We have friends and family around - started at 4 pm around 4 hours ago. We'll see the new year in with some fine Irish whiskey. Funny we're having chilli too - and a half side of salmon. Must swop recipes, Mekidsmom.
Well... we started around 7 when our dear friends we see about 2 times a year arrived (tho I started cleaning and cooking around 1)... had some drinks, a little Jack-n-Coke, played a few board games, laughed our butts off... ate... rang in the new year with Red Cat (not the best wine, but it worked... and better than cheap champagne... tho I do ADORE expensive champagne!)... watched the kids play the Wii... and went to bed around 2AM. It was a lovely evening!
As for my Chili recipe... I've attempted making it from scratch several times and for some reason, I always go back to this lovely cheat that I found years ago because it tastes sooo good and authentic and is sooo easy. Look for a can of "Chili Magic" ... that's right! It's a chili starter in a can. Contains all your beans and seasonings... just add can of diced tomatoes, beef, and onions. I feel so cheap admitting that I do this when I am the one that bakes homemade bread (no bread machine), cinnamon buns, makes homemade souvlaki and backalava among other "difficult" meals and treats... but alas... the chili magic is as good as any homemade chili! My friends go crazy over it... "oh Amy this is sooo good! I love your chili!" I've admitted to them what I do, but I don't think they believe me to this day! LOL!
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