The weather has been awesome in Birmingham, and we had a cold snap this weekend, so we made My Favorite Chili Recipe. A lot of friends always ask me for my favorite chili recipe so I thought I would share–it’s my husband’s recipe creation. He has a few tricks up his sleeve. He uses ground beef and beef stew meat in the chili to create a meatier, thicker consistency. He also uses light beer instead of water and cacao powder. Cacao powder is similar to cocoa powder, but healthier and loaded with antioxidants. Use your favorite chili seasoning mix, green pepper, garlic and onion along with a touch of light brown sugar and canned tomatoes. I also like white kidney beans in my chili, but use your favorite beans. If you’re chili looks thinner than you like, add 1 tablespoon mesa flour and water to thicken it. Ours turned out perfect. Served with a salad and your favorite crackers, and dinner is done.
We are already planning our Thanksgiving menu and this side dish is on our list! These Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pecans are super easy with minimal preparation time. If you are trying to get your kids to eat Brussels sprouts, give this recipe a try. For the recipe click this link on SC Johnson’s website for my recipe! Brussels sprouts are so good for you! Brussels sprouts are a storehouse of several flavonoid anti-oxidants that offer protection from prostate, colon, and endometrial cancers. It is also one of the highest vegetables with vitamin K which helps prevent delay onset of Alzheimers and is a good source of vitamin A, helpful for your vision. They are also a good source of fiber, vitamin C, B6 and omega-3 fatty acids.
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Are you ready for Thanksgiving? I have started gathering recipes, and this Pear Apple Cocktail is on my list. It’s only 2 ingredients and one of my new favorites. It uses Amoretti Pear Martini Mix which you can find on Amazon or Amoretti. For other great cocktail ideas see my Pinterest board “Cocktails Calling my name”.
If you say a recipe with chocolate chips, I am in! Better yet, in a scone. These Apricot Chocolate Chip Scones are a wonderful fall or holiday breakfast recipe. This is just of of the 125 recipes in 125 Best Chocolate Chip Recipes by Julie Hasson and published by Robert Rose (who is also my cookbook publisher). You’ll enjoy incredibly creative recipes from cakes, pies to breads, muffins, beverages, bars and sauces with simple techniques and preparation and minimum fuss. These scones come together beautifully using a food processor, which effortlessly cuts the butter into the flour resulting in tender and flaky scones. My kids and I love that they combine apricot and chocolate chips, and I can’t wait to make these again for Thanksgiving or Christmas morning!
2013 has been a whirlwind for me. All the sudden it’s November, Thanksgiving…and Chanukah! This year we have the rare opportunity to celebrate Chanukah and Thanksgiving simultaneously for the first time since the early 1900s, definitely an occasion worth taking advantage of from a culinary standpoint. Chanukah, meet Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving, meet Chanukah! Instead of sweet potato pie, try these sweet potato butternut squash latkes. They are amazing! You’ll get the flavors of Thanksgiving but the crispy fried texture of Chanukah. Thank you to Chabad for sharing this recipe with my readers. I only adapted it slightly. Enjoy and happy Thanksgiving and Chanukah!
If you like kale and pesto, you will love this Kale Almond Pesto recipe. I thought is was so funny. My youngest son came home from school and started eating this as a dip with crackers. Proud mom moment! I love that my 3 kids are kale fans! See my post on MindBodyGreen on the health benefits of eating kale. This recipe is perfect served with fish, chicken or steak or mixed with pasta. It’s super easy to make too, and I think I just may make it to serve alongside our Thanksgiving turkey. Happy Friday everyone! So grateful for everyone of you who came by to read this post. Love, Alison
I started getting together my Thanksgiving recipes, and put this Kale Pasta Salad on the list. It’s a cold salad (I know), but it pairs well with the holiday turkey. This has become one of our favorites with grilled meats and seafood. I even add grilled chicken to it, and the kids take it to school for lunch. It’s super easy, and it makes a lot so enjoy all week long.
Who loves cider? My 3 kids and I are addicted to my newest creation for Pomegranate Cider. It is a big hit with family and friends. I made it for Thanksgiving, and I wish I actually had made more. This is the type of recipe that you definitely want to have left-over. I have some really great news! I am so honored to be a part of the SC Johnson “Blogger panel” this year! I will be writing for their website on a monthly basis and sharing recipes, tips and more. They are a family-owned company, and they offer some of my most favorite, useful products in my kitchen and home. See SC Johnson’s website for this recipe and more of my posts! Stay tuned for more…
I can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week! I wanted to share with you my newest favorite Thanksgiving dessert: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie. It’s so easy to prepare with only 15 minutes of hands-on time. Adding Oatmeal to this pie makes it a little bit healthier and gives the texture a twist. My three kids are in love with this dessert so I’ll be making several for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Feel free to use dark chocolate chips instead of semisweet if you wish. Trust me, you will love this Thanksgiving dessert! Happy holidays everyone!