Mom’s Chili (aka Win-His-Heart Dinner)

Some people pour dozens of ingredients into their chili, but I’m convinced that the best way to make it involves just four: 1 lb of lean ground beef, 1 can of diced tomatoes, 1 can of kidney beans and 1 magical seasoning packet.


I accidentally bought “mild,” but “original” is preferred.

This is the recipe my mom uses, so it always reminds me of home. It’s perfect on a rainy, snowy or cold night.


This chili can also steal a man’s heart. It’s the first meal I ever made for Mike, and it’s still his all-time favorite. Soon after I made it, we officially started dating, and now look at us…

So ladies, if you’re in love, make this for your man and he’ll be yours forever.

Mom’s Chili (aka Win-His-Heart Dinner)

1 lb lean ground beef
1 can (16 oz) kidney beans, undrained.
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained, OR 2 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
1 packet McCormick Original Chili Seasoning

1. In large skillet, brown meat until cooked through, drain any fat.
2. Add chili seasoning, beans and tomatoes to pan.
3. Stir to combine ingredients thoroughly, bring to boil.
4. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Dress it up with cheddar cheese, crackers and red onion.



Easter Eats

I didn’t set the kitchen on fire making Easter dinner tonight — a success indeed.

I invited my sister Maggie and her husband Scott over for pork tenderloin. Only problem was, I had never made pork tenderloin before.

So I found a slow cooker recipe (great for a ‘slow’ cook like me). It’s hard to mess up when all you have to do is plop a piece of meat in a pot for 6 hours.


Photo credit: Mike Martin

I followed this recipe (Brown Sugar and Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin) and then made some oasted red potatoes and cut up some strawberries. Maggie brought over a delicious green bean casserole.

For dessert, I made chocolate chip cookies. But I WISH I had made this:


It’s called a pizookie. I had not heard of this until today, while reading another blog. It’s a giant cookie, served slightly undercooked and fresh out of the oven, with vanilla ice cream on top.

I promise, if I am blessed to receive a round baking dish for our wedding, I will make one for everyone who comes over.