Chili and Cornbread

Today was one of our favorite days of the year: Christmas-tree-cutting-down-day! This is our fourth Christmas as a married couple. In December 2010, we came home to Oregon from our honeymoon on a Friday, and went out Saturday morning to cut down our first Christmas tree. We came home, scoured the pantry, and came up with canned chili for lunch. In addition, Daniel had a recipe for cornbread from his mom and we whipped that up to go along. That was our very first meal cooked together as newlyweds! We decided to make it tradition (not the canned chili part though).

Each year since, we have made homemade chili and cornbread to welcome us back from our cold, tree-cutting-down adventure. Today was that day for us! We woke up (me still fighting a nasty cold which I came down with on Thanksgiving morning), had french toast and orange slices for breakfast, mixed up some cornbread, threw this homemade chili in the crockpot, and headed off to the tree farm! We came home around 1:30pm to our delicious and traditional lunch! The cornbread recipe comes from my mother-in-law, Janie. It’s extra good with lots of butter and honey! The chili recipe is a Kaminski family favorite, originating with Daniel’s grandfather. We hope you enjoy sharing this tradition with us!



1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup cornmeal

1 TB baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1 1/4 cups milk

2 eggs, beaten

1/3 vegetable or canola oil

3 T melted butter


Mix ingredients together in the order listed above. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes in an 8 x 8 pan.



2 lbs. lean ground beef

3, 14-oz. cans kidney beans

1 large onion

1/2 cup steak sauce

2, 28-oz. cans diced tomatoes

3 tsp. horseradish sauce (jarred)

1 cup BBQ sauce

Up to 1/4 cup chili powder (I use about 1/8 cup)


Cook ground beef in skillet and put in crockpot. Add the rest of the ingredients into the crockpot and stir to combine. Cook on low for 5-6 hours. Top with sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese!

After we ate lunch, we started setting up the tree and decorating the house! Here is a peek at some of our decor.



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