Stuff I cooked while my Hubs prepared to abandon me, part 1…

So it’s that time of year again, and I am a Hunting-Season widow….Hubs says its the last blow out of the summer for he and his cronies, but it’s soooooo not. It’s totally the beginning of several long months of every spare moment he has being spent in up the Hills, or on the Plains depending on what he’s hunting. This weekend he’s in Wyoming for Antelope season….bonding with the boys.

I’m a good little wifey, I always make some kind of YumYum they can take with them for one nights supper. This trip its Chili and Cornbread muffins….

Grammy’s Awesome Chili (I picked that name myself!)

 2 lbs ground venison (or hamburger)

1 can black beans

1 can kidney beans

1 can rotell

1 small onion, finely diced

3 cloves garlic, pressed

2 Tablespoons olive oil

12 oz. tomato paste

1 bottle of beer

½ teaspoon Cayenne pepper

½ teaspoon dry mustard

1 Tablespoon dried cilantro

2 Tablespoon cumin

3 Tablespoon chili powder

1 Tablespoon brown sugar

1 Tablespoon cocoa (Yes, you read that right, COCOA! Trust me!)

1 Tablespoon paprika

salt to taste

1-2 cup water depending on how thick you like your chili, I generally use 1 cup

If you’re like me and forgot you were out of cocoa when you were at the dang grocery store earlier today, go ahead and run on over the oh-so-handy-and-totally-overpriced neighborhood market and buy a box for $ 5.79….didn’t we already have this talk about forgetting to get stuff you need from the store??? Geeeeesh…….


Brown whatever type of ground meat you’re using. I haven’t purchased ground beef in years. We eat what Luke hunts, no trophy hunting here…Drain it and set aside. I usually open the cans of beans and dump them in the colander, then dump the meat on top to drain it,  just seems easier when it all has to drain anyway….

 Heat the olive oil in the pot, brown the onions for a couple of minutes, add the garlic and cook another couple of minutes.


 Add the tomato paste to the onions/garlic and let it cook for about 5 minutes or until it carmelizes. This step really adds a richness to the taste….trust me!

 When the tomato paste is fragrant, pour in the beer and the spices. Stir to blend well.

Add the meat and beans to the pot.  Stir it all until well combined, add water if it seems too thick. Cover and let simmer for 2 hours or so. (or throw it all in the crockpot for 6-8 hours if you’re so inclined)

 Top with cheese, maybe some pretty green onions….

 Serve with Fritos….Or….

Grammy’s Sweet Cornbread

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup yellow cornmeal

2/3 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon salt

3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 egg

1 cup milk

1/3 cup vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 400. Spray a 8×8 inch pan or a muffin tin with cooking spray.

Put everything into a big mixing bowl and stir until it’s well mixed. Pour into whatever pan you choose and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick stuck in the middle comes out clean…