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Old 05-14-2005, 02:21 AM   #1
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The Way We Make it in the UP

I know this isn't pure Texas Chili and wouldn't even probably be accepted in the Southwest. But it sure does fill the belly, & tastes incredible. I'll make no apologies for it. This is how my chili is supposed to look.

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Old 05-14-2005, 08:42 AM   #2
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Goodweed I have to say that looks delicious! I love that deep red color. I can just taste it now. Once question. I am having trouble seeing what those light color things are. Are they chick peas?
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Old 05-15-2005, 09:09 PM   #3
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GB; That's not chick peas. Those light things will suprise you. They are white hominy. I hated hominy the first time I tried it. But then many years later, at our Pow Wow, I tried some corn soup that had been made with white hominy and I was hooked. It has a mild, fresh corn-tortila flavor, and goes wonderfully in the chili. I also like to break up fresh corn-trotillas and put them in my bowl. The flavors of the tomatoe, chili powder, and herbs & spices complement each other so well.

The deep color comes from the chili powder and a bit of unsweetened chocolate (which again is added to increase the depth of flavor). The pictured batch came out very good. The spices & herbs added include hot-chili powder, coreander, dried chilies, garlic, dried bay leaves, and celery leaves. The veggies include canned whole tomatoes, chopped onion, sliced celery, pinto beans, kidney beans, white hominy, and jsut a bit of sweet corn to remove some of the tomatoes tartness.

The meat is lean ground beef, browned.

As I say, this isn't the southwestern, award winning competition chili, the is the Upper-Peninsula, midwestern style chili. And is it ever great when the weather turns a bit chilly, like it is right now.

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Old 05-15-2005, 09:30 PM   #4
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White hominy, what a great idea! I have never tried it, but I can guess what it is like from descriptions I have heard. I actually add a little polenta to my chili. Would that be sort of similar? I like the flavor and texture it adds.

I feel like I can almost taste it from the picture. I wish I could taste it for real
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GOODWEED!!!!!!!!!!! How could you post such a horrible picture - it's horrible because the backdrop is not MY table nor is it MY bowl - which means I am NOT eating it! Just like BBQ, chili is a regional thing and a personal thing. No right way, no wrong way, just the way YOU like it and I think I like YOUR way too!
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Old 05-16-2005, 07:56 AM   #6
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Thanks for the compliments. I'm gonna have a hard time getting out of the door this morning (swelled head syndrom :-) ). Make yourself up some chili, the way you like it and post us a picture, and I'm talking both GB and Kitchen Elf. I can't wait to see the pictures.

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