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Chili and cornbread make for a fall feast to fit your budget
September 27, 2010
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As soon as the weather begins to change, I find myself browsing my cookbooks and the Internet for delicious chili and cornbread recipes.

A big pot of chili and some yummy cornbread can make for a wonderful meal to last for several nights. In fact, you can change it up  a bit to add variety so that no one gets tired of eating chili several nights in a row. For instance, one night, we will have chili, the next we will have chili dogs. Then I might take what's left and mix it with some melted cheese and make a dip to take to a Bible study gathering.

I hope you enjoy the recipes in this newsletter. They're not only delicious and filling, but also easy on the grocery budget!
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Crispness in the air seems to bring out a more playful side of my family. We go to the park more often, have get-togethers with family and friends, and sometimes even attend football games and tailgate parties. This recipe is a tradition for us this time of year, especially when we are at tailgate parties. The chili is made in the slow cooker, so you can take it along and keep it hot. I like to have a big basket full of the small bags of corn chips near the slow cooker for the convenience of my family and friends.
 
The corn chips may seem like an unnecessary expense, but with school starting back up, I find that in my area they are often on sale this time of year. Keep an eye out for a good sale on these and use your coupons to use in conjunction with the sale.
 
Maybe this will become a tradition for your family too!
 
Chili and Corn Chip Pie in a Bag
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Ingredients:
1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
3-4 (14 ounce) cans chili-style beans
1 pound browned ground beef
1 small can tomato puree
1/2 can of water (using the tomato puree can)
chili powder and cayenne pepper to taste (adjust or leave out to your family's liking)
salt and pepper to taste
cheddar cheese and sour cream for toppings
small bags of corn chips (as many as you need to serve your crowd, on average one bag for each person)
 
Directions: 
Mix first six ingredients together in a large slow-cooker. Turn on high for the first hour, then on low for another 3 hours. Leave on warm until ready to enjoy.
 
Open a small corn chip bag carefully, making sure to keep the bag intact. Ladle chili right into the bag (be sure to hold it with either a mitten, glove, or potholder, or place into a cup to keep from burning your hands).
 
Sprinkle grated cheddar cheese (and put a dollop of sour cream, if desired) on top. Stick a spoon in it and enjoy all the yummy goodness while you enjoy the cool weather and family and friends!

These are just plain fun!

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Ideas From Around the Web
Here are a few recipes and websites that I found that you might find helpful in your quest for the perfect chili and cornbread.
In the Kitchen


I saw this recipe recently on AllRecipes.com and knew it was one one I would want to share with you! I am not a big fan of zucchini as a stand-alone vegetable, but I love using it in breads and casseroles to give my dish that extra serving of vegetables that I need.

Ingredients:

4 cups shredded zucchini
1 onion, chopped
2 eggs, beaten
1 (8.5 ounce) package dry corn muffin mix
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
8 ounces Cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Grease a 2-quart casserole dish.
In a large bowl, mix together the zucchini, onion, eggs, muffin mix, salt and pepper. Stir in 4 ounces of the cheese.

Spread this mixture into a greased 2-quart casserole dish; top with remaining 4 ounces of cheese.


Bake in a preheated oven for 60 minutes.
Picture and recipe reprinted with permission from allrecipes.com

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September

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