EASYLIFE EASY RECIPES
Ska Mom's Best Recipes
(Megan's Real Mother!)
When I first saw this Web page, I thought, "how cool! But it's missing
something. There's music news and club news and philosophies and opinions,
but there's no recipes. And Ska people have to eat, right?" So here, Ska
Leonardo, Kate, and I were sitting around the other night, and you know how
you just start craving something warm and filling (especially after being so
chilly), and so we just dove right in and whipped up this recipe. What can I
say? It was a lifesaver!
(No! it's not that "Titanic" -- I simply meant that the taste was so
rich and fabulous, that it towered above all other chilis.)
You can adjust all the proportions, seasonings, etc to your liking. This
makes a lot,but you can just use less of everything/anything.
Heat the oil in a large pan, add the meat and cook until evenly browned.
- 1/2 cup cooking oil (or less)
- 4 pounds beef -- cube it, chop it, render it into small pieces
- 6 tablespoons ground red chile
- 3 tablespoons ground cumin
- 2 small cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
- 3 dried whole red chilies, crushed
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano (preferably Mexican) brewed like tea in 1/2 cup
- 2 tablespoons paprika
- 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
- 2 cups beef broth or water
- 1 small can diced green chiles, drained
- 1 small can stewed tomatoes
- 1/4 teaspoon (or more) Tabasco sauce
Stir in the ground chile, cumin, garlic, and onions. Add some water to barely
Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, uncovered for 30 - 45 minutes,
adding water as necessary. HINT: Hold back on some of the seasonings. You can add them at the
end after the meat has cooked and you can taste it for flavor.
Stir in the crushed red chiles. Strain the oregano/beer mixture and stir the
liquid into the pot. Stir in paprika, vinegar, beef broth (or more water), canned chilies,
Simmer, uncovered for 45 minutes longer. Stir often.
Just before serving, taste the chili and correct the seasonings. Add the
Tabasco sauce if you want that extra heat. Salt and pepper to taste.
Serve it in nice big bowls. Maybe a dollop of sour cream and guacamole. Yum!
Seven Layers of Kevin Bacon
or Southwestern Party Dip
Well, it has seven layers to it. Serve it with taco chips.
- 1 container bean dip
- 1 small carton sour cream or plain yogurt
- 1 package taco seasoning
- Shredded cheese (whatever you like -- suggestions: cheddar, monterey
- Black olives, sliced
- Tomatoes, chopped
- Guacamole (avocado, lime juice, garlic, smooshed up along with a little
- Green onions or parsley or cilantro
- Layer 1: Spread the bean dip on a plate.
- Layer 2: Mix the sour cream or yogurt with the taco seasoning.
Spread it on top of the bean dip (let it sit a bit first to set up).
- Layer 3: Guacamole added on top.
- Layer 4: Shredded cheese on top of that.
- Layer 5: Tomatoes.
- Layer 6: Black olives.
- Layer 7: Green onions or parsley or cilantro
Uh, uh! Don't make that face! Fish is good for you, and this recipe
is nice because it has a lot of strong, hot flavors, so it's not
really strong "fish". (Or should I have called this recipe, "Reel Big
- Mild white fish (like sole or scrod) (allow about 4 ounces per person)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 1/2 cups chopped plum tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (or to taste)
- 2 teaspoons seeded, minced serrano (or jalepeno) chili pepper (or to
- 1/3 cup sliced ripe olives
- Place fish in a baking dish coated with cooking spray (or put parchment
in the bottom of the pan).
- Brush with lime juice, set aside.
- Put a little olive oil in a pan and saute the onion and garlic.
- Stir in tomato, cilantro, and chili pepper. Cook for five minutes.
- Stir in olives.
- Spoon tomato and cilantro mixture over fish.
- Cover and bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes or until fish flakes easily
when tested with a fork.
Very nice with rice, especially wild rice mix.
"My, Aren't We Crabby" Dip
Crabs hate this recipe. But if you're not a crab, yum! is it good!
- 1 container fresh, frozen, or canned crab meat (you can even use the
- 8 oz package cream cheese (reduced-fat is ok)
- 1-2 tablespoons mayonnaise (low-fat works fine)
- lemon juice
- curry powder (secret ingredient)
- Worcestershire sauce
- chopped onion (small amount)
- grated Parmesan cheese
- Mix cream cheese and mayonnaise until smooth.
- Add lemon juice, curry powder, Worcestershire sauce and onion to taste.
- Gently mix in crabmeat.
- Put mixture into a shallow baking dish and top with grated Parmesan
- Bake at 400 for 30 minutes (bubbly, browned on top).
Or, you can microwave it until hot, and just brown the top in the oven.
- Serve with crackers (Triscuits are great).
Flu-Fighting, Body-Warming, HOT Chicken Soup
After the sneaky snowstorm that we had in New England this weekend, it's obvious that it's not too late for one last warm-'n'-comforting hot soup recipe. (And yes, it's "one pot" and easy).
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast (or whatever chicken bits you have)
- 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (or as much (or little) as you want)
- Juice of one lime
- 1 Tablespoon chili-pepper oil (again, as much or as little as you want. Suggestion:start with a little -- you can always add more if you want.)
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2-3 cloves garlic, finely minced (keeps away vampires too!)
- 4 teaspoons peeled and minced fresh ginger root (or grated up)
- 2 -3 cans chicken broth
This is a very flexible recipe. Proportions can be dramatically altered to suit your fancy. There's a lot of heat here... remember that it's easier to add than try to take it away, so maybe start with less and add as you go.
- Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces. Sprinkle with cayenne (hot) pepper and lime juice.
- Heat oil in a saucepan, add onion, and saute until soft.
- Add the chicken, ginger, and garlic. Cook until chicken is almost done.
- Add chicken broth. Bring soup to a boil and simmer until chicken is done.
Chicken With An Attitude
Ever notice how all the Ska Mom's recipes use one bowl that you mix everything together in? Well, this one is no exception. And it comes under the "easy" category too (i think),especially for a main dish.
You can make this chicken as spicy (or mild) as you want.
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (for low-fat, or use whatever chicken parts you want (if you use larger pieces or pieces with the bone-in, it will take longer to cook.))
- 1/2 cup salsa (whatever heat level you want (this is where the "attitude" comes in!))
- 1/4 cup dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- Mix up the salsa, mustard and lime juice (this is the marinade).
- Marinate the chicken in the mixture for at least an hour. (It looks yucky, but trust me!)
- Scrape the marinade off the chicken. Brown the chicken in a pan with a little oil.
- Add the marinade back into the pan.
- Cook the chicken and marinade thoroughly.
Serve over rice or pasta. Yum!
Grandma Ska's Gingerbread
It's gingery. It's comforting. It's just the thing to nibble on when it's a
cold Winter's day. (Large glob of whipped cream or Cool Whip is optional.)
Step 1. Sift these ingredients into a bowl (or just dump them in and
stir them around really really well):
- 1 2/3 cups flour
- 1 1/4 teaspoon baking SODA
- 1 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup sugar
Step 2. Add these ingredients and mix it up well:
- 1/2 cup molasses (good, and good for you!)
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil (do NOT use olive oil!)
- 1/2 cup boiling water
Step 3. Add 1 egg and mix the batter until smooth.
Pour batter into a greased and floured 9" square pan (or round pan, or
Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes (it will look nice and puffy, and when
you poke it with your finger, it will spring back.
Secret Recipe Banana Bread
Well, it's a secret no more. But boy, is it good!
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1 egg
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2-3 ripe bananas
- 1/4 cup milk
To the butter/sugar/egg mixture, add half the flour and stir it up. Then
add half the banana/milk, and stir some more. Add the rest of the flour
mixture, stir, then the rest of the banana/milk and stir some more.
Pour into a greased loaf pan, and bake at 350 degrees for about 35-45
minutes or until done.
(While you are waiting, you may dance around the kitchen to the new
Never-Fail Brownie Pie
(When you have a wicked chocolate craving, it's fast and easy.)
- 1 stick butter, melted
- 2 squares unsweetened baking chocolate
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Blend melted butter and chocolate with all other ingredients.
- Pour into greased 9-inch pie plate.
- Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
Let it cool, then devour. Serves 1 very hungry person, or several if you
Ska's The Limit Mango and Citrus Salsa
This is great with fish. But you can just scoop it up and eat it plain or
with anything. It's summer food for sure.
- 2 ripe mangos, peeled and cut into small dice
- juice of two limes
- 1/2 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and cut into tiny dice
- 1/4 cut chopped fresh cilantro, or to taste
- 1/2 small red onion, peeled, and cut into a tiny dice
- Fresh green chili (like a jalapeno, or whatever you like or can find)
(be careful peeling hot chili peppers! The oil can leave your fingers
burning. Also, the seeds make it hot, so leave them out (unless you really
like it HOT).
- Put on your favorite ska CD.
- Chop up all the ingredients.
- Put all the chopped stuff in a bowl.
Auntie Ska's Favorites
East River Sludge
- bag of semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips (or combo)
- anything else you like to eat, for example: nuts (peanuts, cashews...),
mini-marshmallows, pretzels, cookie pieces, raisins, cereal (crisp rice, wheat o's...)
- foil or cookie sheet or wax paper
- double boiler (or clean can that'll fit in a cooking pot) - OR - a microwave (prefer double boiler)
- Melt the chocolate
- In the microwave, use low heat as it tends to burn it
- Double boiler method - put a few inches of water in the bottom pot
- Place chocolate in the boiler top, simmer, stir when chocolate starts to melt (To make your own cheepo double boiler, take a clean can (empty food can like soup, spaghetti), use any pot that the can will fit in. Put a couple of inches of water in the pot, place chocolate in can, put in pot, heat slowly, stir when the chocolate starts to melt.)
- - NOTE - do NOT fill the container with chocolate, leave room for stirring
- Once it's melted... dump in whatever you think would taste good chocolate covered (see suggestions above). Add slowly, making sure there's enough chocolate to cover everything. Dump completed mixture onto foil/sheet/paper, allow to cool, break into pieces, consume.
Auntie's Brain Candy
This is an e-a-s-y fun to watch microwave snack (can be made in double boiler, but micro's more fun to watch).
- A 2 cup glass measuring cup
- 6 marshmallows (the big ones)
- 1 tablespoon of margarine/butter (can be made w/o - messier cleanup)
- about a cup of crunchy cereal (rice, wheat...)
- Nuke marshmallows & fat for less than a minute
- WATCH IT CLOSELY... looks like something from the labs at CDC
- Turn it off before it overflows
- Stir in cereal
- Spread on a tray or form into balls or eat right out of the container
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