Saturday, November 16, 2013

Basic Nothing Fancy Chili

This is not a fancy or "Foodie" chili. It is simply the basic chili that our family requested on cool and cozy Autumn and Winter evenings. It is a very frugal soup to make, especially since I buy dried beans in bulk and meat from the markdown sections of the meat department.

Here is what you will need:

8 oz. dried beans - pinto, kidney, black beans, whatever

16 oz. ground beef or turkey (optional)
1 onion, chopped
5 or more cloves garlic, chopped
1 C chopped carrots
1 C chopped celery
Ground pepper
Ground cumin
Red chili powder
Ground cayenne pepper

24 oz. tomato sauce
28 oz Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies
6 oz can roasted chilies

The night before you want to serve your chili, you need to start preparing your beans.
Rinse and sort the dried beans, removing and rocks or junk.
Put your beans in a stock pot and cover them with water to soak all night.
The next morning, change the water and set on the stove.  DO not salt your water or your beans will be tough. Bring the beans to a boil and cook them until a bean can be squished between your tongue and the roof of your mouth.

In a large skillet, brown your ground meat and add your chopped onions, garlic, carrots and celery. Dump in your seasonings. Your veggies will cook in the meat fat and you should not have to add any more fat. Depending on the grade of meat you use, you may need to drain off some of the fat.

Once your meat and veggies are cooked, dump them into the pot of beans. Dump in the cans of tomatoes and chilies. Let them all cook together on low for several hours. You can always add more seasoning to taste.

I serve with grated cheese, plain nonfat yogurt or sour cream, chopped onions, cilantro and corn tortillas.


Happy cooking!


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Cinnamon Honey Applesauce

I haven't posted on this blog for a long,
long time!

But I realized that someday my India
will move out for good
and she loves to cook the foods
that are cozy for her.

One very simple and frugal treat
that I make, especially in the Autumn,
is hot applesauce.

To be honest, I make it because I am frugal
and I can't stand it when I see apples getting
wrinkled and forgotten.

But it is delicious and smells divine!

And as usual, no measurements.

But the technique is simple and always works.

Cinnamon Honey Applesauce

Apples- whatever you have that needs to be used.



Peel your apples and cut off any bad spots.
Chop them into chunks of less than an inch.

Dump the chopped apples into a saucepan
and turn on the burner. 

Sprinkle in cinnamon to taste
and pour some yummy local honey into the 
cinnamony apples.

Cook on a low heat, adding water as necessary.

As the apples cook down, you will be able
to mash them a bit.
You can put it all in a blender,
or leave it chunky.

It is done when the consistency is soft 
and able to be mashed easily.

You can make this in your crock pot 
if you want.
You can serve it hot or chill it.

Really, this is the easiest treat in the world!


Happy cooking!