Hello again! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I bet you almost forgot about me, didn’t you?
I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I last posted. I feel terrible! In my defense, I haven’t actually cooked almost anything this past month. It’s not like I’ve been cooking these fabulous things and just not sharing.
This past month has been, well, stressful. I managed to get sick, break up with my boyfriend, take all of my finals, and decide to move to a city I’ve never lived in before all in the space of about a week. Not my best week, obviously. Needless to say, I was a bit stressed. I didn’t really eat anything that entire week. Like literally, there were a few days when I would be getting ready for bed and realize “oh, I didn’t eat dinner. Wait, or lunch. Uh-oh, or breakfast!” And even when I did eat, it was either pre-made TV dinners or cereal. I couldn’t really bring myself to cook anything. I feel like I lost my cooking mojo for a bit, but luckily I’m starting to recover.
I moved to Kalamazoo for the summer to live with my little sister. It was an incredibly last-minute decision, but so far I’m really happy with it. We get along surprisingly well when my parents aren’t around, haha. My friend Jen also lives in Kalamazoo, and she had me over for a little cooking extravaganza. She usually tries to cook a ton of food in advance and then freezes it, so her and her husband don’t have to cook a lot during the week, and so her husband eats something other than beef jerkey and crackers when she’s off in Big Rapids during the week taking classes.
I had so much fun cooking with Jen! Her house (and especially her kitchen) is absolutely gorgeous, and I was so excited to finally get to see it! It was nice to get back in the kitchen and actually cook. We made three entrees, all of which I’ll be posting, the first of which being turkey chili in the crock pot. I’m ashamed to admit that I walked out of her house without actually having tasted anything, but from what I’ve heard from Jen and Frankie, everything was delicious. I can tell you that at the very least, everything smelled amazing as it was cooking!
Everyone, meet Jen! She’s very enthusiastically browning the ground turkey for the chili. Also, isn’t the backsplash in her kitchen really pretty?
This is a really great recipe for chili that I will definitely be making sometime in the near future. I love that it uses the crock pot, because it frees up so much time that you would normally be spending standing by the stove, stirring the chili on the stovetop. With this recipe, you chuck everything in the crock pot, turn it on, and then let it be. It’s awesome.
With chili, I’ve found that it’s really important to taste often as you’re adding spices. Everyone likes their chili a certain way, and you’ll never know if it tastes right to you if you don’t, well, taste it! We started by adding about half of the spices that the recipe calls for, and then tasting and adding more as we saw fit. If I remember correctly, we increased the amount of cumin and cayenne pepper to about 1 teaspoon each to fit Jen’s tastes. Also, this makes a TON of chili. It completely filled up Jen’s extra large crock pot, so if you only have a normal sized crock pot (and unfortunately I don’t know the volumes of each, but you can see the size of Jen’s from the picture below) I would recommend halving the recipe, or making it in batches.
Crock Pot Turkey Chili
Adapted from: Allrecipes.com
1 1/2 tsp. olive oil
1 lb. ground turkey
1 onion, coarsely chopped
2 c. water
1 can (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes
1 can (16 oz.) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 tbsp. garlic, minced
2 tbsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. cayenne pepper (or less, depending on your tastes)
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1) Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ground turkey and cook until it’s no longer pink. Place the turkey in the crock pot.
2) Add all other ingredients into the crock pot and mix well. If desired, start by adding only half of all the spices, and then adjust to reach the flavor that you like.
3) Turn the crock pot on high and cook for 2-3 hours.