Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
3 pound lean beef stew meat ; cut 3/4 " cubes
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 can ready-cut tomatoes with juice - (14 1/2 oz)
1 can diced green chiles - (7 oz) drained
1 can whole-kernel corn - (8 1/2 oz) undrained
1 teaspoons dried oregano leaves, crushed
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground red pepper
2 tablespoon yellow cornmeal
Combine all ingredients, except cornmeal, in a slow cooker, mixing well. Cover and cook on LOW for 7 to 8 hours or until meat is tender.
20 Minutes before serving:
Turn control to HIGH. Stir in cornmeal. Cover and cook on HIGH 20 to 25 minutes.
Awards for both Mildest Chili and Most Unique Chili (Janet Andrews):
Buffalo Plaid Chili
1 small red onion
1 small white onion
1 pound buffalo burger
1 pound buffalo steak sliced into small pieces
some virgin olive oil
2 cans black beans, drained
2 cans red kidney beans, drained
2 large cans diced tomatoes
3 heaping tablespoons chili pepper (or more if you want)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
pinch of oregano
salt to taste - start with 1 tablespoon
masa flour to thicken
In a large soup pot sauté onions in oil for a few minutes, add meat to brown, breaking up the ground meat into small pieces. When meat is browned, add tomatoes with liquid, beans, chili, cumin, oregano, and some salt. Simmer mixture for an hour or so, stirring once in a while. Check taste, add salt, more chili, or any other spice you want - let simmer a while longer. If you want to thicken the liquid, add 2 or 3 tablespoons of masa flour to a half cup of warm water, stir until the lumps are gone, then slowly pour into the chile while stirring. Simmer another 30 minutes.
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chiles, drained
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 (16 ounce) cans BUSH'S® BEST Great Northern Beans
1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
1 1/2 cups finely chopped cooked chicken breast
Shredded Monterey Jack cheese (optional)
Sour cream (optional)
1. In large skillet, cook onion in oil for 4 minutes or until transparent. (As an option, all ingredients can now be put in a crock pot and cooked 6-8 hours on Low). Add chilies, flour and cumin; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Add beans and chicken broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 10 minutes or until thickened. Add chicken; cook until hot.
2. Garnish with cheese, sour cream and salsa, if desired.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
She recommended The Franklin Affair by Jim Lehrer: “Interesting historical mystery.”
And the runners up are…
All the Colors of Darkness by Peter Robinson, reviewed by Barbara: “9 out of 10”
Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer, reviewed by Cynthia: "Just OK.”
Eclipse, New Moon, and Twilight, all by Stephanie Meyer, reviewed by Cynthia.
My Life in Paris by Julia Child, reviewed by Jennifer: “So enjoyed this book! I was fascinated to learn that Julia had never cooked until she was 36. Late start and look at the impact she had on society!”
If You Can’t Lose It, Decorate It by Anita Renfoe, reviewed by Jean.
While I Was Gone by Sue Miller, reviewed by Jean.
The Tarnished Eye by Judith Guest, reviewed by Dorothy: “Guest is very good at defining characters and the story definitely holds your interest.”
Congratulations to all the Maitland Library winners this summer!
Door prizes and prizes for the 3 best pots of chili will be given at our Master the Art of Reading End-of-Summer Chili Cook-off and fundraiser Thursday, August 13th, from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m..
She reviewed The Wrong Man by John Katzenback, and said it was OK.
And the runners up are…
Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski, recommended by Natalie: “This was a good read about historical fiction placed in Florida.”
Clementine by Sara Pennypacker, recommended by Natalie: “The girl is adorable. Fun and endearing, the story brings me back to my life at that age.”
Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards, recommended by Natalie: “A cute story and sweet characters. It was a fun read but will never be a favorite for me.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Lewis Stevenson, recommended by Natalie:”Finally I have read the story that was referred to throughout my life. It is intriguing and thought-provoking. I find myself catching my own “Mr. Hyde” at times.
Happy for No Reason by Marci Schimoff, recommended by Natalie: “I love this book! It gives very practical information on how we can all live lives in a more happy state.”
Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne, recommended by Natalie: “This book has an interesting story line but I found the characters so dry. I enjoyed the movie version over the book.”
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, recommended by Natalie: “I could barely put this book down. What an eye-opener to a world of slavery!”
Adams vs. Jefferrson by John Farling, recommended by Bonnie: “If you are a history buff great, if not, too long & detailed.”
Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, recommended by Jean. “This supernatural mystery/thriller/love story is truly a page-turner! The writing is vivid & the story enthralling- I didn’t want it to end.”
The Apostle by Brad Thor, recommended by Katie: “A doctor is kidnapped in Afghanistan (the daughter of a very rich woman and close friend of the president of the U.S.). Harvath is sent to find her- very exciting- while at home an S. S. agent investigates an accident that killed 5 people and it leads to the President. Very entertaining!”
Desert Queen by Janet Wallach, recommended by Marianna: “Hard going, but most informative regarding the development of the Middle East.”
Something on the Side by Carl Weber, recommended by Sabrina: “It was very excited about the 4 main characters and each of their stories. I was especially interested in Tammie. I was not happy that she got away scott-free and kept her husband after all the mischief that she started and caused. I hope Mr. Weber will rectify this in the next installment.”
Summer House by Nancy Thayer, recommended by Marilyn.
Annapurna: A Woman’s Place by Arlene Blum, recommended by Sally.
Shanghi Darling by Arasla Bacon, recommended by Sheila.
Beach House by James Patterson, recommended by Sheila
Shanghi Moon by S.J. Rozan, recommended by Sheila.
Promises in Death by J. D. Robb, reviewed by Barbara: “10”
Black Hills by Nora Roberts, reviewed by Katie: “Lil & Coop are childhood friends who fall in love, but are too young. They meet again later at Lil’s Wildlife Refuge. A crazy man who disapproves of the Refuge tries to murder Lil. It wasn’t that good, but I was interested enough to finish it.”
While I Was Gone by Sue Miller, recommended by Jean.
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri, recommended by Marianna: “I liked her first short story book “Interpreter of Maladies” much better – I really enjoyed that one, and recommend it.”
Swimsuit by James Patterson, reviewed by Katie: (she said it was no good).
Swimming by Nicole Keegan, reviewed by Patricia: “Awful…If you were not crazy before reading this, you will be after it.”
Nuclear Jellyfish by Tim Dorsey, reviewed by Patricia: “A terrible read. Can’t believe I read the whole book searching for redemption that never came!”
Home Staging: The Winning Way to Sell Your House for Money by Barb Schwarz, reviewed by Natalie: “The book was mostly a push for using home stagers trained at her school. There was some practical information but I think this can easily be found in other books without having to read through her shameless promotion.”