Sunday, February 19, 2006

RT Cooks, again...

I was told recently that my cooking "wasn't all that great" but you know what? I don't care. Unlike 99% of the men in this country, I don't mind to cook and have fun experimenting in the kitchen.
Yesterday for instance. It was one of those days when I just wanted to stay inside. Cold, windy & snowy, it was the perfect day for chili.
So I made a batch of chili from scratch. I was lucky enough to have everything I needed, and it came out pretty damn good!
Try this:
RT's Chili
Brown ground beef in a skillet and put into a large sauce pan. Add tomato sauce, ground chili peppers, cayenne pepper, cumin, oregano, garlic and onion powder, salt and paprika. Cover and let simmer for about 15 or 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
What I used:
1 1/2 pounds of ground round
8 oz. tomato sauce
ground chili pepper
ground cayenne pepper
garlic powder
onion powder
Everyone's taste is different, so use the right amounts of spices to your own liking. I like my chili hot, but not too hot. Just enough of a bite to waken the senses, not set my sinuses on fire.
The only thing missing from yesterday's meal was cornbread but I was out of eggs.
Give it a try!
Copyright 2006 Thomas J Wolfenden


Sherri said...

My cooking isn't all that great either, which is a bad thing for a woman, they're supposed to cook well. But, I don't care either.

That sounds like an easy recipe, I'm going to try it. I've never made chili from scratch. (See, I told you I wasn't a great cook. LOL) Normally I pick up one of those crock pot dehydrated chili fixin's packages. As horrible as that sounds, it does turn out very tasty in the end.

You'll have to post a recipe for corn bread. I've never made that either, ever. LOL

Dirk said...

I think that, like spaghetti sauce, using a recipe for chilli is cheating. Use what you've got, adjust the quantities as you go. Even if you get it wrong, it's usually still right enough to taste good.

Ranger Tom said...

Sherri: It's fairly simple. I forgot to write that to make it a little thicker, ad some flour, but not a whole lot or it'll turn into concrete.

I do cheat on the cornbread, I use the "Jiffy" corn muffin mix...

Dirk: Have to agree. Besides experimentation is the fun part of it!

Lindsey said...

I am impressed! Go Tom.

Crazy Me said...

Mmmmmmm chilli!

I can't cook to save my life but I do make a mean batch of chilli. Perfect food for a cold, icky day!

Cheryl said...

Can you use turkey? Does that taste good, cause I don't eat beef.

Ranger Tom said...

Linny: Not only can I cook, I can sew, do laundry (separating the colors, too!) do dishes and run a vacuum cleaner.

Crazy: Aint it though?

Cheryl: I've never tried it, but you could use the ground turkey I see at the supermarket. Or try ground pork if it's just beef you don't eat. I'd like to try it with some venison or bison at some point also. I have had chili made from elk meat and that was very delicious. But give the ground turkey a try and let me know how it is. I might give it a shot myself!

Lisa said...

Mmmmm. Chilli. I like the kind that clears your sinuses. That recipe sounds yummy.