Easy Spicy Beef Chili

Easy Spicy Beef Chili ~ loaded with beef, beans and packs just right amount of heat + 3 secret ingredients that take this chili to the next level.

Dinner, Soup | January 2, 2017 | By

 

Easy Spicy Beef Chili ~ loaded with beef, beans and vegetables, this chili packs just right amount of heat + 3 secret ingredients that take it to the next level.

If you’re thinking you’ve seen this recipe before ~ you have ~ I’ve updated the photos on this classic, crowd pleasing favorite because it’s fall and whether you’re a fan or not, it’s football season and friends, in my book, those two go together like peanut butter and jelly. 

You don’t have to like football to enjoy all the amazing food people create when they gather to watch a game or three. Football food is almost a competitive sport in itself.

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Smoked Salmon Chowder

Hearty, flavor-packed smoked salmon chowder with bites of tender potatoes. Prepare in 30 minutes. Ideal for weeknights; elegant enough to entertain with!

Soup | December 14, 2016 | By

Hearty, flavor-packed smoked salmon chowder with bites of tender potatoes. Prepare in 30 minutes. Ideal for weeknights; elegant enough to entertain with!

Baby it’s cold outside! We’re in the middle of a deep freeze right now ~ a Polar Vortex. I don’t know what the question is, but soup is the right answer.

On top of temps that include a wind chill factor, Sunday we got 12″ of heavy, wet snow. It was the perfect day to stay home, cook, catch up on some reading and even watch a little bit of the football game.

Monday brought the reality of digging out and thankfully my husband was up to the task because I was ready to just pull the covers over my head and wait for spring. No really.

Smoked Salmon Chowder ~ thick, hearty, loaded with smoky salmon flavor and tender, bite-size pieces of potato ~ just what we needed. You can eat it without good bread, but really. . .why would you want to? 

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French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup ~ rich, flavorful broth, caramelized onions, topped with toasted bread and creamy Provolone cheese then broiled until brown and bubbly.

Soup | December 12, 2016 | By

Whenever my daughter saw French Onion Soup on the menu, she ordered it.  She was completely unaware, but it usually made my husband cringe. As young children, we encouraged them to order for themselves in restaurants. Served us right, I guess because although she professed to love French Onion Soup, she really only liked the soup-soaked bread topped with all that cheese. Who could blame her?

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Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Roasted Cauliflower Soup ~ creamy, cheesy, bites of roasted cauliflower and other veggies throughout. Add a slice of bakery style bread for a great meal.

Dinner, Soup | December 1, 2016 | By

Roasted Cauliflower Soup ~ creamy, cheesy, bites of roasted cauliflower and other veggies throughout. Add a slice of bakery style bread for a delicious, hearty meal.

My husband is always on the hunt for what he calls a “good bar burger”. It’s become almost a hobby for him, scouting out the best one.

They need to be at least 1/3 pound of juicy beef, with melted Swiss cheese and grilled onions all on a sesame seed bun, served with fries. He adds a generous squeeze of mustard and it’s all washed down with a cold beer or two.

The latest place was a total dive with a sign outside that said ‘no biker colors allowed’. It was cold and rainy that day so when I saw Roasted Cauliflower Soup on a handwritten menu, I skipped the burger and gave it a try.

This creamy, cheesy, hearty soup (chowder?) with bites of roasted cauliflower didn’t disappoint. I guess it’s true what they say ~ you can’t judge a book by its cover. . .

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Turkey Lentil Soup

Turkey Lentil Soup - easily made with ground turkey OR leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. A hearty soup packed with vegetables and vitamins.

Soup | November 22, 2016 | By

Turkey Lentil Soup – easily made with ground turkey OR leftover Thanksgiving turkey. A delicious, hearty soup packed with vegetables and vitamins.

Turkey Lentil Soup - easily made with ground turkey OR leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. A hearty soup packed with vegetables and vitamins.

Soup is my go-to in the winter months. It hits the spot on a cold day and it’s a great way to clean out the refrigerator and pantry.

I’m always on the prowl for new soup recipes and Turkey Lentil Soup is one of my favorites for a few reasons: It whips up quickly but has the rich flavor of soup that’s simmered for hours, it’s a triple threat of nutrition: turkey, lentils and V-8 juice and I can make it using either ground turkey or leftover Thanksgiving turkey when I can’t eat even one more turkey sandwich.

Turkey Lentil Soup for the win.

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20 Minute Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup

20 Minute Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup ~ cheesy, spicy ~ a complete meal in one bowl and goes from stove to table in just 20 minutes.

Soup | October 31, 2016 | By

My husband isn’t always on board new recipes. He likes a traditional meal the way he’s been eating it for years “(insert sigh). So when he asked what’s for dinner, I reluctantly told him Chicken Enchilada Soup in the way you may tell a toddler he has to get a shot because in his food world there are very specific rules: Chicken Soup should only have a clear broth and lots of noodles, carrots and celery. Enchiladas should only be filled with beef and ‘other stuff’, rolled up with sauce and cheese on top. I offered to make him a hamburger instead, but he soldiered up and ladled a bowl of this 20 Minute Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup. I watched astonished as he ate his soup along with a flour tortilla . . one bowl. . . and then another. He liked it. 

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Easy Corn Chowder

Easy Corn Chowder - delicious one-pot meal packed with vegetables and bursting with fresh summer flavor. Pair with your favorite bakery-type bread.

Soup | September 6, 2016 | By

Easy Corn Chowder – delicious one-pot meal packed with vegetables and bursting with fresh summer flavor.

I try to make a weekly trip to the farmer’s market from the time it opens in the spring until the last vegetables are sold in the fall. I love supporting local farmers selling fresh fruits and vegetables, watching the produce change as summer melds into fall and I enjoy the sense of community the farmer’s market brings.

This Easy Corn Chowder is a great example of what a trip to the farmer’s market can yield.Here in the Midwest, there’s still plenty of sweet corn at the farmer’s market and all the roadside stands. Check out your local market, get to know your farming neighbors ~ oh yeah ~ and try this Easy Corn Chowder.

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Unstuffed Cabbage Soup

Unstuffed Cabbage Soup: rich tomato broth, hearty with chopped cabbage, rice, ground beef, flavored like Stuffed Cabbage but in an any night meal.

Soup | February 24, 2016 | By

Unstuffed Cabbage Soup is a recipe I created that ultimately became a finalist in the nationwide Zoup! – Award-Winning Soup, Salad and Sandwiches recipe contest. Tender bites of cabbage, hearty flavorful ground beef and rice all simmered in a rich tomato broth.

I love making Stuffed Cabbage Rolls ~ maybe a lot like your mom or grandma used to make but oh man is it labor intensive and who has time for that — especially on weeknights. 

This recipe is amazingly like my classic Stuffed Cabbage Rolls but quicker and ideal for any night of the week. Grab a nice loaf of bread from the bakery before you make it because you’ll want to sop every last drop of it.

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Bean with Bacon Soup

Soup | January 21, 2016 | By

I love how food (and music but that’s another post) can transport you to another time or place ~ maybe a great vacation ~ or maybe a time in your childhood. For me, this Bean with Bacon Soup does it. It’s always been a favorite of mine, though in my childhood, Bean with Bacon Soup came directly from the Campbell’s Soup kitchen. Its thick saltiness, achieved by using less water than the instructions recommended complimented by a fistful of smashed saltines until it acquired the consistency of mashed potatoes ~ mmmm ~ it warmed my insides on many cold, winter days.

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White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili ~ easy, warming weeknight meal using jarred salsa verde plus fresh ingredients. Delicious, hearty and full of flavor.

Soup | January 7, 2016 | By

Last fall we had a great time at our friends’ Chili Fest. It was the perfect fall night ~ a chill in the air, bright stars against a black sky and a huge bon fire already roaring when we got there. Everyone brought a different kind of chili to share. It was so much fun. I brought my Spicy Beef Chili but the one chili I couldn’t get enough of was a Pork Salsa Verde Chili one friend made. She shared the recipe with me and I recreated my own version at home, opting for chicken instead of pork and streamlining the cooking process using a jar of Salsa Verde instead of roasting the peppers. These couple of changes make this White Chicken Chili ideal for any night of the week because it goes from stove to table in 30 minutes. It’s also a great use for leftover or rotisserie chicken. If you don’t have either, don’t let that stop you from making it ~ just bake a couple of chicken breasts in the oven and add them to the pot!

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