Posts Tagged ‘chili’

Recipes: Easy Chili and Candy Corn Cake

FFD chilli helperWhen I called on my friends on Facebook for an easy chili recipe I could do in the crockpot I got 95 amazing answers! One of them came from my mother-in-law. She sent a SUPER easy recipe where everything is in twos. I tried it and happy to report there wasn’t a bowl left!  I also took it upon myself to try to make a Mummified Candy Corn Cake. Below is how it turned out along with the recipe which has a few steps but was easy to follow. Why the cooking and baking?  It was part of our Family FFD chili parentsFun Day we were planning!  It included making our own campfire, smores mix , games and wrapping up with a classic- The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!

Easy Chili Everything Is In Twos Recipe:
2 lbs ground beef
2 medium onions (chopped)
2 cans tomato soup

2 cans kidney beans (undrained)
2 tablespoons chili powder
Brown meat and onions. Combine all ingredients. Either cook for 30 min on top of stove or put in crock pot for several hours. I did 4 hours on high.

Mummifed Candy Corn Cake (it’s not actually candy corn flavored)
3 1/4 cups cake flourFFD Cake
1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. whole milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
14 tablespoons (1 3/4 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups sugar
5 large egg whites
2 1/2 teaspoons yellow gel food coloring (such as Betty Crocker)
1/4 teaspoon red gel food coloring
2 16-oz. cans vanilla frosting
1/4 10-oz. bag large marshmallowsFFD cake2

Preparation
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 3 8-inch round cake pans with cooking spray. Line bottoms with parchment; mist again with cooking spray.
2. Make batter: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Combine milk and vanilla in a measuring cup. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, scraping down sides of bowl.
3. Reduce speed to low and alternate adding flour and milk mixtures to butter (begin and end with flour), until just combined. In a clean medium bowl with clean beaters, beFFD Fire1at egg whites on medium speed until stiff peaks form, about 3 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, fold egg whites into batter in 3 additions.
4. Create layers: Divide batter in 3 medium bowls (2 cups each). Add 1 1/2 tsp. yellow coloring to 1 bowl; stir. Add red coloring and 1 tsp. yellow coloring to second bowl; stir. Leave third bowl white. Spread batter into pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool in pans on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then remove to rack to cool completely.
5. Level tops of cake layers with a serrated knife, if necessary. Dab small amount of frosting in center of cake stand FFD Smoresand top with orange layer. Spread 1 cup frosting on top; add yellow layer and align sides. Spread 1 cup frosting over yellow layer, then top with white layer and align. Spread remaining frosting around sides, then over top. Smooth with a knife or spatula.
6. In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave marshmallows on high for 30 seconds. I found I didn’t need the whole bag.. but it’s up to you! Stir until smooth and just warm to the touch. Pull off a piece about the size of 1 marshmallow and stretch between thumb and forefinger of both hands until thin. Drape strand over and around cake. Repeat until you reach desired “mummy” effect. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before  serving.
7. Toppers: I used cake pop sticks and pre cut paper bats to make the topper!FFD Masks

Make Your Own Campfire & Smores Mix:
Twist brown paper or paper bags to make the logs (3-4)
Put flashlight in middle and cover with red and orange tissue paper. Then throw Golden Grahams cereal, marshmallows and baby chocolate chips in a baggie and you’ve got your Smores! Don’t forget your Charlie Brown!

Keep kids occupied with fun crafts and games. Got this tic tac toe at Michael’s and found these fun make your own masks at Target.FFD TicTacToe

Day 2: Juice Cleanse

DAY 2: So day 2 was much easier.  I woke up feeling good.. and really had a nice amount of energy this morning.  I started with hot lemon and water again and then went to my green juice. Lauren was right… you get use to it. It actually tasted good. I think it’s like coffee, beer, green tea… anything new you try you just have to get use to it. I did have a slice of avocado again– quite honestly I think it’s because I dearly miss the feeling of “chewing” something.

I did hit up some black coffee in the afternoon when I started to get hungry around 3PM. I am a coffee addict so it was tough for me to have a limited amount and without cream or sugar. It was vital though. I had to have a little coffee to get by and it helped a ton.

Dinner was the biggest challenge. It’s tough being part of a family that loves to eat and loves to eat BIG. I got this text message with picture from my sister:

“You know you want some.. ha ha”

We all went over for chili night and cornbread… and I of course had to break out my red juice.. apples, beets, carrots, ginger and more. Honestly, I tried not to make eye contact with any of the food and even breathed through my mouth to avoid the tempting aroma. I drank my juice and felt fine. What I love so far… I’ve noticed my painful cravings for sugar and meat is starting to disappear. That is awesome!

As I write this I’m enjoying my favorite part of the cleanse– the much talked about cashew juice. I decided to dress it up in a martini glass… cheers to getting through with Day 2!

 

Foul Bean: What's up with chili cook-off Entry names

I don’t think I’ll ever volunteer to judge green chili again. Not because it doesn’t taste good (it tastes great) but perhaps because of how it looks… 22 times over. I’ll stick with red. Another thing I don’t get is why contestants insist on naming their prized bowl after things that trigger gag reflex. It appears many of them try to blow up just how hot their stuff is but in all reality don’t they know chili judges are told to pick something balanced with the right spice. I can’t post pics of many of the tents at the DC101 Chili Cook-Off but I’ve shared a couple below. Despite the names RFK smelled amazing!

Fellow judges WUSA9’s Anita Brikman and hubby support the National Kidney Foundation

More judges FOX5’s Will Thomas here with friends Barrie Friedman and Keith Melancon

Oh yeah,  that’s the aftertaste I’m looking for.

Left behind the hometown pride?

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