Homemade Chilli For Hot Dogs

You will need:
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt (season more to taste later)
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • sprinkle of red pepper
  • sprinke of black pepper
  • dried bay leaf
  • 1 tsp. seasoned salt
  • 1 tsp. dried onion
  • 2 tsp. chilli powder
  • Your favorite brand of hot dogs and buns
Cover the ground beef with water in a small pot, use a spatula to crumble the ground beef. Add all of the other ingredients and bring it all to a boil, continue stirring and crumbling up the ground beef with the spatula. Reduce the heat and cook for about 30 min.or longer...the longer it simmers the more flavor it will have. Using a slotted spoon to drain the chilli onto each hotdog and bun.... and add your other favorite condiments like mayo mustard, ect.... This is enough chilli for 8 hotdogs.


This post is dedicated to Riley, he taught me this method for making hot dog chilli....I tweeked it a little  bit and put my own spin on it, but I will always remember him when I make this. 


Rich Chocolate Cake

This chocolate cake is so rich.

For the cake you will need:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk 
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract 
  • 1 cup boiling water
Heat oven to 350 degrees, grease and flour 2 9" cake pans
Combine dry ingredients in large bowl, add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla extract. Beat with electric mixer 2 minutes on medium speed, stir in boiling water, (batter will be thin). Pour into pans, bake 30-35 minutes. Cool 10 minutes. Remover to wire racks. Cool, then frost. 

For the frosting you will need:
  • 1 stick of butter or margarine 
  • 2/3 cup nestle's powdered cocoa
  • 3 cups powdered Sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla flavoring
Melt butter or margarine in a medium bowl in microwave, then stir in cocoa powder. Then alternately add powdered sugar and milk until well blended and until it is desired spreading consistency. Add the vanilla flavoring. Add more powdered sugar or milk if need. Makes about 2 cups. Spread on chocolate cake.



Southern Style Stewed Cabbage with Bacon

What you will need:
  • Head of Cabbage
  • 4 Slices of Bacon
  • 1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 1 Cup of Water
  • 2 Teaspoons Sea Salt
Slice the head of cabbage, wash cabbage, and set aside. In a large dutch oven pot add bacon and oil and cook for a little while about 5-10 minutes on medium high heat until it starts to cook, but not get crispy. Add the salt, cabbage and water to the pot and cover, let it come to a boil, stirring often for a couple of minutes, reduce heat to med-low and cook covered until tender. (I like my cabbage very tender, so I cook it about an hour or so). Stirring ocassionally. After it has cooked season to taste with more salt if desired. This cabbage is tender and tasty, it tastes even more flavorful, after it has been removed from the heat and been allowed to sit uncovered for a while, after it is done. It seems that the longer it sits the more tasty it is, because it soaks up the bacon juices.


For a healthier lower fat version, leave out the bacon, add beef or chicken broth instead of the water, this will add  extra flavor, when cooking any vegetable.