Tammy’s Plain Chili

This is a plain basic chili recipe that works when you don’t have fresh veggies on hand but want to do a quick pot of chili. You can add canned beans if you’d like. It will serve 3 – 4 and can be easily doubled for leftovers or lunches.



1 lb. ground beef, cooked
1 15 oz. can of tomato sauce
1 14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes
3 TBSP chili powder
1 1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp cumin


Mix all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to boil. Simmer for 20 minutes.

Chili with cheese

Slaid Cleaves with Woody

Originally posted on Anuvue Studio:

Take the lyrics of Woody Guthrie, combine the instrumentals and haunting voice of of Slaid Cleaves…and you have magic.

this morning i was born again
and the light shines on my land
i no longer look for heaven
in your deathly distant land
i do not want your pearly gates
i don’t want your streets of gold
this morning i was born again
and the light shines in my soul

this morning i was born again
i was born again complete
i stood above my troubles
and i stand on my two feet

my hand feels unlimted
my body feels like a sky
i feel at home in the universe
where yonder planets fly

this morning i was born again
my past is dead and gone
this brave eternal moment
is my great eternal dawn

these troubled blood within me
each breath of life i breath
is united with these…

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You May Not Be….

“You may not be her first, her last, or her only. She loved before she may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters? She’s not perfect – you aren’t either, and the two of you may never be perfect together but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can. She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break – her heart. So don’t hurt her, don’t change her, don’t analyze and don’t expect more than she can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she’s not there.”
― Bob Marley


15 Random Things About Me

Accepted a challenge from Dortha to share some random things about me.

  • I am an Apple geek. I own an iPhone, iPad, iShuffle, MacBook Pro and two iPods.
  • I love rainy days.
  • I have lived in 4 states and 10 cities since I was born.
  • I am a klutz. I walk into walls, door frames and bump myself on random things. I am near sighted with a depth perception deficit. I just tell people I have poor motor skills.
  • I love dogs.

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  • I am very competitive and can be a poor sport at times.
  • I have become very fond of cooking.
  • I have over 2350 books on my Sony Daily Edition eReader. I love to read but I know I will never read all those books before I die. Just as I know I will continue to add more books. I read every day so I am ok with that.
  • I can’t resist the snooze button. I set my alarm 9 minutes early (e.g. 5:51 am) to get in a “free” go at it every day.
  • I enjoy general knowledge trivia shows and games. I also enjoy card games (e.g. UNO, Phase 10)

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  • I have a new nephew, Gabriel, who is the cutest little person in the world.
  • Cheese pizza is my favorite food.
  • Wine always makes a good present for me. Red or white. I like Chardonnay and Shiraz (Syrah) blends especially.
  • I plan to win the lottery and buy an awesome little place in Bali, where I will read in my hammock overlooking the ocean.
  • Everybody makes mistakes. I give those I care about forgiveness and “do-overs” whenever and wherever possible.

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Would you be willing to share some random things about you?

Tammy’s Homemade St. Louis Style Pizza

For my last night in Missouri I made homemade St. Louis Style Pizza. I can’t do this on the gulf coast since there is no provel cheese down there. The instructions below will make two 12″ pizzas.

Tammy's St. Louis Style Pizza

for the dough:
3/4 cups lukewarm water
1 teaspoon active-dry yeast
1 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
½ cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt

for the toppings:
pizza sauce
provel cheese
(If you are using meat toppings you will need to precook them)


Set the oven to 500°F or as hot as it will go and let it heat for at least a half an hour before making the pizza. If you have a pizza stone, put it in the lower-middle part of the oven now.

Combine the water and yeast in a mixing bowl, and stir to dissolve the yeast. The mixture should look like thin miso soup. Add the flour and salt to the bowl and mix until you’ve formed a shaggy dough.

Turn the dough out onto a clean work surface along with any loose flour still in the bowl. Knead until all the flour is incorporated, and the dough is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. I admit to kneading the dough right in the mixing bowl, but I am a bit like The Anal Retentive Chef (as portrayed by Phil Hartman on SNL) and clean like a scrubby dutch as I go. If it is not necessary to dirty up another surface or dish I don’t do it. The dough should still feel moist and slightly tacky. If it’s sticking to your hands like bubble gum, work in more flour one tablespoon at a time until it is smooth.

Pizza Dough Balls

Divide the dough into two equal size balls. I cover the dough and let it rise for at least an hour but this is not necessary. You can also refrigerate the 2nd dough ball for up to three days or freeze it if you want to just make one pizza.

Lay out a piece of parchment paper that is roughly 13″ long and using a rolling pin roll the dough out until you have about a 12″ pie. The dough will stick to the parchment paper, which makes it easier to roll out.

Mix some grated provel into your pizza sauce, enough cheese so that basically you just have sauce coated cheese. Spread the sauce/cheese mixture over your pizza crust. Add toppings of your choice. Meat toppings need to be precooked. I make cheese pizza so I added more cheese. BE VERY CAREFUL when you are using provel cheese. A little bit goes a long way and you will have more cheese than think. Too much will cause a cheesesplosion in the oven which will cause a very smoky kitchen.

Ready to go into the oven

Using a pizza peel or a cookie sheet, slide the pizza (still on the parchment paper) onto the pizza stone. If you don’t have a pizza stone, bake it on a baking sheet.

Bake for about 8 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the cheese looks toasty. Do NOT overcook the provel cheese. It has a very low melting point and burns easily.

Remove from oven and let cool for about 5 minutes (so cheese won’t run) before slicing and serving.

Tammy's Homemade St. Louis Style Pizza

Look at that crust! Yummy!

crust detail

Note: You can use this quick and dirty crust recipe if you do not keep wheat flour in your pantry. I actually go that route most of the time because it is so easy. This is a thin crust recipe so there is no rise. Just mix up the ingredients into a dough and roll it out as thin as you possible can.

2 cups and 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. olive oil
2 tsp. dark corn syrup
1/2 cup and 2 tbsp. water

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