Brown ground beef in deep pot or dutch oven. Add garlic powder, salt and pepper to the beef while browning. Add onion, red, and green peppers. Saute until just translucent (keep some crispness to the veggies). Stir in tomato paste. Once blended in well, add in diced tomatoes, tomato soup and water. Stir. Add chili powder. Stir well. Let simmer for 45 to 60 minutes. The longer it simmers, the thicker it will become, and the deeper the flavor. Top with Sour Cream, Shredded Cheddar and Crackers if desired.
Our Beanless Chili brings the heat on those frosty fall days. We make ours without beans, but if you absolutely adore beans, you can certainly add them.
Warm olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in onions and garlic; cook until soft but not browned (about 5 minutes). Add beets to saucepan, stir and cook for about a minute. Stir in stock, and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes. Remove from heat, and allow to cool slightly. In batches, add soup to a food processor, and pulse until liquefied. Heat and serve. If desired, garnish with a swirl of heavy cream. To roast the beets: Cut off beet greens near the top of the root. Wash and lightly scrub beets. Place in oven safe cookware and rub beets with little olive oil. Cook beets for 50 to 60 minutes at 350ºF, depending on the size of the beets. The beets are done when a knife can easily go into the beet and be pulled out of the beet without resistance.
Roast Beets. Peel and chop. Set aside. One method of peeling roasted beets is to pick up the beets with a kitchen towel (not your favorite) or a paper towel, and rub the beet skin away.
Pre-heat oven to 400ºF. Remove bottoms of sprouts. Slice each vegetable in half (top to bottom). Heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, place spouts in skillet, cut side down. Add 5 cloves of garlic. Add a little salt and pepper (you can add more later if needed). Cook until the bottom of the sprouts begin to brown, about 5 min. Remove skillet from range top and place in the center of heated oven. When the sprouts are brown and tender, they are done. The roasting should take about 10 to 15 minutes. When the sprouts have been roasting for 5 minutes, check to see if they are browning and shake the skillet gently to move the sprouts around. When the sprouts have been roasting for 10 minutes, check to see how the sprouts are browning and shake the skillet gently. After 10 minutes of roasting, check on the sprouts every 2 to 3 minutes until you consider them done. When done, transfer sprouts to a serving dish. When all of the sprouts have been roasted, taste and add salt and pepper if needed. Stir in balsamic vinegar. Grate goat cheese on finished dish if desired.
Makes about 4 servings
Blend unsalted butter and Crisco for 30 seconds. Add sugar and beat until fluffy. reduce speed to low and add 2 cups flour. Once well mixed add egg, milk, vanilla, baking powder, 2 cups flour and a dash of salt. After all ingredients are mixed well. divide dough into thirds and wrap in waxed paper. Place dough in plastic storage bag. Store in refrigerator for at least 3 hours.
** Note: the dough needs to chill at least 3 hours before rolling. **
On a lightly floured surface, roll half of one of the balls of dough at a time. The rolled dough should measure 1/8" thick. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutter. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. If desired, sprinkle with sugar. Bake in a 375ºF oven for 7 to 8 minutes or until the edges are firm and the bottoms are lightly browned. Cool on cookie racks. If you wish to enhance your sugar cookies, the following recipe for Buttercream Icing is a good starting point.
Recipe by Susan Hovanec
On high speed mix unsalted butter, Crisco and vanilla.
Slowly add powdered sugar.
Once blended add milk one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.
Finally apply the icing to the cookies and enjoy. A few drops of food coloring can be used to add color.
Cook broccoli and drain well. In a large stock pot, melt butter and then stir in flour to make a smooth paste. Add chicken stock, stirring constantly. Cook until thick and smooth. Stir in half & half and broccoli until heated through. Add cheese until it is melted. Season according to taste.
This soup was served in the Westinghouse headquarters dining room during the 1980s. It is easy, delicious and perfect for a cold day.