• Marian’s Chili (Big Batch)

    I remember the day I slid myself into the high seated chair at the bar facing my mother’s kitchen. I asked her for her chili recipe. She laughed. My mom derives no pleasure from cooking. It’s not a secret. Those are her words, and I quote. She turned from me, opened the cupboard door, scrounged around for a quick moment…and then flopped a package of McCormick’s chili seasoning on the counter. “There”, she said, “instructions are on the back”. And we both laughed. I’ve never been “big” on chili but a bowl from time to time through the winter months is some of the best comfort food. And so, for…

  • Smoked Sausage & Peppers Rice

    Rice is a staple that is relatively easy to find (except for during pandemic hysteria: add this to the list of things that were hard to find, along with toilet paper and hand soap), inexpensive, filling and has a great shelf-life. I’m not one for a pile of plain rice on my plate – though I suppose that if push came to shove and eating was for survival alone, as it is in many poorer countries, I could get on board. I’ve got a stockpile of uncooked rice in the pantry for just in case but I’ve been experimenting with meals that are heavy on the rice while also bursting…

  • Perfect Rice: Instapot Style

    Confession: it has taken me a Loonnnnggg while to figure out the perfect rice. Rice on the stove never came out the right constancy. So then I got an appliance made specifically for cooking rice and that missed the mark again…while I could get a decent final product, I always had to waste a thick layer on the bottom of the pot to achieve that end. Then I got an Instapot! I had heard so many things about perfect rice from the Instapot and in an effort to minimize unnecessary clutter in my kitchen, almost immediately got rid of my rice cooker. And then the Instapot proved an issue for…