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Cooking Corner: Cookbook Challenge Day 1

Hi everyone!  I'm starting April with a little challenge for myself.  You are all welcome to join if you choose.  I have a rather large collection of recipes that I've never tried and since I started to declutter my life of things I don't need, this is one area that needs help.
What do I need so many cookbooks and binders of recipes for?
I don't know - it just takes up space and it's another thing for me to clean.  So, I decided that if I can't find good recipes that we love, there is no point in keeping the book or recipe.  I attempted this challenge a few years ago but never followed through.  This time, I intend to stick with it.

Here's my challenge:

Pick a book a month and try some recipes.

Decide what we like and what we don't.

If I have at least 15 recipes that we like, the book stays.  If not, I'll just copy the few recipes we liked and get rid of the book.

Not sure what I'll do with the book yet.  I'll figure it out at the end of this challenge.



The first book I'm trying is

 


The recipe I chose was Mom's Reconstructed Chili.

Now, you'll have to buy the book to get the entire recipe, but here is a glimpse of the recipe I chose.
The only change I made was that the recipe called for ground soy burger alternative, but none of us like soy.  I used lean ground turkey instead.



Chopped up the onion & garlic and cooked for 3-4 minutes


weighed out my meat



added it to the pan, seasoned it and browned it for a few minutes before adding all the other ingredients


Then it was time to boil and then simmer.


This cooked for over an hour and I was very happy with the finished product.


You can eat it with crackers, but since I'm on a healthy meal plan and looking to lose weight, I eat the turkey chili alone.  Hubby tried it too and loved it.

This is definitely a keeper!



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