Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

Swedish Chili

This is called Swedish Chili because it's pretty tame in taste.
Too tame for many perhaps, but you can some crap to make it hot if that's what you want.
If you make it hot enough you can get by with rancid hamburger probably. In a lot of chili all you taste are the peppers...hmmmmmm...anyway...

Recipe by (in order of contribution to the idea):
Geo. A. Hormel
Gerald Palmquist
Brady Palmquist

1-1.5 lb. hamburger
12 oz can of tomato juice or V8
can of mushrooms...big (13 oz) or small can..up to you.
Hormel Chili (25 oz) - (I use the one with beef and beans)
Chopped Celery
Mrs. Dash
Chili Powder
Dried minced onions or fresh chopped onions
Chopped Celery


Brown the hamburger. While browning, toss in the mushrooms so they cook up a little.
While browning, I put in Season-all, Mrs. Dash and some chili powder...not a lot of any of those.
Toss in your onions and celery too.

Simmer that for a while till the hamburger is cooked and it's all cooked thoroughly.

Since we are using canned chili, this is your main cooking time. The canned chili is already cooked and only needs to be warmed up. Slowly simmer the beef, onions, mushrooms and spices so they all soak up flavor. This is quick-serve chili for the most part. No letting it cook overnight or anything like that.

Drain off excess water and fat from the beef (or not if you don't care about the calories). :)

Add in the Hormel chili and some tomato juice and warm it up to serving temp...stirring occasionally.

Add other seasoning to taste. Tonight when I made it, I had to give it extra shots of all the spices just about! It was too tame for me even. Not sure why! Maybe the chili powder is getting too old.

Serve with crackers/oyster crackers and with bread slathered with butter.

VERY delicious.

Even Austin likes it...especially the mushrooms. The kid could live on 'em.


Try it with Turkey Chili and ground turkey! ---could be a holiday tradition!
Add more beans!

Facebook broken?

I can't get to facebook at the moment...either directly or by a proxy. Weak!

Sunday, November 22, 2009


couple of recent the pic for a large version.
In the top picture he is holding a little plastic Curious George. At first I couldn't figure out what it was!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Closed circuit -radio repair

Anyone have a service manual for a Radio Shack TRC-212 40ch CB portable?


I'm looking for this manual. If you've ever even seen one, please let me know.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

power 88

The 'HITS JUST KEEP ON COMIN'" from power 88. It's been one great song after the other while I'm posting today. It's a very lucky mix. It's actually from Rhapsody this morning. The 70's channel. Excellent...just excellent hits. I don't always get this lucky...sometimes they play some stuff I don't really care for. But it's like a custom mix today.


This boy had plenty of bacon today. He is the "baconator." Or Bacon-eater as he calls it.
Here are a couple of pictures of yard work last weekend.

Crystal came up to help and Chester and Kim happened to be here, so Chester pitched in.

Austin just thought the leaves were fun. He'd been talking about jumping in the leaves for weeks.


Below is a picture of the board.

Listening to 88.1 this morning. "Power 88" is what I call it.

My little MPX96 transmitter pumping out music from the computer in the radio room.
You can buy the kit at
The audio quality is better than any little box you can buy at a department or electronics store.
But you'll have to build it! And it's not for first-time builders.
There are some mods for it out on the 'net to make it sound better, but I think it sounds great as it is if you feed it with good audio of the right impedance and level.
Only wish I had an audio processor to put in front of it. Like an Optimod! I think I'd have to modify the MPX96 to take in baseband audio/stereo mix to use an Optimod though.
I had a blast building the MPX96 a few years back.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A month and a half to Christmas?

That's crazy talk. In a month or so we'll be in Rochester for the annual trek in search of fun, food, relaxation and shopping. Usually it's VERY cold and snowy that weekend. That's frightening. Hope it's warm this year. I spose I should make hotel reservations soon or we could be staying at a boarding house......I spose they still have those down there? I stayed in one once in the 70s with my grandparents I think. I remember Punky was along too.

Sunday, November 01, 2009