• Marian’s Chili (Big Batch)

    I remember the day I slid myself into the high seated chair at the bar facing my mother’s kitchen. I asked her for her chili recipe. She laughed. My mom derives no pleasure from cooking. It’s not a secret. Those are her words, and I quote. She turned from me, opened the cupboard door, scrounged around for a quick moment…and then flopped a package of McCormick’s chili seasoning on the counter. “There”, she said, “instructions are on the back”. And we both laughed. I’ve never been “big” on chili but a bowl from time to time through the winter months is some of the best comfort food. And so, for…

  • Smoked Sausage & Peppers Rice

    Rice is a staple that is relatively easy to find (except for during pandemic hysteria: add this to the list of things that were hard to find, along with toilet paper and hand soap), inexpensive, filling and has a great shelf-life. I’m not one for a pile of plain rice on my plate – though I suppose that if push came to shove and eating was for survival alone, as it is in many poorer countries, I could get on board. I’ve got a stockpile of uncooked rice in the pantry for just in case but I’ve been experimenting with meals that are heavy on the rice while also bursting…