We have a new addition to our household.
It’s a smoker.
This was a fantastic, much-drooled-over housewarming gift from our friend Tyler, whose promise of Jesse’s dream grill, months ago, finally came to fruition last week, and just in the nick of time. We had a chili cook-off slated for just two days later, and you’d better believe what we did to our meat.
Yup, mesquite-smoked tri tip steak, and a delicately scientific combination of many other secret ingredients that kept us up until 1:00 a.m. last Friday night, perfecting our entry.
So pretty much, everything this week has been smoked.
I bought a mix of criminis and shitakes for this purpose, and started off by sauteeing about two pounds of them, chopped, in some homemade chicken stock, along with a chopped yellow onion.
To this, I added some fresh chopped dill, 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, another cup or so of sauce, and a tablespoon of paprika.
I covered this and let it simmer for a few minutes, waiting for the mushrooms to release their liquid, while I made some side dishes: green beans with masala and coconut milk, and some brown and wild rice with frozen peas, carrots, and some Indian seasonings.
After that, I made a little roux, to thicken up the soup — not as much as I’d make for my cheese sauce, but enough to fill a little saucepan and pour into the soup as it finished cooking — this is just a simple mixture of butter, flour, and milk, cooked down into a smooth paste.
You can see how this thickens and lightens the soup just a bit. I also chopped up a few stalks of celery and added those in at this point, so that they’d still have a hearty texture when the soup was finished.
This Week’s Groceries
- Chili powder: $1.96 — Guess what we were making!
- Tomato paste: $1.29
- Cumin: $0.99
- Tomato sauce: $1.59
- Green chiles: $1.59
- Bell peppers
- Roma tomatoes
- Yellow onions
- Fresh dill
- Crimini and shitake mushrooms
- Green beans
- Ground espresso: $3.99
- Hummus: $2.99
- Pumpkin seeds: $2.99
- Frozen peas and carrots: $1.29
- Shredded asiago cheese: $1.99
- Orange juice: $1.99
- 1% milk: $1.99
- Sourdough bread: $2.49