Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Elevators, Teeth

We have two elevators at our apartment building, they are in the process of being replaced, working on one at a time, however, Monday afternoon I went to check the mail and the working elevator wasn’t – working I mean. I just hope to goodness there was no emergency. For me personally, I might make it down the five floors, but I would never make it up them again. Just as well I didn’t go bowling, Matt had to walk up from the garage. He stopped to get the mail and said there was a woman in a wheelchair and another with a wheeled walker who were just arriving so what the heck they would have done I have no idea. The mechanic hadn’t come and so it took a long time to fix it. Hope he has done so this morning.

I am in major pain this morning with toothache so gotta see if I can get an appointment. All for this morning.

When everyone is producing cookie, cake or dessert recipes, the other day Ron Claiborne, newscaster of the Weekend Good Morning America cooked up this chilli which actually looked good enough to eat.

Ron's Turkey Chili a la Claiborne

Recipe Courtesy Ron Claiborne

Servings: Over 8

Are you looking for a filling winter meal? This hearty chili is just the right blend of spice, vegetables and turkey, and its sure to leave your family satisfied.


2 to 2 1/2 lbs ground turkey Turkey-Chili-a-la-Claiborne
2 boxes of chili seasoning (Wick Fowler's "2 Alarm Chili Kit" or
Carroll Shelby's "Chili Kit")
2 (15.5oz) cans kidney beans, rinsed
1 (15.5oz) can white navy beans, rinsed
1 cup water, more or less
2 (14.5oz) cans stewed tomatoes
1 (8oz) can tomato paste
1 yellow onion, diced
3 bell peppers, diced
3 large carrots, diced
1 box frozen corn
1 box frozen baby peas
1 heaping tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 bottle of beer (optional)
Chopped Jalapenos or hot chili peppers to taste


In a large stewpot, soften the onions and bell peppers in olive oil over medium heat. In a separate skillet, cook the ground turkey. Once the turkey is browned (and no pink remains), drain the liquid and add the turkey to the stewpot. Add in the stewed
tomatoes, the tomato paste, a cup of water, and the contents of the 2 boxes of chili seasonings (leave out some of the salt if you prefer - I only use 1 of the 2 salt packets). Add in the beer and cocoa, the carrots, corn, peas and beans. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for an hour+ over low heat. Add in jalapenos and spicy chili peppers to taste.

Serve with shredded cheese, diced purple onion, sour cream and tortilla chips.

Have a great day



  1. I live on the top floor - 9th - and I know all about having to climb stairs when the elevator is out of order.

  2. You are lucky to be able to Marilyn. I couldn't these days. As for the poor people I mentioned, I don't knoww hat they did. How many elevators do you have?

  3. I live in a large building so that we have 3 entrances. In my section of the building we have only 1 elevator but the other two sections have 2 each. I some days climb the stairs instead of taking the elevator just to get some exercise.