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Gingerbread Love

What would the Christmas holidays be without a Gingerbread House creation, cookies, muffins and more?  Just the wonderful aroma that engulfs the kitchen is enough to make your favorite gingerbread treat.  When we visit the Greenbrier Resort for Christmas, we are always amazed at the beautiful Greenbrier Gingerbread House.  It is fantastic and always a favorite spot to sip Hot Chocolate and watch the train move through the Gingerbread House village.  Some of our favorites are at Martha Stewart.  Try them.

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It’s Clydes Chili Feast Time

It’s CHILI FEAST time again!  The cold, wind and snow, yes, snow! has brought us back to this yummy recipe!


It’s the big game time and that means lots of yummy-gooey-spicy-thick chili and sandwiches on the menu.   I will share my fave easy ones that are great for quick chili when time and table require it.

Our fave local chili is the world-famous chili from Clydes of Georgetown.  My friends/family know this is the one I always make for the short version and have loved it since the first time on a cold winter day in Washington, DC’s Georgetown Clyde’s, I had it for lunch.  It has been a favorite ever since I have shared the recipe.,  Clyde’s now has the recipe on their website for download.  Here it is so do yourself a favor and make a pot for the Super Bowl and put on your “staple” list for a regular cold-weather dinner.

Clyde’s Famous Chili

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound small-diced onion
1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
1½ pounds ground beef
1 25-ounce can chili beans
1 12-ounce jar chili sauce
2 tablespoons light chili powder
¼ cup dark chili powder*
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

In a heavy-bottomed pot, sauté the onion and garlic in the vegetable oil until golden brown. Add the beef to the onions and cook until it is about medium rare. Don’t stir the beef around too much—you want to have some large clumps of beef in the finished product. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until just blended. (It may seem like a lot of powder, but that’s why they call it chili!)

Cook the chili over medium heat for about ten minutes, just until the meat is fully cooked. Don’t overcook it! Serve with ice-cold beer and condiments such as shredded sharp cheddar cheese, sour cream, and minced onions.

Serves six to eight.

*Light chili powder has more of the hot seeds or flakes ground with the pods. Using more of the dark powder makes this chili a little sweeter. If you can’t find light chili powder, use a little extra of the dark powder.

You can visit Clyde’s for more of their recipes here:  Clydes

Our second easy fav:   Martha Stewart for their recipe for a really yum chili from the book “Mad Hungry,”  by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).

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Photo Credit:  Martha Stewart

Oh My Triple Chocolate Mousse for Christmas

My Christmas dessert menu includes “Frozen Chocolate Mousse” but this recipe by Martha Stewart is in the running for second choice for the holidays. We can have two chocolate mousse desserts right? They are rich, creamy, light and sooooo delish. My recipe is a forthcoming blog post but include this recipe to your holiday menus too.

Triple Chocolate Mousse Recipe

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