Joanna in the northwest NC Appalachian Mtns - firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, March 31, 2011
If I say CHILI...
what basic ingredients come to your mind? * I've heard that the chili purists' proverb says "If you know beans about chili, you know chili ain't got no beans." * Chili for me must have beans, tomatoes, ground beef, onions, green pepper, and heat. However, I call what I made tonight as CHILI and Mike calls what I made tonight as CHILI BEANS. I grew up in Raleigh, and he grew up here in the Appalachians. The "chili" without beans was the stuff we put on hotdogs; that was the only use for it. After researching, I guess Texans say, "1) chili doesn’t have beans in it and 2) chili doesn’t have ground meat in it; the meat should be chopped." I suppose, in Texas, they've always had amble amounts of beef handy but in Raleigh, when I was growing up, we had to s-t-r-e-t-c-h a meal, so beans were used with a little ground beef. (I used canned beans tonight for a quicky meal but dried beans are very inexpensive). Also, I take after my Grandma, who raised children during the Depression, and throw in any leftovers that's why you see some carrots and broccoli. Chili con carne (often known simply as chili) is a spicy stew. The name of the dish derives from the Spanish chile con carne, "chili pepper with meat."
In the NC Appalachian Mtns, NW NC. We live on 30 mountain acres. I like to hang out with my critters - a few chickens Pied Guineas, Muscovy ducks, peafowl, 20 ADGA-registered and appraised Nigerian Dwarf Dairy goats, two small dogs Bunny and Buzzard. one livestock-guardian dog JackBadger, and an elderly Irish Terrier Brawn. . Mike and I are Life Masters at Bridge.
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