Tag Archives: Chili

Bring Me the Buns!

26 Jan

 

I’m told that if I ask politely, the grocery store will order special things for me. If this is the truth, I’m so excited. You see, I have this problem … a few weeks ago, I told you about the most amazing hot dog buns ever invented {Snuggles} and today I was told the grocery store near my house was no longer carrying them. So, I headed 25 minutes to Publix {they always have them} where the lady in the bakery told me they are discontinued {there is no way this is possible} … Ugh. I know you are thinking, I’m out of my mind and that “it’s just a hot dog bun” but I’m telling you: they are amazing! I was so disappointed – tonight I was going to make chili cheese dogs with the leftover chili from last night {I know, I know. How domestic of me.} In the end, I settled for the regular hot dog buns, but  just don’t think they hold in the chili as well as the U-shaped Snuggles. And, since they are made with more of a pita texture they don’t burn when you try to toast them in the oven. The regular ones did ok though and I felt proud to actually use my leftovers for another purpose! {go me}

 

On a completely different note: I’m a cheese lover. While at Publix, I was able to snag some of my favorite cheese; Port Salut. I adore this as a snack on some warmed up French bread with some salami. Yum. If you haven’t tried it, I really suggest you do. It’s ah’mazing! {and will be in my belly for lunch tomorrow, if I can wait that long} … Night ya’ll!

 

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Quick & Easy Chili Recipe {Picture Tutorial}

25 Jan

 

**Update: This blog is getting a ton of visitors from Pinterest {Thanks y’all!} … Yes, I forgot to mention that you need to throw a can of dark red kidney beans a pinto beans into the mix. They’re in the picture, but I must have been too busy eating chili to realize I left it out of the instructions. Just make sure you drain them and you’ll be good! Enjoy and thanks for all the nice comments! – Amy **

I was really craving some seafood tonight – scallops to be exact – but somehow I managed to end up with a big bowl of chili. Let me tell you though, I cook some mean chili! And, don’t forget, it’s ridiculously easy and makes your kitchen smell like you are a seasoned domestic goddess {just what I’m going for – score!} Really, all you need for this recipe is two photos: the ingredients and the finished product… it’s that easy… dump the stuff in the pot and let it cook! Now, those are my kinda recipes!!! {but, just to be nice… I’ll include the measurements}

You will need:

{Serves approx 6-8}

1 Medium Onion {minced}

3-5 Garlic Cloves {minced}

1 – 1 1/2 pound of lean ground beef

2 cans of diced tomatoes {Onion, Garlic, & Oregano flavor)

1 can of petite diced tomatoes

1 can tomato sauce

2 TBSP Chili Powder

1 TBSP Ground Cumin

2 TBSP White Sugar

1 TBSP Salt

1 TBSP Tabasco Sauce

1 TSP Pepper

And, here’s what you do:

1. Brown the beef with onion and garlic. {Drain fat when finished and return meat to pot.}

2. Add cans of tomatoes, sauce, chili powder, cumin, sugar, salt, Tabasco, and pepper.

3. Simmer for at least 30-45 minutes …  but it tastes better the longer you let it simmer.

Ta’da:

Beautiful isn’t she? I like to serve mine with cornbread muffins {the kind in the Jiffy box}, a bit of shredded cheddar cheese, and a dollop of sour cream. Some people balk at the sour cream, but I think it tastes good.

{Did anyone happen to notice the amount of chili I cooked? I told you I have a problem with portion control.}

Rave reviews around this house for the chili … why don’t you try it at your house and let me know how it goes! I’d love to hear, as always! …. On a side note, I’m discovering my passion for Marketing all over again. With this new career, almost every day brings a new opportunity to use my marketing degree and marketing knowledge … and so far, I really love it. I hope that it stays this positive for a while to come!!!

Hope you all had a great day. And, I hope you enjoy the chili recipe. {Time to go watch the Bachelor – I should be ashamed for watching such nonsense … but I’m not!!! ha} Night ya’ll!

Snuggle My Dog

6 Jan

 

My lack of domesticity got the best of me tonight. I fully intended on making Pho {beef noodle soup} because it is so cold outside! {and I wanted to post some pictures with the recipe on my blog} I even drove to the grocery store, maneuvered through after-school soccer mom grocery rush, and even returned my cart to the buggy-collector {HUGE pet peeve: Return Your Cart!} … I got all the way home and decided: It’s hot dogs for dinner!

Ok, don’t go screaming your head off. Hot dogs can be a great dinner! Might I recommend: Hebrew National Beef Franks! They are Kosher, so no artificial colors or flavors and no by-products … they taste simply amazing. And, I don’t have to worry about eating parts I can’t identify! {yikes} I paired them with some maple and bacon baked beans {yay for fiber} and a big glass of Stonyfield organic milk, and we were set. The hot dogs are a little pricey, but you can sometimes find coupons. Personally, I don’t mind paying a bit more for a pack of hot dogs that has ingredients I can trust. You can read all about these hot dogs and Kosher food requirements on their website: Hebrew National 

 

While we are on the topic of hot dogs… I must inform you of the most amazing hot dog bun ever created. Snuggles. They are u-shaped, and have no seam at the bottom – so they can hold an incredible amount of toppings without falling apart, dripping, etc. They are perfect for chili cheese dogs, or for someone who likes to have every topping imaginable on their dog. They are usually found in the deli, where the pita bread is kept. If you have never tried these, I’m telling you TRY. I’m not positive, but I feel like they are made out of something similar to a pita bread. They seem ‘lighter’ than a regular hot dog.. not so filling.. so you can enjoy your hot dog more. If that makes any sense at all. Oh, and they also come in wheat. True to their name, they really do snuggle your dog!

 

 

As always, if you try this stuff out, I’d love to hear! Hope you all have a great night. Enjoy!