Sunday, December 8, 2019

Sherry's Retro Chili

Sherry's Retro Chili

1 lb. Ground Beef
2 Onions
1 lb. Ground Beef
2 Onions
2 Cans Kidney Beans
2 Cans Pinto Beans
1 Can Cannellini Beans
2 Lg. Cans Tomatoes
1 pkg. McCormick Spaghetti Seasoning Mix w/mushrooms
2 tbsp. Chili Powder
1 tbsp. Red Pepper Flakes
2 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
Salt to taste

In a large Dutch Oven or Soup Pan, brown ground beef and sliced or diced onions. When meat is done, with no red showing, stir in Spaghetti Seasoning Mix, Chili Powder, Red Pepper Flakes and Cayenne Pepper. When incorporated, add beans and tomatoes. Bring to boil, then simmer about an hour. Periodically taste it and add salt as needed.

Serves a crowd.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Movie Review: Knives Out


Knives Out is the best movie I've seen this year. It's as good as Game Night and Murder on the Orient Express. A compelling mystery revolving around a rich entitled family and their servants. It sucked me in immediately with the cast, everyone seemed to be cast in a 'stretch' role, against the type of character they are most well known for playing. It took a few minutes for me to accept James Bond (Daniel Craig) as a slow talking southern private eye. He sounded like John Grisham but looked like James Bond, LOL. It always amazes me when British actors speak with American accents and they do it so well. My husband never did wrap his head around the accent, but I was able to get sucked in.

The casting was brilliant. So was hair, makeup and wardrobe. They managed to take favorite, beloved, sexy actors and make everyone look old and harsh. So that took a bit to get used to as well. Thankfully, the screenwriting and directing was topnotch and I soon was able to suspend disbelief and get sucked into the whodunit.

I award 5 Stars to Knives Out. GO SEE IT! 

Holiday Wreath Cookies

My daughter and I kicked started our Christmas Cookie Baking season with something new to us, these scrumptious no-bake treats. It was fun and surprisingly the clean-up wasn't too bad.

Holiday Wreath Cookies

1 pkg. Mini Marshmallows
6 tbsp. Butter cut into small pieces
1 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
6 cups Corn Flakes Cereal
Green Gel Food Coloring
Little White Sprinkle Balls
Cinnamon Candies (Red Hots)
Haribo Sour Spaghetti Candy (or similar) to tie into bows

Line two cookie sheets with parchment or waxed paper.

In a large microwave safe bowl, toss marshmallows, vanilla and butter together. Microwave for 1 minute, stir and microwave another minute, stir and continue this pattern until melted. Do not burn! Use pot holders or a towel to protect your hands. Remove bowl from microwave and stir and stir and stir to incorporate the ingredients while adding drops of green gel food coloring until you like the hue. Add corn flakes in one cup increments and stir to coat completely. Work as fast as you can before marshmallows begin to set up.

When cornflakes are uniformly green, wet your hands and form mixture into 2" balls then place onto parchment or waxed paper and flatten, making a hole in the center to shape into a wreath. Work quickly. We needed to stop and wash our hands and re-wet them again in the middle of the wreath making. Decorate as shown. Place in refrigerator for 45 minutes until wreaths are set. Makes 21 wreaths.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Oatmeal Scotchies

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract or grated peel of 1 orange
3 cups quick or old-fashioned oats
11 oz. pkg NESTLE TOLL HOUSE Butterscotch Flavored Morsels*

Preheat oven to 375°

Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in small bowl.   Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla extract in large mixing bowl.  Gradually beat in flour mixtures.  Stir in oats and morsels. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake for 7 to 8 minutes for chewy cookies; 9 to 10 minutes for crisp cookies. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Pan Cookie Variation: Grease 15 x 10 inch jelly-roll pan.  Spread dough into prepared pan. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until light brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

*Also delicious substituting Cinnamon Morsels or White Morsels instead of the Butterscotch Morsels.

These are my favorite cookies!