On cold days, my favorite dish to make is chilli.   Here is the recipe I use as my “go to” because it is easy and delicious.


1 lb ground turkey or ground beef
1 large chopped onion
1 green or red pepper, chopped
3 cans of beans (2 cans kidney and 1 can black)
1 28 oz can crushed or diced tomatoes
2 “tomato” cans of water (using the 28 oz can)
1 heaping tsp. of Better than Beef Bullion  (secret ingredient)
1 bay leaf
Pinch of sugar
1/3 cup of corn meal (optional)


1.  Brown veggies until they wilt and put in a bowl

2.  Brown ground beef

3.  Add veggies and the rest of the ingredients.  Bring to a boil.

4.  Simmer for at least a couple of hours.

I actually use a crock pot now and just put everything in it.  However, I still brown the beef and saute the veggies.  The cornmeal is a great quick thickening agent.

Many of my family members love chili, but can’t take the spice. Here is a recipe that I have adapted so that it is flavorful and doesn’t use chili powder


Today marks the blizzard of 2015 in Michigan.  I decided that I was longing for some Thanksgiving food, so I made the easiest and quickest dish……Cranberry Sauce.  My family asks me to bring it each year.  If they only knew how easy it was, they would ask me to bring much more.    Here is how I slightly adapt the recipe for great results:

The traditional cranberry sauce recipe usually calls for these ingredients:

  • 12-oz bag fresh or frozen cranberries (3 cups)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar

I used 1/2 cup of fresh squeezed orange juice and 1/2 cup water and it turned out delicious.   I also tripled the recipe for a larger group.

Adaptations include orange zest, lemon zest, toasted almonds, blueberries, raisins, cinnamon and other spices.


  • Rinse cranberries in cold water.
  • Heat the the orange juice, water and sugar until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Add cranberries and simmer until you hear a popping noise, which is generally between 10 and 12 minutes.  That’s it!

I actually kept the cranberry sauce on a low heat until just about all of the cranberries popped and there was a uniform red color and thicker sauce.


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