Spreading Good News (Part 284 – Recipe for My Prize-Winning Chili!)

The goal of Spreading Good News is for readers to:

GET INSPIRED and/or GET MOTIVATED and/or GET INFORMED and/or GET AWE-STRUCK and/or GET A BREAK FROM ALL THE NEGATIVE NEWS and to tell readers about our books!!


THIS WEEK’S REVIEW:  “My 15 Dogs:  A 55-Year Journey of Love”

I want to tell you about my sister’s book.  Her name is Anita Jones, and from the day she was born and brought home, she has been around or owned at least one dog.  Her love for dogs (and theirs for her!) is absolutely AMAZING, and her book about the dogs in her life is absolutely DELIGHTFUL!!

Anna Klimko says, “Anita is truly an inspirational person, and writer, with a great and wonderful heart.  I read this book from cover to cover without putting it down once.  The book will bring tears to your eyes, a smile to your face, and heartwarming feeling to your heart.  I recommend this book to people of all ages and to anyone that has ever had a pet.  You cannot help but think of all the great memories you have shared with your furry companions.  Enjoy reading this book as it helps you appreciate the past, present and future of all life.”

Read the preview and reviews for “My 15 Dogs:  A 55-Year Journey of Love” and order today at http://www.GoodShortBooks.com.


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~ Joyce Fields



Two weeks ago, my 12-year-old granddaughter, Mekkah, used the recipe for my homemade chili.  This was the second time she has made it.  She took it to school for their Chili Cook-Off.  She and my chili won second place!  YAY!!

The first time she made it, she also used the recipe that I sometimes use for corn bread.  She served the chili with corn bread and a salad, with our Aint Yetty’s pound cake for dessert (the second time she’s made the cake, too, and she does an excellent job of it).  YUM!!

Mekkah’s dream is to be a chef.  She wants to go to culinary school IN PARIS, FRANCE!  I love to cook, so you know I’m encouraging her!  Here are the recipes for my chili and the corn bread and Aint Yetty’s pound cake, which has been in our family for more than 50 years.  If you try them, be sure to let me know how they came out for you.

You can get more of my recipes (mac and cheese, apple pie, tuna salad, etc.) in two of my books:  Line of Serenity and The Best Way to Keep a Man is to Let Him Go (among other things).

Bon appétit!



1½ to 2 lbs. hamburger (or ground turkey or chicken)

1 large onion, diced

1 large green pepper, diced

3 or 4 garlic cloves, chopped or ½ tsp garlic powder

¼  cup worchestershire sauce

1 16 oz. can tomato sauce

1 16 oz. can diced tomatoes

1 8 oz. can tomato paste

2 medium or large cans chili beans (mild or hot)

⅓  cup ketchup

2 Tbsp honey or sugar

Lawry’s seasoned salt and pepper to taste

Chili powder (start with 2 Tbsp)

1 or 2 Tbsp oil

Heat oil in large skillet or pot.  Over medium heat, sauté onion and green pepper for about four or five minutes, stirring frequently.

Add meat, garlic (or garlic powder), and worchestershire sauce.  Cook and stir until meat is no longer red.  Drain, leaving a little liquid in pan.

Add tomato paste.  Fill empty tomato paste can with cold water and add to meat mixture.

Add all other ingredients.  Reduce heat to medium-low.  Cover and simmer for about ten minutes.  Taste.  Cover and simmer for another ten minutes.


Preheat oven to 425°

1 cup yellow corn meal

1 cup flour

¼ cup sugar

½ tsp salt

4 tsp baking powder

1 egg

1 cup milk

¼ cup oil

Grease 8-inch square pan or baking dish.

Mix all dry ingredients in medium or large bowl.  Add egg, milk, and oil.  Beat well until smooth, about 1-2 minutes.

Pour into pan or dish and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.  Butter the top while bread is piping hot.


Preheat oven to 350°

3 cups flour

1 tsp salt

6 eggs

1 box (1 lb.) powdered sugar

4 sticks (1 lb.) butter, softened

2 Tbsp pure lemon extract (or any flavor desired)

Grease and flour 10” tube or bundt pan.

In large bowl, cream butter.  Add sugar gradually.  Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Mix flour and salt together.  Gradually add flour/salt mixture, beating well after each addition.  Add flavor.  Beat about two minutes, then pour into pan.

Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Let stand in pan for ten minutes, then gently shake loose and remove from pan.  Cool completely before slicing.


~ Joyce Fields






About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of eight books (seven non-fiction; one children's fiction--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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7 Responses to Spreading Good News (Part 284 – Recipe for My Prize-Winning Chili!)

  1. Lena says:

    Yay Mekkah, Congrats to the both of you. And I can’t wait to try this recipe, and that cornbread. I’m hungry just thinking about it.

  2. Nita says:

    Hey, Miss Mekkah! Congratulations on winning 2nd place in the Chili Cook-Off!!

  3. Wow Your site is of the chain

  4. Excellent Blog !!!! Thanks for your info

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