Monday, January 6, 2014

Roxanne Rustand's Winter Chili Recipe

Where did the last two months go?  It seems like just last week that I was thinking about all of the family members coming home for Thanksgiving...and suddenly we are in January. The wonderful Christmas season flew by--and now those of us in the Upper Midwest are buckling down for more cold, more snow, and high winds that will be driving our wind-chills way into the sub-zero range.  Brrrr! 

We live on an acreage in the country, on a windblown, dead end gravel road, so on snowy days the farthest I get is out to the barn to do my horse chores.  But I love this weather!  After getting supper started in the crockpot, it’s a perfect time to work at the computer in my office, with a nice cup of fragrant tea at my side--and without the temptation (or even the possibility) to run to town for errands.  And later, curling up by the fire with a good book while listening to the wind howl outside is a perfect way to spend an evening. 

Have you had a chance to enjoy books from all of the authors here?  Becoming part of this group has introduced me to some authors I hadn’t read before, and what a delight it is to be catching up on their wonderful backlist!  And I’ve read and enjoyed books by the others for a long time. What a wonderful group this is! 

For those of you who are also enjoying winter weather, here’s our family’s favorite chili recipe--great for a snowy evening!   

4# ground beef, browned
2 medium onions, chopped
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp ground oregano
1 tsp cumin seed
3 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp onion powder 
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
Two   28oz cans stewed tomatoes
Two cans  red beans (rinsed well and drained)
2 cups water 

Mix everything in the crockpot, and simmer on low all day.  Season to taste.  Enjoy!
Roxanne Rustand has written over thirty books for the Harlequin Superromance, Everlasting, Heartwarming, Love Inspired, and Love Inspired Suspense lines. Her two new independent releases are sweet, contemporary romances:  Comeback Cowboy, and  Summer at Briar Lake, which was released this month.  She lives in the country with her husband, three horses, and a goofy, talkative Border Collie her husband refers to as Elmo the Wonderdog. You can learn more about Roxanne and her books at, or find her at


  1. Gosh, I'm always moaning about our British weather but reading your post makes me realize how lucky I am to only have a little rain and wind. Although you do make the snowy weather sound nice, snuggled up in a cozy house eating chili. I love chili and haven't cooked it for a while. Thank you for reminding me!

  2. What a lovely, warm and cozy picture you're able to paint of the Midwest, despite your bitter cold! Love the chili recipe. Can't wait to try it! :)

  3. I loved the weather in Ireland and England when we were there for over three weeks last spring, Loved the rain, and the verdant greens when the sun came out What city are you in or near, Helen?

    Ginny--this morning I went out to feed my horses and was so happy--it felt almost balmy today, at -11F but no wind! After days of -30 to -50F windchills, iut was such a nice change to have the wind stop! :)

  4. Roxanne, I'm in South West England near Plymouth. A short drive to Dartmoor and 20 minutes walk to the coast. Not a bad place to be!

  5. It is gloriously warm, middle of summer weather down here in New Zealand but I still think I'll give your recipe a try sooner rather than later!!