Monday, October 8, 2012

The main dish....

On last Tuesday, I provided lunch for the adult day care program at our church.  There are about 20 in all, including participants and staff.  I have previously posted the dessert and the salad.  In this post, I will feature the main dish.

One of the pans.

The main dish was baked potatoes topped with chili and cheese.  It required a few more steps than the usual.  I was busy on Monday baking the potatoes and making the chili.  Then, I split the potatoes, topped them with chili, and sprinkled grated cheddar cheese on top.  When it was time to consider serving them, one of the staff members heated them, covered, in the oven until they were hot.

I am sharing the chili recipe with  you.  I have used this recipe for many years and cannot remember the source.  It is what we use when we have hot dogs.  I imagine I could also use it as the base for the chili with beans that we like, but I haven't ever done that with it.

2 Tablespoons butter
2 large onions, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 pound ground beef
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
- Saute onion and garlic in butter until tender, about 5 minutes.  Add beef; cook, stirring until meat loses its red color.  Add remaining ingredients and 1/4 cup water.  Bring to boiling; reduce heat and simmer covered 30 minutes.  Number of servings depends, of course, on how you plan to use it.  For this particular occasion, I made four times this recipe and had very little left over.

I was recently away for a few days, attending a series of Conference UMW Committee meetings.  The route I needed to travel to reach the site of the meetings was through some beautiful Southwest  Virginia countryside.  It would have been a wonderful time for pictures, but unfortunately I was driving by myself.  It didn't seem to be a very good idea to try to take pictures while driving.:-)  You will just have to take my word for it - fall is definitely arriving!:-) 

Thank you for reading.  I really appreciate your comments.


  1. And I'm sure the people enjoyed it!!!

    Awwww, too bad there weren't *two of you*. One to drive and one to take pictures. :-)


  2. This chili sounds really easy to make, and I'm sure it was enjoyed by the folks at day care! I don't blame you for not taking pictures while driving!! I've had to pass up some lovely photo opps because there was no convenient place to pull off where the view was so wonderful. I can vouch for the area where you were, though---definitely a route worth taking!

  3. The folks must really enjoy your food, Nellie. Your meals are nutritious and fun, too. xo

  4. You are so special Nellie for what you do for the adult day care.
    The recipe sounds delicious!

  5. You need a driver, so you can take photos. Drat that!

    Homemade chili is always better... I can minimize the chili powder, which I'm not a fan of.

  6. Oh Nellie, these look so yummy! We both love chili dogs, and what a great recipe! Thank you!