Just Because the Chili Turned Out Sooo Good!

I woke up Friday morning knowing the lentil soup I’d made earlier in the week was about gone; almost out of leftovers, dagnabit!

I like to eat about as much as I like to sing. Pizza is okay once in a while; TV dinners, never. Whenever possible, real home-cooked food.

But what could I make for dinner with what I already had on hand? (With one exception – the fresh cilantro, which George kindly picked up.) Chili!

It turned out so well, I wanted to share the recipe with you. I’m a toss, dump, stir and taste as you go kind of cook, but here’s the recipe as best as I can approximate.

Laura’s Friday Throw-it-Together Chili

-Brown one small package ground beef, turkey, or leave the meat out for a veggie version. Drain if needed.

-Finely chop (food processor works great) half a bell pepper, preferably red, and 1/3 large onion and stir into meat in soup pot.

-Coarsely chop with scissors a bunch of fresh (the most fragrant one you can find) cilantro leaves – discard the stems. Stir into pot.


-1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes

-1 15 oz. can kidney beans, partially drained

-1 15 oz. can white northern beans, partially drained

-1 15 oz. can tomato sauce

-1 packet chili seasoning

-1 C water

-Small handful semi-sweet chocolate chips (a couple squares of dark chocolate, even better)

-2 generous TBSP oregano

-1 generous TBSP cumin

-2 TBSP cayenne pepper sauce (like Franks Red Hot)

-Few dashes Tabasco sauce

-Freshly ground pink Himalayan sea salt and ground pepper to taste

Stir together well, bring to a boil, and simmer for 45 minutes. Sing while occasionally stirring.

Serve with grated sharp cheddar cheese on top and saltine crackers, cornbread muffins, bread of choice, or corn tortillas.


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Every time I have a lesson with Laura, I come out having learned something new about my voice, and my breathing. I try to use these techniques on a daily basis for acting, singing, and general speech. I recommend Laura to anyone hoping to improve their voice. –Noah G. (13 yrs.)

Lake Oswego’s Transformational Voice® Teacher (Transformational Voice® is a registered trademark of Transformational Voice® Training Institute, LLC, and Linda Brice.)