Thursday, January 19, 2012

Comfort Food for a "Chili" Day

It is freezing here in Milwaukee, actually it is colder than that, I think yesterday the high was 15! Are you kidding me? Last week it was 50 and now it is 15, what a wacky winter! My favorite thing to do on a wintry day is to hunker down with piles of magazines, book and a cocoa and then to have a nice simmering post of soup on the stove accompanied by crusty bread or muffins.

Since I am here working I had to skip everything but the chili and corn muffins. Yesterday, I made this delicious pot of spicy chili, and some cheddar corn muffins to go along with it! This is a basic chili recipe that I often throw together, I am sure that you have one of your own but I will tell you mine.

Chili Recipe:

1 lb ground beef/chuck
1 medium yellow onion diced
3 tablespoons of olive oil
2 28 oz cans of purees tomatoes
2 cans of diced tomatoes
1/8 cup of chili powder
1-2 tsp Cayenne pepper
pinch of cumin
dash of herbs de Provence
3 cans of dark red kidney beans
1 can of light kidney beans
1 can of chic peas


Add olive oil to stock pot, heat for a minute or two and then add the diced onions, cook until translucent. Add ground meat and cook until done. Drain off the excess grease. Add the cans of tomatoes, and puree then the spices. Cook for a few minutes and stir until incorporated. Then add all beans and simmer for 1 hour.

Serve with shredded cheddar, a dollop of sour cream and more diced onions. And a corn muffin!

Corn Muffins

Flour 1 1/2 Cups
Yellow cornmeal 1/2 Cusps
Sugar (optional) 2TBS
Baking powder 3 tsp
Salt 1/4 tsp
Corn kernels, fresh 3/4 Cups
Cheddar cheese, diced 3/4 Cups
Milk 1 Cups
Vegetable oil 1/4 Cups
Egg, beaten 1 each


1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F

2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar (if using), baking powder and salt. Mix well. Stir in the corn, and cheese.

3. In another bowl, combine the milk, oil and egg. Mix well. Combine the liquid and dry mixes, mixing thoroughly. Do not over beat.

4. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with vegetable oil spray and pour in the batter. Bake until a wooden pick comes out clean when inserted, about 20 to 25 minutes. Serve hot.

What is your favorite chili recipe? Corn muffins or corn bread? Or do you have another "go to" soup recipe that you frequently make on a cold winter day?  I would love the hear about it! Send me your soup recipe link and I will add them to this post! We could call it a soup swap! Enjoy your day! Be safe because there are records being set all over the country for weather.

One more thing, I forgot to show you my new wellies!

No calorie chocolate.


  1. Love the wellies, dear know I do! That French chocolate, by the way, was heavenly!
    Sweet Elizabeth, here I am catching up on a week's worth of computer time lately, lots of running around.
    Stay warm..we are at 11 BELOW this morning!
    I am loving your chili here, one of my favorite dishes for cold weather.
    I make my borscht fairly regularly as well. Very basic..a bit of stock with root veggies, beets, and well as some tomato sauce for good measure...serve with dark hearty bread and a dollop of sour cream..yum.
    I really enjoyed your Milwaukee posts...just beautiful! And I cannot get enough of Chihuly. I saw an exhibition years ago in Mpls., and now we have a permanent, gorgeous fixture at the Art Museum. (in case you'd like to peek at it!)

    I love the one in Milwaukee...just stunning!!

    Glad to hear from you, dear friend...stay cozy!
    Hugs from MN,
    - Irina

  2. I love your new wellies although they would be slippery in snow. It's 12 degrees here right now with a very cold breeze wafting through it makes you catch your breath both figuratively and literally. Our go to is New England clam chowder made with fresh clams. That's the secret use fresh clams and not bottle clam juice. I'll send you the recipe this weekend if you would like it, it's amazing! I could go for your chili and muffins right now they look delicous!


  3. I AM SO LATE. What am I to do with this latest dilemma of not being able to get to my favorite blogs on time??? DELICIOUS FOOD HERE! Anita


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