Girls Night In

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Just Like Mom Made

on January 21, 2014
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It’s been over 30 years since I lost my mom to breast cancer, but I still make several things like she did. Or like I remember her making, anyway. It’s one small way of keeping her a part of my life. One of those recipes I’ve hung onto is for chili. It really hits the spot on those cold winter days! So, here’s how I put it together (adjust according to how much soup you want to end up with):

Brown about half a pound of hamburger with onions and finely chopped green pepper. Since I don’t like onions, I use onion flakes–it’s easier and not so onion-y. But that’s entirely up to you. Make sure you give the meat a few dashes of salt and pepper too. While that’s cooking, stir together a can of diced tomatoes, a can of stewed tomatoes and a can or two of kidney beans in a large pot. I like the dark red kind but that’s flexible too. If you rinse the beans off in a colander until the foam is gone, you’ll be less likely to cut loose any evidence of chili later, if you know what I mean. At least, that’s what I tell myself.

Now, here’s my mom’s twist: to make it soup-y, she added a can of V-8 Juice. This gives it a unique veggie flavor. Try it! Then stir in the meat, a dash or two of garlic powder, and some chili powder to taste, and let it simmer until you’re ready to eat.

Of course, most people eat chili with crackers but I prefer some good crusty bread with butter. All that’s left now is to settle in with a good movie while you eat. I recommend It Happened One Night starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert.

So, what’s something you still make that you picked up from your mom?

BTW: If you’re wondering … no, I never cook wearing high heels or an apron, like the picture represents. But I always use a wooden spoon!


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