My mom bought me this cookbook for Christmas. Do other people do this? I eat something really boring and unsatisfying but I read cookbooks while I do it and think of how good something really good would taste.
I don't quite get the rage Rachael Ray elicits, (seriously?) (Whoa.) I'll admit she's a little over saturated perhaps, see this 5ives list. But overall she cooks in a way I can cook, well at least close to the a way I could strive to cook. Simple, fast with not so many dishes to clean up.
I realize I haven't done very well with the Did They Eat It feature I promised months ago. But there's a good reason for that. I suck at cooking for my family! I want to be better, I truly do. But I just can't seem to create the ever elusive Meal Plan System I keep thinking will make me able to plan meals each week with little effort. Also I get bored making the same meals over and over. I start to feel like there's no point in cooking unless I'm trying something new. Trying something new each time I cook is annoying because I'm always the equivalent of a newborn in the kitchen.
Instead we eat a lot of pasta and jarred sauce. I don't recommend this approach in general.
I decided to make this soup from Rachael Ray 365: No Repeats on Friday night because I have not cooked a meal for my family in about four weeks. Nice. I wish the recipe was on line because what I hate more than planning meals is typing recipes into the computer.
Chicken, Corn, and Black Bean Stoup
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil (twice around the pan)
2 Pounds chicken tenders, cut into bite-sized pieces
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 Tablespoon ground cumin (a palmful)
1.5 Tablespoons ground coriander (a heaping palmful)
1 Chipotle Chili pepper in adobo sauce (chopped)***
1 large onion
4 ears of fresh corn, kernels cut from the cob
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
3 Tablespoons all purpose flour
1 quart chicken stock
1 15oz can chicken stock or broth
[edit to add] 1 15oz can black beans
juice of one lime
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Hot Sauce, tabasco
Sour Cream, for garnish
Heat a large soup pot over medium-high heat with the vegetable oil. Add the chicken and season with salt, pepper, cumin, coriander, and chipotle chili pepper. Cook the chicken until lightly browned, about 3-4 minutes. Add the onions, corn kernels and red bell peppers. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 3 minutes. Dust the chicken with and veggies with the flour, stir, and continue to cook for 2 minutes. Turn the heat up to high and add the chicken stock. Bring the stew up to a simmer and then add the black beans. Simmer the stew for 15 minutes. Add the lime juice and cilantro and stir to combine. Taste and check for seasoning; adjust with salt and pepper and a little hot sauce of you like the heat. Serve the stoup garnished with a sour cream and a little bit of chopped cilantro.
***It is important to remember this for later.
Here is our final product.
So, did they eat it?
Logan: You could serve me a heaping pile of moose crap and I'd eat it and love it and wonder how you mingled the flavors so daintily. Please, please, cook for us! Please.
Maddie: [Tongue waves over a spoonful of the soup.] "There I tried a bite! I hate it. I knew I would."
Max: [Wiping sweat from his forehead.] "I really like this. It's, uhm...a little spicy. But I really like the taste so I'm eating it anyway. Washing it down with milk to keep my mouth from flaming."
Me: "Holy Crap you're right. This soup tastes like someone figured out how to bottle an open flame and dumped it in my soup. What the hell Rachael Ray? Are you trying to kill us? I can't even eat this, seriously my mouth is hurting. My lips are turning bright red. My God."
Maddie: "Oh right, yeah....I would have liked it you know. But that's what I meant, it's way too spicy. Right. Can I have dessert since the soup is too spicy to eat?" [LIE]
I couldn't figure out why Rachael Ray would invent such a spicy recipe and as I tried to fall asleep the next night I realized the recipe called for ONE chipotle chili in adobo sauce.
I put an entire 5 ounce can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce into the soup.
Like a newborn baby in the kitchen. Seriously.