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Crappy Weather Food – Beef, Beans And Other Stuff

Meanwhile, in Florida…….

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Hurricane season has finally arrived in Florida, and boy, has it ARRIVED 😦
While God has spared us a hurricane so far, we had constant rainstorms for the past two weeks, resulting in extensive flooding, turning many streets into rivers and parking lots into lakes.
Hearty food is the partial answer to that misery, making up for the fact that outside grilling and outside cooking in general, is suspended for the moment.
This beef stew with potatoes, tomatoes, onions, garbanzos, white beans, red beans and black beans is the perfect food to enjoy while looking out the window, watching the world drowning in rain and misery 😦
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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Crappy Weather Food – Beef, Beans And Other Stuff

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Crappy Weather Food – Beef, Beans And Other Stuff

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Crappy Weather Food – Beef, Beans And Other Stuff

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Crappy Weather Food – Beef, Beans And Other Stuff

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Shrimp And Octopus Stewed In Red Wine

Shrimp And Octopus Stewed In Red Wine

Shrimp And Octopus Stewed In Red Wine

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Seafood , wine, olive oil, tomatoes, onions, garlic, beans and potatoes give this dish that familiar taste and appearance you’ll find when ordering seafood stew along the coast of Portugal and it’s islands.
Maria and I have had this particular stew (sometimes with, sometimes without the beans) a couple of times in the home of one of our friends in Funchal, Madeira, while living there, ca 17 years ago.
Served with rustic bread and LOTS of red Douro (Portuguese wine from vineyards along the Douro river) and Madeira (fortified wine from the islands of Madeira), seafood cooked in wine has since become one of my favorite meals to share with friends, and it has been one of the foods I remember most of that happy time, that beautiful country and its wonderful people.
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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Shrimp And Octopus Stewed In Red Wine

Shrimp And Octopus Stewed In Red Wine

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Shrimp And Octopus Stewed In Red Wine

Shrimp And Octopus Stewed In Red Wine

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Shrimp And Octopus Stewed In Red Wine

Shrimp And Octopus Stewed In Red Wine

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Preparation :
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Romaine, Octopus And Bean Salad

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Trying  to end 2015 on a healthy note :-).
Well, BS, I just don’t feel like cooking today 😦
Anyway, I could eat this salad for no reason any day, anytime, anywhere…….
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Bon Appetit !   Happy 2016 !
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Romaine, Octopus And Bean Salad

Romaine, Octopus And Bean Salad

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Romaine, Octopus And Bean Salad

Romaine, Octopus And Bean Salad

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Romaine, Octopus And Bean Salad

Romaine, Octopus And Bean Salad

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Stir Fried Chicken And Vegetables In Black-Bean Chile Sauce

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Today  I had a craving for really spicy food and I answered the call with this dish. I made it very spicy, but at the same time it was also very flavorful, thank’s to the addition of hoi sin sauce, soy sauce and lots of ginger and garlic. ( If you prefer less spicy, just tone down on the chili paste)
Fabulously tasty and satisfying, this was the perfect Sunday early-dinner dish, tasty, pretty and quick to wrestle-up 🙂
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Bon Appetit !   Life is good !
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Stir Fried Chicken And Vegetables In Black-Bean Chile Sauce

Stir Fried Chicken And Vegetables In Black-Bean Chile Sauce

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Stir Fried Chicken And Vegetables In Black-Bean Chile Sauce

Stir Fried Chicken And Vegetables In Black-Bean Chile Sauce

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Stir Fried Chicken And Vegetables In Black-Bean Chile Sauce

Stir Fried Chicken And Vegetables In Black-Bean Chile Sauce

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P.S.
In order to be able to throw together these quick meals, I always have an assortment of blanched, frozen veggies in the fridge, ready to go at a moments notice.
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Also always in my fridge are grated fresh ginger (commercial, good quality) and garlic confit paste (home made, usually once a week)
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Seasoning Essentials
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On to today’s dinner:
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Preparation :
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P.P.S.
I used Chor’s Food USA “Black Bean Chile Sauce” in this dish.
If not available in your neck of the woods :-(, substitute with equal parts of fermented black beans and chili paste 🙂
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Roast Fresh Ham With Caraway Jus (Gebratene Schweinekeule Mit Kümmelsoße)

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Like  last year, this year again I celebrated Christmas eve with my dear friends Dieter and Chacha, who were gracious enough to invite me to their family celebration. As usual, the food was out of this world. This years star of the dinner was a wonderful, tasty and succulent  standing rib roast  with all the trimmings and for dessert we all enjoyed Dieters traditional, perfect  soufflé.
After everybody ate, there was one leftover soufflé, which I bravely volunteered to put out of it’s lonely misery.
(All this great food plus two soufflé’s  on one evening – no wonder my belly looks so muscular). 😦
Earlier, just before I left my home to go to dinner, my  friend Curtis showed up with Christmas gifts. Among the goodies was a fresh ham of generous size, about enough to feed 7 people with a healthy appetite. In other words, enough for Bella and I to pig-out for two days 🙂 So, before I took off to Chacha’s and Dieter’s dinner, I scored the skin of the ham, salted it very generously with kosher salt and put it in the fridge to be cooked the next day. (This helps to draw the moisture from the skin and gives you a superior crackling). The next day, Thursday, I cooked the ham by starting it off at 420F for 20 minutes, then turning down the temperature to 325F for 4 hours and finishing the last twenty minutes at 420F again to crisp up the cracklings.
On this occasion I have forgone more traditional sidings such as vegetables, beans, rice, pasta or potatoes in favor of a simple guacamole, seeded rye bread, the pork jus, the onions which cooked together with the ham, grey poupon mustard and horseradish.
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Bon Appetit !   Life Is Good !
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Click here for  Guacamole Recipe
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P.S.
I will post a follow-up on the dishes I prepared with the leftovers.
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P.P.S.
I believe it is time to live a bit more “light” for at least the next few months, so starting January, I will change my food  (and therefore my post’s) to a bit of a lighter fare 5 days a week, while the weekend will feature the same type of food as usual, just smaller portions – and, sad to say, a drastic cutback on sweets.
Look for   ” Hans’ Lighter Comfort Food “  in upcoming post’s. See you there 🙂

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Roast Fresh Ham

Roast Fresh Ham

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Roast Fresh Ham

Roast Fresh Ham

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Stew Of Cornish Hen In Merlot With Beans And Vegetables

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Cornish Hen  has very tender meat and does not need to be stewed – it can be grilled, roasted , poached or sautéed.
However, once in a while I like to braise (stew) one because of the delicious sauce this cooking method will produce. So then, this is what I had for lunch today, accompanied by a tall  glass of  iced tea. (No more booze for me, at least for the moment 🙂

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Stew Of Cornish Hen In Merlot  With Beans And Vegetables

Stew Of Cornish Hen In Merlot With Beans And Vegetables

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Stew Of Cornish Hen In Merlot  With Beans And Vegetables

Stew Of Cornish Hen In Merlot With Beans And Vegetables

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season 8-cut chicken with salt, cayenne pepper and granulated garlic in olive oil until golden brown

season 8-cut chicken with salt, cayenne pepper and granulated garlic in olive oil until golden brown

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add onions, saute until translucent

add onions, saute until translucent

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add chorizo, saute until starting to brown

add chorizo, saute until starting to brown

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add diced red peppers, garlic paste and scallions, saute one minute

add diced red peppers, garlic paste and scallions, saute one minute

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deglaze with merlot, add small blanched potatoes, chopped tomatoes with their juices, cannelini beans and straw mushrooms

deglaze with merlot, add small blanched potatoes, chopped tomatoes with their juices, cannelini beans and straw mushrooms

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simmer until sauce sliightly thickens and chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes

simmer until sauce slightly thickens and chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes

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 add grated asiago cheese, check / adjust seasoning

add grated asiago cheese, check / adjust seasoning

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to serve, sprinkle with chopped cilantro

to serve, sprinkle with chopped cilantro

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Stew Of Cornish Hen In Merlot  With Beans And Vegetables

Stew Of Cornish Hen In Merlot With Beans And Vegetables

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Stew Of Cornish Hen In Merlot  With Beans And Vegetables

Stew Of Cornish Hen In Merlot With Beans And Vegetables

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Breakfast Of Champions # 33 – Frittata

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Oscar Night !

Let’s start the day with a breakfast that will help us get trough the day and the better part of the evening strong and fortified 🙂
I am a big fan of frittata, I prepare it quite often, seldom using the same ingredients, except of course the eggs. I use whatever is available from my fridge and / or cupboard. Any vegetables and protein and herbs.
Today it was eggs, herb butter, potatoes, peppers, faziola beans, bok choy and asiago cheese, seasoned with garlic paste, sea salt maggi and sriracha.

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !

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Frittata

Frittata

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Frittata

Frittata

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Frittata

Frittata

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Mondongo A La Soupi (Ox Tripe & Chicken Gizzard My Way)

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If  this recipe does not make you like ox tripe and gizzard, nothing will do the trick. This is on my list for one of the ten dishes I don’t want to live without 🙂

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Mondongo A La Soupi

Mondongo A La Soupi

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Mondongo A La Soupi

Mondongo A La Soupi

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Gratinated Beef, Beans & Potato Stew With Fried Onions

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This  must be my 25th different use for beef ribs other than just plain BBQ.
Incidentally, this is also without a doubt one of my best loved way’s to cook beef rib’s.
It is a bit robust for this time of the year here in Florida, but as I said often –
thank’s God for A/C 🙂
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !

Gratinated Beef Ribs, Beans & Potato Stew With Fried Onions

Gratinated Beef Ribs, Beans & Potato Stew With Fried Onions

Beef Ribs, Potato, Cannellini, Garlic, Onion, Shiitake, Cilantro

Beef Ribs, Potato, Cannellini, Garlic, Onion, Shiitake, Cilantro

Simmer Ribs, Garlic, Kosher Salt And Freshly Ground Black Pepper Until Ribs Are Almost Tender

Simmer Ribs, Garlic, Kosher Salt And Freshly Ground Black Pepper Until Ribs Are Almost Tender

Add Potatoes, Simmer Until Potatoes Are Almost Tender,

Add Potatoes, Simmer Until Potatoes Are Almost Tender, Set Aside

Saute Onions And Shiitake In Olive Oil Until Onions Are Translucent

Saute Onions And Shiitake In Olive Oil Until Onions Are Translucent

Add Beans

Add Beans

Add Ribs, Potatoes And Stock, Bring To A Simmer. Sprinkle With LOT'S Of Finely Grated Parmigiano Reggiano

Add Ribs, Potatoes And Stock, Bring To A Simmer. Sprinkle With LOT’S Of Finely Grated Parmigiano Reggiano

Bake Until A Golden Crust Is Achieved

Bake Until A Golden Crust Is Achieved

Sprinkle With LOT'S Of Fried Onions

Sprinkle With LOT’S Of Fried Onions

Gratinated Beef Ribs, Beans & Potato Stew With Fried Onions

Gratinated Beef Ribs, Beans & Potato Stew With Fried Onions

Gratinated Beef, Beans & Potato Stew With Fried Onions

Gratinated Beef, Beans & Potato Stew With Fried Onions

Gratinated Beef, Beans & Potato Stew With Fried Onions

Gratinated Beef, Beans & Potato Stew With Fried Onions

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” Dirty Dozen: EWG Reveals List Of Pesticide-Heavy Fruits And Veggies “

An Apple A Day……..

Excerpt from the HUFFPOST :

….. And while the list is comprehensive, the ranking doesn’t capture all information:
For example, though apples were ranked as the most contaminated overall,
imported nectarines had the unique distinction of having a full 100 percent
rate of positive pesticide test results, above any other product. Bell peppers
and grapes were both commonly contaminated with 15 different pesticides
in a single sample — the highest overall diversity of contamination.

Still, even the researchers who conducted the pesticide exposure studies
don’t recommend giving up the “Dirty Dozen” outright.

Read more HERE