Notre Dame Football Chili

logo-notre-dameTurn on ND Fight Song while making this recipe:


  • 1-2 Lbs Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 Onion Chopped
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper Chopped
  • 1 Orange Bell Pepper Chopped
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper Chopped
  • 1 Small Can of Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Large Can of Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Large Can of Brooks Chili Beans (Hot or Mild)
  • 2 Packets of McCormick’s Chili Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Salt to Taste
  • Garnish with shredded cheese, sour cream and Saltine crackers


  • Sing the ND Fight Song
  • Brown the ground beef, onion, and peppers all together with one package of McCormick’s chili seasoning.
  • Add beans, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes
  • Add 1-2 cups water depending on how “soupy” you want the chili to be.  I usually just add the water to the empty bean can and add slowly until I get the desired consistency.  Less water will make for a thicker chili.
  • Add the remaining package of McCormick’s chili seasoning.
  • Add crushed red pepper (Add another teaspoon if you want a lot of spice)
  • Salt to taste
  • Simmer on medium to low for about 20-30 minutes.
  • Serve in a soup dish and add shredded cheese, sour cream and Saltine crackers to top.

**We eat this recipe for nearly every ND Football game!  This is definitely a keeper and wonderful on brisk, fall days.


French Toast – It’s All About the Bread

My son Nathan has become quite the cook.  He is 11 years old and enjoys spending time in the kitchen creating “new” recipes.  Most of the time, this is a good thing.  We have a great time together laughing, talking, singing and cooking.  Sometimes he decides to get creative and make his own creations.  He simply adds this and that without thinking about how the ingredients might taste when they are all mixed together.  His cooking began about 5 years ago when we were camping (We are avid campers).  I always take my skillet and make pancakes in the morning.  Nathan took over the skillet and instantly became our pancake man!  This morning, on my last day of winter break, Nathan and I decided to try a new French Toast recipe.  Once again, I went to the Internet in search of the perfect recipe.  What I discovered is that most of the recipes are similar, but the secret to creating the most fluffy, delicious pieces of French Toast is in the bread.  I had never heard of Challah bread until I read about it.  On my last trip tot he grocery store, I found a large loaf in the bakery.  The other secret is to leave the bag open the night before you make it and let the bread harden.  A slightly stale bread makes for really solid pieces of French Toast instead of soggy, wet pieces of bread.  Nathan and I used a recipe from  I will attach the link for you.  I put in a little extra cinnamon and vanilla.  It was delicious.  Of course, Nathan took his famous seat at the helm of the griddle!  We did not have any fresh fruit, but the next time we make this, I will buy some blueberries and strawberries.  This was a great recipe to start our still very chilly Midwest day! Simply put, making the perfect French Toast is all about the bread.

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Cooking for Five

I love to cook!  I love preparing homemade meals for my family.  I just feel like the aromas coming from my kitchen make my home, home.  We associate different meals and different dishes with special holidays and family.  I want my children to wake up in their beds to the savoring smells of omlettes, cinnemon rolls and blueberry muffins.  I enjoy making crock pot meals and soup recipes on cold days.  We always embrace comfort food recipes in the winter and grill out in the summer. I love walking into my house at the end of a long work day to smell pot roast simmering.  I find such joy when my children ask for seconds and make requests. Cooking is a part of my heritage as both of my grandmothers were excellent cooks.  I find joy in trying to master their recipes.  I am honored to even have the opportunity to try them.  I am also always trying to find new recipes to add to my collection of favorites.  Tonight I tried a stir fry for the first time ever.  It was a big hit and there were no left overs so I am sharing the recipe.  The total preparation time was about 30 minutes, but the outcome delicious.  Since I have been home for the past few weeks, I have been able to do some Internet searching to find some new recipes.  I will attach the recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.  I made no adaptions and think I might even make the Teriyaki sauce as a marinade for steaks.  Simply, simple, my joy tonight was family dinner. Image

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