good ol’ homestyle chili.

The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. vs. 11

As soon as the sun doesn’t shine quite as bright and you need to carry a light jacket around, it’s time for chili. Fall, winter, and a little bit of spring…all of those times are chili-eating-seasons.

I like to make it in the crock pot. For two reasons:

1. It tastes really good.

2. It makes your house smell delicious whenever you come home after a long day.

Here’s my recipe for chili:

(I think you will like it. Mister Cook is my biggest fan with this meal.)

1. Brown some ground beef. Notice it is in big chunks? Leave it like that. It makes for a nice hearty soup.

2. Dice up a fresh tomato.

3. Put the ground beef and these ingredients in the crock pot.

(dash of chili powder, tomato sauce, halfway drained kidney beans, parsley, pepper, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder)

4. Let it cook or low for about 5-8 hours or high for 2-4 hours. And enjoy!

free ebook: 15 slow cooker favorites.

She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night. vs. 18

Family Circle is a magazine that I have seen on our coffee table for years. My mom has always liked it. Today I found a FREE ebook from them called 15 Slow Cooker Favorites. You can get yourself a copy too! Who doesn’t like free, crock-pot recipes?

First: Go to this link and “like” them on facebook.

Second: Click on the big picture that says “Get your FREE Printable Cookbook.” It will download a PDF onto your computer.

Third: Save it on your computer.

Fourth: Read, enjoy, and cook up something delicious! Oh, and don’t forget to tell me about it.

Fifth: Subscribe to my blog via email or RSS on the right side of the homepage…..sorry, that’s not REALLY part of this free ebook thing. Just wanted to throw that out there!

Also, I found this deal from Money Saving Mom. She has amazing money-saving resources. Check her out!


cooking with heritage.

She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household. vs. 15

Halo! Guten Tag! Wie geht es Ihnen? Es geht mir gut. 😀

My mom is German and grew up in a German household in Chicago. She has always tried to keep our German traditions strong in our family and teach them to me so I can continue to pass them down to generations. Our family upholds German Christmas/Saint Nicholas Day traditions, German songs, and German food. There is a meal that I really enjoy cooking, but I never seem to get it just right. So whenever she came over this weekend, we cooked it together, and she helped me out a lot.

Yesterday I cooked it for Kaleb. I decided to show you a step-by-step, detailed blog so you can make it too!

Here are the ingredients: (I put green beans and garlic bread with it; however, that’s not the German part).

First brown ground beef real good..almost burnt. Also, you can’t replace ground beef with ground turkey in this recipe because, as you can see in this photo, ground beef produces a lot of grease, and that is part of the the gravy-making later.

While you are browning the beef, boil water and then add elbow noodles…

Tip: add a splash of olive oil to the noodles so they don’t stick together.

While that is happening, you can cook the green beans. I like to add salt, pepper, onion power, and garlic powder to them for a good flavor.

Once the over is pre-heated to 400 degrees, you can put the garlic bread in the oven.

I know, I know. All of that is really easy! Ok, now to the tricky part: making the gravy.

First, pour hot water into the pan with the browned (almost burnt) beef. Once the water becomes a rolling boil, you will need to put a flour and water mix into the pan. About this much flour and this much water.

Whenever you pour the flour and water mix into the pan, take a fork and stir it really fast. Then immediately turn the stove off. Let it set for a minute so it can thicken. If the consistency if not what you want, you can always add more flour or water.

Then you have a quick and easy German meal! (season with salt and pepper for more taste if needed)

Auf Wiedersehen!

food brings family together.

“She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household…”  vs. 15

I really enjoying cooking and admire those great women in my life who can cook like nobody’s business. (my mom, Kaleb’s mom, Kaleb’s stepmom, etc..). Being a graduate student, it is very tempting when I come home from class at thelate  hour of 9 o clock  to want to eat raman noodles and go to bed. Some nights, this is totally acceptable for me. However, I have this new goal to cook one new recipe a week. On average, I cook about 3 good meals a week for myself or others. But most of time, it’s the same staple meals that I know are quick, easy, and most importantly healthy for my body. Things are changing. I will now be trying one new thing a week. In my psychology and social work studies, I have learned that novel (new) experiences and activities keep the excitement throughout the longevity of life among couples. I hope to always bring new meals to the table for my family.

So I will be blogging about my new recipes every week. I have been inspired by Ree Drummond, a classy lady whom I would love to have coffee wth someday. Her blog is I will be getting a lot of recipes from there.

I’ve realized that one reason I enjoy cooking so much is because I can channel all of my creative energy into a good meal. Traditionally, meals have brought family and friends together and created a close-knit environment. Kaleb sure appreciates when I cook for him, and I hope to always provide our household that feeling of togetherness and love at the dinner table.

So….last night was my first new recipe that I have tried in a long time. It was good homestyle cooking. I made meatloaf (which I have never made before), cheesy garlic mashed potatoes, sweet corn, texas toast, and fresh garden salad. My sweet fiancĂ© came over to join me. It was a nice feast, and it turned out quite well. During the meal, Kaleb looked at me with those sincere eyes and thanked me for being the wife he wants and needs. Although it made me blush a bit, I definitely realize that I have a lot to learn about being a good wife…and I am excited to learn.

Here were most of the ingredients I used… the meatloaf consisted of wheat bread dipped in milk, ground beef, eggs, grated parmesean cheese, parsley, seasoned salt, salt, pepper,and  bacon wrapped around the entire loaf. The sauce on top was a combination of ketchup, brown sugar, dry mustard, and a hint of hot sauce.

The meatloaf, an hour later, when it came out of the oven…

A happy man with a soon-to-be happy stomach.