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The Galley: Warming Foods

November 1st, 2018

By Betha Merit

Hot food may refer to temperature, like a warm bowl of chicken soup or an aromatic cup of hot chocolate. What’s more fun is to combine that hot with spicy heat, for a warmth from your mouth to your toes experience. Chili style is a very personal taste and creative specialty. No beans, yes beans, and 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 alarm options. Personally, I’ve never met a chili I didn’t like. Nostalgia makes me remember chilly fall nights and my mom’s chili (with beans) served with saltines.

Jalapeño cheese cornbread and Mexican Caesar salad keep the heat going. Add a Margarita as the perfect cooling beverage pairing. Whether concocted with your favorite tequila with hand squeezed lime juice and agave syrup over ice, or using pre-mixed Margarita in a bottle, ready to pour over crushed ice. It’s all good.

chili recipe The Galley: Warming Foods

Becky’s Chili Beans

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 small onions, finely chopped
  • 1 chopped bell pepper (optional)
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 5 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 Tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne (or to taste)
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 (24 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (24 oz.) can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 oz.) can drained, rinsed kidney beans
  • 1 (15 oz.) can drained, rinsed pinto beans

In a large pot heat olive oil over medium heat, adding onions, optional bell pepper and garlic. Sauté about 5 minutes. Add chili powder, cumin, cayenne, salt and pepper, stirring for 2 more minutes. Add the beef, brown and stir to break up meat into crumbles. Add all tomatoes and sauce, and beans. Bring to a boil, reduce to low heat, and cook for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.

mex caesar salad The Galley: Warming Foods

Mexican Caesar Salad

SALAD

  • 1 head romaine lettuce, torn into bite sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup cooked corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup black beans (canned), rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 avocado, peeled and cubed
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried chili flakes (optional)
  • 2 handful tortilla chips, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup grated cotija cheese
  • lime wedges, to serve

DRESSING

  • 1/2 cup Caesar dressing
  • juice of one small lime
  • 2 teaspoons cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder

Combine all ingredients for dressing into a shaker bottle or jar. Shake well and set aside. In a large bowl combine romaine and remaining ingredients, reserving limes and crushed tortilla chips for serving. Dressing may be tossed into the salad or set out for self serving along with the tortilla chips.

Easy Jalapeño Cornbread

  • 1 (8 1/2 ounce) box Jiffy cornbread mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 3 Tablespoons jar or can jalapeños, diced and drained well
  • 1/2 to 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Combine cornbread mix, egg and butter in a mixing bowl.

Stir in remaining ingredients and mix well.

Place mixture in greased muffin tin or 8” by 8” greased pan.

Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes of until cornbread is golden brown.

The Galley: Savory nuts, wine and brie

April 30th, 2018

Sometimes you want to entertain light. You’ve had a big mid-day meal and the party continues. That’s when you plan a fun wine tasting and include nuts, cheese and apples for substance.

Plain nuts are fabulous on their own, but savory nuts add a bit of spice, salt and aromatic zest. They also show a little TLC for your guests. The following recipes pair well with Brie. The creamy butteriness balances the spice. Wines that pair well will be more sweet, without tannins. Examples are Riesling, pinot noir, rosé, or bubbles! A jar of rosemary-herbed Spanish Marcona almonds are an easy third nut option.

baked brie The Galley: Savory nuts, wine and brie

Baked Brie

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place 1/4 wheel brie on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper. Optionally, you may drizzle with  honey. Bake 5 to 7 minutes, or until cheese starts to ooze but not melt.

spicy pecan recipe The Galley: Savory nuts, wine and brie

Hot & Spicy Pecans

  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cups pecan halves
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, mix butter (melted), Worcestershire sauce, red pepper, salt and garlic powder. Stir in pecans and gently toss with chili powder until coated. Spread pecans on a baking sheet and cook 30 minutes in oven. Stir every 10 minutes.

Curried Cashews

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cups roasted cashews, salted
  • 2 Tablespoons curry powder
  • salt to taste

Melt butter in a sauté pan. Add nuts. Cook slowly over medium heat until cashews are browned. Move to a plate covered with a paper towel to dry. Sprinkle with the curry powder.