Each week, this column offers recipes from Valley cookbooks. If your organization would like to have

Each week, this column offers recipes from Valley cookbooks. If your organization would like to have its cookbook showcased, please contact our features editor Barb Shaffer at 330-747-1471, ext. 1282, or email her at shaffer@vindy.com.


mike’s vegetarian chili

by Shari Creed mcconnell

2tablespoons cooking oil

2cups chopped celery

2cups chopped green pepper (two)

2cups chopped onion (three medium)

3cloves garlic, minced (jar kind)

228-ounce cans diced tomatoes, not drained

216-ounce cans red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1/4cup red wine vinegar

1tablespoon chili powder

2teaspoons dry parsley

2teaspoons salt

11/2teaspoons dried basil, crushed

11/2teaspoons dried oregano, crushed

11/2teaspoons ground cumin

1teaspoon ground allspice

1/4teaspoon black pepper

1/2teaspoon bottled hot pepper sauce (Frank’s)

1bay leaf

112-ounce can beer (11/2 cups)

3/4cup raw cashew nuts

Heat oil in dutch oven. Add celery, green pepper, onion and garlic. Cook, covered, until vegetables are tender but not brown. Stir in undrained tomatoes, drained beans, vinegar, chili powder, parsley, salt, basil, oregano, cumin, allspice, pepper, black pepper, hot sauce and bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer covered for at least one and one-half hours. Stir in beer and cashews. Return to boiling and simmer uncovered 30 minutes more, or until chili is desired consistency. Remove bay leaf. Makes six or more large servings. Serve as is or over rice.

peanut cream dressing

by darlene mounts

1cup light cream

1/2cup creamy-style peanut butter

1tablespoon honey

1/2teaspoon salt

In a small bowl gradually blend cream into peanut butter, stirring until smooth. Add honey and salt; mix well. Delicious with fruit salad. Suggested fruits: bananas, cantaloupe, kiwi, nectarines and strawberries.

HOW TO OBTAIN the book

To obtain as many copies as you wish, send $23.75 plus $7.50 for shipping and handling per book to Mahoning Valley Historical Society, 648 Wick Ave., Youngstown, OH 44502.

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