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3 bean chili with smoked chicken

It started out as a quick search on the Instant Pot app for chili, Have plenty of dried beans in stock, a quick pressure cooker meal means I didn’t have a long soaking and boiling process ahead for a meal within an hour. I found a recipe for a 3 bean chili jar recipe. Remember when the jar recipes were all the rage for gifts ! Still easy to do for your own meal kits.

Pinto, white and black beans, like maybe a 1/4 cup each ,a can of chopped tomatoes, some tomato paste and a bit over leftover condensed tomato soup. The spice list was long, cumin seeds, coriander, dried hot peppers just to name a few. Chopped onions and garlic, celery and carrot to round out the flavor and a toss of frozen corn . Saute as usual add all else. Top off with veggie stock. Seal, set and be back later.


about 50 minutes later


start the plate with a layer of smoked chicken thighs 


add the 3 bean chili…


top with shredded cheese and chips,


a glass of dark home brew, next time a real light or a lime hard seltzer would be better fro contrast, or possibly a fruit shandy . The chili and the smoked chicken was fantastic. 


Sweet lemon Chicken and rice 

Here’s a quick meal that I made with  the previous smoke roasted chicken.

Measured by eye, corn , peas, fish sauce, lemon sauce, soy sauce. Prepared rice  added , add a slight amount of broth steam, covered for several minutes serve.


First attempt at spring rolls

With some rice paper wrappers from the Chinese/American Market, it was time to get rolling!

Any ingredient(s) will  do so I have some chicken, mushroom and corn salsa type mix that I had prepared previously. A quick lookup of recipes indicated that chopped crunchy vegetables would be a good addition. Carrots, onions and celery with lettuce was added.

I merely rinsed the rice paper under warm water for several seconds and rolled.

IMG_0705Done! an easy wrapper to do , not shown was a dipping sauce of hoisin sauce, thinned with double black soy sauce and a bit of chili paste added in. This type of wrapper versus tortilla type bread, lets you showcase the ingredients.


Corn salsa and red beans

one good thing about salsa is that it can be any combination of diced whatever you around , mine tends to always have some hot pepper in it either dried or fresh.

Corn from the cob, now seasonal , and onion and garlic and sautéed in  olive oil and butter starts the mix. A side of red beans , toast and fruit.



BBQ chicken thighs

Since I just purchased charcoal yesterday, I was late getting the charcoal grille up and running this year. I planned on repainting the cover but thats going to have to wait. Rubbed some chicken thighs earlier in the evening with a dry rub and let them sit till later. Finally about at about dusk the charcoal grille was resurrected from the basement with the charcoal starter.
Now the starter was half filled with new charcoal and the rest topped off with some coals that had wintered over in the grille pan from last season .
Balling up some newspaper and print ads the lower part of the starter was stuffed and ready to go.
The coals once lit, were on a lower level than the grate and with the addition of oak and hickory pellets the thighs were smoked for close to an hour. An umbrella was erected as a passing shower gave a steady rain for awhile, trapping the the smokey output from the grille.
Once the chicken was smoked and cooked an addition of BBQ sauce was added and the grate lowered for maximum heat for several minutes. Bottled sauce was used “a salt lick brand” that was slightly sweet but the rub still gave the chicken some heat along with the smoke.
After the thighs were plated and covered an ear of Confreda butter and sugar corn was grilled and brushed with butter. Pre made white rice and snap peas were heated and added as sides along with some red grapes.
Even though Labor Day signals the end of summer, the charcoal grille has just started.


Low light conditions





Spent grain noodles with chicken cutlet, broccoli , onions and corn.

I didn’t measure any of the ingredients. One egg was used for the pasta.
A standard noodle recipe with some light spent grains added. The dough was a bit soft and easy to roll out, refrigerated dough for about 15 minutes before rolling and cutting.
Roll out and cut the noodles into desired width, boil, drain and plate.
In a fry pan, stir fry chopped broccoli, diced onion, sliced chicken cutlet* and corn. Serve over the bed of noodles with Prime Stout beer

*Sliced chicken cutlet was prepared earlier, several chicken breasts were pounded into a thin cutlet, flour, crumbed, and pan fried. Kept refrigerated for a variety of meals.




Chicken with herb roasted tomatoes

Chicken with herb roasted tomatoes and pan drippings from
With a side of creamed corn with Garam Masala butter.


This was a good recipe, I had most of the ingredients. Definitely a meal to make again !


Riblet Breakfast

I was preparing the country style pork  ribs for the freezer. I trimmed one of the ribs so it was a small size and with a bit of oil in the fry pan with salt and pepper, browned it on both sides, and let it cook a bit on low heat. For something different other than eggs, I added some frozen corn to the pan and let that cook in the juices of the rib, smelling great! Now, I finished it off with some Tomato Vegetable Sauce. WOW ! similar to a corn salsa. Topped with a sprigs of parsley and added a side of cantaloupe. Better than the ol’ bacon and egg routine!




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