Soup of the Day: Double Beef Chili

Oh, friends, you are in for a treat. While this chili recipe seems like it has a gerbillion ingredients, and it does have to simmer for a long time, it is worth it. Because I only make this recipe a couple times per year, it makes it seem all the more special. Do you like beef? Do you like (optional) heat? Get in.

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Spicy Comfort Food of the Pinto Variety

I have had a can of pinto beans sitting in my pantry. In true apartment-living style, my pantry is a large cabinet above my microwave, but “pantry” sounds much nicer, though, upon further reflection, I am not sure that a sentence about a can of beans really merits much dressing up. Anyway, I have had this can for a while and while I appreciate the taste of slow cooked dried beans, I do not have the time. Apparently, I also did not have the time for this poor can of beans – until now! Read More Spicy Comfort Food of the Pinto Variety

Dinner: Thinking Ahead on Busy Days

For six weeks, my kids took an art class on Tuesday afternoons. I picked them up from school with a snack they could eat in the car, dropped them off at the museum, and then I used the two hours they were there to get some writing done at a nearby coffee shop. Because they finished at 5:45 p.m., the last thing I wanted to do was come home and cook something that took more than, oh, 15 minutes. Besides boiling up some noodles and tossing them with marinara sauce (or picking up food on the way home), I don’t have much in my repertoire that is super-quick. Because of that, I have to plan ahead.

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Favorite Fall Foods

The reason I want to write broadly about fall foods, apart from the little thrill an alliterative title gives me, is because today was the first really chilly day of the year and I hated it and I need a reason to enjoy this ridiculously cold season. So here’s an ode to fall foods, the rich bits of savory and sweet goodness that make sweater weather something other than an endless hell of frost and red, wind-burned ears. Read More Favorite Fall Foods

10-Minute Chili Recipe

I’m a big fan of slow cooking, but look, sometimes we just need something nutritious, easy, and fast. When I have to work overtime, for example, and have a scant hour for dinner, I don’t want to spend 45 minutes of that hour in active prep work. When I have such busy evenings, I turn to this easy, delicious chili recipe. Read More 10-Minute Chili Recipe

One Pot Lazy Day Chili

Did you know that there are some people who put chili on noodles? Well, there are and the whole thing even has a name: Cincinnati style chili. I like it, but I don’t care for how thin Cincinnati style chili often is. So instead, I use this nice thick chili that’s pretty great by itself, but is just great on noodles. And y’all can duke it out Skyline versus Gold Star in the comments. Read More One Pot Lazy Day Chili