When you travel this far north, especially in the cold of winter, nothing hits the spot like our Klondike Chili.  We prefer to use ground Moose or Venison (the Kodiak variety of course), but in a pinch some lean ground beef or ground steak works fine.  Top our mildly spicy homemade chili with some Tillamook cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour cream, and add a side of Sweet Texas Cornbread, and soon the icy cold outdoors will be forgotten.


1 pound ground meat
1 sweet onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 pieces celery, chopped
1/3 cup ketchup, at least
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1/3 tsp cayenne pepper
1/3 tsp black pepper
1 can kidney beans
1 can other type chili bean, whatever you like


Brown meat, onion, garlic and celery in light olive oil.  Add remaining ingredients. Simmer these ingredients in a crock pot all day, be sure to add some red wine if you need more liquid, or even if you don't.  Serve a big bowl with grated cheese, sour cream and some Sweet Texas Cornbread for warm dish that's perfect to enjoy with family and friends especially when the weather turns 'chilly'.