Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Chili All Day

Yesterday was one of those cool and rainy Fall days.
I had a fire going, putzed around the house, did some knitting, and made a big pot of chili....
which reminded me of this story...

My kids were getting ready for school one cold morning last Fall, and as they were waking up I told them to dress warm, because it was going to be chilly all day.
I brought them to school, and when I got home I decided that it would be the perfect day to cook a pot roast for dinner. So I did just that.
That afternoon I picked them up from school, and the first thing my daughter said to me when she got in the car was...

"I can't wait to have chili for dinner".

I told her "I didn't make chili for dinner".

She replied (in that argumentative pre-teen tone) "yes you did".

"No" I said, "I think I know what I made, and it wasn't chili, it was pot roast".

(Why, I'm thinking, do my children love to argue with me? At times it seems like a sport to them.)

She then added more irritation and insistence to her voice and said...

"but you told me this morning that you were going to make chili all day!".

"No, I didn't tell you that. I had no plans to make chili, I didn't make chili, and can you please stop arguing with me about the chili"?!

Then it dawned on me what had happened.....

Laughing, I said "Miss H., this morning I said "Dress warm, because it's going to be chilly all day"!

What a nut. So now, every cold morning, I yell up the stairs... "Chili all day!"

We had fun saying it all day yesterday....since I really did make it.
So here's my very own recipe, for anyone out there that wants to make my chili all day.

Chili All Day

1 ½ - 2 lb. beef stew meat, cut into ½ inch pieces
1 large onion, diced large
6 cloves of garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. dark chili powder
3 Tbsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. salt
fresh ground pepper to taste
¼ tsp.(or more) ground cayenne pepper (if you like it hot)
½ bottle of beer

1 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
1 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes
1 14 oz. can of Bush's chili beans w/sauce
2 14 oz. cans of black beans, rinsed and drained
1 8 oz. pkg. of sliced mushrooms

In a large pot, over high heat, sauté beef in olive oil until browned.
Add onions and continue to sauté until golden.
Reduce heat to medium and add all spices, stirring well and sauté until garlic is tender, but not browned.
Add beer and stir well. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
Add tomatoes, beans, and sliced mushrooms.
Stir well and let simmer with cover on for 30 minutes or longer. (longer is better....the meat will be more tender)

* If the chili is too thick for your taste, add the remaining ½ bottle of beer (if you didn't already drink it).
* If the chili is too thin, add a small can of tomato paste.

Enjoy!

5 Comments:

Karen said...

Nice to see you back! I love the pics of the Klaraland. And I can't wait to try your chili all day. I am always looking for the "perfect" chili recipe. Hubby loves chili. :) Thanks for sharing it!

11:15 AM  
Anonymous said...

Hi from LisaPrit
http://continueinkind.typepad.com/

I just got back from the store and got all the stuff I needed for your chili. I can't wait. You should really send this recipe to Elizabeth for the cookbook at --
http://k1p1k2tog.typepad.com/my_favorite_things/

Thanks again!

5:53 PM  
Abbey said...

I hope you guys like the chili!

3:10 PM  
Anonymous said...

Yummm. My sister and I made your Chili All Day over the weekend and it was WONDERFUL! Thanks for a great recipe.
Vicki
http://knitorious.typepad.com/knitorious

9:26 AM  
Abbey said...

Vicki,
I'm so excited that you made my chili...and liked it too! :) Thanks for letting me know!

4:58 PM  

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