Monday, December 31, 2012

It's been a hectic month here at Yumology. Amidst the holiday merriment came travel, a sad loss in the family, and more travel. However, our Yumologists have rallied and are ready to jump back in to the kitchen with gusto!

We realize we missed out on the NFL Chili Cookoff post for week 16 and 17, so we're making up for those now. We can't wait to see which teams make it to this year's Super BOWL!

Unfortunately our week 16 match-up is not an actual match-up. The Carolina Panthers Dry Rub Chili v. the St. Louis Rams Sweet Rib Chili was born out of these two teams being the only ones left on our NFL chili roster.

For week 17 however, the New England Patriots Clam Chowder Chili v. the Miami Dolphins Surf & Turf Chili was an actual team match-up, and our final NFL chili post this year!

May the best bowls win!

Carolina Panthers Dry Rub Chili

2 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp cracked red pepper flakes
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried coriander
2 lb chopped beef brisket
2 tbsp flour
2 tbsp olive oil
1 bottle of dark beer
2 tins of diced tomatoes
1 cup of smokey BBQ sauce
2 onions diced
1 tsp minced garlic
2 cups of chicken broth

  • Add all of the spices together in a cup and mix well
  • Toss the chopped, dried meat into the spices and allow each piece to coat evenly
  • Transfer the spiced meat to a separate bowl full of flour and toss the pieces in the flour until a thin coating in formed
  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot
  • Add the meat to the olive oil and allow the outer layer to brown
  • Add the onions and garlic and cook until soft
  • Add the tomatoes and bbq sauce and stir well
  • Add the beer and 1 cup of water
  • Allow to simmer on low heat for 1 hour

St. Louis Rams Sweet Rib Chili

2 lbs of boneless spare ribs cut into 1 inch pieces
2 tbsp olive oil
1 bottle of chili sauce
1 tin of cranberry sauce
2 cups of chicken broth
1 cup of red wine
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic powder

  • Mix the spices together and rub them into each piece of the meat
  • In a baking dish add the olive oil and cook the meat on low heat (300) for 30-45mins until meat is tender and cooked
  • In a stovetop pot, add the chili sauce and cranberry sauce together and stir
  • Add the meat to the sauce and allow it to flake

Miami Dolphins Surf & Turf Chili

2 cups of chicken broth
2 cups of shrimp
1 cup of lump crab meat
2 lb of thinly cut flank steak
1 tin of cannellini beans
1 diced onion
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tin of diced tomatoes
1 tsp dried parsely
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 tbsp olive oil

  • Grill and season the flank steak separately before adding it to the chili
  • Set cooked meat aside
  • Add the olive oil to a large stove top pot and heat
  • Add the onions and garlic to the olive oil and cook until soft
  • Add the spices to the onions, tomatoes and garlic and coat well
  • Add the chicken broth and let mixture come to a boil
  • Add the shrimp and crab meat to the chicken broth and let cook while removed from heat
  • Lay the cooked meat over the top of the chili and serve

New England Patriots Clam Chowder Chili

2 tbsp unsalted butter
1 onion chopped
2 celery stalks chopped
3 tbsp flour
2 cups chicken stock
2 10oz cans of clams in juice
1 cup of heavy cream
2 bay leaves
1 lb of cubed potatoes
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tin of cannellini beans

  • Heat the butter in a medium stove top pot until it melts
  • Add the onion and celery and cook until soft
  • Add the flour to form a sort of rue
  • Add the chicken stock and juices from clam tins (reserve the clams themselves)
  • Stir until flour is completely dissolved
  • Add the cream, bay leaves and potatoes
  • Cook on low for 20 minutes stirring often so cream doesn't curdle
  • Add clams, beans and spices and stir over low heat for another 3-5 minutes

And with that, our NFL Chili Cookoff series comes to a close. We hope you enjoyed these recipes and we hope you'll use them as we approach playoff season. Plenty of parties, tailgates and fun-filled football watching to chow down in front of.

Stay tuned for our Super BOWL match up and let us know which of these recipes truly was the best!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

This week the Pittsburgh Steelers v. the Dallas Cowboys and we've got two mighty, meaty chilies ready to go head to head. May the best bowl win!

Pittsburgh Steelers Black & Yellow Bowl

2 tbsp olive oil
2 diced yellow onions
2 lbs ground black angus beef
1 tin of black beans
2 bottles of dark beer
2 cups of Heinz ketchup
1 cup of kernel corn
1/2 tsp salt, pepper, garlic, cumin and chili powder

  • In a large pot add the olive oil, onions, meat and spices. Cook until onions soften.
  • Add the ketchup and stir until the meat is coated.
  • Add the beer and corn and cook for 2-3 hours on low heat.
  • Add the beans and cook for an additional 30 mins.

Dallas Cowboys Texas Roadhouse Chili

1 lb of diced chuck
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 diced jalapeƱo
1 diced habanero
1 tin of diced tomatoes
1/2 cup diced green chilies
1/2 cup diced red pepper
1 tsp minced garlic
2 diced white onions
1/2 tsp salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, coriander
1 bottle of Mexican beer
2 cups chicken stock
1 tin of refried beans

  • Add the olive oil, diced beef and onions to the bottom of a large pot and cook until the onions are soft.
  • Add the rest of the diced veggies and tomato paste. Cook until veggies soften and are well coated.
  • Add the spices and stir.
  • Add the Mexican beer and stir.
  • Add the refried beans and stir until the beans melt into the chili.
  • Add the chicken stock until chili reaches desired consistency.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Even thought this was Thursday night's game, we're hoping you'll enjoy pitting the Oakland Raiders Black & White chili against the Denver Broncos Mountain Elk Chili.

May the best bowl win…
Oakland Raiders Black & White Chili

1 bottle of Guinness beer
2 cups of chicken stock
1/2 lb ground black angus beef
1/2 lb ground turkey
1 white onion diced
1 tin of black beans
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 tins of diced tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato paste
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil

  • Add the olive oil to a large saucepan 
  • Add the diced onions and cook until soft
  • Add the ground meat and cook with the onions thoroughly
  • Add the spices and allow them to cook into the meat for 5 minutes
  • Pour in the chicken stock, tomatoes, tomato paste and beer
  • Simmer on low for 3-4 hours
  • Add the beans and cook for an additional 30 minutes

Denver Broncos Mountain Elk Chili

1 lb of fresh ground elk
1 diced yellow onion
1 cup of chopped green chilies
1 tin of pinto beans
2 cups of chicken stock
1 cup of red wine
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 tbsp olive oil

  • Add the olive oil to a large skillet and heat
  • Add the onions and ground meat to the skillet and cook thoroughly
  • Add the spices and allow them to cook into the meat for 5 minutes
  • Pour in the red wine and simmer for an additional 5 minutes
  • Add the chicken stock and chilies and cook on low for 3-4 hours
  • Add the pinto beans and cook an additional 30 minutes

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

There are exactly 20 shopping days left until Christmas. Why not save yourself the headache of crowded shopping centers, and use a GiftBracket instead. Think about it, you can get your family, friends and co-workers together in one convenient, online location to vote on the perfect gift.

For those special Yumologists in your life, GiftBracket has compiled a list of fabulous foodie gifts to get you in the spirit for some seasoning. Take a look!

Guest Post:

Go Go (Kitchen) Gadget!
Thanks to our buddies at Yumology we have food on the brain. Fortunately, foodies are some of the easiest people to shop for on your holiday list. No matter what you get them, as long as it involves food, they typically love it! Here are some of our favorite foodie gifts of the season.
1. Mocubo Modular Cutting BoardDesigned especially for the cook who has tons of veggies to chop, this cutting board is unlike any you've seen before! The Mocubo contains three drawers that slide into an area below the cutting board, allowing the chef to keep their work area clean and keep their ingredients separated. Rubber pads on the bottom of the cutting board keep it from sliding all over the countertop when an Iron Chef moment strikes. Made of durable bamboo, this sustainable product is inexpensive at only 39.99 and is good for the environment too! Check it out at the following link:

2. Microplane Herb Mill
We don't know about our friends over at Yumology... but here at GiftBracket, we aren't very good at chopping herbs, even though we love the flavor that they add! If you have friends or family like us, take a look at the Microplane Herb Mill. This nifty little device minces herbs without bruising or tearing them (like we do). No batteries required- churn out herbs to your heart's desire by twisting the ergonomic handle. For only $19.99, this is a steal! Visit Williams Sonoma for product details or to order. 

3. Kitchen Scale with iPod Docking StationTrying to make your foodie friend part with her 1990s boom box? Maybe you should check out the Digital Kitchen Scale with iPod Docking Station. This 11-pound model by Frieling measures pounds, grams, and fluid ounces and has a weighing surface made of safety glass. Scale comes with a protective cover for the iPod docking station. A speaker located in the base of the scale provides rich sound to facilitate the cooking process! This product sells for $99.99 at Bed Bath and Beyond.

4. Color Changing Tea Bag BuddyThis neat little multi-tasker not only holds the tag on a tea bag to keep it from sinking to the depths of your tea cup... it also changes color when your tea is finished steeping! When the color changes, simply lift the Tea Bag Buddy, squeeze the excess tea out of your tea bag, and flip the Tea Bag Buddy over to hold the used tea bag. Bonus: The Tea Bag Buddy will keep tea warmer longer! For $4.99, this is a great stocking stuffer for the tea lover in your life. Buy it in two colors at The Container Store.

5. Stackable Lunch Pot
Starting January 2, when everybody steps onto the scale and utters a collective scream of despair at the number that they see staring back at them, they will wish they had a friend as good as you to get them this stackable lunch pot. With a large container holding 18.6 ounces and a small container holding 10 ounces, they can pack soup, salad, pasta, or anything else that sounds good! Packing a lunch instead of heading over to McDonalds never seemed so easy before. Buy this product from Uncommon Goods for only $22.00! 

6. Kid's Large Baking Set
Move over, Easy Bake Oven! The Martha Steward Kid's Large Baking Set is taking over this kitchen. This kit includes everything the young baker in your life needs to make delicious sweets for the whole family, include a whisk, spatula, offset spatula, scissors, rolling pin, measuring cups, measuring spoons and more! Recipes and baking tips are also included. This baking set, sold exclusively by Macy's, is on sale for $29.99 during the holiday season. Read more about on at the Macy's website.

7. Black & Decker Ergo Food Chopper
For a small-capacity food processor, this Ergo Food Chopper by Black & Decker takes the cake! This model can hold a maximum of three cups, making it perfect for small batch cooking. On/Off and Pulse buttons are located on the top of the unit, making it easy to control the level of chop. The Ergo Food Chopper comes with a secondary lid, allowing the cook to prepare and serve in the same container (don't worry... the blades are removed first!). All pieces are dishwasher safe- except for the motor, which you should never think about putting in the dishwasher anyway. Buy it on Amazon for $22.00. 

8. Slate Cheese Tray
Which cheese is this? Gouda? I'd swear it was Gruyere! Let's face it... remembering which cheese is which can be hard sometimes. This is exactly why your friends need this Slate Cheese Tray. Slate is the most common material for chalk boards, which means that you can write the name of the cheeses directly on the cheese tray. No more guessing which cheese is which! The bottom of the tray is covered with felt, so there is no risk of scratching a delicate surface. This gift is not dishwasher safe, but cleans up quickly with soap and water. This Slate Cheese Tray sells for $27.00 at Chef's Resource.

9. Hamilton Beach Juicer
Want to balance out all those other people who give Cookies and other sweets as gifts? The Hamilton Beach Juicer makes a wonderful gift. 851 people have given this product an average review of 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon, so you know this is a tried and tested winner. At $49 it won't break the bank, and on January 1 when people are ready to put the holiday food coma behind them and embark on a liquid diet, they'll be thanking you for thinking of this incredible gift! Check out the product page at Amazon here.

10. Rolling Kitchen Island
You know what the problem is with all the magazines that profile a "dream kitchen?" Most people have a "reality kitchen." That means that space is usually at a premium, more storage is always needed, and the only "island" in your kitchen is the puddle of water surrounding your kid's unfinished dinner. Not to worry though, this gift will make you look like the dream weaver! The rolling kitchen island adds flexible space, makes for a great accessory to any kitchen, and as an added bonus has a compartment for your trash can so the garage receptacle won't have to be an eyesore in the corner of the kitchen anymore. Available for $179.95 at Brookstone, this gift is sure to be a huge hit! 

If you don't like any of these gift ideas, check out the Featured Gifts section of our website or any of our previous blog posts of foodie gifts: