Showing posts from September, 2008

Green Chile Burgers

New Mexico's much-famed green chili burger, now made at home with homemade green chili sauce and plain burger meat. So first? I made Green Chile Sauce , it was the beginning of my quest for green chile burgers just like the cult-favorites in New Mexico. Next up? The burgers! At first I fussed with ideas for gussied-up gourmet burgers, y’know, where you grind this with that, add this and poke there. My butcher laughed at these notions and packed up a big hunk of good ground beef. “You won’t be able to tell the difference,” he promised. So simple good is simple does. Good ground beef. Salt and pepper. A toasted bun. Warm freshly made Green Chile Sauce. It.Gets.No.Better. EATING TIPS FOR DIABETICS To avoid bread, diabetics and those who follow low-carb and low-glycemic diets often forgo sandwiches entirely. But for anyone with a serious burger hankering, here's a quick tip that reduces bread consumption. (I'm not diabetic but this technique is so si

Green Chile Sauce (Salsa Verde)

How to make a New Mexico-style salsa verde, green chile sauce, especially good with Green Chili Burgers . Tomatillos add a certain authentic sourness, poblano chiles a warm smokiness. This is definitely "not" a spicy-hot green chile sauce. In fact, it's almost smoky-sweet – and astoundingly good. Real Food, Fresh & Seasonal. Budget Friendly Meal Prep. Easy DIY. Low Carb. Low Fat. Not just vegan, Vegan Done Real .

Cheese Puffs (Gougère)

Cheese Puffs are a busy cook's dream, an easy, make-ahead appetizer. Just mix and bake beforehand, then pop into the oven just before serving. Better yet, make and bake the Cheese Puffs ahead of time and then rewarm to serve all hot and cheesy! Just before party guests arrive -- goodness, many nights, as supper approaches -- I'm always on the hunt for some quick nibble to stave off hunger before everyone arrives or until the 'real food' reaches the table. So it's time to get serious about building a collection of easy appetizer recipes. You know, the quick bites that look and taste impressive -- but are also easy to make from pantry ingredients, easy to serve with little fuss, easy on the calories too. Plus, given that this is 2008, inexpensive too. That's some tall order, yes? Well, good news, this recipe for Cheese Puffs meets all the requirements and then some. I made a batch with blue cheese for my book club recently – a few days ahead, in fact. T

Eggplant & Bean Thai Curry

Another easy weeknight supper recipe, one of my favorite meatless suppers, though it makes a great side dish too. It's made from green beans and eggplant that get stirred into a sauce of coconut milk that's kissed with lime zest and fresh mint. Globalization gets a bad rap in many circles but food-wise, what a boon! Who can imagine a day without coffee (imported mostly from Brazil) or sugar cookies without a hint of cinnamon (Sri Lanka) or steak with without freshly ground black pepper (Vietnam)? The 100 Mile Diet encourages consumption of locally produced foods, ones that travel no more than a hundred miles. For St. Louisans like me, that means no further than from Cape Girardeau, Fort Leonard Wood and Columbia on the Missouri side, and from Quincy, Springfield and Marion on the Illinois side. No coffee or spices in that radius, I’m afraid! This recipe calls for two imports that are personal pantry favorites. The first is canned unsweetened coconut milk, especiall