Mother Nature does not want to let go of winter! I was optimistic we were past the worst, but we’re having some nasty weather here in Minnesota. It rained all day yesterday, then turned to freezing rain overnight. Roads were a bit slick this morning, but luckily I’m working at home today so I didn’t have too far to drive to take the kids to daycare. Later today we’re supposed to get more freezing rain and up to 1/3 inch of ice. Then it will turn to snow tonight. We’re expecting 6 inches of snow! UGH!
I am hopeful this means we won’t have a dreadfully hot summer. Last year spring came early and we had a HOT summer. We don’t have air conditioning, not even a window unit, so we were awful cranky around here last year. We are talking about getting a portable a/c unit this year. If anyone has any reviews or recommendations, I’m all ears!
Because it’s a yucky day, I decided to make chili! You can find the original recipe here. When I can, I use our home-canned tomatoes and tomato sauce. I omit the mushrooms (eww), and use whatever beer Marcus has in the house. Here is my version of the recipe.
Jammin’ Tarheel Chili
2 pounds ground beef
2 large onions, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
2 cloves garlic
1 pint tomato sauce
2 quarts tomatoes
1 can or bottle dark beer
2 – 16 ounce cans chili beans, drained
2 – 15 ounce cans kidney beans, drained
1 Tbsp ground cumin
¼ cup chili powder
2 tsp ground coriander
½ tsp cayenne pepper
few dashes Worcestershire sauce
In a large skillet over medium heat, add beef, onions and celery. Cook until beef is cooked through. Drain and add to crock pot with all remaining ingredients. Cook on low 6 or more hours.
I’m looking forward to eating this the next couple of days!