web analytics
September 16, 2014 / 21 Elul, 5774
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post
Apartment 758x530 Africa-Israel at the Israel Real Estate Exhibition in New York

Africa Israel Residences, part of the Africa Israel Investments Group led by international businessman Lev Leviev, will present 7 leading projects on the The Israel Real Estate Exhibition in New York on Sep 14-15, 2014.



How To Cook Without Measuring


book-cooking-w-o-measuring

Cover pot partially with a lid and cook over low heat for about 20 minutes until the pepper and tomatoes are softened and the flavors have combined. Add spoonfuls of water as needed to create desired consistency; a good chili should be the consistency of a thick stew. Taste to adjust seasonings, then serve hot with toppings (see below).

Variations:

Cincinnati Five-Way Chili: add a hefty dash of cinnamon, a sprinkling of allspice, a spoonful or two of red wine vinegar and a generous spoonful of brown sugar to season, and serve over spaghetti.

Vegetarian Black Bean Chili: add chopped garlic with the onion, use vegetarian meat crumbles instead of the beef, swap black beans for the kidney beans and add half a bottle of beer; Omit the chopped pepper and add several dashes of cumin. California Chili: add chopped yellow and red bell pepper, use double the amount of fresh plum tomatoes, season with dried oregano, and garnish with ripe avocados and olives.

Middle Eastern Chili: add chopped garlic with the onion, then add raisins with the beans and omit the peppers and tomatoes. Use apple juice and tomato sauce for the liquid, and add cinnamon, brown sugar and a sprinkling of turmeric to the seasonings. Garnish with toasted, slivered almonds.

Some-Like-It-Hot Chili: add chopped garlic with the onion, add more than a cup of hot salsa with the kidney beans, triple the amount of chili powder (use hot chili powder if you can find it) and add several dashes of cumin.

Swaps and Add-ins:

Kidney bean alternatives: black beans, chickpeas, pinto beans, great northern beans or other white beans To add heat: green chili peppers, small ancho or jalapeno chili peppers, seeded and minced (add with the onion); hot pepper sauce (like Tabasco), cumin, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper Seasonings: cinnamon, smoked paprika, basil, oregano, Worchester sauce, tomato paste, and cumin Meat swaps: instead of ground beef, use shredded beef, turkey or chicken, or vegetarian meat crumbles Veggies: fresh or frozen corn, chopped red or green bell pepper, cubed pumpkin or butternut squash Liquids: red wine, water, apple juice, and beer

Toppings: tortilla chips, finely chopped red or green onion, cilantro, parsley, salsa, sour cream (non-dairy unless using veggie meat), or hot dogs – make chili dogs by spooning chili over boiled or grilled hot dogs in buns!

For more master non-recipes and tips and tricks to eliminate measuring in the kitchen, check out Rachel’s new book on Amazon: Cooking Without Measuring: Taste and Approximate Yourself to a Great Dish.

Rachel Wizenfeld is an avid cook, writer, wife and mom. A frequent contributor to The Jewish Press and other publications, she now brings her diverse experience to the kitchen, designing easy tricks to streamline cooking and make life more manageable, every day.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “How To Cook Without Measuring”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Finance Minister Yair Lapid, chairman of the Yesh Atid party.
Lapid Won’t Let Defense Demands Turn Into ‘Turkish Bazaar’
Latest Sections Stories
Ganz-091214-Fifty

Today, fifty years and six million (!) people later, Israel is truly a different world.

Goldberg-091214

There will always be items that don’t freeze well – salads and some rice- or potato-based dishes – so you need to leave time to prepare or cook them closer to Yom Tov and ensure there is enough room in the refrigerator to store them.

Women's under-trousers, Uzbekistan, early 20th century

In Uzbekistan, in the early twentieth century, it was the women who wore the pants.

Schonfeld-logo1

This is an important one in raising a mentsch (and maybe even in marrying off a mentsch! listening skills are on the top of the list when I do shidduch coaching).

While multitasking is not ideal, it is often necessary and unavoidable.

Maybe now that your kids are back in school, you should start cleaning for Pesach.

The interpreter was expected to be a talmid chacham himself and be able to also offer explanations and clarifications to the students.

“When Frank does something he does it well and you don’t have to worry about dotting the i’s or crossing the t’s.”

“On Sunday I was at the Kotel with the battalion and we said a prayer of thanks. In Gaza there were so many moments of death that I had to thank God that I’m alive. Only then did I realize how frightening it had been there.”

Neglect, indifference or criticism can break a person’s neshama.

It’s fair to say that we all know or have someone in our family who is divorced.

The assumption of a shared kinship is based on being part of the human race. Life is so much easier to figure out when everyone thinks the same way.

Various other learning opportunities will be offered to the community throughout the year.

The new group will also deliver kosher food to Jewish residents in non-kosher facilities, as well as to kosher facilities where the food is not up to par.

More Articles from Rachel Wizenfeld
Wizenfeld-032213-Birthing

Having a baby today is all about making decisions. Which doctor to go to. Which hospital to deliver at. What are your health concerns. Do you want to go natural. Do you want convenience. Where is your insurance accepted. Which hospital has the best reputation. Etc., etc., etc.

book-cooking-w-o-measuring

There are two primary forms of measuring when it comes to cooking, and our goal is to wean you away from both of them to the greatest extent possible. (There is also a third form of measuring, but doing without it can be risky and, based on my own disaster-stories, I don’t advise it.)

Like clockwork, the question of school vouchers makes a prominent appearance whenever the media focus on a statewide election in New York, particularly one in a heavily Orthodox district. The latest chime was sounded during the battle between Lew Fidler and David Storobin to fill an open state senate seat; both promised constituents that they would make the fight for vouchers and tax education credits their priority.

For today’s Jew seeking to grow spiritually, there’s mussar, and then there is modern psychology. Armed with 20th century research on how behaviors develop and how humans create internal change, today’s Jewish do-gooder has an arsenal of tools beyond Pirkei Avos and the mussar masters to work on problems like, say, gossiping or overeating.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/food/recipes/how-to-cook-without-measuring/2012/06/14/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: