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  • Dixie Ryan: Chili is simple and versatile

  • It is 6 a.m. on Sunday morning and I got up early to view the predicted snow. I cannot tell if it snowed or not because it is still dark outside but I sure hope it did not snow.

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  • It is 6 a.m. on Sunday morning and I got up early to view the predicted snow. I cannot tell if it snowed or not because it is still dark outside but I sure hope it did not snow.
    When I talked to my oldest son last night (he lives in Colorado) he said they had only had rain. Now that really ticked me off because the snow we usually get comes from Colorado so when they get rain and we get snow that is ENOUGH!
    He was eating a chili dog that he cooked for himself. That actually sounded pretty good and it reminded me of times when the children were young. They all loved chili dogs and I think they all still do. What I have never told them was that at our house those were leftovers.
    I love chili and have to admit I make a mean pot of chili. After a day of leftover chili there was usually just enough for chili dogs. It was fun to experiment with those and try different types and I never had a complaint.
    It was fun to slice the hot dogs open, making sure they were not cut clear through but just enough to lay them open. I would fill the cavity with cheese, close them up, top them with chili and place them on a pan in the oven. In later years I just nuked them in the microwave.
    The various chili recipes were fun to experiment with also but my favorite remained the easiest.
    Brown the hamburger, using a potato masher to break it up small. Add a cup or so of diced onions and add McCormicks Chili mix (I prefer the one with onion). Then I added a can of diced tomatoes and warmed it all up. I use canned pinto beans (or other beans if I don't have pinto). Many times I have frozen pinto beans I have cooked and they are great too. After the beans are warmed up it is ready to serve.
    Another favorite with the kids was to use left over mac and cheese or other macaroni dishes , like goulash and mix with left over chili.
    Just mix in the left over chili with the macaroni dish and warm up. It is very good.
    Chili Casserole
    Small pot of leftover chili
    8 ounces cream cheese
    1 can mushroom soup
    Mix well and heat up in oven or pan on the stove top. When it is warmed put into a casserole dish that hold the chili mix and put two cans of biscuits on top. Bake 15 minutes longer at 350. Sprinkle some grated cheese on top of the cooked biscuits and return to the oven until cheese is melted.
    Page 2 of 2 - It is very rewarding to have one of my grown kids call and ask for a recipe that I used while they were growing up.
    My oldest daughter called some time back to ask for my sauerkraut recipe and I was shocked. She said she remembered it and wanted to prepare it for her husband.
    I think I will start writing them down because at my age I might not remember how I fixed anything that many years ago.
    See you next week.
    Dixie Ryan lives in Odessa and has enjoyed sharing her cooking talents and secrets with readers for many years.
     
     
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