Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tuesday at the Table

We're still getting some sunny days here in the Pacific Northwest, but the mornings and evenings - they are definitely autumn. And I know it's true because I've begun to have some cool-weather cravings. The first being chili.

Now I have a fancy chili recipe I really love, and I know everyone has their favs - not to mention definitions of what chili IS. But the one I've been craving is a simple, simple one. From my childhood, and quite possibly one of the first meals I managed to cook by myself.

recipe from the back of a seasoning packet loooong ago

1 lb ground beef
1 can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (28 oz.) kidney beans, undrained
1 Chili Seasoning mix

Brown hamburger and drain. Add in the seasoning mix, tomatoes, and beans. Cook in pot until hot, stirring several times. Serve with grated cheese and sour cream...and ALWAYS serve with corn muffins . . .

About those corn muffins. Occasionally I'll switch it up and make cornbread,
but usually, it's these muffins with chili.

Corn Muffins
recipe from Muffin Mania by Cathy Prange & Joan Pauli

1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup corn meal
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter (1 cube)
3/4 cup milk
1 egg

Combine dry ingredients. Melt butter. Add milk and egg and combine well.
Add to dry ingredients; combine till just moistened. Divide among 12 greased
muffin cups. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes. Always served with chili . . .
What's your first craving of the season?

Last link up of September {here} - a random winner will be chosen 
Thursday morning!


  1. Wow, love the muffin recipe. Had to look up corn meal, but we have that too here (o:
    I think a recipe for tomorrow, now the weather is getting colder and wet.

  2. My first craving of the season is pumpkin with all those spices of nutmeg ginger cinnamon and clove.

  3. My first craving of the season is pumpkin with all those spices of nutmeg ginger cinnamon and clove.


  4. Hey Sis!

    I remember the chili well. It was a regular at our house. I do not remember the corn muffins or corn bread though. Did we have that too? Or is that just how you roll now?

  5. Morning Debbie. Just yesterday, I was thinking of stew. Still a bit too warm to have something simmer for 2 hours. The next is apple pie.....

  6. Yup. That's the chili I make. I use the cheap corn bread mix in the little blue box. That's how I roll.

  7. My fall craving is tomato soup! Or pumpkin spice Kisses, coffee...everything.

  8. Lovely! I've always been a chili and corn muffins kind of girl. My cravings right now are tending toward soups in general -- we had homemade broccoli cheese soup last night. Yum!

  9. I always make chili on Halloween night. I like mine over Fritos corn chips with a blob of sour cream and some grated cheddar cheese.
    I might not be able to wait that long. Sounds good right now!

  10. Definitely starting to have fall soup cravings over here! I made chili last week and we are having posole tonight. Funny, but I was thinking of T@tT while I was making my chili, but since I don't use a recipe and just wing it with whatever I can find i didn't get around to posting any thing. But yes, cornbread or muffins is a must with chili!

  11. Oh I know the whole comfort autumn food thing, I've had soup for dinner - yum!

  12. Oh corn muffins is one of those foods I never think to make, sounds so good with chili!

  13. Funny how I made those two things just last week! =D

  14. also, i have been craving potato soup... actually soup of any kind. and home made bread... this is my favorite recipe... http://allrecipes.com/recipe/amish-white-bread/detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Title&e11=amish%20sweet%20bread&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=Recipe

  15. We had this for dinner tonight. The muffins are so good! Never knew you could bake with corn meal. Have to try it more often.