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Gameday Chili


Entertaining a crowd during Gameday Season?

Then, it's time to fire up that cooktop + start chopping. Those flavors will come together deliciously by gameday. This recipe has one bottle IPA beer; my personal taste favorite from my local micro-brew. I always advise, only use what you would drink! 

This basic chili recipe combines several flavors of the Southwest. 

Options: Turkey and pork can be substituted for beef and used in a combination for ultimate flavor. Make it vegetarian by using eggplant, squash, and extra onion in place of the meat.

IPA Chili  
Makes 6- 8 servings

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2 pounds sirloin or chuck - cut into 1/2 inch pieces; or a ground beef combo
4 slices maple cured bacon, chopped
10 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup sweet onion, chopped
4 scallions, chopped
2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
1 fresh serrano chili pepper, chopped
1 Tablespoon each: cumin, oregano, basil and thyme
1 teaspoon cinnamon
12 ounces of a good microbrew IPA
2 cups canned plum tomatoes with juice, chopped
1 Tablespoon cider vinegar
1 16-ounce can of red beans, rinsed and drained
2 Tablespoons cilantro

Pre heat a large soup pot over medium high heat.

Add bacon and allow bacon to get a light golden color. Add garlic, onion, olive oil, scallions, jalapenos, serrano, and cook for 2-3 minutes stirring occasionally.  Add beef and cook until becomes lightly browned.  Drain off any excess fat. Season with cumin, oregano, basil, hot pepper flakes, and cinnamon. 

Add beer and reduce liquid for one minute, add tomatoes and vinegar. 

Lower temperature to a gentle simmer. Stir, cover pot and cook for 1 1/2 hours stirring occasionally. Add beans and cook for 30 minutes or until the meat is tender. 

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Punxsutawney Pancakes

It's that time of year once again. Doesn't it feel like Groundhog Day was just yesterday? Those of you that know me, know it's my favorite holiday tradition of the year. I love the excitement of the anticipated sign of spring from the Seer of Seers, Punxsutawney Phil on February 2nd each year. Who would believe the little weather predicting rodent would be 75-90 percent accurate. How about that! I'd say that's more predictable than any certified meteorologist. 

However, I really feel Groundhog Day took on an all new meaning years back after watching Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, the movie. Imagine being able to eat all the pancakes and donuts you like and repeat it again the next day, and the next?     

So in honor of Punxsutawney Phil and Bill Murray, here's my Punxsutawney Pancakes Recipe. Hearing the alarm clock at 6AM on Groundhog Day just isn't the same without a tall stack of pancakes and carafe of good coffee to wake up to. Just be sure serve with a good maple syrup.

Wishing you a Happy Groundhog Day this upcoming week! May my Punxsatawney Pancakes become a tradition at your breakfast table as well. 






Punxsutawney Pancake Recipe

Makes eight pancakes

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1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon pure cane granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg, beaten
3 Tablespoons butter, melted

In a large bowl, mix together well with a whisk all dry ingredients; the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. In a separate bowl mix all wet ingredients; the milk, vanilla, egg and melted butter.

Add the wet to the dry and stir with a spatula until the dry ingredients have incorporated. There may still be a few lumps. Do not over mix, or pancakes will become tough.

Pre heat a non stick pan or lightly grease a griddle over medium high heat at 375 degrees F. 

Tip: Test the temperature by dropping a drop of water on surface of pan. Water will dance across the surface when at the correct temperature. Test one pancake.

Pour one 1/4 cup scoop of batter onto the griddle for each pancake. If adding any fresh fruit such as bananas or blueberries, add at this time. You will see bubbles form on the top side when brown on bottom, flip and brown on second side.

Serve hot with syrup or favorite topping.



George's Gameday One Love Wings

There is nothing better for Gameday than my One Love Wings. Period!

At one of this country’s most celebrated celebrity chefs events, patient guests stood in line for hours to sample my winning recipe. My culinary Team was stellar staying in the game preparing hundreds of pounds of what was the most talked about dish that evening. Amazing, how a few well prepared wings with good seasoning, grilled and tossed in made from scratch sauce wins every time!

George Hirsch One Love Wings

George Hirsch's Caribbean style grilled chicken wings; tangy fresh lime juice sugar cane glaze and a bit of heat, chillin’ with a savory slaw.

George’s One-Love Wings

Makes 32 pieces 

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16 chicken wings

1/4 cup olive  

2 teaspoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon hot sauce

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper 

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, oregano, paprika, granulated powered garlic 

pinch ground nutmeg and allspice

fresh ground black pepper, and sea salt

Cut off and discard wings tips. Cut remaining wings in half. 

Season with thyme, oregano, paprika, powered garlic, black pepper and sea salt. Add olive oil, hot sauce, and toss. Cover and place in refrigerator 1 hour.

Preheat grill to medium temperature.  

Place wings on grill. Grill 15 to 20 minutes over medium heat, turning frequently. As wings begin to brown continue slowly cooking on indirect heat, until completely cooked. 

When fully cooked and crispy, toss wings in George’s One Love Sauce.

George’s One Love Sauce 

6 cloves Caramelized garlic, puree with knife

2 teaspoons soy sauce1 Tablespoon cane syrup or dark corn syrup 

1/4 cup fresh lime juice1/4 cup honey

2 Tablespoons ketchup 

1 green onion chopped

2 Tablespoons Flat leaf parsley, chopped

Mix all ingredients well. 

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