Rachel’s All-American Meat Lovers Chili

Rachels chili

By the time you read this blog post the current events of today will have passed, It’s the San Francisco Giants home game opener this afternoon and as a California native I’m cheering my team on! I thought it only fitting to cook up a meal that just screams sports, so what else than…CHILI! This chili recipe has been a long time staple of mine. I love making chili because it’s such a forgiving dish. You can play around with the ingredients and the end result comes out great every time.  I have mentioned before that I have a diverse meat selection at my disposal so for tonight’s chili I used a combination of Venison, Buffalo, Beef and Pork.  I don’t usually have a lot of buffalo lying around but my husband picked it up at a local butcher shop and I figured tonight’s chili was a great use for it. I was a little skeptical that the buffalo would have some strange flavor that I wasn’t going to like but as always this chili turned out great.  Absolutely any combination of meat works for this recipe. [Read more...]

Caldo De Res and Introducing Massa Natural Meats!!

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A few months ago I posted on my Facebook page, a picture of our freezer full of grass fed beef and many of you wanted to know who my “supplier” was!  I was eager to fill you all in on my secret but the awesome little company that I had purchased my beef from was only selling locally at the time. Now for the good news – my little local supplier is shipping their amazing beef nationwide!  I am happy to introduce Massa Natural Meats, offering pasture raised beef from start to finish and I must say that their product is by far one of the highest quality and most amazing tasting beef I have ever eaten. I also appreciate that you can order either by the cut OR you can have them custom butcher and send to you your choice of an 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, or a whole cow! Finally, Massa Natural Meats will soon be offering all natural, pasture raised, heritage pork and grass-fed lamb!  Please visit Massa Natural Meats to see all that they have to offer and let me know what you think of their product! I’m sure you will be impressed.

Now on to the recipe!!

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Moroccan Burgers and Beet Salad

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Burgers. Yum. Or as Rowan (the 4 year old) put it. “Mom, these are the best burgers EVER!!” I am busy lady, and we rely a lot on easy meals and fast fixes so my freezer is stocked with tons of grass fed ground beef because, well, it’s much more manageable on crazy days to whip up something with ground beef – but to keep it interesting on ground beef nights – I turn to my well stocked spice cabinet!  Last night we came up with these awesome Moroccan Burgers and paired them with a Moroccan Inspired Beet Salad and topped the burgers with a Garlic Parsley Aioli. Sounds all fancy but it was pretty simple and pure deliciousness….

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Easy Eggplant Bolognese

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There’s a restaurant in Chico called Crush that makes a rockin’ Bolognese sauce; thick, rich, and meaty.  When we visit this restaurant they are happy to serve their scrumptious sauce over veggies rather than the standard pasta and it’s mouthwatering good.  In an attempt to recreate this yummy dish and with the abundance of eggplant that I have thanks to my awesome CSA, I decided to make a fast and easy version of this meal!

My easy Bolognese turned out way yummier than expected for the little amount of work that went into the actual preparation and my family is already requesting that I make it again – like NOW!!  I hope you all enjoy!

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Thai Basil Beef Lettuce Wraps

Thai Basil Beef Lettuce Wraps

Late last week I was on the hunt for some Thai basil; which is very different from the sweet basil you typically pick up from your local grocery store or that you grow in your garden. Thai basil has a very unique flavor and look; it’s leaves are a bit more narrow and thin and the stems are purple.

The taste of Thai basil can be described as peppery and has a hint of licorice flavor (it helps to give that distinct flavor that you might often notice when you eat Thai food!)  You can use sweet basil in Thai dishes and the end result will still be delicious but if you are able to get your hands on some Thai basil for this dish or other Thai inspired meals, I highly recommend it.

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Sun Dried Tomato Meatballs with Creamy Pesto

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I promised folks over on my Facebook page to have this post up yesterday, which obviously did not happen, and for that I apologize.  Darn three kids, two dogs, and one husband, always getting in the way of me and my timely blog posts.  What’s a girl to do….

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Mexican Meatballs

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With Sarah out of town for the filming of Primal Chef, it was my job to create this recipe and share it on Everyday Paleo.  Well, technically I didn’t create this recipe, Sarah told me what to cook, how to cook it and in what order, prior to leaving!  Our boys absolutely love the enchilada sauce from Everyday Paleo and what better way to enjoy a sauce than on meatballs!  Sarah and our son Jaden (8yo) actually created this recipe for Jaden’s book report project earlier this week.  What I did create however, was a fun time for me and the boys in the kitchen while preparing this great meal, and believe me, it’s pretty amazing.  Hope you all enjoy it as much as we did! [Read more...]