1/2 14-ounce can lite coconut milk, or more to taste
2 tbsp. smooth peanut butter
1 large bunch collard greens, stemmed and coarsely chopped
1 14-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup cilantro leaves, chopped


Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  When it's hot, add the onion and cook until softened and starting to brown, about 8 minutes.  Add the garlic and ginger and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Add all the spices and cook for another minute, then add the red pepper, the potatoes, the sweet potato, and the tomatoes.  Cover and let simmer over medium-low, until the potatoes have cooked through, about 15 minutes.

Stir in the coconut milk and peanut butter.  Add the collard greens and the chickpeas and stir well to combine.  Cook until the collard greens have wilted down enough to be soft, about 15 minutes.  If the curry seems to thick, add more coconut milk or water to thin it. Great with: pita or naan.

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Arugula and Tomato Salad with Balsamic dressing Perfect for summer tomato season, this salad is a strong mix of flavors - tangy balsamic vinegar, peppery fresh arugula, and sweet ripe tomatoes. Crumble in some cheese to bring it all together and serve with grilled meat for a full meal. Salad:
arugula
fresh tomatoes, chopped or halved if small
optional: crumbled mozzarella, feta or goat cheese
Dressing:
1/2 cup tomato juice
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
2 T maple syrup
1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary or basil
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1-2 garlic cloves, minced
2 1/2 tablespoons extravirgin olive oil

Combine all ingredients except oil, stirring well. Gradually add oil, stirring constantly with a whisk until well combined.
Note: Refrigerate dressing in an airtight container for up to five days; stir well before using.
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roasted_salsa_mexican_casserole.jpgThis is definitely best Mexican casserole I have ever had. Fresh summer corn, zucchini, and red pepper are sauteed in green enchilada sauce with precooked shredded chicken, layered with corn tortillas and homemade smoky tomato salsa, then topped with a mix of cheeses and baked until the flavors meld. It is, however, also a lot of work - and although the casserole is well worth the effort, but I do advise planning ahead before tackling it. I think we ate at around 9:30pm the night I decided to make it. But it makes a ton - would be great for feeding a crowd, and has so many veggies that it doesn't leave you feeling greasy like most cheese and sour cream casseroles.

Salsa:
8  plum tomatoes, halved and seeded
3  garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1  small onion, peeled and chopped
1  seeded jalapeño pepper, quartered
Cooking spray
1/3  cup  chopped fresh cilantro
3  tablespoons  fresh lime juice
1/8  teaspoon  black pepper
Casserole:
1  cup  chopped onion
1  cup  fresh or frozen corn kernels
1  cup  diced zucchini
1  cup  chopped red bell pepper
3  cups  shredded cooked chicken breast
1  tablespoon  minced garlic
2  teaspoons  chili powder
1  teaspoon  ground cumin
1  (10-ounce) can green chile enchilada sauce
1  (4-ounce) can chopped green chiles
12  (6-inch) corn tortillas
1/2  cup  (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese
1/2  cup  (4 ounces) crumbled feta cheese or queso fresco

Preheat broiler.

To prepare salsa, combine first 4 ingredients on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Broil 20 minutes or until charred, stirring once. Remove from oven; cool slightly. Place tomato mixture in a food processor; add cilantro, lime juice, and pepper. Process until smooth. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350°.

To prepare casserole, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Lightly coat pan with cooking spray. Add 1 cup onion, corn, zucchini, and bell pepper; sauté 6 minutes or until tender. Add chicken and next 5 ingredients (through green chiles); sauté 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Remove from heat.

Spread 1/2 cup salsa over the bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange half of tortillas over salsa. Spoon 2 cups chicken mixture evenly over tortillas. Top with 3/4 cup salsa. Repeat layers, starting with remaining tortillas. Finally, sprinkle the cheeses on top. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes until bubbly

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This is one of those recipes that is easy, delicious and can be done without a lot of forethought. I've started keeping cans of chickpeas and tomatoes around just so I can make this dish (and others like homemade falafel) when we run out of groceries and don't want to make another run. Of course that means that we usually make this when we don't have a lot of time. So even though I've made this at least twice, no pictures yet. But take my word for it - it's worth a try.

olive oil
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
2 medium cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp cumin seeds (or coriander seeds)
½ tsp ground coriander
¼ tsp ground ginger (I usually omit)
1 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp cardamon (or 3 cardamom pods, lightly crushed)
1 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
1 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
1 Tbs cilantro leaves, roughly torn, plus more for garnish
A pinch of cayenne, or to taste
2 15-ounce cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
6-8 Tbs plain yogurt, optional
A few lemon wedges, optional

Film the bottom of a large saucepan or Dutch oven--preferably not nonstick--with olive oil, and place the pan over medium heat. Add the onion, and cook, stirring frequently, until it is deeply caramelized and even charred in some spots. Be patient. The more color, the more full-flavored the final dish will be.

Reduce the heat to low. Add the garlic, stirring, and add a bit more oil if the pan seems dry. Add the cumin seeds, coriander, ginger, garam masala, and cardamom pods, and fry them, stirring constantly, until fragrant and toasty, about 30 seconds. Add ¼ cup water, and stir to scrape up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook until the water has evaporated away completely. Pour in the juice from can of tomatoes, followed by the tomatoes themselves, using your hands to break them apart as you add them; alternatively, add them whole and crush them in the pot with a potato masher. Add the salt.

Raise the heat to medium, and bring the pot to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, add the cilantro and cayenne, and simmer the sauce gently, stirring occasionally, until it reduces a bit and begins to thicken. Taste, and adjust the seasoning as necessary. Add the chickpeas, stirring well, and cook over low heat for about five minutes. Add 2 Tbs water, and cook for another five minutes. Add another 2 Tbs water, and cook until the water is absorbed, a few minutes more. This process of adding and cooking off water helps to concentrate the sauce's flavor and makes the chickpeas more tender and toothsome. Taste, and adjust the seasoning as necessary.

Stir in the yogurt, if you like, or garnish with lemon wedges and cilantro. Serve.

Yield: About four servings

Original Recipe

whole_wheat_pita.jpgI've tried a few pita recipes, and this one is hands-down my favorite. The whole wheat flour adds flavor without weighing the dough down, and a bit of yogurt keeps the texture soft. Wonderful with homemade falafel or chicken souvlaki.

1 tablespoon sugar
1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water (100° to 110°)
2 1/4 cups white flour
1 cup whole-wheat flour (best with whole wheat pastry flour), divided
2 tablespoons 2% Greek-style yogurt
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 teaspoon salt
Olive oil cooking spray
Dissolve sugar and yeast in 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Weigh or lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add bread flour, 3 ounces (about 3/4 cup) whole-wheat flour, yogurt, oil, and salt to the yeast mixture; beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Knead dough until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes); add enough of remaining whole-wheat flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel sticky). Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, for 45 minutes or until doubled in size.

Place bread stone in oven and preheat the oven to 500°. If you don't have a bread stone place the oven shelf on the lowest rack.

Divide dough into 8 portions. Working with one portion at a time, gently roll each portion into a 5 1/2-inch circle. Bake on bread stone or place 4 dough circles on each of 2 baking sheets heavily coated with cooking spray. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, at 500° for 8 minutes or until puffed and browned. Cool on a wire rack.

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ginger_pork_stirfry_with_butternut.jpgI don't generally like ginger in savory dishes, but in this Asian stir fry it blends well with the subtle cinnamon and orange flavors in the dish. Precooking the butternut squash a few minutes in the microwave gives enough of a head start in the cooking process to ensure tender cubes. Serve with rice.

1 (2-pound) butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 tablespoons peanut oil
2 tablespoons coarsely grated orange rind
1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick, broken
1 1/4 pounds pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut into 2-inch strips
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons Chinese black vinegar (or balsamic vinegar)
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped green onions
Place squash in a large microwave-safe bowl. Add water to a depth of 1 inch. Cover with plastic wrap; vent. Microwave at high 8 minutes or until tender. Drain and set aside.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add rind, ginger, red pepper, and cinnamon stick pieces; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove and discard cinnamon stick pieces.
Increase heat to medium-high. Add pork to pan, and sauté 4 minutes or until browned. Combine sugar and next 5 ingredients (through salt), stirring with a whisk. Add sugar mixture to pan; cook 2 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened, stirring constantly. Add squash; toss to coat. Stir in green onions.
sweet_sour_pork.jpgFollowing the standard crockpot steps of brown meat, chop vegetables, combine ingredients and forget about it, this hearty Asian dish makes an easy, comforting, weeknight meal. The sauce is more tangy than the usual tomato based sweet and sour, add hot pepper flakes or chili sauce for more of a kick. Serve over rice.

2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons paprika
1-1/2 pounds boneless pork loin roast, cut into 1-inch strips
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened pineapple chunks
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1-3 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
Hot cooked rice, optional

Time estimate:Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6-1/2 hours

Place paprika in a large resealable plastic bag. Add pork, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat. In a nonstick skillet, brown pork in oil in batches over medium-high heat. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker.
Drain pineapple, reserving juice; refrigerate the pineapple. Add the pineapple juice, onion, green pepper, vinegar, brown sugar, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and salt to slow cooker; mix well. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender.
Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into pork mixture. Add pineapple. Cover and cook 30 minutes longer or until sauce is thickened.
Yield: 6 servings.
baked_pancake.jpgKnown as a "baked pancake" in the Dewberry & Brown houses, this rich, custardy dish rises while baking for an impressive presentation. Serve as you would normal pancakes - with syrup and fresh fruit.

3 eggs
½ c. sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 c. milk
1 ¼ c. flour
½ stick butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
or
½ tsp. almond extract
Preheat oven to 375°.
Put all ingredients except butter into bowl. Beat with electric mixer until blended (will be very thin)
Melt ½ stick butter in 9x13" pan.
When butter is melted, add about ½ of it to batter leaving remaining butter in pan. Pour batter over hot butter and bake at 375° for 30 minutes

From: Dewberry/Brown family traditions
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