Who doesn’t love crispy creamy mac and cheese? We wanted to put our own twist on this comfort food by adding homemade chili powder and crispy bacon. The better quality cheddar you use in this recipe the better tasting the mac will be.
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Soup and Chili
One of our favorite appetizers at an Indian restaurant is Chicken Pakora bites. They are light and crispy but very different than your average chicken tenders. As you know from our Chinese Chicken Meatball Soup Danny loves Chickarina soup so we decided to make an Indian version. It turned out great! This soup is the perfect way to enjoy a Fall evening.
This chili is not to be confused with our Arrogant Bastard Chili. This is a whole new thing. We made a roux and cooked our fresh veggies in this to make this dish rich and flavorful. The roux gives the chili its red velvet color. Like any FullBellyBlog dish this is no ordinary dish. This chili is made without beans, hamburger meat, and tomatoes. We used our pressure cooker to speed up the cooking time but if you don’t have a pressure cooker (get one) you can cook this on the stove until the meat is tender.
David Chang has a show on PBS called, “The Mind of a Chef”, which we recently discovered. This show inspired us to make chicken soup. Danny’s favorite soup is Progresso’s Chickarina soup which is where we came up with the idea for the chicken meatballs. After collecting and drying all of our herbs we grew this summer we used some of the fresh fennel seed and lemon thyme in these meatballs. Hope you enjoy this on a cold winter day!
I think I had been craving wonton soup for at least week before making this. I wanted good wonton soup, not the bland crap you get at a Chinese restaurant. Danny and I came up with the idea of making duck wonton soup. This is totally different than what they serve in China but who cares. It was awesome! We made our broth from duck stock and the wontons are filled with duck. We used our pressure cooker to speed up the process of making duck stock. The results? DELICIOUS.
If you think mediocrity is sexy and you want a sweet, tomatoey sludge with beans and hamburger meat, may this blog's bounce rate be damned: GET OUT NOW! Click that back button on your browser 'till your trigger finger aches. If you want some ill, helter-skelter stew that AIN'T FOR THE MASSES, well then you've come to the right place.
We think chili is best enjoyed on a cold day. It should be invigorating and comforting, but also sting. Beer makes for a fantastic chili base and Stone Brewing Company'sArrogant Bastard Ale is only fitting for such an arrogant bowl of red. This is how we make ours: