Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Portobello Mushroom Chili

Today was the untimely death of my blender.  It was a complete and innocent accident, honest I swear! I woke up with the soul intentions of making myself a healthy smoothie at 4am before work. Even though its a pain in the ass to make a smoothie, since I have to use a wooden spoon to mash down the the ingredients to get close enough to the blades. Yes I won't lie I've been irritated with my blender for awhile now, but I didn't have murderous intentions at 4am.

I had set it down on the counter and went to retrive a container from the top cabinet when I closed the door, my elbow came down on the blender knocking it off the counter smashing it into a million pieces onto the kitchen floor.  Truthfully though the minute it happen the first thing the popped into my head was...YES I can order a new blender! YAY lol plus since it was truly a mistake, because who would want shards of glass all over their floor at 4 in the morning? I was happy to know I can finally order a new and much better blender.

So I barely had time to clean it up before having to go to work to wear a gas mask for over 2 straight hours!  oh yeah, for 2 hours we were sucking plastic just sitting, sweating and miserable. It's really gross when you start becoming so hot that your breath is fogging up your mask and there is condensation building up on the inside..nasty.



oh yeah thats me in the gear and all. Sweating up a storm in my office 
Luckily I was looking forward to my crock pot mushroom chili. I couldn't eat take out anymore and had to bring out the crock pot and slow cook this chili the day before while I was at work for 12 hours.  There was nothing like coming home last night and immediately smelling the delicious aroma from the elevator door. Plus I had a great lunch to take to work today.  Though I had to wait till my gas mask was off the eat it =)


Portobello Mushroom Chili
Adapted From Allrecipes.com submitted by the gourmetguy
Cook Time: 8-12 hours in a Crock Pot

Ingredients
2 Yellow Onions diced
2 cloves garlic minced
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 1/2 pounds portobello mushrooms, cut into 1/2 inch pieces (or your favorite mushrooms)
1 (28 ounce) can of intalian style diced tomatoes
2 cans of Red kidney beans
salt to taste
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions
Add all the ingredients into your crock pot, stir to mix everything up and set on low for 8-12 hours. 8 is plenty of time, but it can slow cook longer depending when you get off work.

I also haven't had the proper time to truly say thank you to Maggie at Kitchie Coo she had passed on the Kreativ blogger and Sunshine award to me last week and I just now had the time to sit down and express how honored and excited I was to find that she would think of me. Thank you Maggie =)
By the way I love her blog so much, there is always a tasty recipe I'm drooling over every time I visit her page.

For the Sunshine award I'm supposed to answer the questions below and pass it on to 10 other bloggers and for the Kreativ blogger award I'm supposed to give a random fact about myself.

1. Favorite Color-  It use to be blue but now its purple
2. Favorite Animal- Wolf
3. Favorite Number- 12 thats been my favorite number since I was in grade school
4. Favorite non-alcoholic drink- Funny its the same as Maggie at Kitchie coo, seltzer water
5. Prefer Facebook or Twitter- Facebook, I have no idea how to use my Japanese cell phone
6. My Passion- Traveling and food. I like that in the military I've visited countries that I probably would have never seen in my life if I didn't enlist.
7. Prefer getting or giving presents- I love giving presents to family and friends. I like making gift baskets during the holidays that are customized for each person.
8. Favorite Pattern- um tie dye? not really
9. Favorite day of the week- Friday, can't wait to get out of work and start the weekend
10. Favorite Flower- Lilac I love the color and the scent

Random Fact about me
I cannot manipulate my fingers to make the Live long and Prosper sign like Spock does in Star Trek lol.


I would like to pass this wonderful award package onto these 10 great bloggers.

Tess at Slow Cooking Kitchen, Kit from I lost in Austen, Richard at What's Cooking at Richards?, CJ Food Stories, Kaitlin at The Garden GrazerEating with Zombies , Annie What's Annie Making?, Jessica at A Kitchen Addiction , Becca at Keep Guessing, Dawyne No Ideas




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    1. it diffidently makes great leftovers.

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  2. Congratulations on your awards!!! You deserve them =)) Love the photo of your chili and I gotta say, you look pretty darn cute in your gear ;-) Have a great day, hon!!!

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    1. Aww thank u Tess, Thank goodness though that we are finally done wearing our gear today, time to get ready for the cherry blossom festival this weekend =)

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  3. Wow, that chilli looks so delicious!

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  4. I love the pictures of you in your gear and the story of the untimely demise of your blender. Fate has a way of working those thinks out (wink). By the way, I'm reading along and ... Umm, wow ... I don't even know what to say ... I'm so honored that you would think of me, Neshanne ... I'm speechless ... Thank You!

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    1. yeah there was diffidently no weeping over my blender yesterday lol. and your so welcome I love your blog and all the great nutritional facts that you incorporate. plus its pretty nice of you to highlight others recipes form other blogs.

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  5. Thanks so much for the awards! I must say this chili looks a PERFECT meal :)

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    1. Hi Kaitlin glad you like the chili and the awards =)

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  6. Congratulations on the award! And wow, that chili looks seriously tasty. I'm a big fan of mushrooms, too... it's like it's just begging for me to make it! Haha. :)

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    1. Thanks so much Willow, I love mushrooms and in Japan there's so many different kinds to try that I will usually makes this chili with different mushrooms I find off base at the local supermarkets.

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  7. congrats on your lovely awards..:)
    recipe sounds lipsmacking good..nice presentation..
    Tasty Appetite

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    1. Thank you Jay for the sweet comments : -)

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  8. Hi sweetie, Congrats on these awesome awards! You truly deserves them coz you're creative & funny! Love to read your post. I on the other hand don't know how to write! Little did I know that when dropping over to your space & found out that I'm was also nominated for these awards! Gosh! Thank you so much dear, Neshanne. You certainly brighten up my day! Love this mushroom chili! Sounds really mouth watering indeed! And I must say that you look fab even in your gear!:)

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    1. Hi kit, thanks so much for all the lovely comments and you deserve it just as much! glad that I could brighten your day =)

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  9. Wow, I am never complaining about my job again after hearing what you go through - thank you for what you do! This chili is right up my alley - I'm loving all the ingredients! :)

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    1. Hi Jen glad u like the chili, lol i'm just happy the only time we have to wear our gas mask is during an exercise.

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  10. Neshanne ... I gave you some blog love today over at Food Stories :-)

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  11. Ah the new blender, a great treat in life, though i find the newer the blender the thicker texture I look for, poor thing. I have never been a fan of poke it with a stick, I lost a bit of wood from a spoon once, I found them later, but there was no joy in doing so. I'm a firm believer in hold on to the handle and lid and rock it in every direction with a little more aggression than I probably should. Works rather well, but does require a firm grip and a little courage. Have fun with the new one!

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    1. I'm diffidently aware of the rockin till it moves technique unfortunately with that particular blender it never worked, hence the mashing with a spoon lol. oh well a new one is on the way from amazon. =)

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  12. That blender story is so funny because they same thing happened here - Ann got a brand new Vitamix (coolest blender ever) and I told myself I wasn't going to get one until my perfectly good blender broke. Well, mine broke down a couple weeks ago too!! So we're both in the market for a new blender! It's the little things in life :)

    The Mushroom Chili looks AWESOME - and it's vegan! YAY! We will definitely be trying this recipe soon! Thank you!

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    1. those Vitamix blenders are awesome! I really wanted one but their pricy unless your using it every single day. plus i think my husband started choking when i mentioned the vitamix blender. if I was super hardcore with smoothies I would get one. hmm maybe christmas present next year... oh yeah i need to start tagging my post the chili is vegan I hope you try it and like it =)

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  13. This looks like it would be even better the next day! I am also loving my crockpot even though it has been close to 90 degres:) Good luck on finding a new blender. I am still using my hand-me-down avocado green osterizer blender my grandma gave me when I moved into my first apartment. It;s circa 1970 something, but works like a charm.

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    1. wow 90 degrees! I wish it was that hot here...seriously. It seems all the appliances that were made "back then" actually worked. Sounds like a fun blender, can't wait to get a new one.

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  14. I'm here! Thank You so Much Neshanne.
    So about the mixer. Nothin' makes me more mad than to have my mouth watered up and ready to put something in it, to find out that I can't have it. And of all times, don't mess with my breakfast. Have a great day.

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    1. lol thank goodness I didn't have anything in the blender at the time, I could only imagine how bad it would have been to clean up glass shards and yogurt/milk.

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  15. SOrry about your blender- but at least now you can get a better one! I recently got a Vitamix as a gift, and it's incredible. It's really expensive though... but I think worth it, as now, I use it a couple times every day. I make my son and I smoothies all the time in it. Also soup!

    Your chili looks wonderful!! So great you can leave it to cook all day and return to a fragrant home.

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    1. oh yeah there is nothing better then coming home to the aroma of chili, my mouth starts watering before I even open the front door. I think my husband is coming around to letting me get the vitamix or blendtec blender.

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  16. What is it about blenders and problems?? I totally understand the whole "mashing it with a spoon" technique! That is the one that I currently use. :) I am glad that you no longer have to do it!
    Thanks so much for these awards! That is so sweet of you! Sorry that I haven't gotten back to you until now! I have been down with a fever the last couple of days. Congrats, to you as well for receiving them!

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    1. Yikes I hope your feeling better, can I send you some soup ;) My biggest dilemma now is what blender should I buy? cuz I would love to bypass the whole mashing it with a spoon hoping I don't hit the blades with the spoon and get shards of wood or plastic in my drink : )

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  17. Wow! That looks terrific! I'm sorry about your blender but glad you can now get the blender of your dreams! Thanks for mentioning http://www.keep-guessing.com/ for the Sunshine Blogger, and I can't wait to see what you make next!

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    1. Hi Becca, have any recommendations for a blender?

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    2. I hate my blender and it's a kitchenaid. I need a recommendation from you!

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  18. Nice idea of doing a portabella mushroom chili I will have to try your recipe soon!

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  19. Thanks! Just figured this out what this was, took me a while eh?
    That Spock things is supposed to be less commonly done by females, but I was a trekie at such a young age I didn't know girls weren't supposed to be able to until I had perfected it in both hands.

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  20. This chili looks so good! I L-O-V-E mushrooms!!!! And thank you so much for the awards. You are too sweet!!! And congratulations to you too. You deserve these awards for sure lady.

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    1. Your are so welcome Annie, and i LOVE mushrooms too. So many different types here in Japan to try also :)

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  21. Good afternoon ;) What tasty chili this must be, and quite the story to go along with it! BTW: I have nominated your blog for a Kreativ Blogger and Sunshine Award ~ You can view this at http://sandrarecipeblogsite.blogspot.com ~ Have a fantastic weekend...

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    1. Good afternoon to you Sandra, Thank you so much for thinking of me :) truly surprised

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  22. Congratulations on your awards! I've had mushrooms on the brain all day, so I was thrilled to see your recipe. Can't wait to try it!

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  23. Congratulations! The chili looks delish! I'm drooling over the screen! Have a great weekend sweetie!

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    1. lol thanks so much Serena : ) hope you have a great weekend too!

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  24. Hi Neshanne! I saw your title of the blog on Foodbuzz, and being a Japanese I was curious to check your blog! Glad I did. :-) Congratulations on your awards! Will be back again!

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    1. Hi Nami, I'm so happy you stopped by. I Just checked out your blog and love all the tutorials on how to make specific Japanese dishes. I'm heading back now to get that gyoza recipe : )

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  25. Look at you! Very cute :P Love this recipe. Looks great for the Winter we are currently having here in Sydney. Brrrr.!

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  26. thanks, winter huh..well this is the perfect chili for you!

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  27. Hi its me ... reading your blog articles for the first time. I think you are way funny. Loving the pics, and the Portabello Mushroom Chilli. LOVEEEEE mushrooms! Buzzed ya.

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    1. Hi, if you love mushrooms this chili is diffidently for you! thanks so much for the sweet comments =)

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