Sunday, May 20, 2012


Did you know Chili is an American dish?  Lots of people think of it as a Mexican because of the beans and use of Chili powder but it is actually from Texas.  Best part of this dish is that it is easy, fast and delicious.  Unless of course if you are making it in a crockpot.  Today, we were painting our kitchen when my daughter's university friends showed up unexpectedly.  I quickly made chili and served with garlic bread.  I added watermelon, some chicken wings and french fries from frozen.  For the vegetarian friend, we added a mixed salad and spanich and feta pastries from the day before.  We had dinner in a jiffy.

Seasoning Mix
4 tablespoons chili powder
2.5 teaspoons ground coriander
2.5 teaspoons ground cumin
1.5 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Other ingredients
2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 kg. lean ground beef
1 onion
1 (800 ml) can diced tomatoes
1 (450 ml) can tomato sauce
2 (450 ml) cans kidney beans
Grated cheese
  • Mix together seasoning mix.  This mix will give you more seasoning than you will need for this recipe but you can store it in a container for convinence for next time.
  • Put 2 tablespoons of oil in a skillet and cook ground beef until no longer pink.
  • Drain.
  • Chop onion
  • Drain and rinse the beans
  • Pure 1 can of beans
  • In a big pot add all the beans, ground beef, onions, tomatoes and tomato sauce, 5 teaspoons of the seasoning, salt
  • Cook until it thickens to your liking in low or medium heat
  • If you are using a crockpot, cook on low for 6 to 8 hours
  • Serve with a hot sauce on the side for those who prefer it really spicy
  • Top with grated cheddar cheese. 

Sunday, May 13, 2012


This is a nice light and low fat desert.  Good in any season but best in the hot summer days.  You can top with cool whip or ice cream or chocolate sauce instead of grated chocolate.  This is a great way to use the bananas that are starting to go brown as well as a good source of calcium for those who don't like to drink milk (like me).

4 cups cold milk (1 lt)
4 tablespoons cornstarch (I use a soup spoon steepingly full) 
2/3 cups sugar
1 teaspoon unsalted butter
1 teaspoon (9 gr) vanilla
3-4 mashed bananas
Top: Grated chocolate or cool whip or icecream or chocolate sauce
  • Mix cold milk, corn starch and sugar in a pot
  • Cook in low heat stirring constantly until it thickens
  • Add in vanilla and butter.  Stir until butter is melted
  • Add bananas
  • Put in serving dishes and let it cool in the fridge for a couple of hours (covered with saran wrap)
  • Top with your choice of chocolate pieces, cool whip or ice cream.

Saturday, May 5, 2012


Translation of Un Kurabiyesi is: Flour Cookies.  I've been meaning make these cookies for a very long time simply because I missed them so much.  I don't make them often because of the calories but I have to tell you, they are absolutely worth it.

 250 gr unsalted butter (1 cup)
1/2 cup oil
1/3 cup corn starch
2/3 cup icing sugar
1 package vanilla (2 teaspoons)
3.5 cups flour
  • Cream butter and oil together.  I left the butter at room temperature overnight.  It was so soft that I did not need a mixer.  I used a fork.
  • Add corn starch, icin sugar and vanilla
  • Add flour a little at a time to get a soft tough.  Dough does crumble a bit.  You need to make sure it sticks together by hand.  Set aside to rest for 10 minutes
  • Split the dough into 6 equal parts
  • Make a roll with each piece of dough using your hands.  Be careful with the crumbs just stick them together by hand
  • Cut each piece into 5 cookies
  • Put on a lined cookie sheet
  • Pierce with a fork
  • Preheat oven to 325
  • Cook until the edges turn pink.  In my oven it took 20 minutes
  • Cool and sprinkle with icing sugar