Food for Thought – January 13, 2015

t’s still cold in Ohio so I thought it would be good to fix some nice warm soup.

The following recipe is courtesy of the Beef Industry Council.

30 Minute Chunky Beef and Corn Chili

1 lb. lean beef cubed steaks

2 tsp. vegetable oil

4-1/2 tsp. spicy seasoning mix (see below), divided use

1 medium onion, chopped

1 (28 oz.) can plum tomatoes, undrained

2 cups frozen whole kernel corn

1) Cut beef lengthwise into 1-inch strips; cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces. Sprinkle with 2 tsp. seasoning mix.

2) Heat oil in heavy stock pan or dutch oven over medium heat 5 minutes. Stir fry beef with onion for 2-3 minutes. Season with salt if desired.

3) Add tomatoes, breaking them up with back of spoon, along with corn and remaining 2-1/2 tsp. seasoning mix. Bring to boil, reduce to heat to medium-low. Simmer, uncovered, 18-20 minutes.

Spicy Seasoning Mix

3 Tbsp. chili powder

2 tsp. ground coriander

2 tsp. ground cumin

1-1/2 tsp. garlic powder

3/4 tsp. dried oregano leaves

1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

1) Combine all ingredients. Store, covered, in airtight container. Shake before use.Serves: 4.

Baked Chili Recipe

Tender pieces of beef slow-cooked in rich tomato base enhaced with spices. Serve over rice with crusty bread to soak up the sauce. Even better the next day.

2 lbs. beef stew meat

1 Tbsp. vegetable oil

2 lbs. onions, chopped

2 green bell peppers, seeded and chopped

2 (14.5 oz.) cans diced tomatoes with green chilis

3 cups seeded and chopped tomatoes

4 dried whole red chili peppers, crushed

2 bay leaves

3 whole cloves

2 Tbsp. chili powder

1 1 tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. crushed dried oregano

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

1/2 tsp. paprika

Brown beef in oil. Add beef and all other ingredients to large pot. Cook until onions, peppers and tomatoes are cooked.

Serves: 8.

This last thought from Carrie Spencer York.

The Bond of Friendship

The bond that makes two people close

is built on many things – The warmth and understanding

that a lasting friendship brings…

The comfort and security

of knowing someone cares…

Someone who always listens

and who reaches out and shares.

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Until next time,

Ellie