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Eat- Turkey Chili 

I know, I KNOW – I am just NO WHERE lately.  The whole summer just FLEW by, and here we are deep down into fall (not that you can tell here along the front range of the rockies, where we are still hitting 80 degrees on the regular.  BOOO!)

Anyway, it is what it is, Keri was too busy doing all the things her blog name says, and not writing about it.  Bad Keri.

BUT YAY FALL!!  Oh how I love cooking in fall.  So cozy with the fam all cuddle down in the house, eating big pots of simmering yummieness together after frolicking in the leaves and such.  (OK, that might be a little more “Instagram filter world” than “IRL” but still – it’s a great season, yo.)

I am determined to start cooking fall weather food, even if the entire family has been sweltering  through pumpkin patch outings and leaf raking in shorts and tee shirts all dang month.

Nothing is better in Fall than a big bowl of chili, amirite? (Yes, yes I am right – even if my husband, who CLAIMS to have been raised in Texas, doesn’t actually care for chili BECAUSE HE IS SHADY OR SOMETHING, can I get an amen?)

I am a “no bean” kinda gal, and I know that is a hugely polarizing statement .  But before you get your oven mits in a bunch about it, you could easily throw in a can or two of your personal faves and have this recipe come out great as well.

It is even BETTER heated up for lunch in the days after making it, and it also freezes and reheats perfectly!

Let’s make Keri’s chili, shall we?

WHAT YOU NEED

1 lb ground turkey (or ground beef, or whatever “ground” floats your boat)

1 medium onion, chopped

1 14 oz can diced tomatoes

1 can low sodium chicken broth

½  29 oz can tomato sauce (take a peak at the ingredients – you just want tomato puree, no salt or sugar!!  I use a half a can, you could use the whole thing if you aren’t the carb counting fiend that I am.)

1 1/1 tablespoons chili powder

1 tablespoon cumin

½ tablespoon black pepper

¾ teaspoon garlic powder

Coconut oil (or other oil) –not pictured –  to coat bottom of pot

WHAT YOU DO

Heat enough coconut oil to coat the bottom of a deep-walled soup/stock pot, and add chopped onion over medium heat.  Sweat the onions for 2-3 minutes.

Add in ground turkey and cook over medium-high heat until browned.
Add all spices, and stir to coat the meat and warm the spices

Add tomatoes to the pot (I don’t drain, I just let the juice cook off)

Add the tomato sauce and the broth,  stir well, and simmer partially covered on low for 1 hour. (or you could TOTALLY simmer this in a slow cooker on low all day and fill your house with INSANELY good smells to greet you at dinner time.)


MMMMM.

Now come on fall weather – Colorado is waiting for you!

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Eat- Braised Short Ribs

So this is the part where I confess that I made this dish almost completely to show The Hub what short ribs are supposed to be like.
In short, he had a kinda crappy example of them during a meal out recently.  (The restaurant shall remain nameless, as we actually love it and I am going to chalk it up to an off night.)
Short ribs should be tender and juicy and the meat should just fall/pull apart and off the bone.
(No knife required! ! Come on!)

So what’s the secret? Braising and low, slow, all day cooking.

They are meaty, and rich, an amazing cold weather comfort food.
(And honestly, they are pretty easy to do, if you have a few minutes to get everything going in the a.m.)

WHAT YOU NEED:
8-10 bone in beef short ribs
2 tablespoons vegetable oil (or high smoke point oil of your choice)
1 shallot
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup red wine
1-2 cups beef stock
1-2 bay leaves
Optional dash liquid smoke

WHAT YOU DO:
Heat a dutch oven with 2 tbls of oil in it (or deep skillet if you plan to transfer to a slow cooker for the day,) until you can hover your hand just over the bottom surface of the pan and feel the heat coming off of it- the oil may JUST start to smoke or pop a bit.
Season the meat on all sides with salt and pepper, and add to the pan:

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Brown well on all sides (turn on your fan – this gets smoky, but that color = flavor, people.)
Remove the short ribs, adjust the heat to medium, and add shallot and garlic (you can chop or slice yours if you would like- The Hub likes the flavor, but not the texture, so I leave mine large to avoid serving it to him,) and the tomato paste and allow everything to cook just a couple of minutes while moving everything around:

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Bump the heat back up to high, add the wine, and use a wooden spoon to scrape and release the bits from the bottom of the pan (“deglaze the pan”)

Add the meat back to the pot/ or transfer everything to your slowcooker:

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Add beef stock to almost cover the ribs, toss in a couple bay leaves (and a dash of liquid smoke if you want,) cover, turn heat down LOWWWWW:

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I actually cooked mine for 5 hours and then turned off the heat and let them sit on the hot burner WITHOUT removing the lid AT ALL for another hour.
Mmmmm:

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Serve over egg noodles, mashed potatoes, or (my favorite) creamy polenta with some fresh parmesan stirred in:

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Enjoy. And leave your knives in the drawer, people.

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