Cold Weather Food

As the weather has become quite chilly, this is the time that the Crankee Yankee and I start making what we call “cold weather food.” It can be soups or stews or homemade pizzas or chicken or turkey, baked with lots of stuffing. It’s also the time to bake blueberry pies and muffins to use up all the berries we picked during the summer.

But the best cold weather meal we enjoy is my late mother’s chili recipe (serves eight, by the way):


2 T. shortening

2 lbs. hamburg

2 medium onions, diced

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 T. paprika

1 t. oregano

3/4 t. cumin

1 T salt

1/8 t. cayenne pepper

3/4 t. pepper

9 T. chili powder

1 can beef broth

1 large can of tomatoes

1-2 cans kidney beans, drained


Brown the beef, onions and garlic in fat. When it is brown, mix in all the spices. Then add the beef broth and mix to get the ‘brownings’ off the bottom of the pan. Add the tomatoes; mush them upas you stir them in. Simmer for one hour or so, then add in the drained beans.

Simmer for for another half hour or so. Add a dollop of vinegar before serving. Serve with grated cheese. You may want to serve some homemade bread along with it; it’s always good to dunk your bread into the chili.

NOTE: The chili can be frozen for another meal.

The Crankee Yankee and I love this recipe, and we always look up to Heaven to thank Mom.



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