nick_kaufmann came by to inaugurate our Thursday dinners, with much success. We made turkey chili, based off of this recipe from Cook's Illustrated, reproduced here with our modifications for your convenience.
16 ounces bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
4 medium red onions , chopped fine
2 red bell pepper , cut into 1/2-inch cubes
3 small green chili peppers, chopped fine
1/2 cup chili powder
2 tablespoons ground cumin
4 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons dried oregano
Juice of 2 limes
4.3 pounds lean ground turkey
4 cans (16 ounces each) black beans , drained and rinsed
3 cans (28 ounces each) crushed tomatoes
In the bottom of a big pot or nonreactive Dutch oven, fry the bacon until browned. Add onions, peppers, seasonings, and lime juice. If things stick to the bottom, stir in half a cup of water. Cook until vegetables are soft. Add half the turkey and cook 5 minutes, stirring to break up the chunks. Repeat with other half. Add beans and tomatoes. Bring to boil, reduce to simmer, and cook uncovered 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Serve over rice; garnish with lime wedges, corn chips, sour cream, and cheddar. Makes about two gallons of chili. (Note to self: do not double this recipe, even when cooking to fill the freezer. Two gallons is a lot.)
Half a cup of chili powder! Crazy! But it worked. We stuffed ourselves quite happily.
For dessert I melted some chocolate chips in a makeshift double boiler, drizzled the chocolate over pieces of banana, and sprinkled unflavored pop rocks on top. (Thanks for dropping them off at my office, novalis!) They were, as expected, banana-y and chocolaty and fizzy. I have two banana pieces in the fridge right now--one with a single layer of chocolate and pop rocks, the other with a second layer of chocolate that will in theory protect the pop rocks from condensation--as well as a chocolate/pop rocks mixture that I simply spread out on a sheet of parchment paper to turn into chocolate breakup. If they do well refrigerated overnight, I'll make another batch tomorrow night to bring to the ball on Saturday. If not, I'll figure out something else.