When cold winds swirl snow into drifts and streets are clogged, there is time at home. Time to rummage around for precious old recipes. And in the files of the Eatbeat there are a few with strictly Grand Forks flavor.

One is for Mayor Mike Brown's chili. The other is for the late Mrs. Vilandre's meatloaf.

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While Mayor Brown is preparing the state of the city luncheon address he will make Wednesday at the Alerus, we found his recipe for chili. It's in the St. Joseph's Social Care and Thrift Store cookbook. And after a long search, the recipe for Mrs. Vilandre's Meatloaf was located with the help of Pat Larson.

Mayor Brown's Chili

Serves 20

Prep time: 25 minutes

Cook time: 2 hours

3 lbs. ground beef (or 1 ½ lbs. beef and 1 ½ lbs. venison)

1 1/2 lbs ground pork

1 1/2 lbs bacon, coarsely chopped

1 can red beans

1 can black beans

1 can pinto beans

6 cups tomatoes, diced

3 large cans tomato puree

2 large cans tomato juice

1 onion chopped

1 1/2 cups celery, chopped

2-3 garlic cloves, minced

2 tbsp sugar (or to taste)

2 1/2 tbsp cumin

1 1/2 tsp oregano

1 tbsp chili powder

3/4 tsp cayenne pepper

2 red bell peppers, chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

With a preparation time of 25 minutes, this recipe cooks in two hours. First, cook meat and onions in a large pot or Dutch oven; brown and then drain fat.

Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for one to two hours. Garnish with chopped cilantro and shredded cheese to suit individual taste.

Mrs. Vilandre's Meatloaf

When longtime residents of Grand Forks visit about days gone by, they remember Mrs. Vilandre's meatloaf. Few have the recipe. But after a long search, one was located in the files of Pat Saumur Larson.

She told the Eatbeat, "It is the first recipe I took with me when I left home to seek my fortune in Minneapolis in 1958."

Over time, Larson modified the recipe for her family here in Grand Forks.

1 lb. 85% ground beef

3/4 cup crushed saltine crackers

1 egg

2/3 cup milk

1/4 cup finely diced onion

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon sage

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Mix and bake in a loaf pan for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Add the following sauce on top and bake for 15 minutes more.


1/2 cup catsup

2 teaspoons dry mustard

3 tablespoons brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Spread on top of loaf

Out and around

Highlights of local eating events in February include the annual Valentine Sweetheart dinner Saturday at the Episcopal church. It will featured stuffed pork chops and red potatoes.

An authentic Indian buffet scheduled at the Aroma Restaurant at the Ramada on Valentine's Day.

The annual Feast of Nations sponsored by UND International students will offer tastes of the world at 5 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Alerus.