Attempted Chili for Impending Bombogenesis


2 lbs of ground beef (or, if your Trader Joe's is empty and everyone is panicking, a different kind of beef that you can cut into small chunks)30ish oz crushed/diced/whatever tomatoes30ish oz white kidney beans15ish oz tomato sauce2 chopped onions (or, in case of aforementioned Trader Joe's issue, one 4.25oz jar of chopped shallots)2 cups beef broth1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons chili powder1 tablespoon ground cumin2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder1 teaspoon cayenne pepper1 teaspoon dried oregano"3" (6) cloves of garlic, mincedSour creamShredded cheese
Brown beef on stove. Combine all ingredients into crock pot. Cook on high for four hours. Add poached egg if you're really fancy. Otherwise, add sour cream and cheese as desired.

Bone Broth

Stolen from Smitten Kitchen's Ultimate Chicken Soup recipe, modified to be bone broth, and also for onion diversity.


1 medium-large yellow onions, unpeeled, halved1 large leek, cleaned and cut lengthwise1 shallot, unpeeled, halved"2" garlic cloves, peeled and smashed a little1 large carrot1 large parnsip 1 celery rib4 pounds of fresh chicken wings1 tablespoon kosher salt1/2 teaspoon dried thyme or 2 teaspoons chopped fresh1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes1 tablespoon tomato paste2 bay leavesAs much water as you can fit in your crock pot basically 

Combine all ingredients in a large (6 quart or larger) slow-cooker. Cook on LOW for 24 hours. Strain. Do NOT attempt to use the chicken for anything; it's super gross. Trust Past Sonja. 

Shishito Peppers

I found this recipe here after trying this dish via Foodler Magic and then seeing that Trader Joe's sells shishito peppers. I used this recipe because the author clearly also loves Trader Joe's.

2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp sesame oil
1 (6 oz) bag of shishito peppers, rinsed
Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce, more for serving
Toasted sesame seeds

Heat the olive oil and sesame oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the shishito peppers to the skillet and sauté, tossing frequently, until blistered and tender, about 10-12 minutes. Add the crushed red pepper flakes and minced garlic then cook, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds. Add the soy sauce and cook, stirring to coat the peppers evenly, for 1 minute. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve with additional soy sauce on t

To toast sesame seeds: put them on a nonstick pan on medium heat for about five minutes, stirring occasionally. They will toast! It's neat!

Zoodles (AKA zucchini is spelled with two Cs)

Zucchini noodles or if you're ambitious, some zucchinis and a zoodler but I mean you only have so many wrists you know?Some olive oilSome garlicTomato paste probablyWhatever else you want Parmesan cheese, but make sure you add that after

Cook at 400 degrees for between 10-20 minutes depending on whatchu got on 'em.

This is a good recipe. I added shallots, cherry tomatoes, tomato paste.

Other times:

Spinach, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes Ground beef, spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, jalapeños

That really good broccoli recipe from Smitten Kitchen

3 Cheese Quinoa Risotto

Carol contributed this Mark Bittman recipe long ago.

Yield: 4-6 servings.
3/4 cup dried porcini mushrooms
3 tablespoons butter or olive oil, plus more to taste
2 chopped shallots
1 cup chopped shiitake caps
1 1/2 cups quinoa
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup dry white wine or water
2-3 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1/4 cup each freshly grated Parmesan, chopped Fontina and crumbled Gorgonzola 

Cover the dried mushrooms with 1 cup hot water, and set aside until softened, 5 to 10 minutes; drain, and chop, reserving the soaking liquid. Put the butter or oil in a large, deep skillet or saucepan over medium heat. When it is hot, add the shallots and dried and fresh mushrooms, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the shiitakes begin to brown, about 5 minutes.
Add the quinoa, and cook, stirring occasionally, until it’s glossy and coated with butter or oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and then add the wine. Stir, letting the liquid bubble away. Add the porcini soaking liquid, being caref…

The Shtetl Makes Goyim Food

For Laurie and Reina Jaye's Super Bowl party, Sophia, Eli and I made Buffalo chicken dip with pull-apart bread, courtesy of the Pillsbury Dough Boy. I am not sure which football team won that night, but surely we were the ultimate victors. In the future, I might be more careful with the shape of this dish.