This is definitely not the kind of food I grew up with.
This time of year means I’m missing the milder temperatures down South a lot more. This hearty dinner is reminiscent of one of my favorite things to order at a Tex-Mex restaurant – sour cream chicken enchiladas. Simple and filling, it’s not hard to put together and will keep you warm and satisfied as snow and salt fill the streets outside. Personally, I would like a little less salt in the streets and a little more for my margarita, but – I’ll take what I can get!
This is not your average chicken and white bean chili. Chicken and white bean chili happens to be my favorite kind of chili – and I’ve made it lots of times and have always been happily satisfied with what is usually a lighter-colored version, often with green chilis (mmmm, green chilis), cilantro and lots of cheese. It’s always delivered and I’ve always felt pretty darn good about myself for making it. And then I found this recipe over at Foodnetwork.com and my chicken and white bean chili-eatin’ life will never be the same.
Sweet Jesus! That’s all I could think on Sunday – and not just cause it was Sunday. It was because I made Beef Bourguignon for the first time. From scratch. Took me about 5 hours from stem to stern, but Sweet Jesus, it was worth it!
I was asked to make it last week and didn’t really know anything about it. I knew it was one of the complicated recipes from Julia Child and the whole Julia/Julia movie. It’s basically a beef stew – only much more complicated, much more rich and decadent and 1000 x better than any old beef stew. I looked online at a lot of different recipes and the one I settled on can be found here. I can vouch for this recipe being amazing, even with the minor adjustments I made. It did take me forever, but in the end it was worth it. Would like to get more familiar with this so the prep work doesn’t take so dang long. But I think it’s still gonna be a special occasion type-dish just because the braising needs a couple to several hours at least.
Not sure what was going on with my camera phone (I know, crappy photography) – but the hazy, dream-like quality is fitting cause trust me – this Beef Bourguignon was a dream come true!
While it was very time consuming with a few complicated steps (at least compared to my normal cooking) – it was worth it not just because I made one of the most amazing dishes EVER (and I mean that), but also because I did some things I’ve never done before – and understand better how certain things work and why certain techniques are used. Click for More on that and the recipe here . . .