Saturday, January 14, 2012

Chilly weather....

From our backyard on Friday morning; the "field of greens" is shivering.

Our street as I went for the newspaper; wind chill made the temperature feel like 12 degrees!

It has to be time for making chili!  Is that cocoa I see?

Ground beef, chopped onion, and garlic browning.

Tomatoes, tomato juice, kidney beans, and spices added, and ready to cook.

                                         Served with grated cheese and sour cream.  Remember that Bran Bread?

We have had our first "snowfall" of the season.  It didn't linger, and all sign of snow was gone by mid-afternoon.  Local schools were on a one-hour delay, which was a help, I'm sure.  Our county is large, and some areas received a bit more snow/icing than we did where we live.

That kind of weather just seems to call for Chili.  Now, I have made lots of chili in the past, even to benefit Chili Cook-offs.  For this one, however, I combined parts of two different recipes - one in the First Place, 1997 reprint edition and one from Betty Crocker, 1986 edition.


2 # ground beef (I use 93/7)
1 large onion
2 cloves garlic
1 can (15-oz.) diced tomatoes (with juice)
1 quart tomato juice
1 Tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons oregano
2 teaspoons cocoa
dash of cinnamon
2 cans red kidney beans, drained and rinsed (this removes some of the sodium)
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon salt (you may prefer more; we just go light on the salt)

- Brown ground beef with onions and garlic; drain off any fat.
- Add remaining ingredients, and bring to a boil.
- Lower heat, cover, and simmer for 30-45 minutes.
- Enjoy with toppings of your choice.

For those of you who are interested, the china above is Strawberries and Cream by Villeroy and Boch, no longer available.  If you are able to see it, there is a green footed dish with some lime jello with pears, an appropriate side for the chili today.  It is Nouveau Green by Colony, no longer available.

Next - Food for the Soul

Thank you so much for reading and commenting.  Have a great Saturday!


  1. Yes, it was a "chili" day! I'm one of those who take shortcuts whenever possible, and I'm sure my chili would not win any awards, although it did come in second in one cook-off I entered! Your presentation is so enticing, especially with that bran bread on the side. Today was another such day, and if predictions are accurate, there may be another one tomorrow, but we shall see, and it's best not to borrow trouble that might not appear at all. I'm enjoying your entries, and those pictures of that discontinued china bring back some lovely shopping memories. :-)

  2. Great minds, I tell ya! We made chili today too!

  3. I'm so jealous!! I wish we had a bit of snow on the ground also. We had two or three cold nights, but it's already starting to warm up. Baton Rouge is just too warm for me, lol.

  4. Really? Cocoa? Hmmm . . . sounds interesting. And wow, that really IS cold.