Sunday, January 26, 2014

Korean- Italian Chili!

Super bowl is right around the corner, it finally drizzled for 2 seconds, and there was a chili cook-off! Do we need more reasons for a delicious chili? Not just chili, but a Korean Italian chili? I will say no more!!!

*PS Kochucara is a wonderful  Korean powdered chili, and Gochujang is an equally wonderful Korean chili paste!

Ingredients: serves 10

5 lbs ground beef
3 lbs ground pork
5 large spicy Italian sausages
3 yellow onions
1 ½ bunches scallions
5 cloves garlic
1 cup Hoisin
¾ cup Gochujang
1/3 cup Kochucara
2 cups orange juice
2 cups tomato sauce
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
3 cans kidney beans
4 Tablespoons olive oil
4 jalapenos
2 Serrano chilies
¼ cup red wine

To start it all off create your mise en place by cubing the yellow onions, slicing the scallions, macerating the garlic, and dicing the peppers (be careful to not touch your face and wash hands after touching pepper!) Also set aside two large sauce pans, and one spaghetti pot.

In a large bowl take sausage out of the casings, and mix together with ground pork, ground beef, garlic, and scallions.

In both sauce pan heat equal amounts of olive oil. When oil is heated sauté equal amounts of yellow onion in each until becoming translucent.  Add the meat mix and mash it up into smaller pieces. Let cook about 15 minutes, turning over to let cook all the way through.

Transfer to spaghetti pot. Add the rest of the ingredients and let cook for about 1 hour on medium low heat, stirring every 15 minutes so that the bottom doesn’t burn.

While it cooks over the hour test the flavor, it will change over time. You may want to add more spice, or cool it out with more orange juice. Be the master of your own chili!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Detox 2014

Hello!!! Isn’t it wonderful to be living in 2014! No hover crafts quite yet, but amazing new things are happening every day. To update you on what we have been up to, it has been so incredibly busy for us, that is why we haven’t posted yet!

Michael has been cooking his butt off, getting back in touch with nature by going snowboarding and surfing. I have been applying to graduate school, and trying to keep my head on straight.

As part of our New Year’s resolutions we have resolved to live healthier, surf more, go to the spa more often (that’s for me), and to travel at least once out of the country this year!

What are your resolutions?

To help with this resolution here are three detox shakes, one is great for breakfast, one is great lunch, and the other is a great desert treat! They are very healthy, but very tasty. Enjoy!

To make all, just combine, and blend!!!

Breakfast Shake:

¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
1 Tablespoon almond butter
5 large strawberries
½ a banana
½ cup frozen blueberries

This shake is delicious, it has great protein to start your day, and antioxidants that will give you a burst of energy.

Lunch Shake:
½ cup carrot juice (organic unsweetened)
½ cup water
½ an avocado
Teaspoon grated ginger
1 large granny smith apple
This shake is great it has healthy saturated fats, and has great bold flavors that will quench your hunger and will satisfy that craving for something savory.

Desert Shake:
¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
½ cup frozen peaches
1 Bartlett pear
½ a banana
This shake is great because it has that bit of sweetness that we all want after a meal, but it will not pack the pounds on.
Blend away and enjoy!