Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Best White Chicken Chili, Gluten Free

1 large chicken breast, can be bone-in or not
2 cans beans: kidney, pink or cannelini
1 small can green chilis or 1 small can Rotel
1 package Williams' chicken chili seasoning
2 soup cans of chicken stock half
half a seeded and chopped jalapeno (optional)
10 oz package frozen corn
cactus or green pepper (optional)
1 T chili powder
 1 t oregano
2 t cumin
salt and pepper to taste (note there is no salt in the Williams' packet)
2 t-1 T cornstarch
juice of one lime
green onion (optional)
shredded Monteray Jack or Mexican cheese
half a cup uncooked rice (optional)

If you are sensitive to gluten, do not use Campbell's Cream of Chicken in this recipe. It's full of wheat products.

In a crockpot, place the chicken breast, skin on if it came with it. Pour over the beans, drained, the chilis, the seasoning packet, the chili/oregano/cumin, corn, pepper, salt to taste, jalapeno and the chicken stock. Stir to combine and simmer on high for 5 hours.

 An hour or two before serving, put a ladel of the soup in a mug and dissolve in this soup the cornstarch. Mix until well dissolved and not lumpy. Pour back into pot and stir. Add rice at this point if you want to have it. 

A few minutes before serving, add the juice of one whole lime to the crockpot. Serve topped with chopped green onion and cheese melted on top. Serve with corn chips or maybe cornbread, though that is a lot of corn. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

I made Cilantro Lime soup from a recipe I will not link to here, and it was very bland, and then I threw a bunch of random things in. This gluten free and you could easily throw in some lentils or beans and leave out the chicken and it would be vegan.


One onion chopped
2 cloves of garlic minced for three minutes

Add 1 T chili powder

2 t cumin

1/2 t oregano

Saute in two chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces

Add a half bunch of cilantro that's clean and tied in a bundle

a bay leaf

juice of one lime

10 oz frozen corn

1 C diced tomatoes

1 can Goya black beans, the seasoned soupy kind

4-5 small potatoes sliced thin with the skin on

Let it all simmer for an hour, let it cool, heat it up again.

Saturday, December 14, 2013


I made bigos for my friend who lived in Eastern Europe for a long time. Her joy was unprecedented on a birthday.

 Here's the recipe which I'm glad to say is from my student in my politics of food class. To the Radich family: thank you.

Vegetarian version for MCT: click here.


I chose to do the food challenge where my mom recalled a food my great-grandmother used to make. My mom was born and raised in Poland, and moved to America when she was 14. Food is a big part of Polish culture. Most dishes are made from scratch and take some time to prepare. The dish we chose to make is called bigos, also known as hunter’s stew. This dish takes at least two days to prepare. It is most popular at the start of hunting season in the fall and into the winter. It is a hearty dish that is made with any or all types of game the hunter brings home. There is no one way to make this dish, but it is very common in all of Poland. Bigos is a dish that is found at any holiday celebrations and is made year round to use up left over meats. In Poland, my mom and uncle Kris lived with their parents, their cousins and their parents, and their grandparents. They had a huge house that my great-grandfather built on 10+ acres. My great-grandmother used to make bigos for the whole family all the time. Then when my grandma moved to America, followed by my mom a year later and uncle 5 years after her, she would make bigos for them. My mom called my uncle Kris to make sure she remembered how to make bigos.

Our recipe called for: 1 Full rack of pork ribs (~2lbs)

(Used a grass fed beef chuck roast and after three hours of sauteing, it was still unchewable. Did this cow run track? Then at the 6 hour mark, it was falling apart-CK).

1 ft long thick kielbasi link




 Red pepper flakes (didn't put this in)

 Garlic powder (didn't put this in)

 3 bay leaves

 1.5 lbs sauerkraut (Good kraut is VERY important) (drained and soaked in water to lessen the vinegar taste)

1 small head of cabbage Handful of dried Polish mushrooms (Prawdziwki) (one portabella chopped worked)

 2 pieces of bacon (I admit, it was more like half a pound of bacon, and I sauteed the onion and apple in it).

1 small onion

2 beef cubes (didn't put this in)

3 prunes (yes, put this in). I also put in two peeled and diced apples and a cup of Malbec from the Mendoza region of Argentina. Not too tannin-y.

Place pork ribs in a large pot and fill with water until pork is submerged. Season water with salt, peppercorns, one bay leaf, and red pepper flakes.

Bring to a boil, then let simmer on low heat for ~3 hours until pork is well-cooked. (I boiled it for 75 minutes, dumped half the broth and half the chuck into a Crockpot with everything else and then cooked it on high for two hours, low for four hours-CK).

Once cooked, remove the pork from the broth (turn of burner) and remove all bones and excess fat.

Place meat in a bowl and set aside. Take the sauerkraut and rinse thoroughly to reduce sourness; then, cut cabbage head into shreds. In separate pot saute bacon and diced onions. Add the kraut and shredded cabbage to the bacon and onions pot; then, pour the broth into this pot. Cook on med-high until boiling then turn to low. Add a handful of dried Polish mushrooms and two bay leaves. Cook on low heat for one hour. Add garlic powder and 2 beef cubes. Continue to cook on low for 1.5 hours. Add cooked pork and cut up kielbasi to the stew along with 3-4 more peppercorns and 3 crushed prunes. Cook on low for 2 hours. Allow to cool (overnight) then cook on low hear for 2 hours the next day. Stew will taste better and better with multiple slow cook sessions. Typically eaten on day 3. This was a long process, but it is convenient because you can walk away from it and do other things. My dad was hungry and impatient for dinner when I caught him eating the broth. He did not understand why I told him he couldn’t eat it. It was not even ready! My mom is very controlling in the kitchen, and would start doing things without telling me she was adding something or moving to the next step. She hovered over my shoulder every time I cut the cabbage or onions. She always wants her food to taste perfect so everything has to be done how she wants it; it is entertaining. Overall, it was a good time; I always enjoy cooking with my mom, no matter how particular she gets. This time though, I could tell she was getting nostalgic as she talked about Poland and her family.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Chard Polenta Bake

This is one of the rare things I pictured in my head and then made according to what was in my head.

The French lentil recipe is modified from someone else's, though it's a lot like my mother's tomato sauce just with some extra broth and lentils in it. 


  • 1 CUP DICED CELERY (optional)
  • 1 BAY LEAF

In a large Dutch oven over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add the onions, carrots, celery, and garlic. Sauté until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Add tomatoes and paste with their juices, the lentils, broth, bay leaf, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper. Bring to a low boil, then lower to a simmer. Cover and simmer about 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Watch to make sure it doesn’t burn. Cook uncovered for an additional 10 minutes.


Separately, make this polenta:

6 cups water
2 teaspoons salt
1 3/4 cups yellow cornmeal
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
Bring 6 cups of water to a boil in a heavy large saucepan. Add 2 teaspoons of salt. Gradually whisk in the cornmeal. Reduce the heat to low and cook until the mixture thickens and the cornmeal is tender, stirring often, about 15 minutes. Turn off the heat. Add the butter, and stir until melted.

It’s that Giada lady’s.

Part 3:

Then, clean chard and cut it into strips.

Get a big pan. Put half the lentils in the bottom, then the raw chard leaves (2-3 leaves thick), then half the polenta, then the rest of the lentils, then the rest of the chard, then rest of polenta on top with a little fresh grated Parmesan or what have you. Bake it at 350 until the polenta looks crispy and golden. Mmmm.

La Phet

At Rangoon in Philadelphia they make an out of this world green tea-leaf salad. I've been on a budget lately so I've been thinking about how to make this at home. This recipe works great. I left out the shrimp and the soy crunchies.

This recipe is also really good looking: just take the best from this one and the one above. It has a lot of seeds (Livvy!) You don't need vinegar to make a great tasting LaPhet.

Hollyhock Dressing

I think someone saw this served at J's and called it Hippie Sauce. It's an oldie but goodie I had at the Insight Meditation Society in MA with sprouts, olives, carrots, lettuce and feta. Just leave the feta off obv for a vegan treat.

Once in January I was so down. So I made the above salad and then made hot OreIda potato french fries and put them on top. I'm not really wanting to eat that kind of stuff regularly so I made hot roasted fennel and potato and put the dressing on over arugula and it was great. Then in the summer I once made a salad of hot potatoes, fennel and chicken sausage then put it over a bed of arugula, avocado and tomato with cumin lime vinaigrette. Holy Moly. For such a vinaigrette, just put olive oil and lime juice, salt, peppper and cumin in a little bowl and whisk until it emulsifies. Same proportions as a lemon vinaigrette I bet.

Click here for Hollyhock Dressing recipe.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Chickpea Pancakes

Chickpea Crepes-from Shanna Compton, etc.

(adapted to be gluten/grain free from a recipe in Isa Chandra Moskowitz's Vegan Brunch)

1-1/2 cups almond milk (or your fave nondairy milk, unsweetened) 
1/4 cup water
1 cup chickpea flour
1 tbs tapioca flour, cornstarch or arrowroot
1/2 tsp salt
cooking spray/oil

Blend all the ingredients in a food processor or blender. The batter will be thin. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Preheat a crepe pan or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. The pan is ready when a few drops of water flicked on to it sizzle. Lightly spray or wipe the pan with oil.

Ladle 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup (depending on the size of your pan, and smaller is a bit easier). You may need to tilt the pan to help it spread evenly (but I did not find that necessary).

Cook until the top of the crepe is dry, the tiny bubbles have popped, and the edges are lightly brown and pulling away from the sides. 1-1/2-2 minutes, depending on the heat. Gently run a spatula around and under the sides of the crepe to loosen it, then carefully flip and cook the other side, 30 seconds or more. (Mine were thicker than hers and took a bit longer.) Slide onto a dinner plate and repeat.

These are good with fresh herbs blended in, or any other flavorings you like. But I kinda like to make them plain in case I want them with fruit and peanut butter, for breakfast! (That is so yum. Stack a few, spread peanut butter, reheat in microwave while you warm berries in a sauce pan. Drizzle berries over top of stack, cut into quarters. OMG.)