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How to Preserve Meat While Also Retaining the Flavor

Over the years, humans have strived for a method of preserving meat that also retained the flavor

Jerky is normally made from beef but alternatives can include turkey, alligator, ostrich, moose, caribou, elk meat and venison. Fish too can be used, such as tuna or salmon. The smoking or salting preservative methods keep the nutritional value of the food and Beef Jerky recipes are popular with people who are traveling or camping, as they are slow to perish. Commercially produced jerky can be stored for up to a year and home made can be kept for one to two months. The dishes are most commonly found in the USA, Canada and Europe.

The marinade used makes all the difference to the meat and keen cooks can experiment with their own recipes or buy ready made products. Seasonings are important too and often include cayenne pepper, cheese powder or white pepper. One of the classic Beef Jerky recipes includes a marinade with brown sugar, seasoning, Teriyaki Sauce and garlic. Other popular flavors are onion powder, Worcestershire Sauce, soy sauce, dark corn syrup, molasses or liquid smoke.

There are regional variations to jerky and some are more spicy than others. Chinese Beef Jerky uses typical Chinese ingredients of dry sherry, honey, ginger, red pepper, soy sauce and white pepper. Blue Ribbon Beef Jerky is a simple blending of soy sauce and Chinese 5-Spice Powder. There is a whisky jerky recipe with a cup of Jack Daniels, ketchup, onion, chili powder, lime juice, apple cider vinegar, thyme and sage. Wisconsin Beef Jerky uses onion powder, sea salt, ground black pepper corns, soy sauce, Worcestershire Sauce and liquid smoke.

Any taste can be easily accommodated in Beef Jerky recipes. An Indian flavor is attained with ready made curry powder or by blending coriander, turmeric and ground cumin together. These ingredients are then mixed with chili powder and ginger. Cajun cooking can also be applied to jerky with the addition of Tabasco or Louisiana Hot Sauce. Jerky is there for all to enjoy!

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CHILI SHEPHERD’S PIE WITH BUTTERMILK POTATO TOPPING

Take my Chili Shepherd’s Pie with Buttermilk Potato Topping, for example. I start with my Kitchen Workhorse Chunky Beef Chili. The chili is great as a stand-alone, but it’s also a key ingredient in several spin-off recipes.

Then, I vacuum-package the extra chili with my FoodSaver appliance and freeze the remainder in controlled sizes to use later for other recipes, like my tasty Soft Beef Tacos or Chili and Macaroni Casserole. Voila! From one meal, many.

CHILI SHEPHERD’S PIE WITH BUTTERMILK POTATO TOPPING

(Makes four servings)

2 pounds Yukon Gold

potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/2 cup buttermilk, preferably at room temperature

1 quart Kitchen Workhorse Chunky Beef Chili (found on page 150 of “Kitchen Life”), heated

1 1/2 cups fresh or thawed frozen corn kernels

1/3 cup (about 2 1/2 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly oil an 8-inch square baking dish.

Place potatoes in a medium saucepan and add enough cold, lightly salted water to cover them by 1 inch. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook potatoes until tender, about 20 minutes.

Drain potatoes and transfer to a bowl. Add the butter. Mash potatoes with a masher or an electric mixer on low, gradually adding the buttermilk. Season with salt and pepper.

Mix the chili and corn in the baking dish. Spread the potatoes on top of the chili and sprinkle with the cheddar. Bake until the cheddar melts and the topping is tinged with brown, 15 minutes to 20 minutes. Serve hot.

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Top 10 Best Chili Recipes

Top 10 Best Chili Recipes

There’s something about eating a nice, hearty bowl of chili that warms us down to our toes. Doesn’t matter what time of year – anytime is chili time! It’s amazing how many varieties of chili recipes exist in the cooking universe. Here’s a small sample of some great chili recipes.

Award Winning Chili – Made with beef brisket, garlic, V8 juice, jalapeno pepper, spices, beer and your commitment to making great chili. You’ll win awards in your own kitchen after making this delicious chili.

Authentic Texas Chili – Made with top round beef, garlic, green peppers, dried chilies, beef stock and hot sauce. This chili brings you a taste of the old Southwest – open prairie, a cozy fire and a cowboy strumming a tune on his guitar.

Bill’s Prize Winning World Best Chili – Made with lean ground chuck, lean ground pork, lean beef chuck, onions, tomato sauce, powdered mole (mo-lay), hot sauce and spices. This amazing chili recipe is definitely for the true chili connoisseur.

Chili’s Restaurant Southwest Chicken Chili – Made with navy beans, kidney beans, chicken breast, tomatillos, jalapeno pepper, green pepper, onions, lime juice and chili spices. If you’ve ever enjoyed this dish at Chili’s restaurant and wondered how they make it. Now you know.

Down Home Crockpot Chili – Made with kidney beans, ground beef, garlic, tomatoes, cayenne pepper, chili seasoning, and spices. A savory slow-cooker chili recipe with a delicious homemade flavor.

Texas Beer Chili – Made with ground beef, pinto beans, tomato sauce, tomatoes, beer, onion and spices. A simple yet hearty chili to enjoy with thick slices of toasted garlic bread or tortilla chips.

Wendy’s Chili – Made with ground beef, kidney beans, onion soup, tomato paste, spices. I love Wendy’s chili. Eat this when you have a cold – it’ll make you feel better.

White Bean Chili – Made with chicken, white beans, pepper jack cheese, and mild salsa. A great chili recipe to make when you’re in a hurry to eat.

Best Cincinnati Chili – Made with ground beef, tomato sauce, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, cinnamon, allspice and chocolate. Cincinnati is famous for this sweet and spicy salsa. Serve it over spaghetti noodles with sprinkled cheese on top – yum!

Uncle Jim’s Award Winning Vegetable Chili – Made with pinto beans, kidney beans, black beans, garbanzo beans, corn, zucchini, jalapeno chilies, onions, green peppers, carrots and spices. Who needs meat when you can enjoy this hearty vegetarian chili instead? Sprinkle some grated cheddar cheese on top to make it extra special.

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Chicken Recipes

Chicken Recipes

What’s for dinner? Tired of the same old thing, and ready to try something new? All you need is chicken and some basic ingredients and you’re ready to go. The internet is your best resource to find a tasty chicken recipe that will keep your family raving about your out-of-the-world cooking skills. It doesn’t matter what cut of chicken you have in your freezer, because there are lots of recipes for chicken breasts, legs, thighs, wings, and the whole chicken. So take a look at what you have and start searching for something that will make your mouth water. There are appetizers, casseroles, pasta dishes, salads, sandwiches and wraps, soups and stews, and slow cooker recipes, in addition to baked, fried, and roasted chicken recipes, and great barbecue and grilling ideas. How about chicken and spicy sausage with pasta, or mini white chicken pizzas? Either sounds great for a quick summer lunch.

Lots of scrumptious chicken recipes are at your fingertips, never again must you prepare that same old boring chicken dish, unless you want to of course. But why would you? A change of pace will do you good, in more ways than one. If you’re in the mood to spice things up a bit, go Mexican, with an assorted collection of chicken recipes with Mexican flavors including the tortilla club sandwich, chicken and rice burritos, or chicken teriyaki rolls. Allrecipes.com has more than 2,880 trusted chicken recipes complete with ratings, reviews, and cooking tips, including classic chicken soup, stir fry, glazes and rubs, make ahead meals, chicken in thirty minutes, appetizers, and more. The Food Network also has a large selection of chicken recipes and meals, and chicken meal ideas for every night of the week.

Trying a new chicken dish doesn’t have to be complicated. Most are fairly easy, so don’t be afraid to try something you may have been a bit apprehensive about in the past. Fried chicken doesn’t always have to be a greasy burnt mess. Just visit the chicken recipes index on Southernfood.about.com for the perfect way to fry chicken, or maybe you’re in the mood for some chicken chili instead? Whatever it is you have a hankering for you’re bound to find it online. Serve your family a new chicken dish for dinner and never look back. Healthy chicken recipes couldn’t be any easier. Most food sites that feature chicken recipes, offer handling and cooking tips as well, in addition to user friendly search and print options, so you can easily add your new favorites to your recipe book. What is the only downside to all this you ask? You’ll have your family begging for more, and you’ll never go out to dinner again!

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Cool Summer Soup Recipes – A Food Processor And 10 Minutes Is All You Need

Cool Summer Soup Recipes – A Food Processor And 10 Minutes Is All You Need

Summer is coming and so is the hot weather. Nobody likes to cook in the heat of summer. A really hot meal on a hot day is almost as unpopular. It could be that a cool, easy to prepare summer soup is just what you need.

Below are 3 recipes for soups that can be made in your food processor or blender. If you have the ingredients on hand, none of them take more than 10 minutes to make. They are all delicious, nutritious, and really refreshing on a hot day. While the recipes all suggest you use a food processor, you can get very good results by using a blender or hand blender too.

These are all very simple recipes, so don’t be shy to modify them and get a taste that your whole family can enjoy.

Here are the recipes.

Summer Vegetarian soup
This is great tasting soup with a touch of Italy included. It is super easy to make and very healthy. It is particularly good on a hot summer day

an avocado – skin and pit removed of course
4 Roma tomatoes – they may not be quite juicy enough (see below)
Basil to taste (Thai basil is really good in this)
4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

Process
How easy is this soup? Simply throw everything into your food processor and mix until it is smooth. If you find that it is more like a smoothie than soup, simply add more liquid (or swap one of the Roma tomatoes for another more juicy variety). Pour into bowls, garnish as you wish (minced chives are nice) and enjoy.

Sensational Salsa & Black Bean

This soup is a very simple soup that takes just a few minutes to prepare. It can be served hot or cold, but always benefits from being heated.
Roughly 4 servings

INGREDIENTS:
2 normal sized cans of black beans (any brand is OK, but try for low salt)
1 1/2 cups soup stock (Just use chicken, beef, or vegetable bullion)
1 cup of your favorite salsa (chunky makes a heartier soup)
1 teaspoon cumin (best to use fresh ground in the soup and you can sprinkle seeds on top too)
1/4 cup of sour cream
1-2 green onions chopped fine

Process:
Put the beans, salsa, cumin, and soup stock into a food processor (a blender is OK too). Puree the mixture until it is creamy in texture. Pour the mixture into a mid-sized pot and heat on low-medium until it is completely hot. This allows the flavours to merge. If you are going to serve it cold, move it to the fridge to cool off till it is time to eat. To eat it hot, simply serve into bowls and garnish with the onions and some of the sour cream.

MANGO SOUP

Mangos are simply divine. They are great as a fruit, mixed into drinks, added to salads. They also make a really good cool summer soup which is explained below.

Ingredients:

1 large RIPE mango (it will be soft, no squishy, to touch)
2 cups chicken soup stock (make your own or use bullion if you must)
1 TBSP lemon grass (available in most Asian markets, it looks like long greenish reeds when you buy it)
1 TBSP ginger – Freshly chopped is best
Ground chili peppers to taste
1 cup yogurt (2% plain is best)
2 TBSP cilantro (chinese parsley) chopped fine

Process:
Chop mango and put in food processor. Mix briefly and then put in the ginger, lemon grass, chili and 1/2 cup of soup stock. Mix again till everything becomes very smooth. Move the soup into another bowl (be sure it is large enough) and mix in first the rest of the stock, and then the yogurt. This is best served cold, so put in fridge till you are ready to eat. Then put into bowls and serve with the cilantro as the garnish.

As the temperature starts to go up give these soups a try. They are all very simple and will add a new delicious and healthy dimension to your summer diet.