Posts Tagged ‘chili’

Turkey Three Bean Chili

January 19, 2011


serves 6-8

This is perfect for the family to make and nutritious. A great way to incorporate beans into ones diet. The real fun begins with toppings you choose.

1 28 oz  can tomato sauce
2 pounds of ground turkey or beef
3 cups chopped onions
5 cloves garlic thru press
2 tablespoons of sunflower or vegetable oil

1 small red pepper pureed or chopped or 1 tablespoon of sweet paprika

5 tablespoons of chili powder
3 tablespoons of  ground cumin
1 teaspoon of Greek oregano
1/4 cup white tequila optional

1 6 oz can of tomato paste

1-2 tablespoons  of sugar, honey
1 tablespoon of el yucateco chipotle sauce
1 can 15 oz each of your favorite beans rinsed and drained – )pinto, dark red kidney, black beans, roman, navy beans, bola rojas)
3-4 dashes of parrot hot sauce
1 cup chicken  stock or 1 Herb ox Chicken boullion cube to 1 cup water
1/4 cup of  white tequila optional
2 tablespoons of fine yellow corn meal

Heat a large  inch skillet to medium -high  heat

add oil

saute onions , garlic and add turkey

separate turkey while cooking

add in tequila, tomatoes, paste, red pepper,  chili powder, cumin and simmer on medium

add in  stock, hot sauce, oregano, beans , sugar simmer 30-35 minutes

check on chili and add a small amount of water if chili becomes too thick half way through cooking time

add in corn meal and mix

when chili becomes thick its ready to serve

Toppings for a bowl of chili can be many.  Shown in bowl is guacamole*,  gypsy sour cream dip* and homemade  fire roasted salsa*  surrounded by all natural tortilla chips.

Other toppings that are great are chopped scallions, plain sour cream, lemon sour cream dip*, yogurt, chipotle dip*, corn, olives, chopped red onion and shreded cheese

* recipes available on this site and The Gypsy Kitchen Cookbook

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The Gypsy Kitchen Cookbook by Lisa Lamme’

January 18, 2011

With the release of my first cookbook, many of you have asked what my cookbook The Gypsy Kitchen Cookbook about?  And many thought it was a cookbook devoted to cooking with wine & cheese since I own a very popular gourmet wine and cheese shop.  But this is not the case. I was recently asked by the press what my style of cooking was and I had to ponder for the answer. I decided to get back to them in a few days, as I needed a time to think about my cooking style.

I was asked did I cook Italian and French because of my heritage? Was it Americana? Canadian? Southern, Southwestern? Caribbean, South American? Mexican?As I have lived and visited many of these places? Could my cooking style be more  Indian, Vietnamese, Thai or Asian, Greek or Mediterranean? Yet, no one cuisine came to mind. I am self taught and  have learned to cook many cuisines from these country’s while relishing their spices and seasonings  from these  marvelous lands. Could I be more Spanish or Portuguese influenced? It eventually came to me… that my style and love of food and cooking  should be categorized as World Fusion. It may be a music term, but I am claiming it to be my own style of cooking. So that is what my cookbook The Gypsy Kitchen is about!

I adore appetizers, small plates, tapas,BBQ, salads and soups,  fantastic olive oils and vinegar and spices from afar.  I  incorporating unusual and common everyday ingredients into my repertoire and  some times heat. I love texture, crunchy, creamy, crisp and  full flavor foods. I love my butter and cream, sea salt , sea food,  legumes and grains.   I  believe: That variety is the spice of life. I  guess I am one of those  gourmand’s who lives to eat but I am one who is respectful of calories at the same time.

My book is about my passionate love for foods whether they be in vegetable, meat, pasta, or appetizer, sauce, seafood or in condiment form! I love food and want to share my passion  with the world.   My recipes demonstrate how easy and simple cooking real food can be. In addition to my love of cooking and  desiring more from the one dimensional  main stream hot sauces offered in the market, I  developed my own unique hot sauce Gypsy Juice.  My recipe was  in such demand at store level I could no longer produce it in small batches, I needed to go into manufacturing. When producing this hot sauce I choose  intense flavors, quality ingredients, depth and complexity in the finish. You could say  I created a monster,  a hot sauce almost like a fine wine but in  sauce form. A hot sauce that was not too hot, but would compliment most foods.  I am excited,  patiently waiting to hear the ooh’s and ah’s and until the whole world tries Gypsy Juice and the recipes!

My goal is to awaken your pallets, encourage you to try new and different foods and flavors…. To introduce you to a world of excitement thru food so you will never ever ever be bored on your plate again!

Happy Cooking!

Happy Eating!

Lisa Lamme’