Thursday, October 28, 2010

Pumpkins and Gourds

These photos are from our favorite local market, Schaer's country market. It is a family owned and run business and it is a tradition of ours to go there for pumpkins in the fall and a Christmas tree in the winter.  We love it because it's in walking distance of our house, although we drove this time. It would be a little difficult to walk and haul a bunch of pumpkins. Just wanted to share these lovely fall photos from one of our favorite places.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

First chili cookoff - some tasty stuff

Earlier this fall, we had a chili cook-off to celebrate the end of summer, beginning of fall, and my husband's 31st birthday. A few people brought chili, a few brought soup, and a few brought some other delicious creations. We had some really good entries! we had everything set up with signs and people painstakingly voted on their favorites. First place was taken by Kelly with her Polish Mistakes, neither chili or soup, but totally scrumptious. Below are some of the winning recipes.
 Polish Mistakes by Kelly S
(seen on the photo to the right at the bottom left side)
I used 1lb turkey sausage (you can use regular sausage and ground beef)
1lb ground chicken meat
1 medium onion chopped
garilic salt
velvetta cheese
rye cocktail bread (small squares)

Preheat oven 350
Brown the meat with a little olive oil and  add onions
Add oregano and garilic salt to taste (don't have exact measurments)
add the velvetta cheese until melted(i used about 1/2-3/4 of a block of velvetta chesse cut into cubes)
Stir together until well blended
Add a spoonful of mixture to each cocktail square and place on cookie sheet
Bake for about 10 to 15 minutes until toasted and enjoy!

Chipotle Chili by Joe H.
1 LB Ground Meat
1 Red Onion, Diced
4 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 Can Diced Tomatoes with Jalapeños, Drained
1 Lrg Can Tomato Sauce (~30oz)
1 Can Light Red Kidney Beans, Drained, Rinsed
1 Can Dark Red Kidney Beans, Drained, Rinsed
1 Chipotle Chili Pepper, Minced (or Chipotle Chili Pepper Powder)
1 Bay Leaf
Chili Powder, Salt & Pepper
Brown the meat and season lightly with chili powder, move meat to crock pot and leave about 3 tablespoons of fat in pan. Sauté onions and garlic in fat until soft, add to crock pot. In crock pot, add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, beans, and chili pepper (or 2 teaspoons of chipotle chili powder, to taste). Add bay leaf, 4 tablespoons of chili powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook on low at least 5 hours. Add more spices to taste.
Chilli Mac-Attack  by Me! (first photo at the top)
1 onion chopped
1 green pepper seeded, veins removed, and chopped
1 pound of ground beef or turkey
1 packet of chili spices
1 tsp chopped garlic
1 large can of tomato juice
1 can of chopped tomatoes in their juices
1 can of black beans (drained)
1 can of red kidney beans (drained)
1 can of chili beans in seasoning
1 Tbsp cumin
salt and pepper to taste & macaroni and cheese, prepared as package says. 
Brown meat in a large pot, drain off grease. Add onions, garlic and green peppers. Cook for 4 minutes or until they have softened a bit. Then add spices, tomato juice, and tomatoes. Bring to a boil then turn heat back down and cover and let simmer for 20 minutes. Add the beans and let them heat up for 5 minutes or so before serving.  Scoop some mac and cheese into the bowl, then top with chili and add some crackers or cornbread to the side. This kid-friendly chili-mac attack, is the only way I can get my kids to eat chili, and also by crushing up the beans so they are hidden in with the meat. Its good with shredded cheddar cheese or sour cream. 
Thanks for submitting recipes friends!