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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

My Chili

I have been making Chili for years trying to get the most flavor and substance.  Chili has always been my favourite comfort food.

Here it is!

 - 1 lbs Ground Beef
 - Beef stock/boulion - 1 1/2 cups
 - 4 Vine Tomatoes - diced
 - 3 Cloves Garlic - diced
 - 1/2 Red Onion - diced
 - 3 Celery Sticks - Chopped
 - 2 tbsp Olive Oil
 - 1 tsp Salt
 - 2 tsp Fresh cracked pepper
 - 2 Cans Tomato soup
 - 1 Package Chili mix - Old Elpaso has good heat already and is my favourite
 - 1 tbsp Worchestershire Sauce
 - Favoutire Hot sauce - to taste
 - Kidney Beans
 - Pork and Beans - i like to add the Maple flavoured

   Brown ground beef in sauce pan until it just starts to carmalize and go dark brown.  Take off heat and place in bowl until later.  Add Olive oil to saucepan and red wine to deglaze from the ground beef.  Add in Onion.  Cook until onions begins to soften, add Garlic and Celery.  Sweat these items until the onoins start to turn translucent.
   Add back into the saucepan, the ground beef and tomoatoes, stir together and reduce heat to medium.  Season this mixture with salt and pepper then add in the tomato soup and beans and stir together.  Stir in the Beef stock, mix together.
   At this point start to add in the flavour.  Add entire package of Chili mix, worchestershire sauce and hot sauce.  Mix well and reduce heat to low.  Simmer for 20 minutes and add salt and pepper to taste.

This is a very simple recipe and i am sure there are many variations out there.  this is my favourite.  i have to keep the beans out sometimes as my boys arent big bean fans but it is still great tasting Chili.


Friday, April 8, 2011


I love Food!  I love the that you can take any recipe, any dish, and add some of your own character, style and taste and change the entire profile of the dish.  There is so much opportunity to be creative with Food.

Food is key to life.  The types of food we eat, the portions, the ingedients; it all plays a vital role in how we live our lives.  Don't just settle for waht is put in front of you.  Go out and find what you like, experiment, try new dishes.  Don't be one of those people who orders the exact same dish at their favorite restaurant.  Endulge your taste budds and try new things.

Look up that old recipe from your mother's dusty recipe book, that one you loved as a kid.  Make it, but make it your way.  Add something new, take something out, make it your own.  Just have fun with it, then share it with your freinds.  It is very gratifying to see the reactions on someones face when they try your recipe for the first time.  that pause as they chew, the eyes widening, sometimes rolling back in their heads.  It is wonderful.

Please feel free to share, comment and try any of the recipes, restaurant ideas, favorite eateries here.  As i experiment and try new things i will post them here for you to try but feel free to add your own spin or take on what i have done.