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My mom made the most delicious kidney bean and sweet corn chili to go with my cornbread.  It really was the best chili I ever tasted, especially compared to the uber-salty stuff I’m used to in the dorms.  This was made from all fresh tomatoes, garlic and onions from our CSA box of fresh farm veggies.  It’s so healthy.

Harvest!

Veggie Chili

2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 Tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
2 cans kidney beans
3-4 cups crushed tomatoes
2 onions, chopped
1 cup corn
3 jalapeños
2 Tbsp. tomato paste

Brown garlic in a skillet over medium heat. Add chili powder and cumin. Meanwhile, mix together tomatoes, beans, onions, chilies and tomato paste in crockpot. Add the garlic and mix well. Cook on high for 4-5 hours. Serve with jalapeño cornbread.  Comfort food get in my tummy!

Vegetarian Chili

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This morning the puppy, CeCe, woke me up early before the blazing Sacramento sun discouraged me from heating up the oven.  So I decided to bake cornbread to have for dinner with our garden chili (so many tomatoes, peppers, garlic and onion right now).  This cornbread does have a spicy kick to it, so I would suggest either pairing it with a mild chili or, if you do go all out, have a tall glass of milk ready.

Fresh Baked Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread

2 cups of cornmeal (yellow or white)
½ cup sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 3/4 cups milk
2 Tbsp sour cream
3 jalapeños, diced
1 cup of cheddar cheese, shredded
1 green pepper, diced
1 tomato, sliced
dash of cumin or cayenne pepper

Adding Cheddar, Jalapeño and green pepper to cornbread batter

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Mix together dry ingredients. Set aside. Whisk egg, milk and sour cream. Mix with dry ingredients. Fold in jalapeños, peppers and cheddar and spices to taste. Pour batter into greased baking pan and top with sliced tomatoes. Bake in oven for 35-40 minutes. Cornbread should be brown on top and pulling away from the sides of the skillet.

Baking is Yummy!

It’s so tasty! Even Cece is lickin her chops.

Recipe adapted from A Cozy Kitchen

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