Spicy Sloppy Joe’s

Because made from scratch is so much better than the stuff in a can!


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Green Chili diced (Pablano, Big Jim, Hatch…. )
  • 1 Onion coarsely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic diced
  • 1 tsp jalapeno pepper powder
  • 3 tablespoons of Tomato Paste
  • 1 can (drained) Diced Tomatoes with Jalapenos
  • 1 pint Tomato Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Worcheshire Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1.5 lbs of Ground Meat


  1. In a large (deep) skillet heat your oil and brown your green chili, onion and garlic over medium heat.
  2. Add in your ground beef and brown thoroughly.
  3. Drain off all grease from the meat and onion mixture.
  4. Sprinkle the jalapeno powder, brown sugar, smoked paprika and apple cider vinegar over the meat.
  5. Mix thoroughly.
  6. Add your Worcheshire sauce, diced tomatoes with jalapenos and tomato sauce.
  7. Mix well.
  8. Drain off any extra grease that populates the mixture as you cook.
  9. Add in the tomato paste and mix well into your mixture.
  10. Continue to stir at a medium low heat until the mixture is thick.
  11. Serve on Hamburger Buns or rolls or bread of your choice.


Until Next Time,

Mrs. Kay L. Rice

Creamed Pumpkin Ginger Soup

This year our pumpkin patch is truly worthy of a visit from the Great Pumpkin himself. We have been very blessed with beautiful perfectly sized pie pumpkins.

While most think of baked goods when it comes to pumpkins, there is a hidden gem that a waits. Pumpkin Soup. Here is my recipe.


  • 1 tsp Coconut oil
  • 1 large onion coarsely chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic diced
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon (I like cinnamon so I use more like 2 tsp)
  • 1 tsp of fresh crushed ginger (Again, I tend to be heavy handed on the fresh ginger root. You can also used ground powdered ginger.)
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of heavy cream (you can also use a heavy coconut cream, this does change the flavor a bit.)
  • 1 four pound pumpkin
  • pinch of salt
  • grind of pepper
  • Immersion Blender
  • Dutch Oven
  • Sharp Large Knife
  • Sturdy large spoon (for scooping out pumpkin guts)


  1. Halve your pumpkin, scrape out “guts” (save your seeds for roasted pumpkin seeds if you like).
  2. Peel your pumpkin:
    1. TIP: Peeling a pumpkin is hard work. If you have a microwave you can “cheat”. Quarter your pumpkin halves. Place on a microwave safe platter, cover with a microwave save cover and use your potato setting for 2 potatoes. Repeat for the other half.
    2. Remove from microwave and cool. At this point you can just peel off the rind of the pumpkin. Easy peasey.
  3. Chop your pumpkin in cubes and set to the side.
  4. In your Dutch Oven, on medium heat; add in your coconut oil, garlic and onion and saute until golden.
  5. Add in your pumpkin cubes, broth and water.
  6. Bring to a steady boil for about 5 minutes.
  7. Reduce heat and add in Ginger, Cinnamon, Brown Sugar and stir until well mixed and the sugar is dissolved.
  8. Simmer until pumpkin is fork tender. So you can easily pierce with a fork.
  9. Remove from heat.
  10. With your Immersion blender, blend until the contents are smooth.
  11. Fold in your cream until well mixed. DO NOT return to heat.
  12. Add in a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.
  13. Serve in Bowls with a drizzle of cream.

Side Note: My husband likes to add a touch of heat to this soup. As a suggestion use a sauce or Pepper that has a Citrus overtone, such as a Lemon Drop Pepper.