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Chili on my Mind.

 Bowl of chili

It’s Fall/Autumn again and the first think that comes to my mind (besides all the leaves that will soon await me) is Chili. S&B Seasonings has come up withone of the best recipes I’ve ever run accross. I should know, I wrote it. With time and patience and a few quirks we came up with a recipe that can utilize any type of meat and still hold it’s body and flavor.

How do you eat your chili??? Chef’s are kinda different when it comes to eating their food, every time i tell ppl how i eat my chili, I hear the deafening silence of WTH***!!! I eat mine with a little rice on the bottom, chili over the top and a 3 cheese blend. Now it’s not chili unless you have some type of cornbread with it. Meaning a wedge, cornbread sticks, or cornbread croutons  if you eat it soup style.

Where’s this recipe, you may be wondering??? All right, all right, I’ll give it to you.

Ingredients:

6 oz Medium Chopped Yellow Onion
2 lbs.  ground beef
8 oz Tomato Juice
4 oz Tomato Paste
12 oz Diced Tomatos
1 Qt. Beef or Chicken Stock
1/2 C. S&B Seasonings Chili Gold Seasoning
16 oz  Seasoned Chili Beans
* use 3/4 C. of Seasoning if you want bolder flavor
1 Bay Leaf

Chili Gold 
Directions:

Sauté the onions with garlic over a medium heat in a little oil until transparent. Add ground  Beef and sauté until cooked. Drain ½ of the fat, and add seasoning. Sauté until well blended.

Add tomato paste, juice and tomatoes, beef stock and bay leaf. And bring to a simmer. Let simmer for 30-45 minutes, checking it occasionally so that it won’t scorch.

Thicken with roux* or mesa flour* to your desired consistency. Let simmer for 5 minutes more to cook out starchiness from thickener. Lastly add the beans and bring back to heat. Adjust seasonings and serve hot.

Serves approx. 10 ppl.I actually won a competition at Mrs. Rude Boii Chef’s JOB and the ppl loved it. I have a gift certificate to a restaurant for the wifie and myself. Whoo-hoo… Date-night!!!
You can use ground turkey in this recipe as well.
You can garnish the Chili with fried Tortilla strips or Frito Lay Tortilla Chips; if you cut the Tortilla strips you can sprinkle a little Chili Gold or S&B Southwestern Seasoning for some added punch.
Cheeses I reccomend are Sharp Cheddar, Pepperjack, Provalone, or Smoked Cheddar.
Garnish with one or more of the following… cheese, crackers, chopped scallions, sour cream, cornbread, cornbread croutons, or rice.

Bon Appetit! (or Dine Well in laymans terms)

Cones- Not just for Ice Cream anymore…

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Imagine a warm evening, there’s the slightest hint of a breeze, and the term Lazy summer has redefined itself in how you’re feeling. Nothing would feel so good as a cone right now, but which flavor should you have? How about Chocolate Mousse, or Thai peanut chicken or Fresh Ahi Tuna….. Whaaaaa…..??????

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It’s true cones are not just for Ice Cream any more. This trend has been the rave of many a hor d’oeuvre party or an appetizer before a meal. These little cuties will drive up your acceptance points with just about any social group, and they can be used with most any type of food. Now most of the types of cones (if not all of them) I’ve run into have been of the sweet nature and if you’re going to use them with a savory filling then you should be careful what you fill them with. I’ve seen the majority of them filled with Ahi Tuna which is raw and possibly seasoned only with a special soy sauce. Even here you have to be careful, if your filling has too much moisture, the cones may get a little soggy if they’re too thin. A helpful tip to remember is that if you can, coat the inside with something edible & moisture proof. i.e. chocolate, or white chocolate. For more savory fillings, try not to marinate your filling after it is cooked, ruduce the amount of liquid on your product so as not to soak through the cone. If you must have a sauce, serve it on the side so your guests can drizzle it on as they desire. (PLEASE, NO DIPPING!!!)

I, however, love the concept of them. I go by the golden rule of an appetizer should be no more than 2 bites in size, unless you’re having a “Everything is bigger in Texas,” theme. Then by all means, make them a lot bigger, but try to stick by the rule. A few lucky ppl will be invited to our first ever S&B Appetizer Party, and they will get to see these wonderful cones at work, along with a few other snazzy ideas we may come up with.

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If you don’t get invited to this one, don’t dispair, we’ll be having more. If you feel you must have these at your next party, ask yourself if you will be using this theme a lot or just once or twice a year. If you’re going to be using it a lot then I suggest you invest in a waffle cone maker. I found one on kitchenemporium.com and the price was $49.99, not bad considering you may only use $5-$6 of food to fill 50 cones. Then I stumbled on the price of the cone mix; $13.99 a bag and it only makes enough batter for 40 cones. You’ve gotta be kidding me!!!!! Don’t worry, I’ll keep an eye out for a more reasonable price, and if I can’t find one, I’ll post a recipe for them.

That’s it for the trend in me, keep it cool, sweet and rude! This is your Rude Boii Chef….. and I’m out!

Spot of Tea…

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I’m sorry, but nothing can refresh a body better than tea. (when you need something to drink) Iced tea, hot tea, even a tea rub on a favorite grilled item. There’s something about those tea leaves. I stumbled onto a brand of tea while working; one thing about working in a restaurant, you can run into some interesting concepts in anything that has to do with food.
Novus brand Tea is one of the best teas I’ve tried,  there are 8 blends several of which I’ve tried.

CITRUS CHAMOMILE HERB
This is my favorite of all the blends, and that’s saying something if I had to put down my peppermint tea for this. It was so good, I bought a case after trying one bag. Light and fruity. Not overbearing and heavy. I even tried to over-steep it to see what the flavors would be like, and they were still distinct and flavorful. This is a tea for mid day while you’re awake and can enjoy the full flavors.

WILD ENCOUNTER HERB TEA
Wild encounter is another blend that I adore. It’s a slight bit heavier that the previous blend, but does not weigh on your palet. This one has a more berry flavor that can be enjoyed by almost everyone. (Even if you don’t like berries) Plus it’s full of other subtle flavors like rosehips and apple, this one is destined to waken those tastebuds.

EGYPTIAN MINT HERB TEA
Now I love mint tea. If you want to get on my good side, bring me a steaming cup of Mint tea. Early in the Morning or late in the evening, Mint tea is guaranteed to bring a sense of calm into your day. I like my tea strong so I let it steep a little longer than most, and like the other ones it does not miss a step when it comes to flavor quality.

PAI MU TAN
Pai Mu Tan- (what does that mean???) Must mean darn good tea. This is the White tea blend that Novus is having me drool over. A perfect strong breakfast tea, well I wouldn’t say strong maybe firm would be a better word. It holds it’s own with any stand up tea, I had to look twice just to make sure it wasen’t a Black Tea after trying it. It blew me away and woke me straight up. Whooooo… I gotta go get me a cup right now. BRB


Now what would a critique on tea be without the correct way to enjoy it. I found this lil beauty  hiding on americanbridal.com and sells for $40.95, not bad for the art of tea. This would be sure to impress at any party or gathering, or make yourself feel good while just relaxing.

S&B Seasonings Lemon Sugar
Tea with a twist of Lemon and Sugar, S&B Seasonings Lemon Sugar would be the perfect addition for baking, and any tea festivity. With REAL Lemon Zest and Lemon Juice to heighten your entertaining experience. 
Our goal, in offering the finest products, is to refer you to the best there is to offer.  Our Lemon Sugar will top off the experience and have you and your guests waiting for your next event.

That’s it for this review. Have a great time and enjoy that tea, This is the Rude Boy Chef………. and I’m out!

Salt, Salt, Salt…

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Well we’ve come a long way from the box of salt with the little girl on the cover with the dog pulling at her shorts. Now we have a lot of different varieties and they’re all have their twist on the market. Personally I don’t care if how fine or exotic the salt may be if it still has a high sodium content, then it is still dangerous to the health of every consumer. Let’s face facts, ppl usually don’t want to face reality when it comes to their health especially when it may mean sacrificing the quality and flavor of their food. So ppl continue to use (abuse) salt until their doctor takes them off it totally and then they have a hard time finding something to suplement them in their comfort zone when it comes to their seasoned food. Ppl, I think Mrs Dash looks like chopped grass from your lawnmower, and to just switch from salt to plain herbs is just……………….wrong! Here are a few of the salt’s I like, but check their SODIUM CONTENT people!!!

O.K. first on the list is Diamond Chrystal Kosher salt.

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This is by far my favorite salt to use in the Kitchen. Lite in taste, not over powering and a clean finish on the palet when done. It dosen’t overpower the food and enhances whatever it is you are cooking. One of the few salts I would use in a marinade. The sodium content is equally impressive. A full 66% less sodium than other brands of it kind. This is a salt I would reccomand for using for ppl who require a low sodium diet or are just concerned about the sodium level a loved one is taking in.

Next we have Fleur de sel

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 Smoked Sea Salt

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Smoked seasalt is verrry different and can be used on a variety of dishes. I’d mainly use this salt as a finishing salt to sprinkle over a dish, to add an outdoor-sy flavor and feel to the dish. * ie seafood/grilled salmon, rosated turkey breast, and earthy type vegetables/mushrooms, and asparagas, etc. The sodium content is the standard 580mg per serving but you just need a sprinkle for the flavor enhancement.

Now we have Red and Black Sea Salt

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These salts have a head on blast of full salt flavor. Very little flavor difference because of the colors, but there is some distinction. Most, if not all, of these salts are from Hawaii and processed in a special way. Artisan salt farmers in Hawaiiharvest these special salts in a hand crafter mannerto give the salt the highest qualityand flavor Evaporated in ground pools, dried in greenhouses and mixed with Lava rock(Black) and alae clay(red) for a high mineral content. Sodium content is the standard 580 mg per serving but these aren’t salts you use in everyday dishes. Y ou can utilize these in sauces, in brines and cures for drying and smoking meats and seafood. Because of their decorative appeal, you can use them to add a splash of color for a bed of Oysters or Clams.

… and finally we have Maldon brand Sea Salt.

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Of my favorite salts, this has to be #2 on the list. I love it because of the way it crystalizes before it’s harvested.
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When sea salt crystalizes, it should form a pyramid shape because of the way the water is evaporating.
It has excellet flavor and dissolves quickly into whatever dish you’re preparing. You can utilize this salt on anything from standing rib roast to a crisp garden salad. The sodium level is the standard 580 mg. per serving, but you won’t use that much. It has no overpowering taste but still finishes clean on the tongue. This one is definately a keeper.

Till next time yall, this is the one and only “RudeBoii” Chef, hittin ya up;…………… and I’m out!