Instant Pot beef chilli

Instant Pot beef chilli

Although some sources report that chilli originated in northern Mexico, most food historians assert that it is a classic American dish invented in southern Texas. In fact, some Mexicans will strongly concur; a 1959 Mexican dictionary defined chili con carne as a “detestable food falsely called Mexican, sold in the United States from Texas to [...]

Wonky festive gingerbread cookies

Wonky festive gingerbread cookies

We are in full fledged holiday mode. Christmas tree is up (see below), gift shopping and wrapping done, Advent calendar opened, and now it's time for holiday baking. This weekend afternoon was spent preparing homemade gingerbread. I participated by practicing my cookie decorating skills, which turned out more in line with that of a contestant [...]

Italian-American meatballs in red sauce

Italian-American meatballs in red sauce

Spaghetti and meatballs is a classic Italian-American dish, introduced by Italian immigrants in New York City sometime in the early 20th century. This dish differed significantly from the meatballs prepared back in the motherland. In Italy, meatballs known as polpette were much smaller, often no larger than the size of a marble. Unlike the Americanized [...]

Boozy aged eggnog

Boozy aged eggnog

It's December 1st! Mr. Chuckles and I put up our tree in mid-November, but we can now openly start our official Christmas countdown. It has been snowing and miserable outside all day, so this evening is an opportune time cuddle up on the sofa to begin our holiday movie festival. Tonight's viewing is The Family [...]