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Cowboy BBQ Beef, Bacon & Bean Chili

This Cowboy BBQ Beef, Bacon & Bean Chili is a hearty, stick to your ribs, chili packed with all the fixins’ whether you’re rustling up cattle on the range or the kiddos for practice.

Yes, another chili recipe folks – I’m in a ‘mood’ for chili. It’s winter here in Pittsburgh and last night it was butt cold. Like we’re talking single digits here. I just can’t do the cold weather any more; it just goes straight through me.  And since I don’t like in Bora Bora or Arizona where’s always warm, I go for foods that warm me from the inside out. A few weeks ago I posted my Pumpkin Beef Chili which, has received RAVE reviews! Now if you still on the fence, just read the comments. Have faith and try it. I actually had someone make it as part of their Christmas dinner and LOVED it!

Cowboy BBQ Beef, Bacon & Bean Chili

So this chili is completely different as well. It’s kind of like a cross between a stew and a chili with a hint of bbq. Should I call it a Stewli?  What about Chilew? I had bought some boneless beef shoulder ribs a million years ago and stuck them in my freezer.

…to only be forgotten about for several months.

Do you do that too? Put something in the freezer only to forget about it only to find it later? It’s like a foodie Christmas!  LOL
Mosey on over to grab the recipe!

Swedish Meatballs

These Swedish meatballs are soft, tender, and deliciously seasoned with a hint of allspice smothered in a rich and decadent beef gravy!

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Swedish meatballs were something Mom seemed to ALWAYS make when she didn’t know what else to make for dinner in the winter. They were inexpensive, you could feed a huge family fairly inexpensive and they were so filling that you didn’t have to worry about starving later that night. Now full disclosure, I didn’t like Moms. Now don’t get me wrong as I have her recipe and absolutely love them now but when I was little, my tastes were very, VERY immature. If I could have lived on mashed potatoes, corn, butter bread and dippy eggs I would have. I was a ridiculously picky eater. If I even saw the teensiest trace of an onion I was convinced the dish was poisoned and if I ate it horrible things would happen to my body.

Swedish Meatballs

However, one thing my parents didn’t do was cater to us. If we didn’t like what we were served, we either ate it or we went to bed hungry. And you can be certain there was no dessert involved if you didn’t eat your dinner. And let me tell you what folks, you would have eaten a whole raw onion for a slice of my Mom’s blackout cake! HEAVEN! But Mom’s Swedish meatballs recipe I covet and yes I put onions in it like she did. I’ve actually grown to appreciate and dare I say, love them, in foods. Now I won’t go so far to say I’ll eat a raw one but if they are cooked I’m your girl!

Truly a classic, comfort food!

Three Meat Stuffed Italian Banana Peppers

Fall is here in the ‘Burgh which means we have an abundance of banana peppers! Today I’m taking the classic stuffed banana pepper and putting an Italian spin on the meat filling and using my Spicy Banana Pepper sauce as well! Perfect for dinner now and dinner later (freezer-friendly!)

Oh Fall how I love you. The cooler weather, hoodies, farmer’s markets with Fall fruits and vegetables and comfort food. For me I’m all about “stocking up” for the winter food-wise. I’ll make huge batches of soups  or chili for both dinner and the freezer. Pans of lasagna or stuffed shells make great freezer meals and then stuffed “stuff”. Growing up this time of year, early October was our “busy” season in the house. Mom was a canning madwoman between apple sauce, apple chutney, 87 million stuffed cabbages and pretty much everything else she could stuff. She’d regular stuffed green peppers (which I HATED – still do actually) for the family and my one brother she’d make stuffed banana peppers.

First, I cannot stand green peppers. They taste complete different from red/orange/yellow peppers.. they are more bitter. And of course Mom never grew the ‘fancy’ peppers. LOL And for the banana peppers my brother would get those from a neighbor and only he would eat them. I never had them as I was a wuss and thought they were hot. Yeah I know, idiot. LOL

Italian Meat Stuffed Banana Peppers

It wasn’t until years later did I try one at a restaurant and was like “Whoa!  These are awesome!”. Now it did take me a few tries to get the heat level right as I will tell you this, the first time I made them they were so hot that I actually had a blister form in the roof of my mouth!

That is not these. *smile*
These have just a hint of heat with amazing Italian flavors!

Sheet Pan Smoked Kielbasa with Herbed Potatoes and Green Beans

Get your deliciousness on with this one pan meal! Sheet Pan Smoked Kielbasa, potatoes and green beans make up a delicious dinner in no time plus it’s perfect for weekly meal prep…or when you only want to wash one dish!

So with my really being limited to what I can and cannot do in the kitchen, I have to rely on Mr. Fantabulous to do most of the cooking. And since I’m 1-armed if you will he’s also the one that has to do the dishes. Sure we have a brand new dishwasher but we rarely use it. I know, we’re weird. Since he’s bearing the brunt of all of the house work, yard work and construction stuff I try to keep dinner easy as possible while delicious.

When we were at the store he spied fresh green beans. Now this man loves these things. I mean he’ll eat them raw. Now I like many vegetables raw, green beans are not one of them. Growing up he would have loved being in my parents garden with me as one of my jobs was to pick the beans. And having 41 acres, we grew A LOT of beans. Now when I make green beans I tend to go to one of my all time favorite Green Beans recipe – Grown Up Green Beans. It takes all of the elements of that Thanksgiving green bean casserole but makes it all fancy schmancy. And no canned soup. Yes, it’s ok in a pinch but please, make homemade!

Sheet Pan Smoked Kielbasa, potatoes and green beans

Anyway, there was no way I could ask Mr. Fantabulous to make that as, while it’s not hard or complicated, he’s still not a huge fan of cooking. Eating yes; cooking no. lol While we were shopping I picked up some potatoes and kielbasa just because those are quick and easy meals. And that’s when it hit me – Sheet Pan dinner.

Sheet pan dinners are super easy and delicious!

Mom’s Classic Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

No summer cookout is complete without a tray of stuffed cabbages! Tender cabbage leaves stuffed with rice, seasoned ground meats and a rich tomato sauce make this the perfect summer comfort food. Plus these freeze beautifully!’

This dish, God this dish brings back so many childhood memories that I literally sat here for 30 minutes in a daze just remembering some of them. Like there was the time we were harvesting cabbages from our garden and we each got to pick a single plant that we were in charge of to take care of. Whoever grew the biggest cabbage won. The prize was Mom would cook our favorite dessert to go with her famous stuffed cabbages. That summer I ended up winning. This cabbage was so huge that I couldn’t lift it. I know I have a picture of me trying to hold it on my lap. I’ll dig it out to share the pic once my arm is better.

Then there are the countless memories where our kitchen was soooooooooooooo hot (we didn’t have AC growing up and we only had window fans) and Mom had 3 large canning pots on the stove with boiling water making hundreds of stuffed cabbages. I can still remember that hot cabbage smell and hot/wet air in the kitchen. Dad would use the tongs to pull out the leaves, put them in the colander and my Mom, sister and I would each trim the stems.

When Mom made stuffed cabbages it was never just a pan for dinner or just enough for a single meal. Oh no, not in my house. You made enough for dinner, leftovers, enough for company to take some home and enough for the freezer. Mom’s kitchen and cooking style are you cook in bulk and never, ever waste anything.

Summer means cookouts, gatherings and stuffed cabbages!

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