Thursday, December 18, 2008

Guest Blogger!

Hello friends, Frosty here. Candace is busy this afternoon making chili and wrapping presents, so she asked me to guest blog for her! I think I may be around for a while - it's been snowing on and off since last night and the temps are predicted into the teens through next week and more snow! I really enjoy these long stays. Most years I'm gone in the blink of an eye! There are several imitations of me up and down the street, but I'm here to tell you I am the real Frosty!

Anybody up for chili? What a great day for it! Here's an easy recipe Candace has been making for over 20 years. It goes together quickly and tastes oh, so good!

Chili A La Franey

1 pound lean ground pork
1 pound lean ground beef
1 Tblsp Olive oil
2 cups onion, finely chopped
1 cup celery, finely chopped
1 cup green or red pepper, finely chopped
1 Tblsp garlic finely chopped
1 Tblsp crumbled dried Oregano
2 bay leaves
2 tsp ground cumin
3 Tblsp chili powder
1-28 oz can crushed tomatoes in heavy puree
1-2 cups beef broth
1 cup water
Salt to taste if desired
Freshly ground pepper to taste
½ tsp dried hot red pepper flakes if desired
1-2 cups drained, rinsed kidney beans
Sour cream as garnish
Lime wedges as garnish

Heat oil in large, heavy kettle and add meat. Cook, chopping down and stirring to break up lumps until browned. Add onions, pepper, celery, garlic, oregano, bay leaves, cumin and chili powder. Stir to blend well. Add tomatoes, broth, water, salt and pepper. Add red pepper flakes if desired. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring often, about 20 minutes. Add beans and cook 10 minutes longer. Serve in hot bowls with a dollop of sour cream and lime wedges if desired. Goes great with freshly made cornbread or grilled cheese sandwiches!


*karendianne. said...

No Chili for me but I think I'm flying out to thief your hat in the morning. Its too cute. I promise I'll replace it with something snazzy.


Floridian Grinchy Love, *karendianne.

Marla said...

Yum! My hubby is a chili nut. I am going to try your recipe soon!

Carrie P. said...

Love your hat frosty. Chili sounds very good.

Gran said...

I have been thinking of you up there in the middle of the storms. I hope all is well. We are expecting rain starting tonight but that is nothing compared to what you are going through.

Sending warm wishes from "sunny" california.

Mel said...

YUMMY!! Tell Candice to have a great holiday!

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