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Barefoot in the Kitchen

I woke up this morning after a long night of indulgence. The Huz and I decided to go out to dinner and then watch a scary movie at home. We went to Tony di Napoli’s, which is one of the first places The Huz took me when we started dating and I visited him in NYC. I remember I was so awe struck by the Big Apple and the craziness of the city streets. We went into this crazy bustling restaurant and The Huz happily took charge. Just like that first time, we ordered the mussels fra diavolo, with extra bread to soak up the incredible sauce. I swear, between our appetizer and entree we probably each had 6-8 cloves of garlic!

As we sipped our bottle of pinot noir, we nibbled on our entree and side dish. I divided my plate in half – half penne with vodka sauce and mushrooms, half sauteed broccoli with garlic and olive oil. I knew I’d eaten far too much, but we sat for a bit and decided to indulge in dessert – tiramisu! This tiramisu was not for the faint of heart – lots of liqueur and oodles of flavor! We took most of our entree and side dish home, just to save room for this.

As I’m sure you can imagine, after all that heavy, indulgent, delicious food, I needed to eat some food that I’d made myself. This is what the kitchen looked like to start:

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First up, I made Turkey Chili, with a tasty twist! Last Fall, I made a double batch of this chili to serve to my family when they visited for Thanksgiving. This time, I decided to play with the Cooks Illustrated recipe a bit and I added my own twist – 1/4 c. coconut milk, 2 T. dark chocolate and 1 tsp. cinnamon. YUM!!

Some of the ingredients:

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All the veggies sauteing in the dutch oven:

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You’ll have to wait for a picture of the finished product, but trust me when I tell you it was incredible. It was especially delicious with a maple cornmeal biscuit!

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I can’t reveal the recipe for these biscuits because it’s going to appear in the wonderful Happy Herbivore cookbook that is currently in the works. Can I just say how excited I am to be testing recipes for the lovely and talented Lindsay? This one, the second recipes I’ve tested, was a winner – quick, easy, healthy, and delicious!

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My only regret this weekend was that I didn’t get out to run. Between the rainy Saturday and the wine headache I had this morning (shame on me for not drinking enough water yesterday. Two glasses of wine shouldn’t make my head pound!), I’ve done some walking around the ‘hood, but that’s it. Hopefully this means I’ll have some more great weekday runs though. Last week, I had the super speedy 5k followed by a fast 4 miles, and two more good runs as well. Even if I run slowly this week, I’m just glad to be running for fun again!!

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11 Responses

  1. Wish we could have tasted your chili at the Chili Cook-off at church today. I bet you’d have won 1st place!:)

  2. Love all the color in your chili!!

  3. We had chili last night too…It makes the house smell so good while it is cooking.

  4. What delicious looking chili! I haven’t made any this year but it’s already November.. I better get ‘crackin!

  5. Chocolate and cinnamon in the chili?? I’m totally intrigued. Those biscuits look phenomenal. They look like they have lots of nice crispy edges which I love.

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