Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Chili Cook-off and Best Banana Bread
I am sharing two foods today because I have so many to share!
At work, our building maintenance guy, Tom, came to me and said that they want to have a chili cook-off. Awesome, right? He wanted to know if we could have a prize for the winner. So, I talked to the boss and was allowed to purchase a giftcard for the winner.
We planned it for Monday, the 21st, so everyone could cook over the weekend.
I made mine on Saturday afternoon. After the parade and cupcake exchange. Told you I cooked a lot!
I also added 3 of those huge cans of crushed tomatoes. I wish I would have used the whole tomatoes or stewed tomatoes. It was a little sauce rather than tomato chunky. So, I added 2 cans of diced tomatoes and 1 small can tomato sauce.
I used two packets of chili seasoning, available at any grocery store. To this, I added a couple teaspoons of chili powder and 1 teaspoon of cumin and salt to taste.
I let this simmer on low with the lid on for an hour.
There was even one more table top with crockpots. We had 7 submissions in all.
We had one rule. You have to taste all of them to vote.
We only voted for our favorites, so no points unless you were the person's #1.
Yes, there was discussion on the point systems. Some thought we should number them in order of favorite, cause if one person was everyone's #2, they could actually win. But it was easier to do just the favorites and that's what we did.
The one on the top left is a white chili submission! We had one more come after this picture was taken, so he had to add on before he could vote.
They take about an hour to bake, so I popped them in just as we were sitting down to eat. Perfect timing!
It was good. It's always good, but man! Fresh banana bread? Fuhgetaboutit!
Best Banana Bread
1 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup melted butter (or margerine)
1 1/2 cup mashed ripe banana's (3-4)
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup nuts (optional)
This makes 2 loaf pans.
If you are using 8 inch loaf pans it will cook about 1 hour, if using 9 inch, 1 hour and 15 min.
Mix the butter and sugar, then add the eggs. Once this is smooth, add your banana's and let them mix in well. Mix in buttermilk and vanilla until creamy. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, salt and baking soda. Add this a little at a time, just until moistened. Don't overbeat.
Fold in nuts if wanted and pour into greased loaf pans.
You could use any kind of pan from a 9 inch round to muffin tins.