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Hog-Tied Chili with Jalapeno Cheese Dumplings

I had to be careful. If I blew it, Suzen was not going to make this dish for me. I could not seem selfish or self-serving. That requires enormous concentration and energy. You could argue that if I just focused on being … What fun is that? “You, uh, you do like jalapenos?” I asked…

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Poblano Chili con Carne from James Peterson

From James Peterson’s Meat comes a new level of heat. His interpretation of chili [not chile] uses meat along with beans, but it’s the poblanos that make the difference. This is a hot dish. A beer evoking, tongue singing recipe that will put sweat on your brow. Those are facts, not a complaint. This chili…

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Grilled Asparagus with Chili-Lime Butter

It may be September but somewhere the asparagus, a springtime treat, is still sprouting. When I see a spear of asparagus, I start looking around for a lurking T-Rex. Asparagus is positively prehistoric looking. And then you taste it, and that confirms that your portion must be prehistoric. That flavor. Nothing like it. I’ll have…

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Classic Coney Sauce

Have you ever orchestrated a surprise for your spouse, a big surprise, and had it not work out exactly as you had fantasized? I flew Suzen 3000 miles, rented a car, and drove her to a sacred place. Near my boyhood home was, and is, the greatest hot dog stand on the planet. Now known…

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