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Grandma Joan's Chili Recipe Recipe

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Jeff and Eric


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Jackie King
Added: Sunday, January 25, 2009


2 lbs. ground hamburger
6 medium cans dark red kidney beans
2 lg, cans peeled tomatoes
4 small cans tomato sauce
1 lg. onion, diced
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 lg. green pepper, diced
2 T. cumin
2 T. chili powder
1 T. ginger
2 T. salt
2 tsp. onion powder

Drain dark red kidney beans and rinse. Set aside.
Brown ground beef. Drain off some of the grease and add chopped onion, frying in browned hamburger until onions are translucent. Add chopped green peppers and crushed garlic. Mix in kidney beans and seasonings. Add tomato sauce and peeled tomatoes. Heat to slow rolling boil then simmer for 2-3 hours or place in crockpot for 4-6 hours.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Grandma Joan has always been a very special Grandmother. When Bruce and I divorced Joan remained a very important part of our lives. The letters she wrote and the concern she had for the kids influenced their lives. Though she was the Grandmother to Eric, she would always ask about each of the boys and Chris has thought of her as Grandma since he was only about 2 years old. Though we lived pretty far away, they were never out of her mind. She remained in touch constantly. Birthdays, Christmas's and all holidays brought a card and package from her, not just for Eric, but for all the boys and Jeff and I too! There was clothing, books, toys, shoes, money, everything imaginable in those packages She could've gone out and just bought some candy and cookies, but instead she would bake cookies, candies, etc and fill the box with homemade treats and gifts and send it to our family. What gift could be better than a gift made by someone? The thought and work that goes into a homemade gift is the most memorable. She would drive or fly here to see the boys or Eric and Chris would fly to Spokane, Washington, where she lives. Many times, in the middle of financial hardships a box of goodies would arrive in the mail. It was as if she knew when times were tough for us. I can definetly see that Eric inherited her generosity, spirit and compassion. What can you say about such unconditional love? Priceless!




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