By Karin Calloway

Karin Calloway is a working mom living in Augusta, Ga., with multiple freelance jobs and a ton of dirty dishes.

Hearty Chili Supper

January means a chill in the air throughout most of the U.S., and there's also a bit of a lull in most social calendars. Besides the Martin Luther King's birthday, January is a nice, quiet month, making it the perfect time to invite friends over for a casual supper at home.

This month's Hearty Chili Supper offers a crowd-pleasing menu with a little spice. Start your meal with Spicy Southwestern Chicken Wings, then move on to a Winter Salad with Persimmons, Dates, Spiced Pecans and Sherry Vinaigrette. Lamb and Black Bean Chili Mole is an untraditional chili with a hint of cocoa and it's delicious accompanied by Lowfat Corn Muffins. For dessert, brew a pot of coffee and enjoy some crunchy Chocolate-Pecan Cookies. Hang on to the recipes for the Super Bowl, which is in early February.


Recipes:

White Chocolate Cranberry Bars
Play a little Bing Crosby, dream of a white Christmas and bake up a batch of these White Chocolate Cranberry Bars. Packed with dried cranberries, white chocolate and crystallized ginger, they’re the perfect holiday sweet.
Chocolate-Pecan Cookies
What could be better than the sublime flavor of chocolate surrounding bits of toasted pecans? The flavors are combined here in some crispy cookies that include lots of bittersweet chocolate.
Lamb and Black Bean Chili Mole
Chili is a wonderful dish for cooks who like to experiment in the kitchen. A little of this, a little of that, and you may just cook up a signature chili all your own.
Lowfat Corn Muffins
The “lowfat” craze of the 90’s didn’t stick around long, but one thing from the period that did stick were the Lowfat Corn Muffins I baked up during those lowfat lifestyle days. Corn muffins are the perfect accompaniment to soups, stews and chili, and they are quick and easily made from scratch.
Spicy Southwestern Chicken Wings
These Spicy Southwestern Chicken Wings are flavor-packed. While the list of ingredients is long, the steps are all simple and there are a few shortcuts which can be taken.