Chili Nouveau, Cookie Très Bien

SEPT. 28, 2012

Cravings for chili have officially begun!  My two “go-to” recipes are very different.

The first is a more traditional TEXAS chili, the second is a much sweeter version, made with brown sugar and beer, always served with the BIGGEST cheese biscuits I can fit on the baking stone.  Today, however, I wanted to try a new recipe.

I decided on Martha Stewart’s 30-MINUTE CHILI.

Besides the quick prep time, what intrigued me was the addition of  canned chipotle chilis and cinnamon.  The recipe is also linked to another recipe – CHEESY HASH BROWN BAKE, which uses the extra chili in a new way.

This recipe makes a LOT!  I thought it was very tasty – a nice, warm spice provided some depth of flavor.  I did make a few changes to the recipe.  Since my boys are not too keen on tomatoes, I only added one can of diced tomatoes instead of three.  I also could not find a fresh package of ground beef that was exactly 3 pounds, so I settled for 2.5 pounds.  Neither change seemed to affect the recipe’s success.  Of course, I also had to bake up a batch of  cornbread – YUM!

 

Here is the link to the recipe online:

http://www.marthastewart.com/315258/30-minute-chili?czone=food/comfort-foods-center/comfort-foods-dishes&center=854190&gallery=275658&slide=281160

OK – so, I was in a baking mood, so I whipped up a batch of CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES as well.  Here is the recipe I used from a new blog I came across called Savory Sweet Life: easy recipes for everyday cooking:

 

Here is the link for this recipe:

http://savorysweetlife.com/2009/10/alices-chocolate-chip-cookie-recipe/

All of the ERCK boys really liked these – not too sweet, with a good balance between crisp bottom and soft/chewy texture.

What is your favorite cookie recipe?  Please Share!

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