January 11, 2017

Beef & Lentil Stew

Sometimes things don’t work out like you’d planned. Like, when you plan on making this amazing steak chili idea you came up with and you go and buy all the stuff you need like a two-pound slab of London broil, cilantro, spices, canned tomatoes, sour cream, etc. and you start pulling everything out to get it going and you realize you can’t find your beans and you refuse to go back to the store.

So you come up with a new plan.

And the new plan ends up being amazing.

After I’d said a lot of bad words, ransacked my kitchen and slammed a dozen cabinet doors, I accepted the fact that my Hurst’s chili beans were just gone. GONE. To where? I don’t know. One of the kids probably got bored and glued them to cardboard when I wasn’t looking.

But lucky for me, my pals at Hurst’s keep me supplied with an arsenal of dried bean goodness so I inspected my stash. I kept eying the confetti lentils because lentils are my new obsession. Seriously, why lentils never made it big in the South is beyond me because they remind me so much of all my favorite peas (crowders, especially) and they are so easy to work with. Plus they’re super high in protein and fiber so they’re crazy healthy. See also my Italian Lentil Soup with Sausage

I knew I had to use that beautiful hunk of beef so I googled “beef and lentils” and found out that beef and lentil stew is a thing! I was going to make it a thing anyway but it was comforting to know I wasn’t the only one out there who thought this would be a good combination!

If you love beef stew and you love any Southern pea, you will LOVE this stew! It’s hearty and warm and delicious! Because I’m addicted to it, I ended up making a pot of rice and served the stew over rice. I LOVELOVELOVELOVE eating peas over rice with some fresh sliced tomatoes and that’s exactly what it reminded me of!

If you can’t find Hurst’s Confetti Lentil Soupreme in your local grocery store, ask for it! My grocery store now carries all sorts of products they didn’t have before simply because I asked for them. Just ask the cashier who to talk to to request a product and s/he will point you in the right direction. My store has a list at the Customer Service desk where they notate products their customers' request.

Beef & Lentil Stew | A hearty beef stew made with london broil, sirloin or chuck, a rich beef stock and tender lentils.

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January 9, 2017

27 BEST Chili Recipes

Baby it’s COLD outside! And when it’s cold, I want three things: a roaring fire in my fireplace, my thick fuzzy socks and a hot bowl of chili!

Because I always like to try new things and because sometimes you just want something different, I put together a list of my favorite chili recipes from the bloggers I know and trust to have solid, tried-and-true recipes.

And speaking of recipes and bloggers you know and trust... have you ever searched for a recipe to land on a website that looks a little suspect? Maybe the ingredients don't seem to match what you see in the photo? Or there are no comments or way to leave a comment? That's because the website you are on is most likely what I call a "scraper" site. There are thousands of sites out there that are hosted overseas (where there is no way to enforce copyright or privacy laws) who simply throw random recipes with popular food photos hoping you'll end up on their site. They want you there for ad revenue but also to capture your information. Steer clear of these sites.

When you find a few food bloggers you know and trust, stick with them. The sites (blogs) I'm sharing recipes from today are all very much real and very much legitimate. These folks are just regular people like me who love to cook and share their recipes with you. I also know them all personally and can tell you they are kind, loving, talented people and many of them have become great friends of mine! I hope you'll take the time to get to know them too!

Keep warm and enjoy!

Traditional Chili Recipes

27 of the BEST tried and true chili recipes! From traditional to chicken chili, from crock pot chili to vegetarian, this list has all your favorites
BIG BATCH Beef & Bean Chili by South Your Mouth

27 of the BEST tried and true chili recipes! From traditional to chicken chili, from crock pot chili to vegetarian, this list has all your favorites
Chili Con Carne by She Wears Many Hats

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December 28, 2016

Top 10 Recipes of 2016

WHEW!! 2016 has been such a roller coaster! For me it brought good times and bad but through it all I had good friends, a healthy family and delicious food and for that, I am so thankful!

The Top 10 are listed below but I think if I had to pick ONE favorite for ME this year it would be the Party Shrimp (which came in a #10). I bet I made those succulent little gems a dozen times this year and they never failed me!

I say the Party Shrimp were my favorite but as I look over this list I have memories tied to each one of these recipes. Whether it was first serving the Man Bars to Brutus’ baseball team (the folks which have become our baseball family) or the time I made four pans of the Smothered Chicken Casserole on vacation with NO potato peeler (thanks again, Jenny 😎), each of these recipes have stories and I’m so glad you let me share them with you.

May 2017 be the BEST year EVER! Peace and bacon grease, y’all!

And without further ado, here are the Top 10 Recipes from 2016!

Top 10 recipes of 2016 from your favorite Southern recipe source, South Your Mouth

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