Chili Without Beans

I made this to use in a chili cheese dip:  http://www.cherylsrecipes.net/recipe/chili-cheese-dip/

I learned that this is a Texas style chili because it has no beans.  Personally, I prefer my chili with beans, but this works fantastic in this dip!

Chili Without Beans
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Chili Without Beans
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Brown beef with onions, sweet pepper, jalapenos and garlic in the oil. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for a couple of hours. Add water as needed for the consistency that you desire.
  2. Serve with desired condiments: corn chips, cheese, sour cream, green onions, cilantro, etc.
Recipe Notes

If you don't have beef base, just use beef broth in place of the beef base and water.  Just read ingredients first if you have food allergies!

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Cream of Mushroom Soup

This is by far the best cream of mushroom soup I have ever had!  It is pretty easy to make.  You can also use it as the base for Swedish Meatballs.

Cream of Mushroom Soup
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Servings Prep Time
7 cups 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
7 cups 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Cream of Mushroom Soup
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Servings Prep Time
7 cups 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
7 cups 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cups
Instructions
  1. In a Dutch oven, melt butter over medium low heat. Add onions. Cook, covered, just until tender. Add mushrooms and lemon juice. Cook just until mushrooms are tender.
  2. Stir in flour until blended; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  3. Stir in water and soup base; cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Stir in pepper, cream and mushrooms. Heat until warmed throughout.
Recipe Notes

Although spelt is actually a type of wheat flour, most people with wheat allergies can digest spelt flour with no problem.  Obviously, you should not eat spelt if it is a problem for you.

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Baked Potato Soup

Thick and creamy, uses up your leftover baked potatoes.  Or make extra potatoes for this soup!

To make this gluten free, just substitute 1/3 cup cornstarch or potato starch mixed with some of the milk in place of the flour.  Bring the rest of the milk to a boil, then slowly add the cornstarch mixture and stir to thicken.  Or sorghum flour works great for soups and sauces.

Baked Potato Soup
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Servings Prep Time
8 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 10 minutes
Baked Potato Soup
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Servings Prep Time
8 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. In a soup kettle or Dutch oven, melt butter. Cook onions and celery for a few minutes. Stir in flour. Heat and stir until smooth. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly until thickened. Add potatoes. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Add bacon, cheese, sour cream, salt, and pepper, and stir until cheese is melted. Or sprinkle cheese and bacon on top as a garnish.
Recipe Notes

Although spelt is actually a type of wheat flour, most people with wheat allergies can digest spelt flour with no problem.  Obviously, you should not eat spelt if it is a problem for you.

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New England Clam Chowder

Thick, hearty and flavorful.  You can substitute other kinds of seafood and make it into a seafood chowder if you prefer.  I added shrimp and lobster in place of some of the clams in the 2 photos of the chowder in the pan.

New England Clam Chowder
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Servings
6 servings
Servings
6 servings
New England Clam Chowder
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Servings
6 servings
Servings
6 servings
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Using at least a 4 qt. saucepan, add onion, fennel, carrots, parsley, butter and bacon to pan. (The photo is of a 4 quart pan with this recipe.) Cover pan and cook on medium heat until veggies are cooked down, for about 15 minutes. In the meantime, boil potatoes in a separate covered pan for about 10 minutes or until slightly tender. When potatoes are tender, drain and set aside.
  2. Add cayenne pepper, white pepper, black pepper, salt and chicken base to the veggie mixture. Add heavy whipping cream, and milk, and allow to come to a boil.
  3. Drain clams and reserve 3/4 cup clam juice. Set clams aside. Combine reserved clam juice and cornstarch. Add to veggie mixture once it comes to a boil. Stir and cook over medium heat to thicken. Remove from heat and add clams and potatoes. Taste and add additional seasoning if needed. Serve.
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Chili to feed 50 people (or so)

This is a bold, hearty chili, although not all that spicy.  You can add Frank’s Red Hot Sauce or jalapenos if you prefer more heat.

Chili to feed 50 people (or so)
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Servings
50 servings
Servings
50 servings
Chili to feed 50 people (or so)
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Servings
50 servings
Servings
50 servings
Ingredients
Meat Mixture
Seasonings
Beans & tomatoes
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Brown meat mixture ingredients together with olive oil. Add all Seasonings. Note: If you are making this for another day, stop here. It will be easier to cool down and store in the refrigerator at this point, then finish it the day you are serving it. Combine all ingredients and simmer until ready to serve. You will need to add water as it is cooking so it is not overly thick. Serve with Frank's Red Hot Sauce, shredded cheese, sour cream, Fritos, sliced jalapenos, etc.
Recipe Notes

The chocolate chips add a richer flavor and beautiful color.

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Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

Creamy goodness combined with the chewiness of wild rice and the tang of Asiago.

Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup
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Servings Prep Time
5 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup
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Servings Prep Time
5 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place 2 cups of water on stove to begin boiling to cook rice. When it boils, add the rice and reduce heat. Simmer for 50 minutes. If there is any water remaining in the pan after it is cooked, drain it.
  2. Meanwhile, cook chicken in skillet. (You will probably want to add some oil to the pan.) While those are cooking, dice fennel (or celery) and onion. Remove chicken from pan when just done.
  3. Add butter to skillet and cook fennel (or celery) and onion just until tender-crisp. Combine water and cornstarch and add to fennel and onion mixture. Add soup base, salt, pepper, and milk. Stir often over medium to medium-high heat until it is thickened as you desire. Add rice and chicken to soup. Add Asiago cheese and stir in, or you can use as a garnish. Ladle into serving bowls and top with cilantro, if desired.
Recipe Notes

Each serving contains:  506 calories, 26 g fat, 141 mg cholesterol, 1046 mg sodium, 477 mg potassium, 35 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 13 g sugar, 34 g protein

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Cream of Potato Soup

Potato soup is definitely a comfort food.  Try this rich, thick, hearty cream of potato soup.

Cream of Potato Soup
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Cream of Potato Soup
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan, melt butter and add onion and celery. Cover and cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, so it does not burn,
  2. While that is cooking, dice the potatoes and begin boiling those in some water, about 2 cups, but no need to measure. When the potatoes begin boiling, turn the heat down and check occasionally to see if they are tender. When they are tender, drain and set aside.
  3. When onions and celery are tender, combine cornstarch with 1 cup water. Add to pan with chicken base and milk. Stir so there are no lumps. Add salt, pepper and parsley as it cooks. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until it is thickened as desired. Add potatoes and stir in. Rewarm for a few minutes, if necessary, and serve.
  4. Suggested garnishes are fresh parsley or cilantro, shredded cheese of your choice, bacon (cooked and crumbled) or croutons (be careful of the croutons if gluten free or wheat free).
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Hearty Stuffed Pepper Soup

I had never heard of this before we went to a hayride a few years ago and someone brought some stuffed pepper soup for the potluck.  I loved it!  She didn’t have a recipe, so I had to come up with one for it.  I like this even better than Stuffed Peppers, and it is super easy and fast!

Hearty Stuffed Pepper Soup
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Hearty Stuffed Pepper Soup
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a Dutch oven, brown beef with onion and peppers. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cook until rice is fully cooked.
  2. This can also be made in a crock pot. Cook beef, onion, and peppers in a skillet first, then transfer to crock pot with all other ingredients. Cook about 4 hours on high, or until rice is cooked through.
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