A little bit about Robin

I was born in raised in Alabama and am proud of my Southern roots. I love to write and share life experiences, thoughts, and crafty ideas about interesting things past and present. Welcome to my neck of the woods. Sit down and swing a while.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Throw It All In The Pot Chili

After the big snow Saturday, Michael and I thought it would be a great idea to make chili and cornbread. I used to have a great fiesta style chili recipe...but lost it. When we went to the Publix to get the ingredients, I just made the recipe up in my head and added things to the cart that looked like they might be good in our chili.




Ingredients:
1 pound turkey meat(we always keep turkey meat in our frig. It is low fat and really good)
1 can black beans
1 can white beans kidney beans (or red if you prefer)
1 can diced tomatoes
1/4-cup salsa(I like medium, but HOT is great for that extra kick)
1 green pepper-chopped
1 red pepper-chopped
1 orange or yellow pepper-chopped
1/4 cup red onion
2 tbs flour(I l like wheat flower)
Sour Cream(fat free if your watching your weight)
Shredded Cheese(fat free option as well)
Texas Peat’s hot sauce
Chili powder

Place meat in mixing bowl and knead it with 2 tbs of flour. The flour keeps the meat from separating too much and makes the chili thick and less watery. Brown meat, sauté peppers and onions. Put peppers and onions on pot with meat. Stir a while and then throw everything else in. Season to taste with salt, pepper chili powder and hot sauce. Let simmer for 45 minutes. Garnish with sour cream and cheese. YUM!

Corn Bread is simple, just look at the back of the package on the cornmeal for directions. BUT, I like to add two teaspoons or sugar or Splenda for that sweet southern taste. If you really want your bread sweet, replace a 1/2 a cup of corn meal with white cake mix. Your muffins will be so fluffy and really GOOD!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Snow Day 2008

Today it snowed in Birmingham. We have not seen snow here in some time. It was beautiful!!! Michael and I went outside and enjoyed all two hours of the snow, until it melted. Folks were out and about with their dogs in our neigborhood! Snow just makes me happy. We went inside after a while and made turkey chili and corn bread. What a great way to spend a Saturday in January!

Michael enjoys the snow


Foxhall, our condo units, looks so pretty in the snow


Berries


Wilbur does not understand

Friday, January 11, 2008

Whole Wheat Banana Bread

My sister-in-law, Beth, has a mother named Mary. We all love Mary, she is swell. When the May family visits San Fran for Thanksgiving, Mary makes knots rolls. I love her knot rolls. The recipe came from Sunset Magazine. Sunset is the Western version of Southern Living. The magazine has been around for over 50 years and fantastic to look at. The recipes within are true to the region and a great contrast to the tasty Southern foods we are so accustom to here in the South. Check out the website here http://www.sunset.com/sunset/.

Mary knows how much I adore helping her make the knot rolls. One day she was in a used bookstore out in Cali and thumbed across an old Sunset Cook Book of Breads, published in 1973. In the index she found the recipe for her knot rolls and sent me the book! What a kind gesture.

I was flipping through the cookbook the other night and came across a recipe for Whole Wheat Banana Bread. If you have ever made banana bread, you know your bananas have to past ripe (bruised) so they mush better. In my kitchen there just so happened to be three neglected bananas living in my fruit basket. I could not resist! I sent Michael to the store to get me some whole-wheat flower. He likes to run errands for me, or at least pretends to like it. While he was out I set out all my other ingredients. The end result is below with recipe. If you have a chance to make it, ENJOY with a square of butter a big tall glass of milk!

See Below…

1/2-cup butter or margarine
1-cup sugar
2 eggs slightly beaten
3 medium size bananas (1 cup mashed)
1 cup regular all purpose flour
1/2-teaspoon salt
1-teaspoon soda
1-cup whole-wheat flower
1/3-cup hot water
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Melt butter and blend in sugar. Mix in beaten eggs and mashed bananas. Blend until smooth. Sift all-purpose flour with salt and soda. Stir in whole-wheat flour. Add dry ingredients alternately with hot water. Stir in chopped nutmeats. Turn into a greased 9x5 inch loaf pan. Bake in a moderately slow oven 325 degrees for one hour and 10 minutes.