Saturday, January 2, 2010

Delicious cakes from Christmas and Tailgating

After many requests, I know I had to post pics of some of the other things I ate on Christmas.
My future mother-in-law made a lower sugar version of this 7-up cake that was very light and fluffy.

She also made this buttermilk pie. The delicious flavor of the nutmeg in the buttermilk pie is very memorable. 

After a wonderful Christmas, I took my fiancé to the 49er-Lions game in San Francisco to celebrate him for all that he does. We had a great time.

It inspired us to cook a pot of turkey-sausage chili. It was quick and easy. Can we claim we tailgated without doing it at the stadium? I say we can.

Turkey-Sausage Chili with nachos


1 can kidney beans (50% reduced sodium)
1 can black beans (50% reduced sodium)
Lean turkey meat diced
2 pork sausages sliced
2 roma tomatoes
habanero sauce (we used trinidadian hot sauce but add jalapenos/habaneros to your liking)
1/2 large onion or 1 medium onion chopped
1 bell pepper chopped
1/2 cup shredded light cheese
1 cup beef or chicken stock (reduced sodium)
1 cup tomato sauce 
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Note: For each of the canned ingredients, we chose reduced sodium versions since the meats do provide a good amount of sodium. If you were using left-over turkey meat or don't mind the salt (or the bloating), regular sodium versions could be substituted. 

(1) Preheat the broiler for the nachos.
(2) In a large pot, brown the chopped onions. Meanwhile, in a separate frying pan, brown the sausages.
(3) When the sausages are fully cooked, add them to the onions. Chopped bell peppers can next be added and allowed to cook until soft.
(4) Add 1 cup of beef stock and 1 cup tomato sauce. Make sure you choose a tomato sauce with lower sugar if you are watching the carbs.

(5) Next, add the beans, which have been washed twice with water to remove the additives that mask the flavor of the bean. Also, add in the diced turkey and the jalapenos, if you are not using pepper sauce.
(6) Allow the pot to simmer and the flavors to meld. You will want the sauce to reduce to about 2/3rds. 
(7) Meanwhile, sprinkle the cheese over the nacho chips in a baking  pan or tray. Place in the broiler for 4-6 min (keep an eye on these because they can burn quickly). Remove and cover with foil until the chili is complete.
(8) Here is the most important part. Season the chili to taste with your pepper sauce, apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper. If you are using jalapenos, add these around step 5 so the flavor permeates the dish.

We had a great time at the game, tailgating, and most importantly eating the delicious, filling chili. 

We couldn't resist after the bowls of chili, a sweet treat sent from my phenomenal mom. It is a delightful, light, and moist cake filled with raisins and other fruits that have been soaking for months in rum. Additional Rum is added to the cake before packaging in an alumninum tin and allowed to soak in. 

Here are pics of her rum cake (recipe still tba). Yummm. 

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