|My son and his cousin, sledding down the levee. Notice that there is no snow and very little ice in this picture, but we still had a "Snow Day."|
Why is it that so many comfort foods (chicken pot pie, macaroni and cheese) leave me feeling guilty, not comforted? Normally I'd cope by running but I don't run in the sleet.
So instead, I'm going to get some of the venison out of the freezer.
My brother is quite the hunter.
|This is one of seven frozen portions of deer meat in my freezer currently (well, actually most of this one is now in my tummy, but you get the point).|
|red beans soaking!|
For each pound of meat, you will need
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 rib of celery, chopped
1 lb of dried red beans, soaked overnight OR 2 cans red beans (my favorite brand is Van Camp's New Orleans Style red kidney beans, but they are kind of hard to find).
2 cloves garlic (I cheat and use 2 tsp minced, jarred garlic)
1 can diced or chopped tomatoes
1-2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp red pepper
2 Tablespoons chili powder (use less if you don't like it spicy)
Kosher salt to taste (but don't add the salt until the end, or else it will make your beans tough).
Water to cover (you will need a lot more water if you are using dried beans instead of canned).
Saute the onion, bell pepper, and celery in 1 Tbs vegetable oil until clear and soft.
Add the garlic. Add the ground meat and brown.
|If you are using beef, you will need to drain the fat. Venison is much leaner, so no draining is needed - which is definitely good, since I have been known to pour half the meat down the sink with the grease... still working on my draining skills.|
Add the beans and tomatoes. Add water to cover. Add the seasonings, except salt (see note above). Cook 1-2 hours (depending on canned or dried beans - canned cooks quicker, but dried tastes better) or longer, adding more water as needed.
Serve with cheese, saltines, sour cream, or whatever you fancy.
|This picture is 100% posed. My son told me he was finished eating and I realized that I hadn't photographed the chili, so I begged him to take another bite. This was as close as I got.|
Note: I usually triple this recipe and freeze it.
|The baby was more than willing to eat a bite of chili, but I didn't give it to him. Yes, I watched Mr. Mom in the 80s. I will never feed a baby chili.|