Monday, March 12, 2018

Cincinnati Style Chili

8 ounces spaghetti
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (12 ounce) package frozen burger style crumbles
1 onion, chopped
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 cup tomato sauce
1 cup water
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1 cup kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

   1. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan. Saute onion until tender. Mix in burger style crumbles and garlic, cook until the crumbles have browned.
   2. Stir in tomato sauce, water, chopped tomatoes, vinegar, chili powder, cinnamon, paprika, allspice, light brown sugar, cocoa and hot sauce. Heat over medium-high heat until the mixture begins to boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 15 to 20 minutes until sauce thickens.
   3. While the sauce is thickening, bring a large pot of salted water to boil, place spaghetti in the water and bring it to a boil again. Cook until al dente. Drain well.
   4. Stir beans into the chili and mix lightly.
   5. Spoon cooked spaghetti into bowls and top with chili. Sprinkle with cheese if desired.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Knoephla Soup

1/2 cup butter or margarine
3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
1 small onion, grated
3 cups milk
1-1/2 quarts water
6 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 egg, beaten
5 to 6 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon salt

   In a large skillet, melt butter, cook potatoes and onion for 20-25 minutes or until tender. Add milk, heat through but do not boil. Set aside. In a soup kettle or Dutch oven, bring water and bouillon to a boil. Meanwhile, combine knoephla ingredients to form a stiff dough. Roll into a 1/2-in. rope. Cut into 1/4-in. pieces and drop into boiling broth. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the potato mixture, heat through.