Chili {Like My Mom Used to Make}

Easy Chili |Girl Gone Gourmet

We all need easy recipes to turn to when times are busy. Like now, right? Speaking of which, where did the weekend go? Ours was a blur of Christmas lights (so happy the weather was nice enough to get that done!), gift shopping, house cleaning, and entertaining. Now suddenly it’s Monday and I have no idea where the last two days went. Such is life this time of year.

It’s all good stuff though – we got all of our Christmas cards done on time, I’m almost done shopping, and only four days stand between me and two whole weeks off from work – hallelujah! Oh, and the best news, my mom arrives this Friday to spend Christmas with us. It’s been four years since we’ve spent the holidays together and I’m so, so happy that she’ll be with us this Christmas.

So let’s get to the chili……

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Gingerbread Loaf

Gingerbread | Girl Gone Gourmet

 While it’s certainly the most wonderful time of the year the holidays can also be a wee bit stressful, or am I alone in that?

I don’t even have time to be writing this post, so I am going to make short and sweet. This gingerbread loaf is moist and full of holiday spirit (aka ginger, cinnamon, and cloves), it takes about 10 minutes to mix up, and just under an hour to bake during which time you can run around with your hair on fire trying to get things done, or am I the only one doing that? …

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Apple & Sage Pork Sausage Rolls

Sausage Rolls | Girl Gone Gourmet

I have a confession to make: I didn’t cook a turkey at Thanksgiving. I know – seems so wrong, doesn’t it? Let me explain…

For the last couple of years I’ve skipped the turkey thing in November because I’ve adopted a new tradition – English Christmas dinner. You see, I live with a special someone who grew up eating turkey at Christmas (plus a whole lot of other things that I’d never heard of, but more on that later) and, as much as I like turkey, I can’t think about cooking it for two major holidays back-to-back. Nope, not gonna happen.
So I’m afraid this one goes to Team England and now we enjoy our turkey all dressed up on Christmas day. Sorry, Thanksgiving….

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Green Chile and Chicken Stew

Green Chili and Chicken Stew | Girl Gone Gourmet

When I lived in New Mexico I was a little obsessed with green chile and for a period of time used it in everything – saucesburgers, stuffed mushrooms, pizzaenchiladas, relish – you name it and I was probably putting green chile in it. I especially loved roasting my own when they were in season each August. During chile season you can find someone roasting and selling them on every street corner in Albuquerque. The smell of roasted green chile is heavenly to me – smokey and spicy – and it always reminds me of New Mexico.

I’m adding yet another green chile dish to the repertoire and this time it’s green chile stew, which is a classic New Mexico dish….

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Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches

Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches | Girl Gone Gourmet

What is it about this time of year that makes me want to make big batches of stuff to hand out? Take for example these hot roast beef sandwiches – I want to make a bunch of these to give to carolers that might randomly show up at our house to sing us Christmas songs. I would be like. “Oh, that’s so nice! What do I have to give you as our thanks? Oh, here we go — how about some hot roast beef sandwiches that have been warming in the oven? They have an oozy, creamy pepper jack cheese sauce – they’re delicious!” Then I would hand out the individually wrapped sandwiches while a chorus of ‘thank yous’ rings all around….

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