What’s Cooking Wednesday with Cathy Skendrovich




Cathy Skendrovich’s Award-Winning Chili



Not everybody can claim their chili is award-winning, but I can. I won first place at my church’s chili cook-off in 2012 for the best darn chili, and no one in my family can forget it. I won’t let them.

It happened when my younger son heard the chili cook-off announcement at church that summer. He turned to me and whispered that I should enter. At first, I said no, but he wouldn’t give up. He told me mine was the best, hands-down, and that I would be “dumb” not to enter (you gotta love sons). Since everyone else in the family agreed, I entered.

There were at least a dozen entrants that year. There were chicken chilis, vegetarian chilis, steak chilis, and chilis so hot they’d knock your socks off (at least that was the claim). But as the congregation began the taste-testing, people kept telling me, “Yours is so good!” They came back for seconds, thirds, until my crockpot was bone dry. Even the minister whispered to me, “I’m voting for yours.”

I won the first-place prize: a chili-decorated oven mitt, matching pot holders, and a wooden spoon. I still use them all. And now I’m sharing the recipe with Entangled readers. Maybe you, too, will win the next chili cook-off you enter!


1 ½-2 lbs. ground beef                                                        1 28 oz. can whole tomatoes

Onion, chopped, to taste                                                      1 T. chili powder

1-2 T. green pepper                                                              1tsp. sugar (at the end)

Garlic powder, to taste                                                          Pepper and salt to taste

2-3 15 oz. cans chili beans                                                    Grated cheddar cheese


  1. Brown meat with garlic, salt, pepper, onion, green pepper in large stock pot
  2. Drain off fat
  3. Add beans and tomatoes, and chili powder
  4. Bring to boil and cook 1 ½ to 2 hours
  5. Add sugar near the end
  6. Grate cheddar cheese over chili in bowls
  7. Good with corn bread or baked bread






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DEA agent Sawyer Hayes came to California in search of a drug cartel leader who slipped through his fingers in El Paso. The link to finding him is Kate Munroe, a nanny for one of his henchmen. The problem? He didn’t expect to be so drawn to a possible suspect. How is he supposed to do his job when his growing feelings for her are clouding his judgment?

Interior designer Kate Munroe’s life is a train wreck. Her parents’ deaths left her with their mounds of debt, she can’t get a job designing even a cubicle, and she’s bunking in her best friend’s spare bedroom. To make ends meet, she’s a nanny to a lonely little boy whose rich father works all the time. Romance is not on her radar. But her hot new neighbor could change her mind, with his broad shoulders and Southern charm. Too bad his secrets could destroy her.







Cathy Skendrovich has always loved a good story, and spent her formative years scribbling what is now called Fan Fiction. The current heartthrob of the time featured heavily in all her stories. Unfortunately, once she went to college, her writing took the form of term papers. Upon graduation, Cathy became a middle school English teacher. Along the way, she married her husband of now thirty-three years, had two sons, and moved to southern Orange County, California. She chose to work part-time in the school system there. She eventually joined the online writing site, Wattpad, and credits those followers for encouraging her to become a published author. She is a member of RWA, and writes contemporary romance for Entangled. Her Entangled titles include Prisoner of Love, available now, and the soon-to-be-released romantic suspense, Protecting the Nanny. She also has two historical romances published through Literary Wanderlust publishers


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