Well mom, you were right. Today I am thirty and I do not think I am old. I actually think quite the opposite. And I am still ridiculous so you were right about that too
Today is quite melancholy for me and I am not exactly sure why. Its not a sad feeling, but an anxious one. I feel like the winds have shifted and a huge change is on the horizon. I think the fact it is dark, raining and 60 degrees might also have something to do with it.
Bec--Can you believe this was six years ago? Where has all the time gone? It sure doesn't feel like this was six years ago, but look at us! We're a couple of babies!
Last night I had a hankering for chilli and made up a huge pot, (which is going wonderful with my sulking around the house today!) I had made up this recipe years ago, before I began my adventures in vegetarian land. I don't normally put my staple recipes up here but this one is to good not to share. Lets call it my 30 year old birthday present to the world.
*this recipe has had its ingredients modified many many times throughout the years. The only part I stick with consistently are the first four ingredients and the beer.
Crystal's Chilli Con Carne
- 2 TBS Chili Powder
- 1TBS Ground Cumin
- 1 TSP Dried Oregano
- 1 TSP Spanish Paprika
- 2 lbs Lean Ground Beef (I use pork)
- 1 TSP vegetable oil
- 2 M onions (diced)
- 8 Cloves of Garlic (minced)
- 1 TSP Salt
- 1/4 TSP Pepper
- 1/8 TSP Ground Cinnamon
- 1 28oz can Diced Tomatos
- 1 12oz Bottle of Beer
- 1 14 oz can black beans
- 1 14 oz can pinto beans
- 1 14 oz can kidney beans
- 1 14 oz can chili beans
- In a small skillet combine the first four ingredients. Cook over M heat , stirring till fragrant and lightly toasted. (This will take 1-2 minutes.) Immediately transfer to a small bowl.
- Cook meat till well done and transfer into a colander.
- Cook the onions in the vegetable oil until soft. (3-5 minutes) Add garlic and cook for 1-1 1/2 minutes longer.
- Now add everything except the beans. Bring it to a boil. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Add the beans. Let simmer (uncovered) for thirty more minutes. Stir frequently, until thickened.
- Eat this deliciousness over a bowl of rice!
This recipe is very mild. (Perfect for kids!) I always add some peppers from the garden to kick it up a notch. If you like real spicy chilli you can always add 1/2 tsp of cayenne to the first step.
Happy Monday, Folks!