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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Sweet Chili & Cornbread

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Just two days ago it was warm enough to wear shorts
Today it is snowing!
I've got my hot chocolate and electric heated blanket while I blog
It might be a good day to have my favorite sweet chili and warm cornbread for dinner
and I think I'll share these recipes with you

Sweet Chili

1-1.5 lbs ground turkey or ground beef
3/4 of an onion, chopped
2 cans pinto beans
2 cans black beans
1 can tomato paste
2 cans tomato soup (tomato sauce works if you add extra seasonings)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder

Cook the meat and chopped onion in a skillet until the meat is cooked all the way through.  While that cooks, you can put the rest of the ingredients in a large pot.  If you like your beans drained and rinsed, then you will need to add 1-2 cups of water to the chili.  When the meat is finished, you can add it to the pot.  Bring to a boil and then turn the heat to low.  Let it simmer for at least 30 minutes before serving.  You are welcome  to add more chili powder for a little more spice with your sweet.

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Homemade Cornbread

1 1/4 cups flour
3/4 cup cornmeal
2 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups milk
1/4 cup shortening or butter, melted
1 egg

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and grease an 8X8 inch baking dish.  Combine all the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.  Add the milk and egg and shortening.  (butter works as well, but the shortening makes the cornbread a little more moist)  Mix well, but no need to over do it.  Pour the batter in the pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Serve warm with butter!

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