Vegetarian chili

January 8, 2013

From SF Chronicle, Nicolette Niman. Make in cast iron Dutch oven, 8-10 servings

Rinse canned beans in colander:

  • 15 oz  can Black beans
  • 15 oz can Pinto beans
  • 15 oz can kidney beans

Heat spices in fry pan over med heat

  • 4 tsp cumin seeds, toast until fragrant 2-3 min, then add
  • 2 tsp dry mexican oregano, toast 10 SEC. Remove pan from heat. Using mortar and pestle, crush toasted oregano & cumin.

Sautee onions med-low heat until translucent, stir frequently, 8 minutes in large pot (Dutch oven)

  • Heat 1 TB Canola and 2 TB olive oil in pan, add
  • 3 onions diced small, saute until translucent, then add spices
  • Add the toasted cumin, oregano.
  • S & P to taste
  • 2 garlic cloves coarsely chopped
  • 4 tsp sweet paprika
  • 3 TB ground red chili

Add tomatoes and cilantro to pot, heat on med until it begins to bubble, then add beans.

  • 28 oz can chopped stewed tomatoes
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • ¼ Cup chopped fresh cilantro

Add beans and simmer on low for 1 hour. Add S&P and Chili as needed.

Just before serving, add dash red wine vinegar.

Garnish with shredded sharp cheddar, sour cream, finely chopped cilantro


Walnut Pasta Salad

January 22, 2012

California Walnut Pasta Salad. Great as side dish with chicken or ham or as a vegetarian entree. Serves 6.

  • 3 C Rotelle uncooked (cook as per package directions)
  • 1/2 C Golden Raisins (soak in hot water 5 minutes, drain)
  • 3/4 C chopped walnuts (toast 350° for 8 mins)
  • 5 TBs olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 1/2 C chopped spinach

In large stainless pan, Heat olive oil & cook garlic 1 minute. Add spinach, cook 3 mins to wilt spinach.

  • 1/2 tsp each: salt, pepper
  • 1/2 C sun dried julienned tomatoes in oil (drained)

Mix, toss all ingredients together.