Archive for September, 2009

Black-Eyed Peas and Hamhocks a.k.a. “Hoppin’ John”

Black-eyed peas with Hamhocks equals comfort food in my opinion…

Passable Texas Chili Beans?

…a little off-topic, but not too far, (I hope). Chili beans are a part of life in the Southwestern U.S.

Passable Texas Chili

…one of the most popular legends about the origin of chili (and the most pleasing to me) is that it originated along the cattle trails in Texas.

Random Thoughts…

“Wish I had time for just one more bowl of chili.” — Alleged last words of Kit Carson, frontiersman.

Preserving Chili in your freezer

A few years ago, this technique was recommended by one of my friends who happens to enjoy a good bowl of red now an again. I took his advice and have been doing it ever since.

Tailgate Chili?

I have only one peice of advice – DON”T try to cook chili at the tailgate folks. You are there to socialize, eat, have some refreshment then go in and enjoy heck out of the game. Don’t wear yourself out! REHEAT chili at the tailgate!

Vegetarian Chili?

One variation on my Chili I’ve thought about but never tried, (until now), is to make a pot of red that a Vegetarian could eat happily. Now I’m personally a confirmed omnivore/carnivore – but I do respect the needs of folks that choose a different path than mine, particularly where it involves FOOD.

Cooking Chili in the Great Outdoors!

For a good way to cook chili out of doors, see my “basic” Chili recipe earlier in this blog – but replace the large pot with a nice Iron Dutch Oven and the large frying pan with a nice big Iron frying pan.

***** Papa’s Basic Chili *****

Papa’s basic Chili that won’t kill little kids nor permanently alienate the neighbor’s wife.

Kicking it up a notch without killing the kids

I like HOT chili – my old Grandpa did too. He complemented one of my hottest concoctions about 30 years ago when he pulled out his old bandanna, wiped the beads of sweat off the top of his poor old bald head, looked at me through misty eyes and said “now THAT has got some KICK to it!”