gluten free chili

Gluten Free Chili aka Claire’s Cocoa Loco Chili

This gluten free chili also goes by the name of "Claire's Cocoa Loco Chili" in my house.  Both my husband and I went to the University of Texas at Austin and every year they have the Annual Texas Chili Showdown.  We went to the one in 2015 and I was very sad to find out that most of the chili recipes had gluten in them, in the form of beer, soy sauce and flour.  I have been on a quest ever since to perfect my chili recipe.  There was one chili that I voted for, 1) because it was one of two that were actually gluten free and 2) because it had an amazingly different flavor, which I learned was cocoa powder.  I then modified my recipe with cocoa powder too, hence how "Claire's Cocoa Loco Chili" got it's name. Now if you're freaking out right now because I said there is cocoa powder in my recipe, calm don't taste chocolate, it just adds a richer full-bodied flavor to the chili that enhances the other spices and ingredients.  I do put beans in my chili, so this wouldn't qualify as Texas chili which doesn't have beans and I use Lysander's Original Chili...Read More
short rib

Short Ribs

I made short ribs for Christmas Dinner this year, so I wanted to make sure to share the amazing results.  I first had short ribs about 4 years ago when my step daughter ordered it.  I've always been turned off by ribs, but her meal looked really good so I asked for a taste and I loved it.  I couldn't believe it took me so long to try short ribs.  Since that first taste, I order them every chance I get. Slow Cooker Short Ribs 3 pounds bone-in beef short ribs1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon pepper1 tablespoon olive oil4 medium carrots (cut into 1-inch pieces)3 celery stalks (including leaves, cut into 1-inch pieces)1 cup beef broth4 fresh thyme sprigs1 bay leaf2 large onions (cut into 1/2-inch wedges)6 garlic cloves (minced)1 tablespoon tomato paste1/2 bottle red table wine4 teaspoons cornstarch3 tablespoons cold waterSalt and pepper to taste Sprinkle ribs with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. In batches, brown ribs on all sides; transfer to a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker. Add carrots, celery, broth, thyme and bay leaf to ribs.Add onions to the same skillet; cook and stir over medium heat 8-9 minutes or...Read More

Beef Stew

Well, it's finally getting chilly in Los Angeles....yes that mean a dip into the 60's.  I can't believe that I lived in New York City for 10+ years, I've lost my ability to handle cooler weather.  Now that we are having this cooler weather, I decided to bring out the slow cooker and this week I made beef stew (I called in Beef Bourguignon in the video, but it's more like a beef stew ;-)) and just had to share it.  So, I made it live on Periscope on Monday, if you're on Periscope please follow me so that you can catch my next live endeavor.  You can find me at:  So the Periscope and the recipe are below. Beef Stew 2 lb cubed beef stew meat1/2 cup gluten free flour (I used King Arthur all purpose GF flour)1 1/2 teaspoons salt1 teaspoon pepper1/4 cup olive oil1 cup red wine1/4 cup finely chopped celery (with a few minced leaves)2 tablespoon dried parsley1 tablespoon thyme4 cups beef broth2 medium potatoes (diced)2 carrots (diced)2 onions (diced) Put GF flour, salt and pepper in a large ziploc bag.Heat oil over medium heat in a cast iron skillet.Place meat in bag with the flour...Read More