Kitchen love: chili!

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So, unless you’ve been in a coma for the past month – or are just emerging from your cave, blinking in the sun and wondering what those tall poles with wires attaching them to each other are – you know that Valentine’s Day is just a few days away. Stores are festooned with red, pink and purple tat, and commercials are urging us to spend ridiculous amounts of money on what is, after all, a made-up holiday. “This Valentine’s Day, show her what she’s really worth with a diamond tennis bracelet ….”  “Give him what he really wants this Valentine’s Day: an iPad Air!” Well, sure, if you’ve got that kind of money and you’re dumb enough to think you can buy love, have at ‘er. For the rest of us, Valentine’s Day is usually a bouquet, an exchange of cards and dinner out, or a day of barely concealed rage that we are – again – single on the day when pairs appear to be the only acceptable form of humanity.

Enter my solution: kitchen love. From now until Valentine’s Day, I’ll be posting an easy, tried-and-true recipe every day. We can all enjoy a good dinner. If we’re single, we can make something delicious for ourselves, or we can invite friends over to share the feast. If we’re with somebody special, what says “I love you” better than a mouth-watering smell in the kitchen and a tasty homemade meal on the way? You don’t have to buy diamonds or electronics or name a star after him or her. Just wear something nice, put on some music you both love, light some candles and eat dinner together. All of the recipes will be comfort food, because it’s February. Unless you’re on a cruise or at a resort (in which case you won’t be cooking dinner because somebody else will do that for you), this is no time for delicate slivers of rare beef on a bed of sprouts or sushi arranged in the shape of a Van Gogh.

Today, I give you chili in a slow-cooker. The recipe actually calls it “Fall Football Chili”, but this stuff is awesome any time of the year, and doesn’t only appeal to football fans. If you are a football fan, you’ve got alot more time on your hands today than you’ve had for many a Sunday. So make some chili!

3 1/2 – 4 lbs ground beef

14 oz beef broth

1 medium onion, finely chopped

3 tsp instant beef bouillon

8 oz tomato sauce

2 tbsp paprika

1/2 tsp black pepper

4 tbsp chili powder

1 tbsp cumin

1/4 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1 tbsp lime juice

Cook beef over medium heat until browned. Drain. Place cooked beef, chopped onion, beef broth, tomato sauce, chili powder, paprika, cumin, two tsp of the instant beef bouillon, garlic powder and black pepper in your slow-cooker. Stir, and cover. Cook for seven hours on Low, or three hours on High. Stir in remaining instant beef bouillon, onion powder, salt and lime juice. Cover, and cook for one more hour on Low.

You can add beans or corn, or make a salad to go with it. Personally, I allow myself the thrill of feeling like a total badass by not including any veggies in my dinner …. Take that, doctors and mothers everywhere! If you want to be a little more fancy, add a dollop of sour cream or shredded cheese or diced green onions (or all three) to each bowl. We enjoy this recipe with a big pile of salty, crunchy tortilla chips. Bonus: it’s a great smell to come home to after all day at work or school.

If you try this one, let me know how it goes ….

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