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Vegetarian Chili

20 Mar
Another chili post! This time its gluten free, vegetarian chili. and its excellent. I’m not eating any meat for lent, so I need something easy to reheat when the rest of the household is having meat. Chili is my answer 🙂
Ingredients:
Cans: (make sure that these are plain and do not have seasoning or salt added)
-large can of light red kidney beans (drained), 2 small cans of cannellini beans (drained), 1 small can black beans (drained and rinsed), 1 large can whole tomatoes (do not drain), 1 large can crushed tomatoes (do not drain), 1 teeny can of tomato paste, 1 small can corn (drained).
Fresh:
-3 large green bell peppers, 1 large red  bell pepper, 4 hot banana peppers (you need these to balance out the sweetness!),  1 sweet onion, 1 package mushrooms (sliced)
Other:
-1/2 stick of unsalted butter, garlic powder (or crushed garlic if you prefer), several tablespoons white sugar
In my last chili post, I explained my process, but here it is simplified.
I add all the canned goods into a giant pot (with a fitted lid). I chop up the veggies (coarsely), and add them. I turn the heat on medium and stir. I add a cup of water, a half stick of butter, garlic powder, and a decent bit of sugar (a few big spoonfuls.) Stir it up, put on the lid, turn the heat down to low (shouldn’t be boiling.)  Stir every ten-fifteen minutes for about 3 hours. If the chili is too watery for your tastes after an hour or two, you can leave the lid off for awhile so that some liquid evaporates. And enjoy :).
I imagine that if you used a (rather large) crock pot you wouldn’t have to stir so frequently. But my dad used a pot so that’s what I do (and I don’t have a crock pot large enough). Also, I am very against chili seasoning/ powder, etc. It tastes fake fake fake.  Please do not use it, you don’t have to, and its better without.
Generally, I don’t like corn in chili, but I think it worked well in this vegetarian version.

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My Ultimate Comfort Food

27 Jan
It’s winter time. It is bitter cold, windy, icy, gray, and miserable outside. Not to mention that this semester has been really difficult for me. I’m feeling comfort food.
My favorites are grilled cheese, mashed potatoes, and chili. My Dad only makes two meals. Pasta or chili. His chili is phenomenal. It only took a few months after I left home to call him and beg him for his spicy yet sweet recipe. Not surprisingly, his recipe was, “throw in this, that, and a stick of butter.”
Everyone has their own way of making chili. Mine is to throw the canned goods into the pot on med-low heat, chop up the veggies, throw them in, and brown the meat and toss it in.
Theres not exact measurements, because I guess and check like my Dad does. But here’s a list of ingredients for chili, Pittsburgh style 😀
-Green peppers, banana peppers, small sliced mushrooms, a sweet onion
-a HUGE can of kidney beans and a small can of black beans
-canned, undrained: whole tomatoes, diced tomatoes, and tomato paste (splurge on the good stuff, not the generic. its worth it.)
-ground turkey meat (about a poundish?)
-at least two tablespoons of white sugar
-half a stick of butter. real unsalted butter, not margarine.
-about a half cup of water
and that’s about it. toss it in a big pot together, let it cook on med-low for about 3 hours. Stir it a lot, because it will burn if you don’t.
Every time I eat a bowl of this it reminds me of when I was younger- when snow was magical and not ominous,  when Dad would blast hippie records on his record player, and when I didn’t have pounds of homework every night.
Are there any dishes you gravitate towards in the winter? Any family recipes you would love to perfect?