FYB House Chili

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This is the house chili here at Fill Your Belly headquarters A.K.A. my kitchen.  It’s a great allpurpose chili with just enough spice and heat to please adults yet mild enough to keep kids happy.  As I said on yesterday’s blog, all the normal accompaniments were served with it – cheese, diced onions, sour cream, avocado, fritos and the perfect side of Buttermilk Cornbread. The great thing about chili is once it’s in the pot simmering, other than the occasional stir, you can pretty much forget about it.  In fact the longer it cooks the better the flavors get.  And for those … Continue reading

Grilled Avocado and Mango Salsa

Grilled Avocado and Mango Salsa

So it was another night of grilling here in Southern California because it was just too darn hot to cook inside.  This time it was steak and chicken breast that I had in the freezer.  The recipe for the steak will follow soon but I just had to get this salsa on here.  It paired great with both and was a refreshing addition to the meal.  The smoke flavor from the grill really changes the flavor of both the mango and the avocado.  While Mexican food purists would probably poo poo on the idea of grilling an avocado, I cannot say enough … Continue reading

BLT Pasta

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Everyone loves a great BLT.  Thick cut bacon, juicy mouthwatering tomato and crisp lettuce on toasted hearty bread is a hard combo to beat.  So when I was thinking about what to make for dinner and a BLT came to mind, I wondered how I could twist things up.  I ventured into my refrigerator bravely pushing through the minefield of varied tupperware items that held remants of meals gone by.  And that’s when it came to me-I really need to clean out this fridge!  I digress; back to the search. After finding some arugula and fresh mozarella, it suddenly struck me.  A small plastic barb from one of those stupid tupperware lids (well not techniquely stupid as that would … Continue reading

Sautéed Yu Choy with garlic and chives

Sauteed Yu Choy with garlic and chives

Yu choy is one of my favorite Chinese greens that I find at my local farmer’s market.  It’s a long leafy green with yellow flowers and tender stalks.  While some of the greens I find there can be on the bitter side, yu choy is very mild and actually has a little sweetness to it.  The best description I can give is the leaves taste similar to spinach and because the stalks are tender when young, they cook up quite fast. This vegetable is commonly used in stir fries and is added to a variety of dishes, but I prefer … Continue reading

Thai Grilled Pork Skewers

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Most countries have some form of grilled skewered meat (kebab).  Although it originated in the Middle East, each country and region has adapted their own version based on tastes and available ingredients.  This version is based on a Thai dish called Mu Ping and while pork butt (shoulder) is normally used, I had tenderloin in the refridgerator that needed to be used.  Whichever cut you end up using, the result will be the same-succulent, juicy morsels of grilled meat.  Enjoy! I added 4 japones chiles (sub 1 tablespoon black peppercorns), 6 garlic cloves, stems only from 1/2 bunch cilantro, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, … Continue reading

Chicken Tinga

Chicken Tinga

My family and I are taco and burrito fanatics; having some version nearly weekly.  Sometimes it simply ground beef with some spices while other times it may be slowly braised beef or carnitas.  This time it was shredded chicken for burritos. Tinga refers to any kind of shredded meat simmered in a spicy, smoky tomato sauce.  It’s extremely easy to make and the heat level can be adjusted for whatever your tolerance.  The recipe below is middle of the road with enough kick to satisfy the heat seeker in your family while not blowing the roof off the wimp (sorry … Continue reading

Rolled Chicken with proscuitto and spinach stuffing

Rolled Chicken with proscuitto and spinach stuffing

With all the Holiday happenings and being that I still have to make a living with insurance (Medicare renewal time of year is crazy), December was a whirlwind and I was just not able to add to the site.  It’s not that I wasn’t cooking or taking photos; I just couldn’t find the time or the energy to sit down and finish a blog.  I hope everyone had had a wonderful Christmas or whatever you celebrate that brings your family together and a safe and happy New Year.  We spent ours with a flu ridden son vomiting through the night.  Nothing … Continue reading

Tortilla Soup

Tortilla Soup

Between setting the clocks back and the change in the weather, there’s no doubt that fall has arrived.  While still ridiculously mild compared to most of the country, there’s still a noticable difference here in Southern California.  So on that note I decided it was time for a spicy tortilla soup with all the trimmings.  While some versions might be easier than this one here, such as opening up various cans and adding them to a pot, this one will excite your taste buds.  I’m blessed to live in an area that has a wide variety of chiles available, but if you can’t … Continue reading