Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Cookin’ the Book: Pioneer Woman’s Chili

Last Thursday I tried a new recipe from The Pioneer Woman Cooks.  I’m trying to fit in at least two recipes a week with the goal of trying every one of her recipes (in the book, not her site!) by June 2010.
Simple, Perfect Chili is well named.  I fought every ‘mess with this recipe’ instinct and made it as Ree wrote it, adding only the can of diced tomatoes with chilies (I used Trader Joe’s fire roasted tomatoes) and a can of kidney beans, which were listed as optional additional ingredients.  I did not, however have masa, and really didn’t want to buy a bag of it just to make this recipe, so I allowed the chili to cook down more instead of thickening it.
The verdict:  it is a tasty chili!  Paul and I agreed we like ‘my’ recipe more, but I can see this, made without the tomatoes or beans, as a killer ‘topping’ chili for hot dogs.  And, to quote Paul, “If you can’t cook, like my Aunt Tony, then this recipe is a great improvement.”  I think he means, if one is lacking a good chili recipe, this a great one to use.
Chili is personal.  There are a thousand and one ways to make it well.  PW’s way is good.  Another thumbs up!
Since this recipe is not on her site, I am thinking she only wants it in the book, as it is something she is selling.  Sorry for the lack of a recipe – if you want it, I’d be happy to email it to you.

1 comment:

Heidi-Marie said...

I have a great chili recipe, but I'm always looking for new and different ways to make stuff, esp. standards that can get boring after time. So, I'd love the recipe!

Speaking of recipes, your chili is pretty darned good! I remember asking for it the night you made it for us for dinner and you said that you'd "messed" with it so much, it was a completely different recipe!

I'm a baker (very systematic, must follow recipe to a tee), not so much a cook (pinch of this, dash of that, improvising the recipe). I envy people like you who can just throw things in and have it still turn out good!


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