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For those of you new to my blog, I thought I should let you know what my mission is. I am working my way through Rachael Ray's 365: No Repeats cookbook. It is my goal over time to prepare all of the recipes in this book. At the pace I am going, it may take me 5 years, but I am practical enough to realize that there is no way that I can cook every single night of the week, as well as purchase all the ingredients for every recipe every night and still keep up the mortgage payments! I hope you are inspired to get into the kitchen and try some new recipes yourself. Your comments are always welcome and I appreciate you stopping by. May the Lord bless you all!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Night 17

Recipe 65
Uptown Down-Home Chili
Matt rating ****1/2

Ground beef
Grill seasoning
Baby portobello mushrooms
Shiitake mushroom caps
Yellow onion
Celery ribs
Red bell pepper
Garlic cloves
Worcestershire sauce
Chipotle peppers in adobo
Ground cumin
Beer (I used Sam Adams Boston Lager)
Black beans
Crushed tomatoes
Beef stock
Smoked Gouda
White onion

This chili made my house smell SO good! It only called to let it simmer for 10 minutes, but I made it a little early and let it simmer for an hour. I really think that helped everything come together to make an excellent chili. The smoked Gouda and chopped onions on top were a great finish. I also made cornbread to go with the chili because you just can't do chili without it! Matt really liked the chili and didn't realize until a few bites into it that there were mushrooms in it. He hates mushrooms because "they're a fungus", but once again he ate the entire dish and gave it a great rating! I am throwing a baby shower next month and we are going to do a soup pot-luck. I think I'll make this chili for it!

Once again we forgot to put the memory card in the camera when we took the picture so I don't have one to post. I'm sure you can imagine what chili looks though!

I won't be cooking tomorrow night since we have dinner at church, and then Thursday Matt has a guys poker night so it looks like I'll be back for the weekend. Happy cooking!

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