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Chili (Cheater)

2 Tbl canola oil
1 med onion- chopped
4 cloves garlic- minced
1 jalepeno- chopped
2 peppers- red/green or both
1 1/2 lb ground beef (or turkey - I typically use turkey)
1 link kielbasa (optional)
1 Tbl each cumin and chili powder
2 tsp each oregano and thyme
2 cinnamon sticks
3 bay leaves
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 dark beer
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
1 15 oz can light kidney beans
1 15 oz can dark kidney beans

Heat oil, add onion, cook appx 5 minutes. Add peppers and garlic, cook until soft (not browned). Add beef and cook through - increase heat to high. Add cumin, chili, oregano, thyme, bay leaves and cinnamon. Add beer and deglaze. Add tomatoes and beans with most of the liquid. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 30-60+ minutes.

*Remove cinnamon sticks after about 30 minutes

Recipe courtesy of ... Another one that I have had kicking around and have worked to perfect.

So, I have this problem. The problem that I have, is that every, single time that I make chili, I c…

(Amy Sue's World Famous) Cocktail Meatballs

Subject: FW:
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2005 09:21:46 -0500
From: "Mosher, Coleen M. -ND" < >
To: "Coleen Mosher" < > 

here is the recipie for COCKtail meatBALLS. They are soooooooo freaking good.  Serve them with toothpicks.

2 lbs ground beef
1 cup corn flake crumbs
1/3 cup dried parsley
2 eggs
2 Tablespoons of soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/3 cup ketchup
2 Tablespoons of dried minced onions

1 lb can of jellied cranberry sauce
1 12oz bottle of chili sauce
2 Tablespoons of brown sugar
1 Tablespoon of lemon juice


Preheat oven to 350
In a large bowl combine first 9 ingredients
(beef, cornflake crumbs, parsley, eggs, soy sauce, pepper garlic, ketchup & onion)
Mix well and ofrm into small balls
Place in a 15 x 10" pan (I just use a pyrex that i would like make brownies in)

In a small sauce pan mik cranberry sauce, chili sauce, brown sugar and lemon juice
Cook over medium heat …

Leftover Mashed Potato Cakes

1-2 cups Mashed potatoes (cold, best if left in fridge at least overnight)
2 Tbl Grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tbl chopped fresh parsley
2 Tbl minced onion (I threw a little onion in the fry pan with a teeny bit of butter to soften and brown)
1/4 cup flour
S&P to taste
Vegetable oil for frying
Deep frying pan

Combine the first 4 ingredients in a bowl. (Note you can certainly add other things here, cheddar cheese, scallions, etc- I chose to use what I had on hand which wasn't much!)

On a plate (or in a baking dish, doesn't matter) combine flour and S&P for dredging.

Heat oil in frying pan over medium heat. Scoop appx 1/4 cup scoops of potatoes (I used an overflowing ice cream scoop) and work it into "patty" form with your hands. Dredge through the flour, and place into the hot oil to fry.

Cook appx 5-7 mins per side, until golden brown. Place on paper towels to drain, then serve.

Recipe was a combination of a few different recipes…

Thanksgiving Stuffed Mushrooms

Historically, my role at holiday gatherings has been to provide the "Adult Beverage" (we have done Peppermint Martinis, Cranberry Tea Martinis, Pumpkin Pie get the picture). I had participated in other ways previously including bringing the cocktail meatballs (the fabulous Amy Sue's recipe) and one year the unfortunate turn out of HG's Peppermint Bark Fudge - but this year I was tasked with bringing the stuffed mushrooms.
While I have eaten and enjoyed a variety of flavors of these golden stuffed morsels, never have I ever made a stuffed mushroom. SO this led me to the Food Network (obv). I came across Giada's recipe and it was perfect - easy (so I could make them Thursday morning before my trek to the castle) and ended up being so delicious! So, here we go. 

First, gather your ingredients (and ipad for instructions... shh don't tell tt). I used Stop and Shop brand breadcrumbs (when you flavor 'em up, no need to spend the extra money on br…

HG Diet-Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes

Giving major thanks to Hungry Girl for her Thanksgiving recipe ideas for those who are watching their waistline!

Morning, Noon & Night Bites!
These cozy creations ROCK any time of day during the holiday season...

« Cinnamon Apple-Cranberry Danish «Good Morning Mega Quiche « Cheesy JalapeƱo Corn Muffins «Pot o' Hot Cinna-Mocha « Pumpkin Softies «Cheery Cherry Corn Muffins

Main-Meal Eats
Make room on the dinner table for these yum-tastic dishes!

« Crazy Glazy Roast Pork Tenderloin

«BBQ Chicken Cornbread Casserole

« Super-Savory Mashed Butternut Casserole and Holiday Harvest Kale Salad

«"Bean There, Stuffed That" Peppers

« Crustless Pumpkin Quiche Supreme and Berry-Good Almond-Panko Tilapia

«Cheesy-Peasy Spaghetti Squash

« Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole

Sweets 'n Treats 
The feast isn't complete without something sweet to finish it off!

«Too-Good Turtle Cheesecake

« Double-Decker Fudgy Cheesecake Cupcakes

Sugar & Spice (and everything nice) Ricotta Dessert

Ingredients: 1/2-3/4 cup Ricotta Cheese (I always use part-skim) Cinnamon- to taste 1 packet of sweetener (day to day I use Stevia in the Raw, but I find sometimes it's just not sweet enough. For this, I use Splenda) Slivered Almonds (Optional, but recommended) Strawberries- sliced (Optional) Directions: (ready for this?!) In serving bowls, combine ricotta, cinnamon, sweetener, almonds, and strawberries if you are using them. Stir all ingredients together until combined (cheese will be speckled with brown because of the cinnamon) - and enjoy. Recipe courtesy of..... ?!!! I know someone told me about it sometime forever ago... but I have no clue who/what/where/when. So so sorry if you gave me the recipe ;) This doesn't look all that appetizing when you make it, and I'm sure doesn't sound all that great either - but trust me. Quick, easy, and relatively healthy little dessert! (and even tt likes it) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------…