Fast Chili in an All-Clad Slow Cooker

I had to create this chili fast so I could support my beloved Red Sox. I did it, thanks to my Scanpan Classic 12 inch fry pan and the All-Clad slow cooker and this delicious fast chili recipe. The Red Sox did too!!

Here’s the story: I am the proud owner of a significant amount of antelope meat (yes, of the home on the plain fame). For those of you, like some co-workers who are totally turned off by game, think of the antelope in this way. They are not fed hormones. They live on the plains (truly). So they’re, if you will, the original organic meat. Anyway, moving past that, I had a hankering for chili, since it dropped below 80 in Atlanta. But my regular chili recipe requires some planning (actually finding fresh chiles etc). So, it was all about what’s in the pantry. [Read more…]

Happy Blending with the Viking Hand Blender


Viking Hand BlenderI was recently passed the “torch” to try out in my own kitchen. What is the “torch” you ask? Well it’s the new Viking Hand Blender, of course! It actually does resemble Miss Liberty’s “torch”, and it also gives new meaning to the word “freedom” in the kitchen, just as the “torch” exemplifies freedom to Americans. The Viking Hand Blender provides you with the ability to work anywhere in your kitchen, from your stove, to your counter top to your wine bar.

My mission was to create a desert smoothie without having to use a full-size blender, since I was just making a smoothie for two. One of the many great benefits of using the Viking Hand Blender is that it’s just the right size when creating smaller amounts of foods. Yet, at the same time, if you are cooking a butternut squash soup on the stove for a party of 8, the hand blender by Viking provides you with the convenience of blending the soup right on the stove in your pot. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and black berries, some crushed ice, mixed with non-fat vanilla yogurt and a dab of Cool Whip, was all it took to create a deliciously, creamy smoothie. The fact that all I had to do was place the ingredients in the 35 ounce mixing cup that came with the blender, and then immerse the blender into the yogurt mixture and lightly touch the speed button (I chose speed 1-the lower speed), and watch the Viking Hand Blender do its magic for literally 2-3 minutes, was amazing. I couldn’t get over how lightweight the actual blender was, and the ergonomic no slip grip provided great stability. Clean up was also a breeze, I chose to hand wash everything with mild soap and water. I never had to worry about bending down, pulling out my blender from the cabinet below and besides, cleaning a full size blender is never fun. Viking’s new Hand Blender is a great tool for the kitchen. You can store it easily or display it on your counter. You can also buy a separate chopper attachment as well. This product would also make a great gift, as it’s a multifunctional kitchen tool at a relatively low price. Create drinks at the bar, soups on the stove, or blend cake batter on your counter top, all with one tool.

Happy Blending!


Cooking with the Viking 13 inch Fry Pan

Viking Professional stainless steel 13 inch fry pan

Fall is here.For some that means its football season, for others it’s a signal to kick start holiday shopping, but for me it means less grilling and more indoor cooking!I’m so excited to start “cooking” all those feel-good, comfort meals again, and my family is ready to move on from turkey burgers, hot dogs and kielbasa, my staples from this past summer.

I’ve been looking forward to trying my new Viking 13” fry pan; so I decided over Labor Day Weekend, I would incorporate cooking into our Labor Day holiday bbq.A favorite meal among my family and friends is sausage and peppers.The decision was we would grill the sausage and I would sauté the sausage and peppers.I tweaked my mother-in-law’s recipe, and it seems to be a hit every time.See the Italian Sausage and Peppers Recipe below.

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