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Mexican Chicken Mole

7 Jul

stampede mole

The curry of Mexico, indeed: this unexpected dish was served in the cowboy grub line and we were pleasantly surprised.blueroom

Chicken thighs with onion, tomato and bell peppers were smothered in the richest mole poblano.

The sweet and smokey sauce packed a wallop: spicy, deeply dark, and lovely. And so at home amidst the usual barbecue.

During Stampede, it’s easy to get beefed out. And this spicy dish is a welcome change from stew. The Mexican connection to the cowboy west is one we’ve overlooked with our Stampede grub, but we’re keen to round out menus to include this winner. We opted for a small spoonful of rice, but others went whole hog:

stampede mole 2

from The Sweet Life in Paris (Broadway Books) by David Lebovitz
Makes enough for smothering one chicken or a pork shoulder, previously cooked.
5 dried ancho dried chiles
1 small onion, peeled and chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped
¼ teaspoon each: cinnamon, ground cloves, dried oregano, powdered cumin, ground coriander, ground anise seeds
1/3 cup (55 g) sliced almonds
1-2 tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup (40 g) raisins or diced prunes
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
3/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
freshly ground pepper
1 cup (250 ml) water (or more, as needed)
1 oz (30 g) unsweetened chocolate, melted

Remove the seeds and stems from the chiles and soak them in very hot water until soft, about 30 minutes or so.
When softened, puree the chiles in a blender.
In a small skillet, sauté onion in vegetable oil until soft and translucent. Add garlic and sauté another minute. Add spices and herbs and cook, stirring constantly, for about 30 seconds, being careful not to let them burn.
Add to the chile puree in the blender, the almonds, the cooked onions and garlic, tomatoes, raisins or prunes, sesame seeds, salt, pepper, water, and melted chocolate, then puree until smooth.
Add additional water, if necessary, until the consistency is smooth and slightly pourable.
Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Cowboy Tea

13 Jul

We finally tried a sip of this Calgary Stampede libation. 1912 Tea is made with citrus vodka, Cointreau, fruit juices and iced tea. Oh, but to have the etched, commemorative glass as well…

1912 TEA
Courtesy Mike Friesen, Calgary Stampede

1-1/2 oz citrus vodka

1/2 oz Cointreau

2 oz orange juice

2 oz lemon juice

top with iced tea (sweetened or plain, to taste)

mint leaf garnish

Build in an ice-filled Collins glass and garnish with a mint leaf.

Sweet City Woman

3 Jul

Need a dessert idea for your upcoming Stampede party or potluck invite?

We can think of four booze-fuelled treats. There’s luscious, tequilla-filled margarita pie. Kaluha Mud Pie, whiskey-soaked fudge, and this baby, merlot and cranberry brownies. It uses the Stampede’s firewater, being sold at liquor stores as we speak. Can’t wait to try it.

Calgary Stampede Centennial Selection Merlot & Cranberry Brownies
Calgary Stampede Executive Chef Derek Dale
Serves 20

1 10×12 baking sheet

14.5 oz / 400 gr dark chocolate squares
1 cup unsalted butter
1/3 tsp salt
¾ cup plus 1 Tbsp dried cranberries
6 tbsp / 3oz Township 7 Merlot
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
¾ cup plus 1 Tbsp flour

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 10×12 baking pan.
In a large sauce pan melt the dark chocolate, butter and salt (keep warm).
In a small sauce pan add the cranberries and wine together, bring to a boil, turn off heat and let sit.
Cream the eggs and sugar.
Slowly add the egg mixture to the warm butter and chocolate. Fold in flour and cranberries.
Bake for 18-20 minutes, serve warm.

Stampede Super Burger

2 Jul

The Outlaw burger is Maverick’s monster burger: four pounds of juicy AAA Alberta beef with eight slices of Canadian horseradish cheddar cheese melted on top plus 12 strips of double-smoked bacon, six whole Roma tomatoes and a half a head of butter leaf lettuce staked in between a custom made 12-inch pretzel bun brushed with an ancho-mustard aioli.

Yikes. Kinda reminds us of this:

Cowboy Curry

2 Jul

We love Stampede food traditions — the ever-present beef on a bun, mini donuts, corndogs(!), smokey nachos, midnight ginger beef, and flapjack breakfasts.

Add this non-traditional wildcard into the mix: green curry coconut chicken.

Our first date on Stampede auction day years ago was a quick lunch inside the casino at Bambu. The kicky curry laden with zucchini, mushrooms, red pepper strips and fresh basil was divine.

Why not re-invent that steamy, spicy dish with a western twist? Perfect for Stampede.

1 rotisserie chicken
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon cumin
Zest and juice of 1 lime
Splash hot sauce
Salt and ground black pepper
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Eight 6-inch flour tortillas, warmed
1 small red onion, diced
1 avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced

Shred chicken into bite-sized pieces.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the chicken, coconut milk, cumin, lime zest and juice, and hot sauce. Simmer until heated through and thick (to thicken, try adding a handful of cornmeal!). Season to taste with salt and pepper. Take off heat and stir in cilantro just before serving.

Fill tortillas, and top with diced onion and avocado. Serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.

Still Saucy… 3 years later

29 Jun

stampede chili real
Stampede brings out the recipe hoarder in us.

The very impetus for Saucy Cherie was sparked by a hankering to create an electronic recipe collection accessible anytime, anywhere.

And Stampede party favourites were the very first recipes we posted. In the three years since then, we’ve managed to cull our tattered clipping file, surge ahead with another obsession (vintage Seventeen magazine recipes), and even helped create a Stampede centennial keepsake cookbook.

Along the way, we’ve fallen out of love with delicious.com, which seemed like such a good idea before pinterest came along. Curating party recipes and planning ideas is a great way to stay organized and inspired.

But onto this year’s Stampede recipe roundup.

This chili welcomes us back to basics. Our chili has been getting a little too out there, and this is simple and warm and good.

Recipe courtesy of Ricky Lauren, Cuisine, Lifestyle, and Legend of the Double RL Ranch
Serves 4

2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, coarsely chopped, plus more for garnish (optional)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin (used 1 tsp)
1/2 to 2 teaspoons (up to 1 tbsp) chili powder
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 pound ground beef
One 28-ounce can whole tomatoes, crushed
One 15-ounce can kidney beans, not drained
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
Grated cheddar, for serving
Sour cream, for serving
Chopped onion, for serving

Heat oil in a large saucepan. Add garlic and onion, and cook until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add cumin and chili powder; cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

Add beef, and cook until browned, about 6 to 8 minutes. Add green pepper, and cook for 2 minutes.

Add tomatoes, beans and their liquid, and cook until thickened, 35 to 45 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with desired toppings.

Spaghetti Western 3.0

29 Jun

It’s our annual spaghetti western time again.

The Calgary Stampede is upon us and in our quest to plan the perfect warmup party, spaghetti western reigns supreme.

We’ve come a long way from the inaugural Spaghetti Western discovery (a vile online 1.0 version with noodles, cream of mushroom soup, tomato sauce, Worchestershire, mushrooms and grated cheddar cheese. Yeesh)

We are still digging the Caesar/redeye flavour of Spaghetti with Vodka Cream Sauce. It’s light and perfect on its own or as alongside barbecued beef (sliced flank steak) for a summer night.

We are also toying with a penne/chipotle beef spagball in a red wine tomato sauce, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Maybe next year.

adapted from Cooking Light
Serves 3 to 4

1/2 pound spaghetti pasta
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onion or 2 to 3 shallots
3/4 tsp salt, divided
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup vodka
1/4 cup chicken broth
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
1/4 cup whipping cream
3 Tbsp fresh basil
Fresh parmesan

Cook pasta and keep warm. It will heat up when you add it to the sauce.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion to pan; sauté 4 minutes or until tender. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt, pepper, and garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add vodka and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 3 minutes or until liquid is reduced by about half. Stir in scant 1/2 teaspoon salt, broth, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and let cool slightly.

Puree the sauce until smooth. Return tomato mixture to pan.

Mix in cream, then cook the sauce for 2 minutes over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in cooked pasta and basil. Taste the pasta and adjust seasoning if needed. Serve immediately.