gluten free chili

Gluten Free Chili aka Claire’s Cocoa Loco Chili

This gluten free chili also goes by the name of “Claire’s Cocoa Loco Chili” in my house.  Both my husband and I went to the University of Texas at Austin and every year they have the Annual Texas Chili Showdown.  We went to the one in 2015 and I was very sad to find out that most of the chili recipes had gluten in them, in the form of beer, soy sauce and flour.  I have been on a quest ever since to perfect my chili recipe.  There was one chili that I voted for, 1) because it was one of two that were actually gluten free and 2) because it had an amazingly different flavor, which I learned was cocoa powder.  I then modified my recipe with cocoa powder too, hence how “Claire’s Cocoa Loco Chili” got it’s name.

Now if you’re freaking out right now because I said there is cocoa powder in my recipe, calm down….you don’t taste chocolate, it just adds a richer full-bodied flavor to the chili that enhances the other spices and ingredients.  I do put beans in my chili, so this wouldn’t qualify as Texas chili which doesn’t have beans and I use Lysander’s Original Chili Seasoning (link below) as a shortcut.… Read Full Post

Review of Urban Accents Santa Fe Mole Sauce Mix

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that many of my recipes are Mexican inspired.  One item that has been really hard for me to find when I go out to eat is gluten-free chicken with mole sauce.  I posted a photo of my finished Chicken Mole dish and someone asked “what is mole?”, well according to Wikipedia:

Mole is the generic name for a number of sauces originally used in Mexican cuisine, as well as for dishes based on these sauces. Outside Mexico, it often refers specifically to mole poblano.

I was trying to make something different for dinner and I found a package of Urban Accents Santa Fe Mole in my cabinet, it was the perfect thing.   The sauce was very easy to make and I made some simple white rice and sautéed spinach with pine nuts to go with it.  I must say that I was very surprised with how good the Mole turned out.  My husband and I like things spicy, so often times we find recipes and spice packets to be too bland for us, this one was just right.  I will definitely buy and make this again meal.  Here are some photos:

Urban Accents Santa Fe Mole
It’s coming along very well.
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short rib

Non Traditional Holiday Meal Ideas

I enjoy traditional holiday meals with turkey or ham, stuffing, potatoes and pumpkin pie, etc., especially on Thanksgiving.  There is something very comforting about knowing that you will have it at least once a year, maybe more with leftovers.  Unfortunatley, some of my family members are not fans of the traditional stuff, so here are some options if you want to take a break from the traditional holiday meal this year.

Order BBQ from the famous Salt lick in Texas.

This is what we did last year from Thanksgiving and it was a hit.  Not to mention the fact that it reminds my husband and I of our time at the University of Texas at Austin. My favorites are the brisket and the sausage, both are gluten free as is the BBQ sauce.  I would order soon if you want it for Thanksgiving.  We’ve done it for Christmas dinner too, so if you miss Thanksgiving you can get for Christmas or other holiday celebrations.

salt lick bbq

Short ribs

We made short ribs for Christmas dinner last year and it was great.

short ribs

Make Turducken

I have to say that I haven’t done this before, but my husband has and he said it’s great. You can get a turducken from the Cajun Grocer and if you order soon you can still get it in time for Thanksgiving.… Read Full Post

short rib

Short Ribs

I made short ribs for Christmas Dinner this year, so I wanted to make sure to share the amazing results.  I first had short ribs about 4 years ago when my step daughter ordered it.  I’ve always been turned off by ribs, but her meal looked really good so I asked for a taste and I loved it.  I couldn’t believe it took me so long to try short ribs.  Since that first taste, I order them every chance I get.

Slow Cooker Short Ribs
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Ingredients
  • 3 pounds bone-in beef short ribs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 celery stalks (including leaves), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 4 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 large onions, cut into ½-inch wedges
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • ½ bottle red table wine
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Sprinkle ribs with ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat.
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Beef Stew

Well, it’s finally getting chilly in Los Angeles….yes that mean a dip into the 60’s.  I can’t believe that I lived in New York City for 10+ years, I’ve lost my ability to handle cooler weather.  Now that we are having this cooler weather, I decided to bring out the slow cooker and this week I made beef stew (I called in Beef Bourguignon in the video, but it’s more like a beef stew ;-)) and just had to share it.  So, I made it live on Periscope on Monday, if you’re on Periscope please follow me so that you can catch my next live endeavor.  You can find me at:  https://www.periscope.tv/GFAvenger  So the Periscope and the recipe are below.


Beef Stew
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Serves: 8 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 2 lb cubed beef stew meat
  • ½ cup gluten free flour (I used King Arthur all purpose GF flour)
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 cup red wine
  • ¼ cup finely chopped celery, with a few minced leaves
  • 2 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 medium potatoes, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 onions, diced
Instructions
  1. Put GF flour, salt and pepper in a large ziploc bag.
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