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Mom’s Chili-Food Bloggers Support for Sandy

Posted on: November 8, 2012

I stumbled across Jenn Cuisine’s call for help.  She asked that food bloggers donate their posts today to promote donating to the victims of Hurricane Sandy.  Thanks for pioneering this day, Jenn!   I have quite a few friends and a cousin in NYC and the surrounding area.  Many who lost power and one who lost everything.  As if this storm wasn’t enough, there’s another winter storm rolling through with freezing temperatures.  I just pray that those who need help and food get it.  As a Florida resident, hurricanes are all too familiar to me.  It makes me grateful for all that I have knowing the next storm could hit here.

Where To Donate:

  • Red Cross is providing food, shelter, and other forms of support to hurricane victims.  You can donate directly to the Red Cross, you can also text the word “Redcross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
  • Salvation Army is also focused on providing food, shelter, and support to victims, and takes donations to storm relief.
  • Feeding America is providing food, water and supplies to those who need it as part of their disaster relief program.

My friend Cindy, owner of GreenPaxx Reusable Straws and Lids, has been directly effected by the storm along with her whole family.  Her brother is a first responder rescuing people from being stranded, flooding and downed electrical lines.  Cindy will donate $1 from each item sold directly to Sandy relief.  These reusable straws and lids make great stocking stuffers, holiday gifts and teacher appreciation gifts.  Click below to buy GreenPaxx straws and lids:

I decided to post about one of my favorite comfort foods.  My mom’s chili was always one of those foods that gave me the warm fuzzies on a cold day.  Now that our home is meatless and dairy free, I’ve revised the recipe a bit.  And dare I say that it really tastes no different to me.  This recipe is gluten free, meatless and dairy free.  It could also be soy free if you leave out the soy crumbles and add extra beans.

Mom’s Chili

Add and saute lightly:

1 large onion, chopped.  I rarely use oil in my cooking so I start with about 1/4 cup of water with the onions and add as necessary to prevent sticking.

1/2 cup of green pepper, chopped

2 minced garlic cloves

When onions are cooked (transparent), add:

1 can (2 cups) kidney beans

1 can tomatoes (not drained), I used no salt diced tomatoes

1 package plain soy crumbles or you can omit all together

1 TBSP chili powder

2 tsp salt

2 tsp oregano

2 tsp cumin

1 bay leaf

I mash about half the beans which helps to thicken the chili.  Heat over medium heat for about 1 hour.  Take the bay leaf out before serving.  This chili usually taste better the longer it sits, even the next day.  We often top it with a dollop of Tofutti brand dairy free sour cream and some Daiya brand non-dairy cheese shreds.

Serve with crackers or cornbread.   I made vegan cornbread mini muffins to go with our chili.

Please visit my other food blogging friends who chose to participate:

BentoBloggy

Mommy + Me Lunchbox

Mamabelly’s Lunches With Love

Creative Food

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8 Responses to "Mom’s Chili-Food Bloggers Support for Sandy"

Sounds delicious! We love chili and I have to try your recipe next time! Plus, the cornbread just looks so good!

Thanks, Mamabelly! We are making your french bread casserole for Thanksgiving morning!

Thank you so much for participating!! Chili is a perfect comfort food, and thanks for highlighting Cindy’s efforts as well to help out those in need. It’s so wonderful to hear how generous people can be.

Any time! Thank you for coordinating, Jenn! Just wishing there were more I could do. Have a great day, and thanks again for heading up this great promotion.

Sarah!!! This is so very kind of you! I also got notice of your donation to Red Cross on my behalf. I cannot adequately express my gratitude. And my brother and the FDNY thank you too! I hope you get this reply as I have limited access to Internet and am replying from my phone. I sincerely thank you and am drooling over your chili! I bought seitan and am staying w my grossly carnivorous family who are so angry w my veggie ways so I’m gonna make it w seitan instead of soy. Talk soon! Hugs Cindy

Respectfully sent from my iPhone while I am away from my desk.

Got it, Cindy. Really do wish there was more I could do to help. Hope you’re staying warm! XO

I’d be interested in the recipe for cornbread muffins! We’re having chili for small group this Sunday!

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