Chili is the ultimate comfort food and this mushroom chili combines the great umami flavor of mushrooms with creamy beans and a nice spicy flavor. The dish is great with the cheese but you can also add a bit of freshly minced onion or your favorite salsa.
This is a milder version and if you want to spice up this chili, add some jalapeno or more cayenne pepper.
Yes, this is an expensive sauce. An ounce of dried porcini will cost you about six dollars, which translates to about $1.50 per serving, but it is oh, so worth it (and so very, very easy to make). This is a rich, silky sauce that will make you a star at your next special occasion meal. Every now and then it is worth the splurge.
This is a rich, rich, rich side dish. It is a great example of how powerful flavors in a side dish can be the star of the plate. Combine the best quality extra virgin olive oil with the porcini mushrooms and then serve the potatoes with a simple pan roasted steak or fish filet.
If you've been following Dr. Gourmet for even a few months, you're probably aware that I am a big fan of nuts as snacks. They're full of unsaturated fats, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, plus they taste great and are convenient. It almost doesn't matter what kind of nuts you choose - they're all great for you.
An exciting study was just published in the New England Journal of Medicine (2013;369:2001-11) that looks at nut intake and its relationship to death from any cause as well as deaths from cancer, heart disease, or respiratory ailments. The researchers made use of data gathered through two large-scale, long term, ongoing studies: the Nurses' Health Study (which began in 1976) and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study (which began in 1986). Every two years the participants respond to detailed dietary and lifestyle questionnaires that include questions about nuts, including peanuts. After excluding those with a history of cancer, heart disease, or stroke, the participants included in this study numbered over 76,000 women and 42,000 men.
Over the course of the ~30 years of the data collection, the researchers were able to find out the cause of death for 98% of all those study participants who died. Those deaths were then grouped into nine categories for the purposes of their analysis of causes of death. Huge News About Nuts »
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