Monday, December 27, 2010

Graham's (Delicious) Dirty Hippie Vegetarian Chili

Shake off the bitter cold weather with a warm bowl of tasty and healthy(ish) vegetarian chili. We served this hearty, hippie-ness to guests with a side of sweet cornbread and heard nothing but good things. You should try it too.

3/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup chopped garlic
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon red cayenne pepper
3 tablespoons brewed espresso or dark coffee
1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped cashews
2 15-ounce cans white beans, drained
2 15-ounce cans kidney beans, drained
1 cup corn (fresh, frozen, or canned)
16 ounces of Seitan, cut into small chunks or cubed
Optional: shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream for serving

In a large (6-quart) pot, heat the olive oil and sauté garlic 1 minute.

Blend the spices (cocoa powder, cumin, chili powder and red cayenne). Add the spice mix and the espresso or coffee. Cook for 5 minutes. Add tomatoes with their juice (undrained) and cashews. Once the mixture is simmering, add the drained beans, chopped Seitan and corn. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Simmer chili over medium-low heat until some of the liquid has evaporated and chili is thick, about 1 hour.

Serve with garnishes, sit back and just accept all the compliments.

Yields: a ton.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Greetings from Arkansas

It's not too late to send some holiday cheer with these witty handmade cards by Betty Pearl, a new small operation greeting card company based out of North Little Rock. All the designs are hand drawn and printed on top quality paper with cute, sassy greetings inside. Look for gift tags, bookmarks, invitations and thank you notes as well. Order on the Betty Pearl Facebook page or find a small selection of products at Haus Werk on Kavanaugh.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Hometown Pride

I found these pretty little treasures at a boutique in historic downtown Hot Springs and did a double take (and raised a fist in the air) when I saw my hometown got a state map shout out (notice the North Little Rock map on the far right). If you aren't ready to take the plunge for the oh-so-popular Arkansas tattoo, I recommend showing some state pride with these silver and glass state map pendants found at Blue Lili boutique. If they don't have your hometown, don't worry they take special orders. Pendants and silver chains are $59 apiece. Dogtown!