Wednesday, 30 November 2022

Chili by JJ

The best tasting easiest Chili I have made. This is going to be my 'go-to' chili recipe from now on. Basic chili — but very good. I prepped in the morning after the "hubster" announced he would like chili for lunch. I used the beans I had in the pantry, so, use what you have! If you want more kick, add a chopped and seeded Serano pepper or some hot sauce. This chili was even better the next day!

Chili by JJ

2 lb. ground beef (90/10 or 93/7)

1 large onion diced

3 garlic cloves minced

2 tsp. Cumin powder

1 T. chili powder

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. oregano

1 1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper

45 ounces of canned beans, drained and rinsed (I used what I had in the pantry kidney and chili)

30 ounces canned diced tomatoes, with their juice

10 ounce can Rotel or diced chilis and tomatoes (I used original Rotel, but, you could spice it up with "hot")

30 ounces of tomato sauce or puree

2 cans of beef stock


Saute the beef in a large skillet, breaking it up with a spatula over medium high heat. 

Add the onion to the skillet and saute until tender (4-5 minutes) Add the minced garlic, Cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper. Cook for a minute.

Add the remaining ingredients; the beans rinsed and drained, the tomatoes, the Rotel and the beef stock. Stir on high for 4-5 minutes, lower the temperature and simmer for 30 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with a crusty bread!

Wee Bear was a happy boy! We finished the last of this delicious chili just before Thanksgiving and our flight to meet family in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico!

Spice Level This chili is just right for our liking but you can increase or reduce the spice level to your liking. For extra heat, add seeded and shopped jalapenos or for extra extra HOT leave the seeds in your jalapenos or add a few dashes of hot sauce or a sprinkle of chili flakes.

Ground Beef Any ground meat will work in this recipe from chicken to turkey. If your meat has a lot of fat, be sure to drain it before simmering.

Beer The flavor can be increased with beer. Substitute beer for one can of the broth. Feel free to skip the broth and use beer.

Swap the Spices Spice up your chili any way you’d like. To make a tex-mex chili, toss in a packet of taco seasoning.

We are still enjoying 80 F degrees in Mexico, however, our camera's are showing about a foot of snow on our deck in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho! Brrrrr! 

With all the snow falling this is quick and delicious for lunch or dinner! Easy and will warm those little hands up to go back out and play!



Tuesday, 29 November 2022

Chocolate Chip Biscotti

I made this as a take away gift at one of my parties. I took the base recipe from "Joy of cooking" and added chocolate chips. I like to dunk it into my tea, but you could dunk into coffee or hot chocolate!

Chocolate Chip Biscotti

recipe adapted from Joy of Baking

1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a small bowl beat the eggs and vanilla extract together, set aside.

 Using your stand mixer or a hand mixer, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Beat until blended (about 30 seconds). Gradually add the egg mixture and beat until a dough forms. Turn down to low and add the chocolate chips about halfway through. Divide dough in half. On a lightly floured surface roll dough into a log about 10 inches long and 3 inches wide. Transfer log to the prepared baking sheet and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until firm to the touch. Note - logs will spread during baking. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes.

Transfer log to a cutting board and using a serrated knife, cut log into slices 1/2 inch thick on the diagonal. Arrange evenly on baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes, turn slices over, and bake another 10 minutes or until firm to the touch. Remove from oven and let cool.


The Christmas baking has begun! One twist I made in my edible gifts last year was giving my Peppermint Swirl Ice Cream. It is so creamy and delicious. Many rave reviews by my friends who received a small carton!

In 2018, I made a Peppermint Swirl Cake, the grandchildren loved it! I wrapped it up for presentation with clear wrap!


 One of my Mother's recipes that our entire family enjoyed was her Raspberry Ribbon Pie

I hope this blog spurs some fun in the kitchen and delicious memories for this festive time of year!

Sunday, 13 November 2022

Pumpkin Muffins


I like to make these delicious pumpkin muffins when we are out on a motor coach trip for a quick breakfast on the go. They can be made ahead and frozen, and you can reheat them quickly and easily for those mornings when you’re ready to get out there and adventure. Or for a quick breakfast on your way out the door to work or school.

Friday, 4 November 2022

Mushroom Brie soup



Autumn shows us how beautiful is is to let things go.......... Mushroom and Brie Soup is a classic creamy mushroom soup kicked up a notch with a perfect amount of luxurious Brie cheese. It’s perfect for a cozy dinner in front of the fireplace or a special first course for holiday meal.

Monday, 10 October 2022

Pumpkin Pecan Squares


 Fall is here! October ....well you just have to have a pumpkin something!! These bars are so delectable, well they are to "Die For"!! They will feed a crowd and are easy to make!


 Other Fall Desserts-
Ghost Cookies  Fast and easy

Wednesday, 5 October 2022

Spiced Pumpkin Roulade with creamy grand marnier filling

An elegant finale to the meal; the cake has a light texture, and the filling provides a creamy texture with a hint of orange.  This pumpkin roll cake is great to keep in the freezer for a quick dessert for family or unexpected guests, to take to a gathering or to give as a yummy gift. 

My spiced pumpkin roulade is as pretty to look at, as it is delicious to eat! It is a perfect dessert for entertaining at Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas!

Monday, 26 September 2022

Enchilada Sauce

This enchilada sauce has a fresh taste and is so easy to make. I think you will love it!