Monday, February 23, 2015

Beef and Sausage Chili

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A Bowl of Sausage and Beef Chili


On a cold winter day, what could be better than a nice hot bowl of soup? I’ll tell you what could be better, is a pot of this hearty chili.

I’ve made chili plenty of times, and always used the standard chili kit that you find in the grocery store.

My daughter has been making this fantastic chili for a few years now. This chili recipe is amazing and Oh so good. I finally decided that I had to write down everything that she puts in it.

Are you ready? Here is what you need:

2 lbs. of ground beef (80/20)
1 lb. bulk Italian Sausage
1- 16oz. can of White Great Northern Chili Beans (We use Bush’s)
1- 16oz. can of Red Chili Beans (In Medium chili sauce)
1- 16oz. can of Red Chili Beans (In Hot sauce)
2- 6oz. cans of tomato paste
2- 28oz cans diced tomatoes (with juice)
1 large yellow onion (chopped)
2 green chili peppers (seeded and chopped)
10 slices cooked bacon (chopped)
4 cups beef bouillon
½ cup beer (optional)
¼ cup chili powder
2 clove of garlic minced
1 tbs. Worcestershire Sauce
1 tbs. dried oregano
2 tsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. Tabasco sauce
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. white sugar

For the garnish:

Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Sour Cream
Frito corn chips or crackers

Okay now this part is really easy:

In a large pot, add your meat and cook it until it’s browned
Now drain the grease from the pot
Add everything else into the pot, bring this to a slight boil and then set on simmer
Cook this for 2 hours, adding more seasoning to you taste if needed.

Top off your hearty bowl of chili with some shredded cheddar, and sour cream.

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Keurig One Cup Brewing System – My Review

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Coffee Beans


First let me tell you, that I never review a product unless I own it and use it. At Sam's Place, you will find my honest experience with the product, good or bad.

We sure do love our coffee, and our Keurig one cup brewing system makes it easy to enjoy a nice hot cup of coffee anytime in about 30 seconds.

 Yes, we have your typical 12 cup drip coffee maker but there are many times when you just don't want to make a full pot of coffee.

We were shopping around for a Keurig one cup brewing system, but our good friend Verna beat us to it, she bought us one as a gift.

This is a great one cup brewing system and exactly what we wanted. Now we can have a single cup of coffee anytime we want to without having to make a whole pot.

 You will find so many delicious choices of K-Cups.  Keurig really knew what they were doing when they engineered the one cup system.

At the end of the day, after a full day of work, or taking care of the kids, and the house sometimes you just need to sit and relax with a good cup of your favorite coffee or tea. You can also buy hot chocolate in a K-Cup.

We’ve had our Keurig for better than 2 years now, and only had one problem. It clogged and wouldn’t make coffee.

We called the Keurig service number, and they walked us right through how to unclog the system. After that, it works as good as new.

I recommend following the cleaning frequency instructions in the manual. So if you like coffee, especially, flavored coffee, I would recommend the Keurig One Cup System.

The Keurig Brewing System along with a 40-count variety of flavored K-cups. As always Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, February 15, 2015

How to Make Alfredo Sauce

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A plate of alfredo tortellini


Alfredo sauce for your favorite pasta is really easy to make, and it’s OH so delicious. Our daughter whipped this Alfredo sauce up just the other night for this amazing Tortellini Alfredo.

I’m showing the fresh parsley as optional because our grandson doesn’t like anything green in his food. But I do recommend using the parsley for this Alfredo Sauce.

This recipe will be enough for 1 pound of your favorite pasta.

Here is what you need:

1/2 Stick of butter
1 1/2 cups of Parmesan Cheese (grated)
1 cup of heavy cream
1 clove of garlic (minced)
½ cup of fresh chopped parsley (optional)

This is what you do:

  1. In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter with the garlic, and then add the cream.
  2. Bring this to a simmer while stirring, and add the grated cheese.
  3. Continue to stir until you bring it to a slight boil
  4. Pour over and mix with your favorite pasta, garnish with the fresh parley, and enjoy a simple pasta Alfredo dinner.
Please rate this recipe for me in the comments, and as always Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Easy Light Lunch or Dinner

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Mini chicken salad sandwiches and broccoli salad


This is a quick and easy idea for a light lunch or dinner, with some leftovers that you may have in the refrigerator.

I call this mini crescent roll chicken salad sandwiches, with broccoli salad. If you have some leftover chicken this is a delicious way to use it up.

Make your favorite chicken salad, I like a little crunch to my chicken salad, so I add some chopped up celery and chopped almonds.

Pick up some Pillsbury Crescent Rolls and bake them according to the package instructions. (I know that I didn’t really have to tell you that, but just in case!)

Now how to make the Broccoli Salad:

8 cups of broccoli (Chopped Very Fine)
1 cup Miracle Whip Light Dressing
6 slices of bacon (cooked and crumbled)
½ cup of red onion (Chopped Very Fine)
3 tbsp. sugar
3 tbsp. white vinegar

Mix the Miracle Whip, sugar, and white vinegar until it’s blended. Now in a large bowl add the remaining ingredients, pour in the dressing and mix.

Refrigerate this for about 1 hour and it’s ready to serve. Slice your crescent rolls and fill them with that delicious chicken salad and enjoy.

As always Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed this recipe.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Pepperoni Bread a Family Favorite

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Pepperoni Bread on the cutting board


I enjoy family recipes passed down from generation to generation. Pepperoni Bread is another family recipe from my grandmother’s kitchen that we all loved when we were kids.

 She always used sliced pimento cheese to make this, but today I have a hard time finding pimento cheese, so you can really use any cheese that you like (slices or shredded).

This bread is really easy to make, and makes a great snack or serve it with a nice salad before your main dish.

Okay let’s make some dough first; here is how you do it.

Ingredients:

·         5 to 6 cups of all purpose flour
·         3 tbs. of Crisco or light olive oil
·         2 packages of dry yeast
·         2 ¼ cups of warm water (Not too Hot)
·         1 tsp. of salt
·         1 tsp of sugar (optional)

Instructions:  
 
1.      Dissolve the yeast in the warm water
2.      While you’re waiting add the flour, oil, salt and sugar to a large bowl
3.      Add the water and yeast to the bowl and begin to mix. (I hope you washed your hand first)
4.      Knead until the dough is smooth and forms a ball, cover the bowl with a cloth and let this rise for about one hour.

This dough recipe will make at least 3 Pepperoni Breads.

I use my Kitchen Aid Stand mixer it makes the job real easy. Just add everything and attach the dough hook, mix on low speed until dough forms a ball.

Now get the ingredients ready to make that pepperoni bread. Here is what you need.

Ingredients:

· 1 or 2 eggs
· 1 package of sliced pepperoni (7oz. will make more than one)
· A package of sliced pimento cheese cut into 1/2 inch stripes
· A Sprinkle of paprika.

Instructions:  

  1. Crack the egg in a bowl, and beat the egg until mixed. Set this aside for later
  2. Spread the dough in a pizza pan (you don't have to go all the way to edges)
  3. Brush the dough lightly with the beaten egg
  4. On of the dough place your slices of pepperoni, and cheese (not too much, just enough to cover)
  5. Fold the dough over 3 or 4 times, until you have a loaf.
  6. Be sure to pinch the ends of the loaf and the seam to minimize the ingredients from running out.
  7. Lightly brush the top of the loaf with the beaten egg
  8. Sprinkle some paprika on the top of the loaf.
  9. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes (until golden brown)
I hope you enjoyed another family recipe, and give it a try. As always Thanks for stopping by.



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