Another early morning it turned out to be around here. No worries though, as I got to talk to my youngest son when I was out very early with ... um, I think it was Bandit, at that time, lol.. It is nice to know I am not the only person up in those sometimes "still dark" wee hours of the morn.
Actually Rob went in to do a day shift, and I mean an all day long day shift, as he left here just before 8 am, and he is still out there working. I had the whole house, almost to myself, if I don't count all the four legged family members being here with me, but how could I ever exclude them?
I got right to getting the pot out and the ingredients together, thinking it was going to be a damp chilly day.
I love having extra made for in the freezer, for those times I have been too busy to start a meal from scratch, or for when I need to make something up quick for Rob to take along to work in his thermos. Big Batch Cooking "rocks" !!!
Cindy’s Homemade Chili
1 – 1 ½ pound of lean ground beef
1 or 2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tbsp Chilli Powder, heaping
2 – 796 ml (28 oz) canned diced tomatoes, undrained
2 – 540 ml (19 oz) cans of Mixed Beans (or your preference of beans mixed & matched),
2 – 398 ml (13 oz) cans of Beans and Tomato Sauce, undrained
2 - 284 ml (10 oz) cans of Tomato Soup
2 - 284 ml (10 oz) cans of Mushroom Pieces & Stems, drained
1 – 156 ml (5.5 oz) can of Tomato Paste
In large Dutch oven pot, cook ground beef until pink is gone; drain well. Add minced garlic, celery, onion, Chili Powder and pepper; Add remaining ingredients. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally until celery is a la dente.
NOTE: Careful with the heat, as not to have the chili stick and burn to the bottom. Chili freezes well to be used at a later date
Let me tell you, I think opening all those cans is the most time consuming part of this whole recipe, especially when it is a double batch !!!
The remainder of my day was pretty much spend doing those most usual type household chores like dusting and vacuuming. Since Rob has been gone all day, I had to also take on his job of cleaning out the outside kennel run, then hosing it all down, as this gets done once a day.
I also had to make a trip into town today to order some "Crabby Cabbie" hats and T-shirts from Koreen at Ram Sports & Trophies Wiarton, as well as post a couple of cards at the Post Office. I also dropped a slice of the Mascarpone Flax Banana Nut Bread I had made yesterday, off to Debby at the "Berford Street Tea Room" for her to try out.