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December 6th, 2004

Cold weather is knocking on the door in most of the country - time to change gears! How about some good comfort food. What are you hungry for? Send your favorite winter recipes to us!

By Joe Evans


    1 lb. ground beef
    ½ to ¾ lb. ground mild breakfast sausage
    1 large (28-oz.) can diced Italian style tomatoes
    1 small (14 oz.) can black beans
    1 small (14 oz.) can red pinto beans
    1 medium-large onion, diced medium (about ¾ cup)
    1 medium-sized sweet bell pepper, diced medium
    1 medium-large stick celery, diced (about ½ cup)
    ¼ - ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro (coriander)
    1 tsp. dried oregano
    1 tsp. dried basil
    Approx. 2 tsp. chili powder* 2-4 tbsp. ground cumin*
    ½ - 1 tsp. garlic powder
    Extra virgin olive oil for sautéing fresh vegetables
    Salt & pepper to taste


    1. Brown meat in large hot pre-heated skillet. Drain excess fat, break-up meat into small bite-sized pieces and place in large (4-quart) saucepan or similar size pot.

    2. Sauté onions, peppers and celery in skillet with olive oil. When slightly tender, place in pan with browned meat.

    3. Add tomatoes, beans, cilantro, and other seasonings to pot. Mix thoroughly and heat mixture to boiling point. Simmer at low heat for 5-10 minutes.

    4. Serve hot with favorite bread or rolls. Enjoy!

*Chili powder and cumin:
The key factor in producing the world-famous taste of this chili is the correct amounts of chili powder and cumin-particularly the cumin. This accomplished by trail-and-error tasting. Enough chili powder should be added to leave a slight after-taste "bite." Go slowly and keep adding powder until this taste is achieved. Cumin is not a strong spice for this dish, so it can be added more liberally. Don't be afraid to add additional amounts if you cannot taste the seasoning well. ~ E merger

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