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Chile Mac

September 13th, 2010 by andrea | 5 Comments | Filed in Beef, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Main Dish, Pasta, Quick Cooking, Recipes

Now that we’re heading into Autumn, it’s time to start hauling out the comfort food recipes!!! Chile Mac, a simple and comforting dish, is nothing fancy but it is a good, quick weeknight dinner. Plus, it’s fairly inexpensive to make and can easily be doubled or tripled to feed a crowd.

I usually use beef broth instead of chicken broth, and I like to add a little more chili powder and cumin. Sometimes I use fire-roasted tomatoes with green chiles to add a little more zip. Corn would be a nice addition, too. I garnish each serving with shredded cheddar or jalapeno jack cheese, or a dollop of sour cream. Serve with a big green salad. Enjoy!

Chili Mac
-recipe from The New Boston Globe Cookbook by Sheryl Julian

A great kids’ dish, this mixture of ground beef and macaroni, cooked together with tomatoes and a few spices, makes a fine weeknight meal. Serves 4.

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 pound lean ground beef
8 ounces elbow macaroni
1 can (16 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes, crushed
2 cups chicken stock
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Extra grated cheddar (for serving)

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil and when it is hot, cook the onion, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until lightly browned and softened. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more.

Add the ground beef and cook, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes or until browned and cooked through.

Add the macaroni, tomatoes, stock, chili powder, cumin, and salt. Stir well. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and cover the pan. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until liquid is mostly absorbed and macaroni is tender but still has some bite.

Add the cheese and stir just until melted. Taste for seasoning and add more salt, if you like. Serve with extra cheddar.

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Southwestern Vinaigrette

August 19th, 2010 by andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in Condiment, Mexican, Recipes, Salad, Sauce

Years ago, I had a great salad at a friend’s house. What made the salad great wasn’t the salad ingredients but the unusual dressing. I say unusual not meaning weird but more like unexpected because I’d never tasted a dressing like it before. Basically, it’s a Mexi-inspired vinaigrette. The dressing gets bold flavor from the chili powder, a bit of heat from the cayenne, a slight sweetness from the honey, and a tang from the red wine vinegar. Yumm! It makes a great salad for a Mexican, Tex-Mex, or Southwestern-themed meals.

I believe the dressing recipe came from an older Mexican Williams-Sonoma cookbook but I’m not sure which one. When I make this vinaigrette, the salad I serve it with includes: mixed greens, tangerines, avocado, jicama, red or green onions, tomatoes, red bell pepper, olives. Other additions could be corn, black beans and cilantro. Toss the salad with the dressing just before serving so you don’t get wilted greens. Enjoy!

Southwestern Vinaigrette
-recipe from a Williams-Sonoma cookbook (I think)

Makes about 3/4 cup.

1/4 cup red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons honey
1 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
5 tablespoons olive oil
salt to taste

Whisk dressing ingredients together in a small bowl and toss with salad just before serving. Refrigerate leftover dressing.

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