Three Bean Chili

Three Bean Chili

Our fireplace is popular after winter activities – as is a yummy meal.

Triple Ginger Cookies

Tickle taste buds with ginger in three ways.

½ t salt

2 cups flour

2 t soda

1½ t ginger

1 t cinnamon

½ t ground cloves

1 cup sugar

¾ cup butter

¼ cup light molasses

1 egg

2 t minced fresh ginger

¼ cup crystallized ginger

Raw sugar

Whisk together first-six ingredients; set aside.

Using an electric mixer, beat together sugar and butter.

Add molasses and egg; continue mixing.

Add remaining ingredients; chill dough several hours.

Roll into 1-inch balls; roll in raw sugar.

Place 2 inches apart on a large baking sheet.

Bake for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees until golden.

Triple Ginger Cookies

Triple Ginger Cookies

Cheddar Scones

Try hot cheesy scones served with Three Bean Chili; soak up the brothy tomato sauce.

1¾ cup flour

1 T sugar

2 t baking powder

¾ t salt

¼ cup butter, cold

1 cup sharp Cheddar cheese

1 large egg

2/3 cup cream

1 T melted butter

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

Grate butter into bowl; rub through fingers to reduce large lumps of butter.

Combine cream with egg.

Add slowly; stir until just moistened.

Knead three or four times.

Place on a greased baking sheet; pat into a 7-inch circle.

Cut into a 6 wedges but do not separate.

Bake for 16 to 18 minutes at 400 degrees.

Brush with melted butter; separate the wedges.

Cheddar Scones

Cheddar Scones

Three Bean Chili

This chili is special with three kinds of beans, but using canned beans it’s easy to make in just a few minutes. Allowing it to simmer over reduced heat will help the flavors meld together deliciously.

1 pound ground beef

1 medium onion

2 t chili powder

2 t brown sugar

½ t ground red pepper

¼ t cumin

2 15-ounce cans tomato sauce

1 6-ounce cans tomato paste

2 cups beef broth

1 15-ounce can red kidney beans

1 15-ounce can butter beans

1 15-ounce can chick peas

Salt

Fry ground beef and onion in a medium-sized stock pot until fully cooked.

Add all remaining ingredients except salt.

Cook on medium-low heat for 35 to 40 minutes.

Stir in salt to taste just before serving.

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Cherlyn Beachy lives near St. Ansgar in northeast Iowa with her husband, Mervin, and their son and daughter. They have a large garden and raise their own chickens, beef, pork and eggs. She’s a stay-at-home mom who loves to cook and enjoys photography. “I cook like many of you – no special equipment, no exotic ingredients and no one else to wash the dishes,” she says. “I’m always on the lookout for tasty easy-to-prepare seasonal food.”