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Michael’s Pedernales River Chili

Chili or chile? Bean only, meat only, or both? My son Michael settled on “chili” and has offered this chili recipe at the annual Halloween party for years. It’s a great recipe, full of meat and beans. It’s easily scaled up for a party size and can be cooked ahead of time. You can even…

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Super Bowl Idea: Texas Style Chili from Tom Valenti

If you are looking for an elegant meal, particularly if you need something for a Super Bowl party, think chili.  Oh, I know what just crossed your mind.  Chili?  How unexciting can that be? How did chili get such a confused reputation?  It’s more than just an issue of spelling: “chili” versus “chile.”  There is…

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Chile Potato Tart: Rich Tomato and Potato Flavors

Yes, that’s an empty tart shell, waiting to serve you. What you need is a delicious way to fill it to the brim. Here’s an elegant way to serve potatoes and tomatoes in a tart with with a crust that adds the flavor overtones of Parmesan and chili. “Tart” is, for me, a special word.…

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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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