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Awesome Chili Recipes You Need To Try

No matter what time of the year it is there is always a great recipe for chili. We have four new takes on chili that you will love trying out for dinner, lunch or even breakfast. That is right I said breakfast. Which one will you try first?

Chicken Chili Pot Pie

Makes 4 servings

1 tablespoon olive oil

½ cup chopped carrots

½ cup chopped onion

½ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

2 (15-ounce) cans HORMEL® chicken chili with beans

1 (14-ounce) package refrigerated pie crusts

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1 tablespoon water

Directions: Heat oven to 375°F. In medium skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Sauté onion and carrot 10 minutes. Stir in chili and cilantro; cook until heated. Transfer mixture to baking dish or to individual baking dishes. Either cut circles to fit with slits to vent or cut strips to make a lattice pattern over chili mixture. In small bowl, whisk together egg and water. Brush pie crust with egg mixture. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until crust is golden and filling is bubbly.

Vegetable Chili With Kale And Quinoa

Makes 8 to 10 servings

2 tablespoons olive oil

½ medium onion, chopped

1 carrot, peeled and chopped

2 celery ribs, chopped

1 medium zucchini, chopped

1 small yellow squash, chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

4 ounces sliced mushrooms

3 (15-ounce) cans HORMEL® chili

½ cup quinoa

2 cups chopped fresh kale

Directions: In large Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-low heat. Sauté onion, carrot and celery 10 minutes. Stir in zucchini and next 3 ingredients and sauté 8 minutes. Stir in chili, quinoa and kale and simmer 15 minutes.

Chili Avocado Breakfast Toast

Makes 1 serving

2 slices whole grain bread, toasted

2 (1-ounce) packages WHOLLY GUACAMOLE® minis

1 cup HORMEL® chili, heated

1 large egg, fried

Garnish: Spread avocado on each toasted bread slice. Spoon chili over avocado and top with fried egg. Garnish with jalepeno slices, tomatoes, cilantro leaves and cheese, if desired.

Walking Taco

Makes 2 servings

1 (9 1/4-ounce) bag corn chips

1 cup HORMEL® chili, heated

Toppings: shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, chopped  avocado or quacamole, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, sliced green onions, sliced fresh jalapeños or pickled jalapeño slices, sliced ripened olives, pico de gallo, sliced radishes, and chopped fresh cilantro

Directions: Cut slit in front side of bag or cut top of bag off. Spoon chili over chips. Top with desired toppings.

Three Great Ways To Celebrate The Moscow Mule

Did you know that March 3rd is National Moscow Mule Day? Well now you do. Plus we are giving you more info on the Moscow Mule. It was invented in 1941 by Smirnoff, the Moscow Mule has been making a comeback in recent years. March 3 (or 3-3) is significant as there were three people involved in the cocktail’s creation, three ingredients in The Original Mule and when turned counterclockwise the numbers become an M-M.

So now it’s the perfect time to celebrate with a classic Moscow Mule (easily made with 1.5 oz Smirnoff vodka, 4 oz of ginger beer and a lime wedge or with one of the fun twists below.

Strawberry Moscow Mule Float (courtesy of Megan Marlowe from Strawberry Blondie Kitchen)

1.5 oz Smirnoff No. 21 vodka

Juice from 1 lime

4 ounces ginger beer

Scoop of strawberry sorbet

Into the bottom of a copper mug, add vodka, lime juice and ice.  Top with ginger beer and a scoop of sorbet.

Cherry Lime Moscow Mule (courtesy of Kendra Darr of Simply Darrling)

3 oz Smirnoff No. 21 vodka

1 bottle Cherry Ginger Beer

5 oz Cherry Limeade

Cherries and sliced lime for garnish

(Serves 2)

In a cocktail shaker, mix ice, Smirnoff No. 21, Cherry Ginger Beer and Cherry Limeade. Stir until combined and strain into copper mug over ice. Garnish with cherries and sliced limes.

Sunrise Over Moscow Mule (courtesy of Jay and Leah from The Gastronom)

Cocktail:

1.5 oz Smirnoff No. 21 vodka

2 oz Fresh squeezed orange juice

.5 oz fresh squeezed lime juice

4 oz ginger beer

Fill copper mug with crushed ice. Add vodka, orange juice and lime juice into the mug. Stir and top with ginger beer. Garnish with candied ginger.

Ice pops:

1.5 oz Smirnoff No. 21 vodka

4 oz orange juice

.5 oz simple syrup

.5 oz lime juice

4 oz ginger beer

Add all ingredients into a bowl and whisk to mix completely. Pour mixture into ice pop molds and place into freezer. After about 90 minutes, insert sticks into the molds. Allow ice pops to freeze overnight.

Reebok Classic Teams Up With Curren$y For Some Hot Kicks

We are getting to see some fantastic kicks this NBA All-Star Weekend. So as we see players and fans descend into New Orleans for an action packed weekend, Reebok Classic along with Curren$y hosted a special event last night at the Sneaker Politics powered by Reebok Classic and Mitchell & Ness store to launch Curren$y’s new collaboration with Reebok: the Reebok Classic x Jet Life Club C 85.

Curren$y (aka Spitta) has repped New Orleans rap since the early 2000s, starting out with No Limit, followed by Young Money, and finally now as an independent rapper, known for his love for sneakers and vintage cars.  Curren$y in his signature laid back style strolled into the store and kicked off the party surrounded by his friends, family and fans.  He signed the iridescent greens shoe boxes and custom basketballs fir fans, and then hopped onto the stage for an energetic set to cap off the night.

The Reebok Classic x Jet Life Club C 85 is inspired by the legacy Curren$y has built, both in and out of studio. The shoe features several design elements special to him, including both “Jet Life” branding at the heel and “Andretti OG” logo on the insole, a premium hairy green suede upper with GUM bottom, and a hidden stash pocket behind the tongue label.

The Reebok Classic x Jet Life Club C 85 is now available at the Sneaker Politics powered by Reebok Classic and Mitchell & Ness store at 216 Chartres Street, New Orleans, as well as www.sneakerpolitics.com for $100 available in Kids and Men’s sizing.  The Club C will have a wider release in mid March on Reebok.com and additional retailers in mid March.

On The Search For The Perfect Boilermaker With Bulleit Bourbon

There are assignments as a writer that I gladly accept. One of them recently was when the fine folks over at Bulleit Bourbon asked me if I was interested in finding the right beer to pair with Bulleit to create the perfect Boilermaker.

Most of you know that a Boilermaker is created when you combine a cold beer with a shot of whiskey. There are few theories on when the Boilermaker was created. Some say that Boilermaker came to be in the 1800s when blue collar workers headed to the bar after a long shift and it is believed that the drink was named after the workers who built and maintained steam locomotives during that same time period.

Another idea is that the first Boilermaker was created when Richard Trevitchick and his friends celebrated after his steam powered vehicle made its first successful climb up his village’s steepest hill on Christmas Eve in 1801.

No matter how the Boilermaker came to be the popularity of the Boilermaker is making a comeback. So with that notion Bulleit is asking for my help and yours as long as you are 21 years old or older to find the beer that when paired with any variety of Bulleit Bourbon will create the best Boilermaker.

Over the next few months I will be trying out a few local beers or maybe some national ones to see if I can find the best pairing. This month I am going with an IPA. The IPA is from Foothills Brewery in North Carolina. It is the Hoppyum IPA. This is IPA as Foothills says has nutty malts that lend a surprisingly sweet base to copious additions of tangerine-y Simcoe hops. Great aroma, superior taste, clean dry finish. It is the most popular beer and I thought I should give it a try with Bulleit.

As I poured the IPA into the glass I was looking forward to seeing what it would taste like with Bulleit Bourbon. I pour a shot of Bulleit into a shot glass and then dropped the glass into the beer. I picked up the glass and drank the whole thing.

I was really happy with the taste. The two complemented each other well. It was a strong first entry into the quest for the perfect Boilermaker. I would say that this one had a score of 7.5 out of ten.

What is your pairing? Below is the recipe you can use. Let me know which beer you used with Bulleit. I’m always looking for some good suggestions.

Boilermaker

1 oz. Bulleit (Bourbon, Rye or 10-Year-Old)

6 oz. Beer

Give Your Valentine A New Type Of Kiss

If you are looking for something new to give your Valentine’s date next week why not a different type of kiss. SMIRNOFF has two flavorful recipes that put some unique style of cocktails in your hands. Using two of their best-selling vodka flavors, SMIRNOFF Kissed Caramel and SMIRNOFF Raspberry you will be able to create some memorable Valentine’s Day treats.

Cupid’s Kiss Martini

Ingredients:

1/4 cup Turbinado sugar

Caramel Sauce

3 ounces Smirnoff Kissed Caramel Vodka

3 ounces Horchata

3 ounces Cream

Whipped Cream & Ground Cinnamon for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, mix ice, Smirnoff Kissed Caramel Vodka, Horchata, and Cream. Shake and strain into a rimmed glass. Garnish with Whipped Cream & Ground Cinnamon. This recipe serves 2.

Raspberry Kisses

Ingredients:

3 ounces Smirnoff Raspberry Vodka

1 ounce Limoncello

6 ounces Passion Fruit Juice

Fresh Raspberries for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, mix ice, Smirnoff Raspberry Vodka, Limoncello, and Passion Fruit Juice. Shake and strain into a glass over ice. Garnish with fresh raspberries. This recipe serves 2.

Brace Yourselves For Some Great Beer

What happens when you combine great beer from Ommegang and the hit show Game of Thrones? Good things happen….good things. To commemorate the coming mêlée in the Emmy® Award-winning show’s epic seventh season, Brewery Ommegang and HBO Global Licensing are excited to announce a new beer in their collaborative series: Bend the Knee Golden Ale.

Paying homage to the struggle for control of the Seven Kingdoms, Bend the Knee will be available on draft and in a series of three collectible 750ml bottles, all finished in matte black and adorned with one of the three Great House sigils: Stark, Targaryen, or Lannister. The beer clocks in at 9.0% ABV and bears a suggested retail price of $10.99 per bottle. And while the show’s return date has yet to be announced, fans can mark their calendars for the official nationwide release of the beer, which will be on shelves around Memorial Day.

Bend the Knee is brewed with pils malt and flaked oats and hopped with Saaz, Bravo, and Styrian Golding hops. It pours a golden hue with a large, frothy head. Both the aroma and flavor mix maltiness and citrus from the hops, while Ommegang’s signature house yeast produces prominent fruitiness. Wildflower honey added during fermentation provides light sweetness to the beer, which finishes dry and with firm hop bitterness.

Fit for any feast table, Bend the Knee’s clean and balanced flavor and effervescent carbonation make it a fine pairing for a variety of foods including seafood and shellfish, roasted or grilled chicken, grilled steaks, and aged Swiss-style cheeses.

New Flavors Added To The MTN DEW Family

For all of you who love the taste of Kickstart from Mountain Dew you are going to like this. They just announced two new flavors to their MTN DEW Kickstart lineup. Consumer favorite flavors, Raspberry Citrus and Mango Lime, are on shelves now and will come in MTN DEW Kickstart’s familiar 12oz and 16oz cans, respectively. These sparkling juice beverages combine the great taste of DEW with real fruit juice and caffeine. The two new flavors will be available nationally and have a suggested retail price of $1.99.

MTN DEW Kickstart launched in 2013 and has been dubbed one of PepsiCo’s most successful beverage product launches in the past decade, generating annual retail sales of more than $500 million to date.  With only 60 calories per 12 oz. serving, the two new mid-calorie beverage flavors join eight previously released flavors – Orange Citrus, Fruit Punch, Black Cherry, Pineapple Orange Mango, Midnight Grape, Watermelon, Blueberry Pomegranate and Blood Orange.

Great Cocktails For The Big Game

The teams are all set. Atlanta will take on New England in two weeks. Who do you think will win? No matter who wins we have a great selection of cocktail recipes that will make your football get-together one to remember. So when you order the wings, pizza, and all the other snacks make sure you have the right drinks to go along with the food.

Dickelade

1.25 oz. George Dickel No. 12

4 oz. Lemonade

Lemon Slice

Add George Dickel No.12 and lemonade in ice-filled glass and stir. Garnish with lemon.

Captain & Ginger

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum

4 oz. Ginger (beer or ale)

Lime Wedge

Serve on the rocks and garnish with a lime wedge.

Crown Royal Press

1.5 oz.  Crown Royal Deluxe

3 dashes of bitters

2 squeezed lemon wedge(s)

1 splash of lemon-lime soda

1 lemon wedge

Serve on the rocks and top with lemon-lime soda. Garnish with a lemon.

JJ Watt Surprises Fans With New Kicks

Most people know that J.J. Watt works hard and plays hard. He also like to hang out with his fans. Last night Watt surprised fans by announcing the release of the Reebok JJ I “City Pack,” the latest edition of his signature training shoe with Reebok.

Designed by the world’s most explosive athlete, the Reebok JJ I City Pack salutes the city of Houston, the adopted hometown of Watt. Known for his unparalleled work ethic and training regimen, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year has been laser-focused on rejoining his team on the field next year and has done so with equipment that never quits: the JJ I.

The JJ I City Pack is available today, January 24th at Reebok.com and Academy stores for $99.99.

“When my phone rang on draft night in 2011 and a 713 area code popped up, I knew hardly anything about the city of Houston or the great state of Texas. As I look back on that night today, I could not have asked for a better group of fans to play for. Thank you for welcoming my family and I into your family. I am extremely proud to be a Texan.”

As J.J. captioned in his Instagram post, “Houston, this one’s for you!”

The design of the City Pack features the introduction of a fade treatment to the JJ, blending the bold red and blue that Watt wears on the field seamlessly from heel to toe.  The Houston and Texas state flag red adorns the tongue, laces, and iconic JJ logo, with white trim wrapping the outsole. As with all Reebok JJ I’s, a layer of Liquid Foam cushioning wraps around the outside of the shoe, providing a rapid reaction to every impact.

Following a limited, midnight release on Reebok.com, the JJ I City Pack is now available at Academy Sports & Outdoors, Reebok.com and other retailers nationwide for $99.99. Fans can also register for updates and information at Reebok.com/JJWatt.

Guinness Brings A Milk Stout To Their Lineup

It is Friday and with that we bring some fantastic news in the world of beer. Guinness is bringing a Milk Stout into their lineup. Guinness Milk Stout is a full-bodied stout with a thick, creamy mouthfeel and aromas of roasted malt, milk chocolate and rich coffee. The roasted barley and hops used in the brewing process give this stout a warming bitterness that gets balanced out by the noticeable sweetness from the milk sugars added to the kettle.

This new beer from the Open Gate Brewery will be available this spring as part of The Brewers Project Pack alongside Guinness Golden Ale (previously only available in the UK and Ireland) and newcomer, Guinness Rye Pale Ale.  Its appearance is distinctively dark with a rich foamy head and is malt is a premium roasted barley with the same yeast famously used in Guinness Draught.

The tasting Notes are as follows, the aroma gives off a sweet roast, chocolate and rich coffee smell. The roasted malt is offset by a cream-like sweetness.  Guinness Milk Stout is available on shelves nationwide as part of The Brewers Project Pack through March 2017.