Friday, October 14, 2011

Granny's recipes . . .

You may have read about my
Red Chili
White Chicken Chili
Pumpkin Bars
in my post yesterday.

Some of you have asked for recipes
so here you go.
My red chili and the white chili
are made from the combinations
of several chili recipes I have tried
through the years. 

The Pumpkin Bar recipe is my mom's.
It was a favorite of hers and one of mine! 

I have never taken photos of my
chili or my pumpkin bars 
and since none of them are
on the stove or in the oven cooking
I found some photos to share with you today. 

Believe me . . . 
I will take some photos of these favorites 
when the family gathers on Halloween. 

Granny Lynne's Red Chili
Serving for 10-12
2-3 lbs of ground chuck
1 package of Italian spicy sausage
1-2 large onions
1-2 stalks of celery
2 large cans of tomato sauce
3-4 cans chili hot kidney beans
chili powder to taste
 some garlic
Cheese and an uncooked chopped onion for garnish.

Brown the meat , onion and celery and set aside. 
Place the tomato sauce, chili beans
garlic and chili powder in large dutch oven.
Bring to slow simmer for 30 minutes or so. 
Add your meat mixture to the tomato mixture.
I do not cook this fast, I let it simmer slowly for 3-4 hours.
(I think soups are usually best the second day.)

Serve hot with sides of
shredded cheese, chopped onion, crackers
for those who prefer some garnish.

Now, I must say, I don't measure a thing when I make this.
I can tell how it looks, how it tastes, know what I mean?
I do change it up and usually add some diced tomatoes
The chili powder and garlic amount  is dependent on your preference.
My husband always adds some sugar to his bowl to reduce the acid. 

Granny Lynne's White Chicken Chili
6 halves of chicken breast
8-10 cups of chicken broth
1 large jar of Randall Northern Beans
2 cans of green chilies
2-3 tsp of cumin
1 can of beer
1 jar of salsa
2 small onions
2 cloves of garlic
1 brick Monterrey Jack cheese, sometimes two bricks
(I cut cheese in chunks before adding to soup.)
Save some of the cheese and shred, for garnish
Place chicken breast in oven, sprinkle breast with
a seasoning such as Monterrey Garlic Pepper
Bake for 30-40 minutes, let them cool a bit and then cut in small chunk pieces.
While chicken is baking, brown the onion and garlic.
Pour the chicken broth in large dutch oven
add the Randall beans, I usually drain the liquid from the jar to reduce the salt.
(Sometimes I use the bean juice though and just use a low sodium chicken broth.)
Add the green chilies
Add the chicken
Add the salsa
Let it simmer a bit
Add the beer last. 
Sometimes I find I need more beer,
less chicken broth, sometimes visa versa.
Add the Monterrey cheese. 

The soup will thicken more with the cheese and beer. 
Add some broth if it gets too thick. 
Just play with it, if it looks good, it probably will taste yummy. 
Everyone seems to enjoy my white chili
If yours doesn't turn out, please don't blame me
You can always  plan a trip to our house
and we can cook up some together.

My Mom's Famous Pumpkin Bars
1 cup cooking oil
2 cups sugar
4 eggs, beat until creamy
1 303 can pumpkin, (2 cups)
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp soda
2 tsp baking powder
2 cups flour
1 cup chopped walnuts

Sift dry ingredients together and add to oil, sugar, eggs and pumpkin
Bake in TWO 9x13 pans at 350 degrees for 25 minutes

1 stick of butter
1 8 oz of cream cheese, softened to room temp
31/2 - 4 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp of vanilla

Let bars cool before frosting
Refrigerate bars
They freeze beautifully
(I do not add a pecan on top.)


Jill said...

Oh yum! Everything looks for good but now I'm craving pumpkin bars!!

Gail said...

So few people now know how to cook by taste and feel.

When we first got married, Hubby got used to refrigerator stew each Friday night, before I shopped. What ever is left over goes into a stew and it always tasted good.

Many people have asked me about my chocolate pie and chocolate gravy through the years...they wanted a recipe. I don't have one. I just make it.

Every thing looks and sounds wonderful.

Raindrops and Daisies said...

Hi Lynne,

Thank you so much for posting your recipes.

The pumpkin bars sound absolutely deliciuos and the two chili recipes are something that maybe even I
could have a go at!

I will let you know.

Your photos are fantastic.

Have a lovely weekend.

x Fiona

LANA said...

I love anything pumpkin so you can bet I will be making those pumpkin bars real soon, they look scrumptious! Thanks so much for sharing the recipes!

Anonymous said...

The chili sounds good... but the pumpkin bars, oh my! I've printed it out and will give it a try next weekend! I have a couple sugar pumpkins to cook and use, I was thinking bread, scones and pie, but now I'll be adding bars!

GardenofDaisies said...

I really want to try your white chicken chili! Sounds delicious. I love pumpkin bars too! I have a recipe that was given to me years ago by my church youth group leader... I'll have to see if your Mom's recipe and hers are similar.

babs said...

Lynne...just made your white chicken chili and Your Mom's pumpkin bars for our camping weekend!