Frito Pie


Frito Pie, one of the great fun foods of the Southwest, consists of chile con carne (beef in red chile sauce) ladled over Fritos corn chips, and topped with shredded cheddar cheese and, if desired, raw onions. If you buy…

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About Venison

The bright red meat called venison, the king of game meats and food of kings, has been a culinary staple in European and American diets for centuries.  If you have not been blessed with a hunter in the family, venison…

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Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker-Revised Edition Recipes

Creamy Kheer Oatmeal

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Rice kheer is a beloved cardamom-scented pudding dessert in India. It is so special it is also served for weddings. There are many regional household versions since it is homemade. Here the kheer moves…

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A Glass for the Pot: Cooking with Wine

Wine is the world’s most common beverage, along with beer, these days. It is remarkably compatible with food, not only as an accompaniment, but as as a highly versatile ingredient as well since it blends so nicely with a myriad of foods. It has become a staple and can be added at the beginning of the cooking process, or at the end.

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New Years Black-Eyed Peas

While most New Years pot of black eyed peas bean stew contain pork, the vegetarians cannot be left out.

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Oscar’s Chile Colorado Mole

Whenever you see the word mole, you will know there is a dash of chocolate in the sauce for depth of flavor.  Oscar Mariscal, the chef at the restaurant I worked at, likes to make this with a slab of…

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Gringo Chili for a Crowd with Sour Cream Cornmeal Muffins

Sounds amazing, but the thick heat and meat stew called chili con carne, or chile with meat, is as American as apple pie. It is a traditional homespun dish displaying the qualities of creativity and originality of its cooks born and bred in the borderland desert of the U.S. and northern Mexico.

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soup and stew season: Slow Cooker Ragoût of Veal for 20

Every so often you need a good dinner party dish or family-style stew. Here is a luscious braised veal stew for that occasion. You must have a very large, family sized slow cooker for this recipe.

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Creamy White Chicken Chili with Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins

Really this was dubbed the “The Best White Chili Ever” by my sister Meg, who loves anything and everything creamy. This is a mild chili and utilizes leftover cooked chicken or a store-bought rotisserie chicken. Its almost a no brainer, out of the cupboard meal.

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Slow Cooker Vegetarian Black Bean Chili

There is chili and there is chili. Chili used to mean Texas style with meat and beans. Enter the vegetarians and the use of dried black beans, as called turtle beans, an integral part of Central American and Cuban cookery. They are easily found in the dried bean and rice section of the supermarket. Black bean chili was born and it has become probably the most beloved of all vegetarian dishes.

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