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Turkey not the only thing that is stuffed

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday, ate way too much and spent time with loved ones.

The Cooke family, in true tradition, did our fair share of indulging and visiting, as usual!

We started out with our "traditional" Thanksgiving queso, guacamole and chips. We end up eating so much of those two wonderful dishes that I am surprised we can fit the actual Thanksgiving meal into our stomachs, but we manage somehow.

My Mom made her famous family dressing. This is one dish that my brothers and I don't ever want to miss. It's a recipe that has been passed from Maw Maw (Mom's grandmother) and Mom's Great-aunt Boopie to Nannie (Mom's mother) and now on to my Mom.

Wonder who she will someday pass it down to? It is delish and there is never any leftover after eating it for lunch and supper.

We also had smashed potatoes, buttery corn on the cob, fresh green beans, big salad (that's always my Bill's contribution, he makes the best big salads with all kinds of veggies), asparagus and tomato salad, cranberry-pineapple jello, garlic bread and rolls. I may have even left something out but I don't remember.

I made the first pot of red potatoes and I used the whole 5 lbs. It never looks like very much in my big dutch oven, but I figured with all the other food (and starchy food at that!) it would be plenty.

My sister-in-law Deb and I headed on over to Mom and Dad's first, taking our food. Bill stayed behind at our house and said he would be there in a bit.

About an hour later, in walks Bill with another big pot of mashed potatoes. He got worried that there wouldn't be enough food! Of course, the rest of us were still busy eating the "traditional" Thanksgiving queso, guacamole and chips.

Besides gorging on our delicious smorgasborg, we watched football and visited. We talked and laughed. We were entertained by all of our dogs and by Katie and Kyle's bickering over whose dog was cuter and smarter!

There were 15 of us at Mom and Dad's this year. Bill's sister Deb came in from Austin and spent the holiday with us. She is now officially part of the madness and she fits right in!

The latter part of the weekend I made a big pot of stew, we just thought some vegetables sounded good.

Then last night with the cooler weather coming on, husband made a big pot of his famous chili, which my Mom says we should call "Chew" for part chili and part stew.

He uses lots of stuff in his "Chew" and it is really good! It is not your usual Texas Chili.

Still Bill's Chunky "Chew"
2 large white onions
1 clove garlic
2 large green peppers
1 lb. hamburger meat
1 lb. chili meat
2 pkgs chili seasoning mix
Cook all these ingredients first, until onion is translucent and meat is done. Add to pot: 2 cans red kidney beans 2 lg. cans whole tomatoes
2 cans Ro-Tel original
1 can pinto beans
1 can black beans
1 can corn (drained)

Plus: salt, pepper, cayenne, chili powder, ketchup, mustard, seasoned salt, A-1 steak sauce, Heinze 57, Worchestershire sauce and Chachere Cajun Spice to taste.

Simmer for at least 2 hours. The longer it cooks, the better it tastes. Last night we ate it with garlic-cheese biscuits, but it's also good with whole wheat crackers or cornbread. Can add grated cheddar cheese on top. I mean, why not?


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