What exactly does a cup of homemade chili weigh?

cupofchiliIt can be frustrating to people, such as myself, when I’m looking up the nutritional information on a recipe like chili only to see that their unit of measure is something called a cup. I decided to find out for myself….

OK, first off a definition on what a US cup measure is defined as;

The cup currently used in the United States for nutrition labeling is defined in United States law as 240 ml.

1 U.S. “legal” cup =




international tablespoons


Australian tablespoons


U.S. customary fluid ounces


imperial fluid ounces

In terms of a cup of plain water, I found it to weigh in at about 231 grams. OK then, so what is a cup of my homemade chili? Let’s take a look at the ingredients I use to make a simple bean and meat chili;

1 lb ground beef (80% – 20% mix)

1 onion, chopped (as a topping for when you eat)

1 can petite diced tomatoes, 8 oz

1 can red kidney beans, drained

14 grams of Williams chili mix (per lb ground beef)

1 tsp Olive oil

I weighed a ‘cup’ of this chili using a standard glass measuring cup and came up with 234 grams or just about the same as with using water! As there were about 247 calories in that cup – I then came up with a figure of 1.06 grams per calorie…. Note: This number flies in the face of the more common number of 2 calories per gram…

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BBQ Chicken via the Convection Oven route!

BBQ Chicken
Initial Prep: Rinse, pat dry and throw the chicken onto an ‘elevated’ drip pan (so the grease can drain), and then ‘roast’ them in a preheated convection oven, set to 390 degrees for about twenty four minutes.


Da Sauce: Place about a cup of BBQ sauce into a small pan on the stove and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer while the chicken roasts. (It’ll get nice and bubbly and wonderful). When the chicken’s ready, turn off the heat and remove the pan from the burner.

Back to the Chicken: After the chicken has roasted 20 minutes, crank up the broiler to high and broil the chicken for 5 minutes turning once, just to give it a little color. Then, remove the chicken from the oven, and reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees. (Even though the chicken was actually done at this point, I was going to return it with sauce added in just a second).

Setting the sauce: Use tongs to dunk each chicken legs into the sauce, submerging each piece completely. Place the coated chicken back onto the pan, then return the chicken to the oven for five minutes, just to anchor this base of sauce onto the chicken.

Finally, brush or dab plenty of extra sauce all over the legs. Re-anchor this sauce for a few minutes in the oven and then let it all sit for a spell….
Notes: The concept of ‘doneness’ – Typically you should cook drums or thighs to 175 to 180°F to make very sure no pink meat remains. But, as long as the drumstick or thigh reaches 165°F, it is safe to eat!
Nutrition: These drums contained the following calories….
Calories per gram = 1.4 (Each drum had about 75 grams of meat = 100 calories)

Cook’s Notes: I used a Breville convection oven with the rack set in the roast or mid position. For broiling I raided the rack and set the heat to 500F. The legs were broiled for about 7 minutes and rotated once.

The legs were then immersed in KC Masterpiece sauce and returned to the oven with the rack set on the center position. The temperature was lowered to 350 degrees and the legs were cooked an additional 7 minutes. The internal temperature, done by probe, registered 168 degrees. The legs were then removed from the oven and placed into a refrigerator to cool..

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Heaven in my eyes..


A song by James Olmos. On this eve of the celebration of the Independence of a Nation did I see what James was talking about. My eyes did perceive perfection for one brief moment in time, and that gave me great happiness…. Women, especially blond women, are my Achilles tendon…


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My very first ever video…. yes! A bit strange….


My doctors are still sorting this out…. So, OK, this primitive effort was all about our government, how it became engorged, how it became self important and how it is killing the heart of America… That was true in 2006 and is now a growing horror in 2017….

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A song about us men being what we are!

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Hey! Let’s all hang in there! Four Seasons!

HangOver time, I’ve had the pleasure of knowing so many great people. Now, as I fade, I look back and understand…. https://youtu.be/Ba5X1s8Xn5Q OK, so wait! I’m not really fading! I’ve never been better and am ready for the next set of challenges!

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I want my country back!

This effort, while crude, does serve a purpose. We are and have always been a ‘united’ group of States! We came together and formed a government whose primary purpose was to protect us from harm by foreign interests or assaults. The only other interest we had, as a collection of States, was the regulation of interstate commerce. Everything else, was to be left to the INDIVIDUAL STATES as they pursued THEIR concept of the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. Sadly, like tendrils of some form of cancer, our Federal Government continued to grow… and grow and grow. Taking, over time, many of the powers that originally belonged to each individual State. The end result, was a forced blending via regulations, which ultimately embarrassed fully the term, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS for all! (Whether your particular State like it or not).

And now in 2017, the tumor that is the Federal Government, acts like all cancerous tumors. It exists mostly for itself. Engorged with self importance, and constantly fed with the monies of a now dying Republic… please forgive any grammatical errors… it was a late night for me… and yes there was some beer involved! Thanks Brandy!

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