It’s Getting Chili In Here

October 1, 2011

Maybe it’s because I’m from Orange County, North Carolina, but all of my foods just seem to be orange these days!!


After we returned from Polyface, I stopped into the bakery to try the new pumpkin swirl bread help out for a bit. I was in such a good mood from the trip! (And the pumpkin swirl and the blondie bits I ate were both fabulous.)


[Thanks so much to Kendall and Matt for bringing me the delicious jams and beers!! Sorry I wasn’t there to greet you.]

Just before closing, I headed home to write my Polyface post and start on dinner. Matt arrived and relaxed on the couch while I made a fall special!


This would be Ashley’s Cornbread recipe – made from scratch! I found some local cornmeal at our Whole Foods and used 1 cup each of cornmeal and whole wheat flour in the recipe, otherwise following Ashley’s to a T. Mine looks like it rose more than hers (elevation difference) but it turned out fabulous!


Slightly sweet, crumbly but held together.


And even better smothered, Southern style, with honey and butter!


To go with the cornbread, I made a Smoked Chili.


Smoked Chili

Serves 4


  • 2 big bell peppers
  • 2 big tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups black beans
  • 1 can fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 2 cups broth of your choice
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika (found this at Whole Foods!)
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • Salt + pepper to taste


  1. Brown peppers in some olive oil in a big pot.
  2. Add tomatoes, then garlic. Stir.
  3. Add beans, canned tomatoes, broth and spices.
  4. Bring to boil and then simmer for 10 minutes, or until you feel like eating.



After dinner Matt and I went for a brisk – in temperature and pace – walk downtown. Of course we ran into friends, but having no wallets or IDs and wearing a fleece shirt, pink scarf and neon green sneakers, we headed back home for a casual end to the day.

Tomorrow we might hike!

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1 Angel7 October 1, 2011 at 8:23 pm
2 Sana October 1, 2011 at 8:25 pm

:) I always find myself without an ID. I am no fun!


3 Angela @ PattycakesnPancakes October 1, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Loved your Polyface post. Oh I just got some Garlic Gold in the mail and who did I notice on their info sheet? You! Way too cool!! Keep up the good work!


4 KathEats October 2, 2011 at 9:26 am



5 Lynn @ the actor's diet October 1, 2011 at 8:33 pm

I have a friend who doesn’t like orange foods. I know CUCKOO!!!


6 katie @KatieDid October 1, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Favorite fall meal right there, hands down. And evening fall walks are so crisp and energizing.


7 Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy October 1, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Your dinner looks amazing! I love homemade cornbread!


8 kathleen @ the daily crumb October 1, 2011 at 8:38 pm

yummm to that cornbread. LOVE ashley’s recipes. glad you had such a wonderful day!


9 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 1, 2011 at 8:45 pm

I hear ya on the orange things! I whipped up 2 batches of chili today, both of which contained plenty of pumpkin, squash, and carrots. Who needs tanning beds LOL!


10 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 1, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Wandering the grocery store this afternoon I stumbled upon a few cornbread mixes thinking about how good that sounded. But then passed. Now seeing more cornbread and I’m regretting not buying it… :(


11 Jess October 1, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Random: I am pretty sure I saw your mom and dad at the ruby tuesdays in Mebane, nc tonight. By the time I figured out why they looked familiar to me, they were out the door!


12 Mom October 2, 2011 at 7:16 am

Oh gosh that would have been so fun to have you speak to us! How was your dinner? Our was good.


13 jess October 2, 2011 at 11:57 am

It would have been fun! We were waiting to be seated as you were leaving. Sad for the missed opportunity! Our dinner was good – we like the salad bar there.


14 KathEats October 2, 2011 at 9:26 am



15 Mom October 2, 2011 at 12:03 pm

We do too, but Cliff is very upset they aren’t putting black olives on
anymore. It took him half the meal to recover.


16 Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats October 1, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Chili and cornbread is such a perfect pair. This seems weird to me…but in Nebraska chili and cinnamon rolls is the big thing. Have you heard of that elsewhere?


17 KathEats October 2, 2011 at 9:26 am

I think that sounds fab :)


18 Kristi October 3, 2011 at 11:05 am

YEA!!! That’s the best!!!


19 Laura October 1, 2011 at 9:05 pm

I loooove smoked paprika. especially on eggs!


20 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) October 1, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Dinner looks delicious! YUM! The weather is definitely making me want to go outside! We are going to a corn maize tomorrow and I can’t wait!


21 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) October 1, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Darn, I knew I should have made cornbread for the chili I made the other day!! I need a do-over :)


22 [email protected] October 1, 2011 at 10:00 pm

I’ve never made cornbread in my cast iron skillet, that’s a great idea.

Good eats Kath!


23 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes October 1, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Great recipe! That cornbread looks fantastic :)


24 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio October 1, 2011 at 10:36 pm

Dinner looks fantastic!! I’m overjoyed that it’s chili season (although I find myself making chili throughout the year). Have a great Sunday!


25 emily October 1, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Your entire day was swoonworthy so I have to share something that will make you jealous – I just had Southern Tier Pumking Ale gelato!! It was even better than it sounds. 😀


26 KathEats October 2, 2011 at 9:27 am



27 angie giambruno October 1, 2011 at 11:49 pm

Yum told ya pumpkin swirl was the bomb


28 Khushboo October 2, 2011 at 12:18 am

Neon green sneakers are soo retro…love it!


29 [email protected] October 2, 2011 at 12:27 am

Wow! I am from the south too and now I am very hungry for some cornbread and cream corn. Yummy. My recipe doesn’t use flour though, but I know its delicious because it looks delicious. Good touch with the chili.


30 Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco October 2, 2011 at 1:19 am

I have been drooling over Ashley’s cornbread for days now, but have not made it! Alas. Oh well, can I live vicariously through you and your cornbread, instead? 😉 Love that chili!


31 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 2, 2011 at 2:08 am

Pumpkin swirl bread sounds amazing! I thought I’d miss the beginning of pumpkin being in Italy, but one of the chef’s here had pumpkin soup with parmesan gelato. It was awesome. :)


32 Michelle (Peachy Palate) October 2, 2011 at 3:05 am

That corn bread looks amazing, if I had some now I’d have it for breakfast! Orange foods are the best, it’s the colour of fall! :)


33 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 2, 2011 at 6:21 am

Honey and butter on bread along w/ some chili…oh, now we’re talking. It looks fabulous, Kath!


34 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) October 2, 2011 at 6:38 am

I am a total honey/butter on cornbread type of girl. I have some friends that think honey + cornbread is so strange. My fav way to eat cornbread for sure!


35 Ally at A Girl In Her Kitchen October 2, 2011 at 6:54 am

Yum!! Perfect fall meal!


36 Cait's Plate October 2, 2011 at 7:00 am

That cornbread looks completely perfect!

If I can’t find the smoked paprika – do you think I can use a couple drops of liquid smoke and get a similar effect??


37 KathEats October 2, 2011 at 9:27 am



38 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 2, 2011 at 7:15 am

Chili with cornbread is the ultimate fall comfort meal!


39 Natalie the Awesome October 2, 2011 at 7:45 am

wow that chili looks good.


40 KathEats October 2, 2011 at 9:27 am

Wish you were here to taste it!


41 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries October 2, 2011 at 8:11 am

Yumm that chili looks so good, especially with that cornbread on the side! I’m always a sucker for a good bowl of chili and cornbread…I’ll have to try this!


42 Kayla October 2, 2011 at 8:30 am

Kath do you have a pinterest account??


43 KathEats October 2, 2011 at 9:27 am

I do but I’m not on it a ton – Katheats!


44 kayleigh October 2, 2011 at 8:57 am

just registered for the charlottesville half marathon, see you there!


45 KathEats October 2, 2011 at 9:27 am

Oh fun!


46 J @ Ess and Jae V2.0 October 2, 2011 at 9:03 am

OH! I now know a new use for the lovely smoked paprika I bought weeks ago. It smelled divine but I didn’t know what to do with it. It’s a “chili” time of year, isn’t it? And why do we always run into friends when we look very un-Saturday-night? What is that about? :-)


47 Cait's Plate October 2, 2011 at 9:32 am

All this rain is just ruining the Fall!! I hope this is the last week of this!

And I can’t wait to get home, move, settle in and make pumpkin pancakes with GH mix!!

Hope you have a lovely Sunday despite the rain :)


48 Shana October 2, 2011 at 10:01 am

All of my food is orange too! I will look like an oompa loompa by December.


49 Dee October 2, 2011 at 10:21 am

Yum! That is all. 😀


50 [email protected] October 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm

ohhh man….I am soooo making this soon–thanks Ash and Kath!


51 Amy October 2, 2011 at 3:13 pm

I live in Orange County, NC! And I’m definitely craving orange foods too…pumpkin, sweet potatoes, etc. 😀


52 ~Christy October 2, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Can’t wait to try the recipes! :)


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