11:48 AM Posted by Martha A Cheves
Slow Cooker Chili
(One of Trent's Favorite Dishes)
(One of Trent's Favorite Dishes)
2lbs ground beef
1 can black beans
1 can dark red pinto beans
1 can cannellini beans
1 green bell pepper
1 to 2 tb honey
paprika (or smoked paprika for more flavor)
garlic powder (or minced garlic)
optional - kielbasa, smoked sausage or bratwurst
Start by browning the beef. While it's in the skillet, dice the onion and bell pepper. Get them in the bottom of the crock pot. Drain your beans and put them in the pot on top of the onion and bell pepper. Once the beef is done, drain it and add the spices to taste. There is no right or wrong amount, only how hot you can stand it. Add the seasoned meat to the slow cooker, then finally drizzle the honey over all of it. That little bit of sweetness will help balance out the heat. If you decide on a little extra variety, put your sausage in last. Often, these are fully cooked, so there is no need to brown, unless you like that extra snap from the casing. Leave the slow cooker on low for at least four hours, but don't stir until an hour has passed. The longer you go with the lid on, the moisture will make it "soupy". Four hours is plenty of time to get everything nice and warm and allow all those juices to mingle and get to know each other. Shredded cheese and sour cream are great to add to your finished bowl.
Mobsters in Mount Dora - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of: Stir, Laugh, Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds; A Book and A Dish
"So, let me get this straight. All you want me to do," Trent said, ticking off the items on his fingers, "is prove there was an attempt on the life of the ex-President when he was here in Mount Dora; prove that your grandfather who died long ago aided in the thwarting of this hushed-up attempt; prove that President Coolidge promised the deceased a congressional medal of honor and get congress to act on all this. That's about it, right?"
How is Trent, and his 'partner' Horatio, supposed to prove that any of this happened when there are no records of an attempt on the ex-President's life. Everyone who would have lived at the time is dead. Or so he thought. Turns out that there is one person still living from that time. He's 98 years old but it turns out his mind is still very active and clear. But this too brings up another problem. The man in question worked for Scarface Al Capone. According to him, the attempt was to murder Coolidge and frame Capone for the killing. Hearsay! No proof. In fact, there isn't even any evidence that Capone ever visited Mount Dora. So, with no proof, Trent and Horatio have to prove something that Trent believes never took place. And this has to be done while someone is determined to keep him off the case and away from the area where it was to supposed to have taken place.
This author has done it again! History, history, history. He has filled yet another book with history pertaining to Al Capone, his brother 'Two-gun-Hart', Coolidge and the area surrounding Mount Dora, Florida. As I've said before, I've never indulged in this time era. It's never interested me. But, after reading De Miller's books I've found it very interesting. I've even looked up some of the names and found that his 'quote of history' is correct. So again, as I've said before, this author has either done an intense search of history or 'he has connections.' You can't help but enjoy this book and learn a little history along the way.