Pioneer Woman Chili

Simple, Perfect Chili

I read cookbooks like other people read romance novels — cover to cover, absorbing every delicious measurement and instruction as if it were the feud between Edward and Jacob (sorry, I had to throw in the Twilight reference).

As soon as I received my copy of The Pioneer Woman Cooks by Ree Drummond (thank you, Mr. UPS guy), it was no different. As soon as my son was in bed, I settled down on the couch with a cup of tea to read my new book. Bliss.

As I was reading through P-Dub’s (cute, huh?!) recipes, artfully intertwined with great stories of her transition from big-city girl to a pioneer woman who works a ranch, I came across her recipe for Simple, Perfect Chili. Ding! Ding! Ding! I just found my recipe for the cookbook review!

Roast Chicken with Carmelized Shallots

Roast Chicken with Carmelized Shallots

I’m always on the look out for good chicken recipes that I can whip up on a weeknight. And, I’m always drawn to recipes that have sauces, or other components, that I can assemble the night before so I can cut down my pre-dinner prep time! I found this recipe in “the pile”. I must have printed it from a website or blog, but I don’t know where — for some reason, the site didn’t print. Maybe I cut and pasted? Oh well.

Chicken Canzanese

Chicken Canzanese

A few weeks ago, we had a (much needed) lazy Saturday. No birthday parties to go to. No errands to run. Nothing to do but putter around the house and catch up on some DVRed TV shows. I wound up watching one of my favorite public television shows — America’s Test Kitchen from Cook’s Illustrated. This is one of my favorite cooking shows, made by the folks who bring me 2 of my favorite cooking magazines — Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country. I love their scientific approach to all things food!

The episode that caught my eye was for Chicken Canzanese (can-zan-ay-see) — a classic slow cooked comfort food.

Buffalo Shrimp

Buffalo Shrimp

Tonight, we decided we would try to make some of the dishes from one of our favorite restaurants. First up was Buffalo Shrimp.

Beef Bourguignon

Beef Bourguignon

Or, boeuf bourguignonne (said in my best Julia Child voice). For those of you that have read my “About” page, you know that I started this blog after watching the movie Julie and Julia. Except, instead of cooking my way through a cookbook, I’m cooking my way through my (ever growing) pile of collected recipes. So, I thought it was only appropriate to make this recipe for my one-year-of-blogging milestone.

I read the recipe over and over. It’s quite long and involved so I wanted to make sure that, A.) I had all of the ingredients and tools that I needed to make the dish and B.) I had an idea about what I was getting myself into.