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Four Way Cincinnati Chili…

9 Jan

Time to use up some of that cheese in our refrigerator!

When we were up in Cincinnati in early November, Tony’s grandma, Nana, gave us a packet of Cincinnati Chili Seasoning to bring back.  Since then Tony has wanted me to make it.

The first time he took me to visit his extended family in Cincy we went to lunch at the famous Skyline Chili.  I wasn’t a big fan.  Skyline uses cocoa powder and cinnamon in their chili and they serve it over spaghetti.  Very strange if you ask me.  I’ve only had chili with cornbread!  It was a bit too sweet for me.  I wasn’t a fan.

Tony mentioned the chili again this week so I finally made it for him tonight.  Surprisingly, I actually liked it this time.  I modified the recipe slightly and made mine a little spicy.  If you can’t find one of the seasoning packs that I used, you can google the exact ingredients to use.


At Skyline, you can order your chili different WAYS:

Three Way: Spaghetti topped with chili and cheddar cheese.

Four Way: Spaghetti topped with chili, cheddar cheese and onions.

Five Way: Spaghetti topped with chili, kidney beans, cheddar cheese and onions.

Cincinnati Chili


I used turkey and wheat paste to up the nutritional value some.  After taking this picture Tony informed me that we were going to use freshly grated cheddar not the kind in a bag!


Add your turkey, seasoning, water and tomato paste.  This was my first time cooking meat in the sauce.  I was unsure on how this would turn out.


Break the meat into small pieces by wisking the sauce with a fork.


The sauce will eventually thicken and you will have your spaghetti topping!


Prepare your noodles, cheese and onions.


Use freshly shredded cheddar, its as close to Skyline as you can get.


Step 1: Add your spaghetti to your bowl.


Step 2: Top with chili.


Step 3: Add onions.


Step 4: Sprinkle with cheese.


Step 5: Add crushed red pepper, if you like your chili spicy!  Enjoy!

Cincinnati Chili

  • 1 packet of Chili Seasoning
  • 6 oz can of Tomato Paste
  • 1-1.5 lbs. of Lean Ground Turkey
  • 6 Cups of Water
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 1 box of Whole Wheat Thin Spaghetti
  • Fresh Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  1. Combine the seasoning, water, tomato paste and ground turkey in a pan.  Do not cook the turkey.
  2. Beat the mixture with a fork while heating to a boil.  The fork will break the meat up into small bits.  Bring the mixture to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 1.5 hours, stirring occasionally.
  4. Serve your favorite WAY.
  5. Enjoy!

It was more like meat sauce with spaghetti.  I enjoyed it and Tony loved it.  He can’t wait to have the real stuff!  We are moving to Cincinnati this summer so I better get used to this chili.  I have a feeling that we will be visiting Skyline a few times!

Time for bed.  Hopefully we wake up with a white blanket of snow in the morning!

Have you had Skyline Chili before?  Do you like it?


Date Night in the ‘Burgh

29 Nov

After the game on Saturday we checked into the beautiful Fairmont Pittsburgh.  The lobby was very modern.


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After checking in, we bundled up and went out to explore the city.

We found a huge gingerbread house display in the windows of the PPG buildings.


The houses went on forever.  We went inside to see the Winter Wonderland and found even more houses.  They were all so creative.

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Some of my favorites:

Heinz Field


Mellon Arena


Consol Energy Center


Market Square was just a block from our hotel.


The square was decorated for Christmas and the lights changed to the music that was playing.


After enjoying all of the Christmas decorations, we headed back up to our room to get ready for dinner.  We had a great view of the PPG buildings and Market Square from our window.



We walked down the block to Elements.


We enjoyed a complimentary meat and cheese tray because we mentioned our anniversary in our reservation.  Thank you Elements!

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Tony started with the Duck Confit Pizza and I had the Apple & Endive Panzanella salad.  They were both fantastic!  The salad was one of the best salads I have ever had.

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I ordered the Veal Cheek and Tony had the Skate Wing for dinner.  Both were delicious and quite different from each other.



After dinner we took a chilly walk to Point State Park to see the Christmas Tree.

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We said goodbye to Pittsburgh on Sunday and came back to South Carolina.



Thank you Mom & Dad for such a great trip to Pittsburgh.  We had a great time!  We love you both!

Happy Thanksgiving!

25 Nov

Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving!

I came home from work yesterday and there was a package waiting for me!


Inside I found:

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My reward for winning the Amanzi Tea “Just Add Tea” Recipe Contest!

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9 tins of tea including:

  • Dutch Apple, Herbal
  • Festive Cinnamon, Herbal
  • Holiday Brew, Herbal
  • Mulled Spice, Black tea
  • Orange Cookies, Black tea
  • Gingerbread Man, Rooibos
  • Candy Cane, Rooibos
  • Frosted Peach, White tea
  • Winter White, White tea

Thank you Amanzi Tea!

After work I went out with The Boys in Blue, aka Tony and his brothers Peter (left) & Adam (middle) for Sushi.  Actually all 4 of us just happened to be wearing a shade of blue.

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We enjoyed fantastic sushi from Tsunami here in Greenville.


It was a delicious Thanksgiving Eve dinner!

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This morning has been a lazy one in the Shony house.  Crosby has enjoyed watching the parade while relaxing on the couch!


Time for me to start cooking.  We are having Thanksgiving at my in-laws.

I am making:

I am thankful for my friends and family.  I get to spend this special day with my husband’s family and tomorrow we are heading to PA to see my family.  I can’t wait to spend the next few days with some of our favorite people.

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving.  Eat plenty and enjoy your time with the ones you love!

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