Thursday, November 8, 2012

It looks like an early snow!

I don't know about you, but when a day is cold and raw like this one, I get in the mood to cook. I picked a recipe from Killer Recipes. It's  a recipe Judy Nichols submitted for the book. It has chocolate in it! Here it is:

Intense Cincinnati-Style Chili

(as featured in Caviar Dreams)



2 lbs lean ground beef
2 tsps crushed red pepper
4 small onions, chopped
1 qt water
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 tbs vinegar
4 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ground allspice
6 oz tomato paste
5 medium bay leaves
1 block unsweetened chocolate (yes, people in Cincinnati like chocolate in their chili)
4 tsp cumin

Add ground beef to water in a large pot and stir until beef separates to a fine texture. Add all other ingredients. Stir to blend. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer uncovered for about 3 hours. May cover for the last hour if desired consistency has been reached. For the classic Three Way, serve on spaghetti with shredded cheese. For a Four Way, add onions. If you're really brave for a Five Way, add the beans. And don't forget the hot sauce and oyster crackers.

Judy Nichols, author of Caviar Dreams

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Stay warm!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Time for pound cake!

Two years ago I authored a unique cookbook titled Killer Recipes. I invited my author friends to send recipes they loved for the book and we'd give the book sales to charity (ACS). An overwhelming number of them sent as many as five recipes for the book. Each spring when Relay For Life comes around, I am able to donate over a thousand dollars for cancer research because of this book and the generosity of its contributors. During this season of Thanksgiving and Christmas, I will post some fabulous recipes. I hope you enjoy them. I begin with Vicki Lane's recipe, from her grandmother. I'm sure Vicki misses her this time of year.


Ba’s* Pound Cake


2 sticks butter
1 2/3 cups sugar
2 cups flour
5 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla

Cream butter and sugar thoroughly (by hand or with an electric mixer). Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each one.  Add flour and vanilla and mix thoroughly. Put batter in well-greased tube pan. Put in cold oven, turn oven to 350 and bake one hour. (Note-- this is not a high-rising cake -- it's dense and delicious.) For a decadent treat, cut a slice, butter it, and run it under the broiler. (* Ba is Vicki’s grandmother.)

Vicki Lane, author of the Elizabeth Goodweather Mystery series:  In A Dark Season, Old Wounds, Art’s Blood, and Signs in the Blood