Once again it's cold in BNstate -- yea, so? I've decided that I'm not leaving the house until Monday.... we'll see how long that lasts. I've been home since about 1:30 yesterday. I've pretty much decided that I'm not going out (although, I may go see a movie Hubby doesn't want to see... so this resolve may not last). I've also decided that, since I'm home, I should cook.
I've had a hankering for chili. The problem is that chili often gives me the same "issues" as others. Also, I'd have to go out to get the rest of the things I'd need... so, I got creative.
I started with a pound of buffalo meat (because that's what I had in the freezer and had defrosted).
I added about 1/2 onion and browned it --- adding some garlic powder.
I then put in two cans of black beans, 1 can of tomato sauce, two cans of mushrooms and the spices for chili. I didn't drain any of the cans.... their juice is good :).
As that was cooking I cooked the rigatoni I found in the cupboard.
When the pasta was done and drained, I dumped the other pan into it and started stirring...
It didn't look saucy enough, so I added two cans of tomato paste (no water -- just the paste -- it worked GREAT!).
Then, I ate a bowl. It was a little hot, even with the cheese I threw on top.
So, I added a bunch of oregano and a couple of handfuls of brown sugar. The sample I ate was perfect!!
I'll eat it this weekend and will have lunches for Monday and Tuesday. If I get tired of it, I'll freeze it ---