It must be primal. When the autumn air snaps with crispness and leaves begin to fall, we instinctively turn to warm, nourishing foods that satisfy beyond hunger. Cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cloves—all of the spices that start with C—make a re-appearance and get an extra shake. And of course, rich, slow-cooked chili and cups of steaming hot chocolate are undeniable go-to’s this time of year. But now, so is ice cream.
Jeni Britton Bauer, acclaimed cookbook author and cool founder of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, stirs up her fabulous Fire-and-Ice Ohio Chili recipe with a surprising scoop of chocolate ice cream inside. The mingling of beef, tomato, autumnal spices and creamy chocolate takes this chili over the top.
It’s the perfect choice for your next tailgate party. But you’ll need a heavy-gauge Dutch oven with a tight-fitting lid because Jeni’s Fire-and-Ice Chili simmers over low heat for over an hour to build layers of flavor and a velvety, saucy consistency. Jeni recommends spooning it over spaghetti as a luscious sauce.
Give Fire-and-Ice Chili a try, and see if your football fans can guess the chilly secret ingredient in your latest chili recipe.
Courtesy of Food & Wine
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
2 pounds ground beef
2 large onions, minced
1/4 cup chile powder
1 Tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
6 cups water
One 15-ounce can tomato puree
One 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 cup dark chocolate ice cream
Cooked spaghetti, shredded Monterey Jack cheese and thinly sliced scallions for serving
In a large Dutch oven, heat the oil. Add the ground beef and cook over moderately high heat, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until browned, about 8 minutes.
Add the onions, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes.
Add the chile powder, cumin, cinnamon, coriander and cloves and cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
Stir the water, tomato puree and diced tomatoes into the beef, and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderately low heat for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir in ice cream and cook until hot, about 5 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper.
Serve the chili in bowls over spaghetti, passing shredded Monterey Jack and thinly sliced scallions at the table.
This chili can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Reheat gently before serving.
Suggested pairing: peppery, berry-rich Zinfandel.
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Few people embrace the holidays with more glamour and creativity than Donatella Arpaia, leading-edge Food Network star, famed chef and celebrated taste icon.
When decorating, Donatella believes the more glitter the better! Her latest ornament collection, exclusively designed for Frontgate, captures the old-world charm of silver and gold mouth-blown glass, handpainted and crystal-encrusted. But this collection surprises with an avant-garde touch too: stunning orbs of vivid teal blue look heavenly against the north-woods green of the tree.
Donatella makes it a must to frame her mantel and door with lush, lifelike pine and cypress boughs studded with simple white lights. The pre-lit swags and garland in our Donatella Amberly Manor Greenery Collection make it effortless. Plug them in, position them just so, stand back and revel in the magic.
Want one last Donatella detail for an unforgettable holiday? Add a layer of luxe texture to your mantel with her winter-white faux fur stockings. Of course you’ll stuff them with spectacular delights, but see if anyone can keep their eyes off the three crystal snowflake brooches that dangle from their cuffs!
Find more inspiration from Donatella on Pinterest.
A statement rug can capture attention, and no statement is hotter than hide. Zillow Digs named cowhide one of its top five decorating trends for 2015. With the way hide rugs combine natural elements and design aesthetics, it’s easy to see why.
Each rug adds layers of texture and interest to your living space. In our nine new hide rugs, urbane patterns are highlighted with dimension and depth. Artisans hand-stitch shapely pieces in an array of natural tones, creating a contemporary work of art. That’s why Zillow Digs calls cowhide “the ideal accent texture for 2015’s modern, yet approachable, design aesthetic.”
Authentic hair-on-hide rugs feel soft and warm underfoot and boast natural durability. Color, pattern and size variations are inherently unique, enhancing each rug’s one-of-a-kind nature. Whether in entryways, in living rooms or in front of the fireplace, hide rugs become a focal point – alone, or layered with other rugs.
And then there’s our ultra-thick textural treat: the Natural Sheepskin Area Rug. Shaggy and chic, it’s dreamy enough to nap on.
If you need help choosing a rug or measuring, read our Decorating with Rugs: Softness and Style Underfoot article. From showstopping rugs to ornate accents, discover more ways to luxe up your living space on Pinterest.
Tip: no matter what type of rug you use, place a rug pad underneath to help keep it in place and extend its life.
Great Scott! When Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled 30 years into the future in the iconic film Back to the Future, Part II, they arrived on October 21, 2015 (remember when that seemed so far away?).
They were greeted by a world of flying cars, hoverboards, self-lacing sneakers, dog-walking drones and oddly enough … fax machines. While much of the technology predicted in the film has yet to materialize, our Ultimate Gift Guide contains several modern marvels (and a few nostalgic ’80s throwbacks) that would impress any time traveller from the past – as well as everyone on your holiday gift list.
When it comes to futuristic tech, it’s hard to top 3D printing. Who hasn’t dreamed of simply pressing a button and watching the item you need materialize right in front of you? Our easy-to-use Flashforge 3D Printer creates adorable toys, charming decorations and much more with the help of digital designs you can download for free from various design-sharing websites.
If you have a need for speed and a yearning to fly, you can take to the skies with our immersive VRX Flight Simulator. Fight the seat-pinning force of take-off, feel the vibration of the engines, and experience the exhilaration of nose-diving at incredible speeds – all from the comfort of your home.
Although there is plenty about the world of 2015 that is cutting-edge and futuristic, our Ultimate Gift Guide also features some nostalgic throwbacks that even Marty McFly would recognize – albeit with some modern upgrades.
Along with big hair and keytar synthesizers, few things were bigger in the ’80s than video game arcades. We’ve meticulously cleaned and refurbished a special collection of classic pinball and arcade games like Ms. Pac Man with upgraded lights and parts to ensure that they play like new.
While digital music is definitely dominant in 2015, recent years have seen serious music lovers giving vinyl records another spin. Our 3-in-1 Turntable Stereo System may be reminiscent of the classic hi-fi your parents used to own, but this thoroughly modern sound system boasts some 21st century upgrades. In addition to a three-speed turntable, CD player and AM/FM radio, it can wirelessly stream music from any Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or tablet.
Remember those flimsy plastic headphones that came with your first portable cassette player? While they were considered cutting-edge back then, modern technology has taken on-the-go music to a whole new level. The lightweight Beats Studio Wireless™ Noise Cancelling Headphones let you enjoy superb audio with thunderous low-end, as well as crystal clear mids and highs –– all without the hassle of wires.
Explore our entire collection of cutting-edge tech gifts.