Chilli Spaghetti

Chili Spaghetti


1 pound Ground Beef

½ cup chopped Onion

2 Garlic cloves, minced

3 cups Tomato Juice

1 can (16 ounces) Kidney Beans, rinsed and drained

6 ounces Spaghetti, broken into 3-inch pieces

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

2 to 3 teaspoons Chili Powder

1 teaspoon Salt

½ teaspoon Pepper


1. Brown the ground beef then drain in a colander

2. Re-heat pan and sauté the onion (add the garlic when onion begins to look transparent)

3. Grease a 2.5 quart baking dish with PAM

4.  In a large bowl combine the spaghetti, ground beef, kidney beans, onion, and garlic – mix well with your hands

5. In a large measuring cup combine the tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and chili powder – whisk well to combine

6. Place the “dry” ingredients in the greased pan – press the entire mixture down to minimize the amount of spaghetti poking up (this keeps it from drying out)

7. Pour the liquid ingredients evenly over the entire dish – cover with foil

8. Bake in a 350°F oven for 65-70 minutes

Source: Taste of Home

Fancy Department Store Muffins


2 cups Round Table Pastry Flour or King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

1 tablespoon Baking Powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) Butter or Margarine

1 and ¼ cup Sugar

2 large eggs

½ cup Milk

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

2 cups Fresh Blueberries / Chopped Apples / Chopped Peach etc.  ( optional )

1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon or Nutmeg mixed with 1 tablespoon granulated Sugar (for topping)


1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt (if using kosher salt, double amount and grind with mortar & pestle)

2. Combine the sugar and butter in a mixing bowl and cream together

3.  Add the eggs to the creamed butter and sugar and continue mixing until light and fluffy

4.  Stir the vanilla into the milk

5.  Set the mixer to the lowest speed and alternately add the dry ingredients and the milk to the creamed butter, sugar and eggs

6.  Add the blueberries or other fruit and continue to mix until homogenous (thaw frozen fruit before adding to batter)

7. Coat a large, half-dozen muffin pan with PAM for baking … Don’t forget to coat the top of the pan (Original Pam combined with a liberal dusting of flour also works well)

8. Portion the batter evenly into the six muffin cups and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar

9.  Bake for 25-30 minutes @ 400°F

Source: King Arthur Cookbook

Baked Beans

Patsy's Baked Beans


1 can VanCamp’s Pork & Beans – 53oz

1/2 pound Lean Bacon – cut into 2 inch segments

1 Green Bell Pepper – minced

1 medium Yellow Onion – minced

1½ tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

1/2 cup Brown Sugar – packed tightly

1/4 cup Molasses

1 tbsp Yellow Mustard (optional)


1. In a small pan “sweat” the bell pepper and onion just until the onion becomes translucent

2. In a bowl combine the beans, onion, bell pepper, Worcestershire, brown sugar, mustard, and molassses

3. Spoon the mixture into a large baking dish and cover with the bacon

4. Bake at 350° for an hour, or until bacon is done

Source: Patsy Fesperman

Dave’s Pizza Sauce

Dave's Famous Pizza Sauce


1 can Crushed Tomatoes – 28oz

1 can Tomato Paste – 6oz

1 tsp Oregano

1 tsp Basil

1 tsp Marjoram

1 tsp Anise Seeds

1 Garlic Clove – finely chopped

1 Yellow Onion or Pearl Onions – minced ( ~ 3/4 cup )

1 tsp Salt

1 tsp Black Pepper – coarse

Tabasco – season to taste


1. Combine the onion, garlic, oregano, basil, marjoram, pepper and anise seeds in a microwave safe container (Pyrex® is ideal)

2. Add a small amount of water to the vegetables and herbs until they form a paste-like consistency.  Microwave on high until the mixture reaches 160° (this method is known as Microwave Assisted Extraction)

3. While allowing the vegetables and herbs to cool, combine the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, salt, and Tabasco

4. Add the microwaved vegetables and herbs to the tomato mixture and stir until well blended (The sauce can be simmered at this point, but will reduce the intensity of the tomato flavor)

5. The sauce is now ready to use, or can be refrigerated for up to a week.

Source: David Fesperman (My Father-in-law)

Guinness Beef Stew – Disney’s Rose & Crown Pub



2 pounds Sirloin – Cubed into rough 2 inch blocks

1/2 cup Flour – All-Purpose

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

2 Bay Leaves – Dried

1 Large Garlic Clove – Chopped

1 Yellow Onion – Diced

2 cups Carrots – Diced

1 tbsp Fresh Thyme – Chopped

1 tbsp Fresh Rosemary – Chopped

¼ teaspoon Red Chili Flakes [Crushed Red Pepper]

1 cup Guinness Stout

4 cups Beef Broth


1. Dredge the beef in flour and make sure all sides are lightly covered.

2. Remove steak from bag and set aside – shake excess flour back into the bag

3. Heat the olive oil ( ~medium heat ) in a large Dutch-oven – add the steak and turn until all sides are well browned

4. Remove the steak and set it aside

5. Add a little more oil to the Dutch-oven and loosen any fond in the bottom of the dutch-oven

6. Create a light brown roux by slowly stirring the remaining flour into the hot oil

7. Add the Guinness and lightly whisk to combine with the roux

8. Add the beef broth, bay leaves, garlic, onions, carrots, thyme, rosemary, crushed red pepper

9. Season to taste with salt and black pepper

10. Bring this mixture to a boil

11. Nest the meat into the liquids, leaving some of the edges exposed

12. Cover the Dutch-oven and move it to a 350° oven to braise for 2½ – 3 hours ( the liquids should reduce a bit, and have a “saucy” consistency)

13. Discard bay leaves before serving

14. Expo by placing fresh mashed potatoes in the center of a soup bowl –  ladle the stew around the potatoes – Garnish the potatoes with a large cheddar cracker

15.  Don’t forget to pour yourself a tall Guinness!

Note – If the stew needs to be thickened, create a slurry by adding 1oz of cornstarch to 2oz of water and whisking.  Add this to the stew while at a simmer.

Source: Rose & Crown Pub – Walt Disney World, Epcot World Showcase

Honey-Lime Roasted Chicken

Honey-Lime Roasted Chicken


1 whole Roasting Chicken (5 to 6 pounds)

1/2 cup Lime Juice

1/4 cup Honey

1 tablespoon Stone-Ground Mustard or Spicy Brown Mustard

1 teaspoon Ground Cumin


1. Combine the lime juice, honey, mustard, and cumin in a roasting pan – whisk until homogenous

1. Place the chicken, breast side up, on a rack in the roasting pan

2. Make a small cut in the skin of the chicken, near the top – Use this as an entry point to loosen the skin around the entire chicken (use a similar technique on the  legs)

3. Use a basting tool to transfer some of the liquids from the bottom of the pan to the chicken (use the slit on top of the chicken to insert the basting tool under the skin.

4. Bake, uncovered, in a 350° oven and baste every 30 minutes

5. When the chicken has browned nicely ( ~1.5 hours ), cover it with foil to prevent drying during the remainder of the cooking process.

6. Continue to bake and baste until the internal temperature reaches 180° ( ~ 2-1/2 hours )

7. After removing from the over, allow the chicken to rest for ten minutes before removing and discarding the skin.

8. Carve the breast meat and expo with the wings, thighs, and legs

Source: Taste of Home

Simple Spring Rolls

Spring roll


Spring Roll Wrappers

Green Cabbage


Soy Sauce

Black Pepper

Vegetable Oil

1 Egg White


1. Remove the core from the bottom of the cabbage

2. Cut cabbage in half and place it on the flat side

3. Shave the cabbage into thin strips using a very sharp knife

4. Julienne the carrot

5. In a bowl combine the cabbage and carrots with a small amount of oil – (just enough to coat the veggies lightly)

6. Sauté the cabbage and carrots in a large pan until cabbage is translucent – (Soy Sauce and Black Pepper to taste)

7. Seperate the desired amount of Spring Roll wrapper sheets and lightly flour an adequate workspace for rolling

8. Place wrapper with one of the points facing you – (should look like a diamond…not a square)

9. Place a liberal amount of cabbage and carrots on the sheet a few inches above the point closest to your body

10. Roll, tightly until you reach the midpoint of the sheet and then fold the right and left points inward

11. Finish by brushing the top point with egg white and then rolling until tightly closed

12. Cook by brushing with vegetable oil and baking at 425ºF or deep fry in vegetable oil

Source: I used my Ninja skills to get this recipe from one of my favourite Asian restaurants…That is all I can sayicon_ninja

This is a restaurant recipe and will make 30-40 Spring Rolls with a large Cabbage, so feel free to scale it down.

Strawberry & Banana Smoothie

Strawberry Smoothie


1/2 cup Vanilla Yogurt

1/4 cup Milk

8 Strawberries  (Frozen)

1 Banana

2 tablespoon Honey

Soy Protein Powder (if desired)


1. Combine all ingredients in a blender cup – blend until smooth

2. Serve in a chilled glass

Beef Tenderloin & Pan Jus


Beef Tenderloin Filet 6-8oz – Room Temperature

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Sea Salt

Cracked Pepper

1/2 cup Water

1 tsp Tomato Paste

1/4 cup Marsala Wine

1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar

1 tbsp Worchestershire

1 Shallot

1 tbsp Butter


1. Dice the shallot and set aside

2. Combine the water, tomato paste, wine, Balsamic Vinegar, Worcestershire – whisk to combine the ingredients

3. Heat cast iron pan on medium/high

4. Coat pan and steaks with oil – season steaks with salt and pepper

5. Place steaks into pan and do not move for 3-5 minutes.  Moving will disrupt the Maillard reaction

6. Turn the steaks and allow to cook undisturbed for another 3-5 minutes.

7. Remove steaks from pan and set aside for rare (cover with foil) – For medium or well finish in a 200°F oven

8. Reduce the heat on the pan slightly

9. Add the diced shallot to the pan

10. Scrape the fond from the bottom of the pan while sautéing the shallot

11. Add the liquid mixture and raise the heat on the pan – stir continuously

12. Reduce the mixture to 1/2 of original volume

13. Finish the sauce (pan jus) by stirring in the butter

14. Serve the “pan jus” over the steaks

Source: Chef – Jason Hill

Carl’s Cinnamon Rolls




1/4 cup Water  (2oz.)

2 tbsp Yeast – active dry

1 cup Milk (8oz.)

4 3/4 cups Flour – King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose (19oz.)

1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons Sugar – granulated (4.25oz.)

1 egg, well beaten

1 teaspoon Salt

1/2 cup (1 stick, 4 ounces) butter, melted

1 tablespoon Lora Brody Bread Dough Enhancer (optional)


2 tablespoons milk

3/4 cup (5 1/2 ounces) light brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 1/2 tablespoons (5/8 ounce) ground cinnamon


1/4 cup (1/2 stick, 2 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup (3 1/2 ounces) confectioners’ sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3/8 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons orange juice

1/8 teaspoon orange oil

1 1/2 to 2 1/2 teaspoons hazelnut liqueur, such as Frangelico, or almond liqueur, such as Amaretto



1. Heat water and milk in microwave (anything above 110º is too hot)

2. Whisk in the yeast and  1 tbsp of sugar then set aside until foam appears on top of liquid (This means the yeast is metabolizing).

3. In a large bowl combine the flour, salt, and remaining sugar – whisk until thoroughly blended.

4. In a small bowl combine the water/yeast/sugar, milk, egg, butter, and Lora Brody dough enhancer (optional) – whisk thoroughly to form an emulsion

5. Combine the liquid and dry ingredients and work into a dough.

6. Turn the dough-ball out onto a floured surface and knead until it is smooth and consistent. (If the mixture becomes too dry, add a little water – If too wet, add some flour).

7. Grease a large bowl with vegetable oil, and place dough-ball inside. Roll the dough so the top-side is also oiled.

8. Cover bowl with plastic film, (or damp cloth) and wait for the dough to double in bulk…sometimes overnight.

9. Turn the dough out onto a lightly greased surface and divide it in half.

11. Flatten the dough a little with your hands before rolling it into a 18 x 24 rectangle.


12. Brush the milk onto the dough – (leave a 1 inch strip along one of the long sides dry).

13. Combine the sugar, salt, and cinnamon.

14. Sprinkle the filling ingredients onto the dough, being careful to avoid the 1 inch strip that was not brushed earlier.

15. Roll the sheet – starting with the long edge of the rectangle – (opposite of the non-brushed side).  It is also important not to roll the dough too tightly, as it will cause the center of the rolls to pop up when baking.

16. Brush the bare, 1 inch strip with water and pull it up over the “log” (pinch the seam closed and turn it over so that it is on bottom)

17. Mark the dough in 1.5 inch increments along its length with a knife (should be ~20 rolls).

18. Slice the cinnamon rolls by looping dental floss around the “log” and pulling (floss gives the best cut, but a serrated knife can be used as well).

19. Place the rolls on a lightly greased baking sheet (leave at least 1 inch of space between the rolls)

20. Brush the sides of the rolls with melted butter to prevent sticking

21. Wrap the sheet in lightly greased plastic film and allow to rise, until puffy looking (not quite doubled in bulk)

22. Bake in a 350F oven for 30-35 minutes (or until golden brown)

23. Remove from oven and allow to cool while still on the pan (place on cooling rack when they begin to become firm)


24. Combine the butter, confectioners’ sugar, cinnamon, salt, orange juice, orange oil, and liqueur

25. Use an electric mixer or fast whisking to “cream” the ingredients together

26. Frost the rolls while they are still slightly warm

SourceKing Arthur Cookbook