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“The Bob” Cornbread

21 Jan

Continuation of “Beef and Bean Chili”

This cornbread recipe is credit of my co-worker Richard, who won the cornbread competition in our chili cookoff we had at work on Veterans Day. He was sweet enough to share it with us, and i was happy enough to try it! I think i made chili this time and ate more cornbread than chili! it was THAT good.

  • 1 Package of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
  • 1/2 can of Creamed Corn
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
Muffin mix calls for 
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup of milk (richard used part half and half and part whole, but i used 2% and it came out still delish)


Mix muffin mix, 1 egg, milk, and creamed corn. Add 1 tsp of red pepper flakes. Put into an 8″ x 8″ baking dish and bake 15-20 minutes at 375 degrees or until the middle is no longer jiggly (as Richard put it). To keep warm, keep the cornbread covered with foil and keep the oven warm.

If you want to go “extra cuban/crazy/make it fancy” add a bunch of chopped up cooked crab, and name it “The Crabby Bob”

Thanks Richard!!!



Beef and Bean Chili

21 Jan

7 months into living down south and i’ve mastered the art of chili and cornbread. WOOHOO!! i got so excited to make this home made. Cornbread in the next post.

I made my Chili myself and thought of the recipe myself too. I’m really proud of myself for being able to make such GREAT chili my first time =) please try it! both the chili and cornbread are SO good. The base of my chili for serving was lined with tortilla chips for dipping.

So, whos comin over? 🙂


  •  l lb lean beef
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 8 ounce can of tomato sauce (i used hunts)
  • 1 cup of beef broth
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp salt (or more, per taste)
  • Red pepper flakes (only like one tsp)
  • 1 can of GOYA pinto beans
  • 1 can of GOYA black beans
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, Sour cream, Tortilla Chips, for fixins!


In a stock pot (I didnt have a crockpot!), place the beef in and throw the garlic and onion in with it. Brown the beef with the chopped onion and garlic. Remove excess fat fluid from the pot after browning.

Pour in the tomato sauce, 1 cup beef broth, spices, and salt.  Stir everything together well and then cover. Reduce the heat to low and let the pot simmer for 1 hour, stirring every so often.

After 1 hour, add the beans and pepper flakes, and taste the chili. Add salt if need be. Let simmer for another 2 hours. and ENJOY this southern delight!

If you dont have all this time, the chili will still be good if you even added the beans in the beginning. The more time simmering, the better!) Adding the beans after an hour was to get the inital flavoring as a base, and then adding the beans to complete the “chiliness” haha. You can freeze chili too! Just add water to warm it up later.

Next post – “The Bob” Cornbread!!


Home Made Pasta Sauce (so easy!)

21 Jan

I never made pasta sauce before, and i was making spaghetti with meatballs and just honestly, didnt feel like using sauce from a jar! i wanted to just try making my own.

why not? right?


  • Olive oil for the pan
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • A handful chopped parsley
  • 10 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • Parmesan Cheese

In an oiled deep pan on medium heat, add finely chopped onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Saute until onion is soft, about 5-10 minutes. Add the beef stock, crushed tomatoes, and parsley. Sprinkle a little parmesan cheese inside too. Add salt to taste (maybe like 1 tbsp). If the sauce is too runny, add some starchy pasta water or some tomato paste if you have it. Let the mixture simmer for about 10-12 minutes until bubbling and delicious. Towards the end when you’re ready to serve, mix in the basil.

So easy and DELICIOUS. I never want to buy canned pasta sauce again. It took me like 10 minutes to make.

This was my spaghetti and meatballs – so yummy!