January 1st 2011

Awesome chili with quick cornbread

Chances are, you’re pretty cold. Maybe a little chilly. And hungry. Chilly. Hungry. Sounds like you need… chili.

This easy to prepare chili doesn’t take long at all, and is a warm and delicious way to warm up. If you have the energy, muster up some fresh cornbread, too. A few minutes to fresh baked bliss, and you have yourself (and your family and friends) a darn hearty meal.

Really, Really Good Chili

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive
2 onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound extra-lean ground beef
3/4 pound beef sirloin, cubed
1 (15oz) can diced tomatoes
1 can Guinness or other dark beer
1 cup strong coffee
1 (12oz) can tomato paste
1/4 to 1/2 cup maple syrup (to taste)
3 tablespoons chili sauce
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 (15oz) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (150z) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15oz) can brown lentils, drained and rinsed

Heat oil. Add onions, garlic and meat, cooking until browned.

Add the tomatoes, beer, coffee, tomato paste, and broth. Stir in the spices and the beans and lentils. Reduce and simmer for up to 2 hours.

Simple Skillet All Cornmeal Cornbread

1 1/2 cups cornmeal
1 tablespoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 3/4 cups buttermilk
4 tablespoons butter

Preheat oven to 425F. Put a cast iron skillet in the hot oven for 10 minutes.

Mix all dry ingredients. Separately, mix the wet. Add the butter to the hot skillet to melt, then add it to the wet ingredients. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture. Scrape the mixture into the skillet and bake until golden and cooked through, about 22 to 25 minutes.

Serve directly from the skillet.

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Andrew loves art and design, and pursues his studies in his final year at the Ontario College of Art and Design. He loves seeking out new artists and giving them their dues, and in his spare time, focuses on his own abstract sculpture.