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Papa McBryde Chili

Marlys loved to make her Chili Beans. I looked at that recipe, and felt it was a bit much for the first time, especially when she also had Papa McBryde’s Chili recipe. I found this recipe to be simple, easy to make, and it is scalable to half size without much work.

Papa McBryde was Marlys’s paternal grandfather.
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Papa McBryde Chili

  • 2 lb. hamburger, coarse ground
  • 2 package chili mix envelopes
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 32 oz. diced tomatoes (canned)
  • 16 oz. tomato sauce
  • 32 oz. pinto beans (optional)

Brown hamburger and onion. Add rest of ingredients. Simmer at least an hour.

In researching this recipe, it becomes apparent that it is scalable. The recipe calls for 2 cans of diced tomatoes, 2 packages of Chili mix powder, etc. – about two of everything except the onion and bell pepper, and those can easily be cut in half.

I used red bell pepper to try to add some visual appeal to the chili. Perhaps next time, I would use half red and half green; I think the visual component would be enhanced with a bit of green showing through.

There are a multitude of different chili powder mixes in the stores now; I chose to use the McCormick Original figuring this was probably historically the one that was available way back when. I was surprised to find that there was not much heat in the final chili product using the “original”; I would like things with just a bit more spice, and would look at the “hot” chili powder mixes next time. I am not ready to add fresh jalapenos to the recipe although that seems like an interesting option.

Although the recipe isn’t explicit about stirring the pot while it is simmering, my intuition says that anytime we simmer for an hour or more, we should stir the pot about every 10 minutes to ensure nothing has sunk to the bottom and is burning. Marlys taught me to do that when we were simmering the Mexican Soup.

While the pinto beans are shown as an option, I did include the beans in the batch of chili I made.
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And as usual, we find inflation changing the weight of the canned goods, and I found it hard to get the exact measure of hamburger. My hamburger came in packages that were more like 1 1/4 pounds, and the tomatoes were 14.5 ounces per can, and the pinto beans were 15 ounces per can. So we don’t exactly duplicate the recipe, but we do the best we can without being foolish.

Chocolate Filled Bon Bons

This is a easy, simple recipe for cookies that contain a surprise. The center of the cookie is filled with chocolate. And the dough of the cookie is tasty in itself. You can have fun making these cookies with your own ideas of what to put in the center.
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When the recipe came to us, there was only one kind of Candy Kiss – milk chocolate. Now, when I go to the store, I have to make a decision about the kind of Candy Kiss I want to use- original milk chocolate, dark chocolate, almond –center kisses. The list seems endless. I went for the dark chocolate kisses this time.

I have tried other fillings for the Bon Bons, but nothing works as well as the Candy Kisses. One filling I tried was reconstituted dry cherries. I had a partial bag of dry cherries, and thought I would try them. So I soaked then in Kirsh to make them soft again, and then made a recipe of Bon Bons using the soft cherries as the centers. I was disappointed in the outcome; the Bon Bon dough does not cling to the cherries, and so on the first bite, the cherry comes out leaving only the Bon Bon dough for the second bite.

Chocolate Filled Bon Bons

  • 3/4 cup Crisco
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup very finely ground nuts (pecans or almonds)
  • 1/2 bag chocolate kisses (Hershey’s?)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove foil from 1/2 bag of chocolate kisses. Cream together Crisco and both sugars. Add egg, vanilla and extract. Beat well. Add flour, baking powder, salt and nuts.

Form dough into 1″ balls. Press each ball around a chocolate kiss so that the kiss is completely enclosed. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 12 minutes—do not overbake. Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies.

You may decorate the tops of cooled cookies with frosting and sprinkles. Or, sprinkle tops of uncooked cookies with chocolate shot.

For the ground nuts, I used almonds; that seemed to make more sense to me since the dough also has almond extract.

To measure out an approximate 1 inch ball of dough, I used one of my many scoops. The smallest one that isn’t marked with a size appears to be about 1 inch in diameter. I seem to use it a lot, as for when I make truffles. I attempted to measure it, and it would be size 128 or 1/4th ounce.

After I have a ball of dough for a cookie, I press the center material into the ball, and then slowly stretch and mold the dough around that center. It is easier than what I can make it sound.
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You will notice in the pictures that some of the Bon Bons have a pink star on the top; that was to identify what I had used in the center of the cookie. Pink was for the red cherries.