Loaded Chili

Loaded Chili

Loaded Chili

Loaded Chili 2

Loaded Chili

Looking to serve a crowd and score big points at the same time on Super Bowl Sunday? Then make a pot of hearty chili for the big game and you will be a surefire winner.

Just right for any get-together, this recipe is easy to prepare and can be ready to serve in less than an hour. Ladle chili into sturdy bowls like these Chef’s Table Soft Square from Oneida and set out dishes of assorted toppings so hungry fans can add what they like.

When it comes to tackling what to make for the Super Bowl, this recipe is sure to score a touchdown.

And here’s another recipe for Bacon Cheddar Dip that’s terrific when it comes to crowd-pleasing Super Bowl food. Enjoy!


1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 cup medium tomato salsa
1 (14.5-ounce) can stewed tomatoes, undrained
1 (15- to 16-ounce) can dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15- to 16-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (4-ounce) can fire roasted diced green chiles
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
Regular or light sour cream
Regular or reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
Sliced scallions
Corn Chips
In a large saucepan, combine ground beef, onion, and garlic. Cook over medium heat until beef browns and onion is tender, 7 to 9 minutes, stirring frequently. Drain fat. Stir in salsa, undrained stewed tomatoes, kidney beans, tomato sauce, diced green chiles, chili powder, and cumin. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Top with sour cream, cheddar cheese, scallions, and corn chips. Makes 8 servings.

Thanks to Oneida for providing dinnerware

Cinnamon Hot Chocolate

Cinnamon Hot Chocolate

Cinnamon Hot Chocolate

A cup of hot chocolate is a delightful indulgence on its own, but the addition of cinnamon makes it extra tasty.

Similar to Mexican-style hot chocolate, this recipe makes it easy to whip up a flavorful beverage with a spicy twist. And it makes good use of pantry staples so there’s no need for specialty shopping or exotic ingredients.

Top with light, freshly whipped cream and serve with cinnamon sticks, if desired. Whether it’s to enjoy on a snow day or anytime, this soothing sipper will warm you up from the inside out.


3 ounces high-quality semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
4 cups milk
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Whipped cream (optional)
Cinnamon sticks (optional)
In a small saucepan, combine chocolate, cinnamon, and 1/2 cup milk. Cook over low heat until chocolate melts, 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, add the remaining 3 1/2 cups milk and sugar. Cook over medium heat until thoroughly heated, 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently. (Do not boil). Whisk in melted chocolate mixture until well blended. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Ladle into mugs; top with whipped cream and serve with cinnamon sticks, if desired. Makes 4 servings.

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Chewy Chocolate Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Cookies

Similar in taste to brownies, these mouthwatering cookies are filled with rich chocolate goodness. Simple to prepare with on-hand ingredients, the microwave makes it easy to melt the chocolate chips, butter, and sweetened condensed milk.

By adding the remaining ingredients to the melted chocolate mixture, a decadent batter is ready for baking. Pair with a glass of milk and savor the ultimate in homespun comfort.


1 cup flour
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (12-ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine 1 cup chocolate chips, butter, and condensed milk. Microwave on HIGH until chocolate chips have melted, about 2 minutes, stirring once halfway through; stir until smooth. Whisk in egg and vanilla. Stir in the remaining chocolate chips. Add flour mixture. Stir until smooth. Drop by heaping teaspoons 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake until centers are almost set, 6 to 8 minutes. Cool 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Banana Cinnamon Chip Bread

Banana Cinnamon Chip Bread

Banana Cinnamon Chip Bread

Transform a couple of ripe bananas into yummy banana bread by combining them with pantry staples along with spicy cinnamon chips.

Filled with homespun flavor, this tasty bread is great for an afternoon snack. The cinnamon chips are a scrumptious addition and a touch of cinnamon further enhances the spicy taste. You can also substitute chocolate or white chips in place of cinnamon chips, if desired.

Whether paired with a glass of milk, a cup of coffee, or simply as a grab-and-go treat, a slice of banana bread with a smattering of cinnamon chips is always welcome.


1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
2 ripe medium bananas, mashed
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup cinnamon chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom of an 8×4-inch loaf pan. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, bananas, sugar, butter, and vanilla. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Stir in cinnamon chips. Transfer to prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Makes 1 medium loaf.

Lemon Fruit Dip

As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2 Friday, January 2, 2015

Lemon Fruit Dip

Lemon Fruit Dip

Brighten your day and savor the fresh taste of lemon by whipping up a zesty dip everyone will enjoy. A luscious addition to a wintertime brunch menu, this crowd-pleasing recipe appeals to both children and adults.

Perfect for time-crunched cooks, it can be prepared in a matter of minutes and also is ideal for making ahead. Just cover and store in the fridge up to two days in advance.

Serve with a variety of fresh fruit—and savor a light and refreshing recipe that’s as welcome as a ray of sunshine in the heart of winter.


1 (6-ounce) carton non-fat vanilla yogurt
1 (6-ounce) carton non-fat lemon yogurt
1 (8-ounce) carton regular or light frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Lemon slices and/or finely grated lemon zest (optional)
Assorted fresh fruit, such as strawberries, pineapple, grapes, kiwi, cantaloupe, for dipping
For dip, in a large bowl, combine vanilla yogurt, lemon yogurt, whipped topping, 1 tablespoon lemon zest, and lemon juice. Garnish with lemon slices and/or lemon zest before serving, if desired. Serve with assorted fresh fruit. Makes 24 servings.

Cranberry Martini

As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2 Friday, December 26, 2014

Cranberry Martini

Cranberry Martini

Add an elegant touch to New Year’s Eve celebrations by whipping up a colorful cocktail that will toast the evening in style.

By combining a few ingredients, a refreshing drink can be ready to serve in no time. You also can add a dash of vermouth, if desired. And it’s just as easy to double or triple the recipe. Make it even more festive by adding a skewer of fresh cranberries to the drink.

Sophisticated, romantic, and always in good taste, a martini is a delightful choice when it comes to ringing in the New Year. Here’s wishing you and your family a happy and healthy New Year. Cheers!


Crushed ice
5 tablespoons cranberry juice cocktail, chilled
3 tablespoons vodka
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
Fill a martini shaker 3/4 full with ice. Add cranberry juice cocktail, vodka, and orange juice. Cover and shake. Strain into a martini glass. Makes 1 serving.

Easy Chocolate White Chip Cookies

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Easy Chocolate White Chip Cookies

Easy Chocolate White Chip Cookies

Running out of time but still would like to bake cookies for Santa? Then head to the store and pick up a box of cake mix and a package of white chips, combine with a few pantry staples, and you’ll be on your way to batches of homemade cookies in no time.

By not having to roll and cut out dough or frost when cooled, it’s easy to get out of the kitchen quick. And Santa will surely be pleased to have a plate of fresh-baked cookies to welcome him. All that’s needed is milk and perhaps some food for the reindeer. Now this is one sugarplum of a shortcut that’s perfect on a long winter’s night.

From my family to yours, Merry Christmas.


1 (16.5 ounce) package plain devil’s food cake mix
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
3 tablespoons water
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup white chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, butter, water, egg, and vanilla. Stir with a wooden spoon until mixed. Stir in white chips. Drop by heaping teaspoons 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake until centers are almost set, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Food Lion Savings and Giveaways!

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‘Tis the season to gather with those near and dear and savor good food that celebrates the Yuletide. And when it comes to holiday entertaining, saving a few dollars is especially welcome at this time of year.

In the spirit of the season, Food Lion is offering money-saving coupons from their newly updated Coupon Hub to help cost-conscious families stretch their holiday budgets. Simply create an MVP account at Food Lion and download the coupons straight to your card or you can print them at home.

And that’s not all. The good folks at Food Lion will also provide gift cards in the amount of $50.00 each to two loyal shoppers who have downloaded coupons.

Here’s how to save money and enter to win the gift cards:

1.) Fill out the form below with your name and email.

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For example:

I just downloaded the $1.00 Ghirardelli coupon to my @foodlion MVP Card @harriedhswife! #CouponHub

Winners will be randomly selected on Monday December 8, 2014 and will be contacted by direct message. Good luck!


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