Sunday, March 15, 2009


I think the South Carolinians have it perfected! I have eaten a lot of hot dog chili in a lot of different parts of the country, but, I think this is the best, BY FAR, and wanted to share it with you. A really good cook from SC gave it to me.


Put in a pot and cook till it's pink constantly mashing so as not to have lumps;
1 lb. ground beef

then add: 1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 cup worcestershire sauce
about 1 cup water
about 1 cup ketchup

Cook on simmer until it has boiled down to the desired thickness.

When making hot dogs, add minced fresh Vidalia or Texas sweet onions. Voila`! the best hot dog chili goin. ( just the humble opinion of a dyed in tha wool country girl )Hope ya'll enjoy this taste treat! Bon Appetit`

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

California Waldorf & Chicken Salad

. If you love the original Waldorf Salad first made at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, you're really gonna love this one! It's one of the ways I can get myself to eat my spinach. And after that I'll tell ya a great way to make chicken salad too.....

California Waldorf Salad

1/3 cup non-fat plain yogurt or sour cream( since I'm not a yogurt fan, I use sour cream)

1/3 cup Hellman's real mayonnaise

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 teaspoon grated lime zest

2 teaspoons curry powder

1/2 teaspoon honey or sugar

1/2 cup thinly sliced celery

1/2 cup Thompson's white, seedless, raisins

3/4 cup halved red seedless grapes

1 cup apple, small dice

1/2 cup toasted pecans or walnuts

4 cups baby spinach, washed well and dried

Combine the yogurt or sour cream, mayonnaise, lime juice, zest, curry, and honey or sugar and set aside.

Mix together the celery, raisins, grapes, apple, and nuts in a large bowl. Add about half of the dressing, and stir to combine. Just before serving, add the spinach and toss to combine. Add more dressing if needed. This will serve 4-6 people.


A great way to make a very tasty chicken salad is to combine 3 parts diced, cooked chicken, and 2 parts diced celery and mix in some purchased coleslaw dressing like Marie's. The tangy sweetness is a perfect compliment to the chicken and celery. I love it on the flatboard "everything" crackers or toasted rounds of "everything" bagels.

You can, of course, add anything else you like to your chicken salad that you desire. I just like the simplicity of the chicken and celery alone.