enough of the cold!

January 30th, 2010

It was 18 degrees when I left the house this morning. I didn’t even bother to look at what the wind chill was. Too damn cold. I’m a California girl when it comes to climactic butchiness, i.e. a wuss.

And on Saturdays this cold, it means I’m cooped up with the girls. Thank god for music classes and birthday parties otherwise, well, I don’t want to contemplate it.

Days like this are made for cooking. Belgian waffles with sauteed apples for breakfast. Yum. A less successful lunch of gnocchi with turkey bacon and carrots (the sweet of the gnocchi didn’t work with the salty of the bacon). But on a night this cold, I trot out my go-to comfort food recipes. Either modified beef bourguignon, which has to cook for three hours. Or chili and corn muffins, which takes about 45 minutes and is good and spicy. Tonight I went for the chili. It’s a good thing to have in the arsenal against frigid nights. Take that, winter!


1 medium onion, chopped fine
1 pound ground beef or turkey
1 large (28 oz) can chopped tomatoes
1 can kidney beans (or black beans)
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 tablespoon red pepper flakes (more if you like is spicy)
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Saute the onion in the olive oil. Add the oregano, cumin, chili powder, cumin and red pepper flakes. Saute for about five minutes. Add the meat. Saute until mostly cooked. Add the tomatoes and beans (drain them first). Simmer the whole thing for 45 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve with grated cheese.

  1. I want that recipe, it’s cold here too.

  2. Ooooh Chili… you know, that’s a b*#*h to spell? Even with your post above, I wrote it three times before I got it right. That’s just sad. Anyway, the impossible-to-spell chili looks divine.

    It’s a similar temp here, and we just got a foot and a half of snow today… So I’ve been writing all day. Which suits me just fine. :) The ponies aren’t so happy though, and J.D. the donkey is on a total strike. Not even an absurdly long ear to be seen all day long! He’s hiding in the barn, letting his larger herbivore counterparts break trail and induce hay deliveries by us two-leggers. Smart donkey.

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