I like to cook. And for some reason, I don’t really understand; it really a bonding thing with my sons. Maybe, it is showing a little extra effort in providing more than just their basic needs. Not, I try to have fun with the descriptions and instructions.
Dad's Feed an Army of 3 Chili! - Single Dad Recipe
This chili recipe is an emergency recipe. I usually would not use all the canned ingredients if I could help it. So, when hatch green chili is not in season, I’m generally in trouble. I’ve lived all over the country, which allows me to blend many different regional styles of chili to form my own. Most always, my chili is improvised. I do have a few rules. First, at 52 years old, I can damn cook chili without any beans in it. Second, a spiced-up hamburger is not chili. My chili needs to feature chili, not the meat, usually hatch green chili. That said, here is the chili I did tonight. It turned out fantastic!Anyway, I accidentally bought 5 lbs. of hamburger instead of the 3 lbs. I had intended. And for some reason, I didn’t catch the error until I had started browning it. The fact, it was overflowing with my 12’ cast iron skillet should have been a clue. Anyway, my usual recipe was now out of whack, so I just started improvising. Saying I’m going to start improvising is odd as I always improvise when I cook, so this was improvising on top of improvising. Anyway, it’s all in the slow cooker for the next 10 hours. Look over the ingredients list, tell me what you think, how many servings I will get (25?). The goal of this batch is to freeze for my sons to use as frozen dinners. Anyway, I have overused the word “Anyway” in excess of two extra pounds of hamburger. At the first tasting, about an hour into the “slow and low,” I’d say, “The chili had a sweet chunky start with a lingering heat.” But no real kick. That’s when I decided to add the tiger sauce and cayenne pepper! The cayenne sure shored up the front end. My eyes watered from the tasting. The Tiger Sauce will take care of the tail! But, It’ll need a full 10 hours in the crockpot to "slow and low" blend all the tastes.
Portion and Freeze15mins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: Chili, Pre-made Meals, Single Dad Hack, Single Dad Recipes
Servings: 12Large Servings
12' cast-iron skillets
Freezer strength zip-bags
5lbs.Lean hamburgerbrowned and drained
3LargeChopped White Onions
3LargeChopped Green Bell PeppersI left about half the seeds
310 Oz CanCasa Mamita Original Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies
34 Oz CanHatch Select Diced Green Chilies - Hot
26 Oz CanHappy Harvest Tomato Past
28 Oz canHappy Harvest Tomato Sauce
21¼ Oz PackStone Mill- Original Chili Seasoning mix
1Tbsp.Coarse Sea Salt
3Tbsps.Ground Cayenne pepper
15 oz bottleTiger Sauce The Original
Mix all in a large slow cooker set on low. Let cook for 10 hours.
Place 2 cup portions into sandwitch baggies and then into quart size freezer baggies.
EnoughGood Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey - Woodford Reserve is extremely good, and not so expensive that it would be a crime to use it in a cocktail, unlike Old Fitzgerald, Jefferson’s Ocean Aged Cask Strength, or, God forbid, Elijah Craig 23.
SomedashesBitters- Angostura bitters
1Orange slice or zest
Place sugar in the bottom of an old fashioned glass and saturate with bitters,
Add a few dashes of plain water.
Muck it all up into a syrup.
Place ice in the glass.
Fill to the brim with good Kentucky Bourbon.
Garnish with orange slice or zest, and a cocktail cherry.
Single Dad Hack - Cooking lessons - Twice-Baked Potatoes
Single Dad Hack - Cooking lessons number one, don't start a completely new recipe at 4:45 on a school night. It's 7:35, and the taters just jumped out of the oven. Second, you really only need four potatoes for three men, and six is way too much (actually, now that we're into the meal, we only needed three - will they freeze?). My twice-baked potatoes are loaded with sour cream, cheddar, scallions, bacon bits, mini pepperoni, topped with broccoli (not mine), a side salad, and Strawberry ice cream for dessert. And the third lesson, with six potatoes, you don't really need the broccoli, the side salad, or the strawberry ice cream(finding a way to ditch the broccoli was my plan all along). Top that, Mr. Other Single Dads! A little challenge to get our dad's vibes cooking (pun intended). And the final lesson learned from cooking Twice-Baked Potatoes for the first time on a school night (It was more of an insight than a lesson), I fed my class of 2025 Aggie tonight! AND when he stuffed his 17-year-old mouth with twice-baked potatoes, looking not unlike a ground squirrel stuffed with nuts for burial, he said, "TmhmamTm'ms Rmemamlmy Gmomomd Dmamd!" I understood that perfectly; he loves my cooking! But, more importantly, he's going to hate dorm food! He'll be wantin' a Dad home-cooked meal and will come home just a little more! Ha! That's the best Single Dad Hack you can do. PS. When viewing the photo, ignore cleaning supplies in the background. I am a single Dad, for goodness' sakes! I can't be expected to cook and clean AND put the supplies away (actually, I did that on purpose to raise my Super Dad score)!
Course: Main Course
Keyword: Class or 2015 Aggie, Confort Food, Potatoes, Single Dad, Single Dad Hack, Twice-Baked Potatoes
A son to eat what's left in the bowl
6Russet Baking PotatoesYou have two growing boys; you have to have six potatoes, don't ya?
1Big Ol' BagBacon Bits6 ozs or 9 ozs bag, whatever gets the job done (we're not going to measure anyway, this is a Single Dad Recipe!).
1 Cup Sour CreamAgain, a cup, two cups, I don't know. It was a container - Single Dad Recipe measurements.
4tbspButterI used somewhere between a half and the whole damn stick (there were 6 'taters, for goodness' sakes!).
1lbShredded cheddarIt could have been more, it could have been less, you're getting the trend here.
1FlowerBroccoli My sons eat broccoli, I don't.
Wash, oil, place potatoes on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper, and place in an oven to bake at 350°.
Pull potatoes out of the oven and preheat oven at 350°. Help son with video production project and forget to put the potatoes in the oven for about 15 minutes.
Now, put the potatoes in the oven and cook it till you can say, "Fork 'em, they're done!" and mean it.
Scoop out the insides of the potatoes, forming a canoe. Don't worry about the canoe falling apart like it was just made of Burch bark. The rafts will get covered like a barge chugging down the Ohio River because they are now flat ones. Whoa, wipe your brow after that stretched metaphor. - Put the potato insides in a pot.
Dump the pot of potato insides into a large mixing bowl, as you misjudged how much potato guts you'd get out of one 'Tater!
Mix in everything but the broccoli (you're going to say, "Damn, I forgot the Broccoli," anyway).
Mix it up with the potato smasher and look in awe at how much potato guts and fixin's are magically growing in the bowl!
Pile up the potato guts and Fixin's in the canoes (for the ones that fell apart, remember your loading barges). Top with the extra cheese (if you didn't put the whole bag in the mixing bowl) and some extra scallions.
Put the potato canoes stuffed with potato guts back on the parchment paper and add the potato barges piled with its cargo. Put all back in the oven. Yell, "Damn," and turn the oven back on.
With the oldest son, listen to Robin Willims' bit on Golf and Scottland (full version). Forget about all about the Twice-Baked-Potatoes until the youngest comes in and asks, "when will dinner be ready?" Yell, "Damn!" again, dash off to the kitchen. Pull out the 'Taders, just as the cheese is starting to brown and the edges are a little bit crispy.
Dish them out! Marvel, how many 'Taders are left.
Beam with pride with your son says, "TmhmamTm'ms Rmemamlmy Gmomomd Dmamd!" Rush off to social media, post everywhere, so the world knows you are supper dad and your kids love you.
I posted a few savory pie attempts on social media. When my sister, Marla started mocking me for making savory pies. She chided me with, "what's next, mushroom pie!?" I thought about it for a moment and thought "Hell ya!" A quick Duck Duck Go search showed that there were a few such recipes out there. One or two look a lot like my old mushroom stroganoff recipe that I used to make with an old girlfriend, Kirsten, but without the egg noodles. The pie crust replaces the noodles. So, I scratched my pandemic quarantine whiskers and had an erica moment witch culminating in the birth of my mushroom pie! Now, it has already become a big hit in my family.
Course: Main Course
Keyword: Father son, Pie, Savory Pie, Single Dad Recipes
12-inch Castiron Skillet
Pie Crimper (Right)?
Spoon to Mix
3VeritiesMushrooms- 4 8oz boxes of mushrooms of differing verity - I used button, Shiitake, and portabella mushrooms. Yes, I know buttons and portabellas are the same species only sold at different ages, Agaricus bisporus. But, Kroger charges different prices for each, so I'm counting it as a three mushroom pie.
2MediumRed Onions- Chopped fine
LotsFreshly Ground Black Pepper
Crusts: (Use whatever is your favorite pie crust, but remember it's a savory pie)(Who am I kidding? I use premade crusts.)
- Preheat Oven to 400°
- Melt butter in a 12-inch castiron skillet over medium heat
- Saute onions until soft
- With hands, break up mushrooms into small pieces and toss in with the onions
- Add thyme, salt, black pepper, and Pesto
- Saute till mushrooms start to make their juice
- Add small bits of the cream cheese until all the cream cheese is melted
- Remove from heat and set aside
- Make two of your favorite pie crusts, but remember this is a savory pie, so don't do a super sweet crust.
- Line a 9-inch pie pan with one of the crusts.
- Add the filling
- Cover with the second pie crust.
- Pinch together the edges of the crusts using your favorite pie direction method
- Cut vents into the top crust - I made a line drawing of a mushroom for my vent.
- Use a pastry brush to coat the crust with extra around the edges