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November 17, 2009

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili

Tonight I came home from work and was totally motivated to make dinner. I always have ingredients for chili on hand, its one of my favorite things to make. Lots of veggies and tons of flavor, I can’t get enough!

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I combined in my slow cooker: 1 can kidney beans, 1 can chickpeas, I can sweet corn, 1/2 can Dei Fratelli petite diced tomatoes, 1 packet Amazing Taste chili mix, 1 1/2 small green peppers, 1/2 red onion, 1/2 bottle beer and 1 can pure pumpkin

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While that was cooking in the slow cooker, I made some Trader Joe’s cornbread. It had actual corn kernels, which I had never seen before in a cornbread mix.

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35 minutes later, the bread was all ready to go! Mmmm…corn bread!

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The fun thing about this chili was that I made it a little different than I usually do, hence the pumpkin. I didn’t tell fiancé about the change. Sometimes I like him to find out surprises like this on the blog, to keep him on his toes! Is that evil? Muahaha! SURPRISE!

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I loved the pumpkin chili! It was amazing with a subtle sweetness! Pure chili perfection!   pics 919

Is it weird that the cornbread tasted a little bit like cake?  Is it even more weird that I liked it! Who knew cake + chili was fabulous! haha!pics 923

I topped it with cheese and some sour cream! It was a fabulous meal on a lovely Tuesday night!    pics 926

Look at how much leftovers we have! 6 little meals! Making dinner with leftovers is half the fun! pics 927

Have you ever tried pumpkin chili?

What’s the weirdest thing you have ever added to chili?

Baked Salmon

My actual dinner tonight was not very exciting compared to what I had for dinner on Saturday night, so I thought I would share Saturday’s evening eats that with the everyone.

Fiancé and I had a long day of reception site shopping on Saturday.

***Side Note – I have started a Wedding Blog! It shall be revealed in the very near future!! Stay Tuned! ***

After checking out countless  reception options we decided to pick up some groceries on the way home and make dinner. While dinner was in the oven fiancé and I enjoyed some Black Box Wine and cheese and crackers. 

A few weeks ago I tried the Sauvignon Blanc and really loved it. I picked up some Cabernet Sauvignon this weekend and it was really good too. I am a Black Box Wine convert!

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We also had Gouda cheese on crackers. Yum!

In other news, Jackson got a haircut.

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For dinner, fiancé cooked up a nice big slice of salmon. 

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He wraps it in tin foil, adds butter and some seasoning and throws it in the oven for a while. The seasoning we added this time was some that Amazing Taste had sent me a while back. It has a natural lemon butter and dill flavor to it. We didn’t add the whole package and didn’t really taste much of the seasoning. Next time we will add more for some additional flavor!

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While he was dealing with the fish, I was making a lovely side salad. It consisted of lettuce (duh) carrots, onions, peppers, cucumbers and roasted pumpkin seeds.

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We also had some mashed potatoes on the side.

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Yum Yum! It was a fantastic meal. I want to start buying more salmon to make on a more regular basis. It was really yummy!

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What is your favorite fish/seafood dish to make?

I am not a big seafood eater, but I would like to become more knowledgeable on the subject. If you have any good meal ideas, let me know!

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