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Emiperkins  (Level: 50.0 - Posts: 201)
Thu, 20th Oct '05 1:54 AM


(For those who have no interest in these results or have not viewed the previous chili cook-off post, kindly disregard. Thank you.)

Thanks to all of you who sent encouragement and showed interest. Thanks, also, for the wonderful and tasty tips. Thanks, especially, to Tuzilla, that recipe maven, for her suggestions.

Sadly, I did not win. However, everyone who tasted my chili voted for it, so that's something. There were over 70 teams there, and most of the teams were set up in a circle in the park. I was in the MIDDLE of the circle with a few other teams. By the time people realized that our tent was NOT a beer garden, they had already used their votes.

I grilled around 40 hamburgers (to be broken up and dispersed in the chili), the onions, and the peppers. People were very complimentary of the "smoky" flavor it gave. People came back for seconds, and the entire pot was gone by the end of the day. I'd say it was quite a success.

I'll sure be at it again next year. After all, it's for charity.

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Thu, 20th Oct '05 2:34 AM

Yay for you, Emi! Glad it went so well, and that you had a great time........the very fact that it was all eaten is a great compliment in itself.
Cheers, Bev

Mischief  (Level: 107.0 - Posts: 42)
Thu, 20th Oct '05 3:29 AM

Mmmmm your chilli sounds delicious!!

Uncleresa  (Level: 71.3 - Posts: 132)
Thu, 20th Oct '05 4:07 AM

Please post your recipe if you can! It sounds like it went really well! I can almost taste it now....

Tuzilla  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 3839)
Thu, 20th Oct '05 7:09 AM

WOW...sounds like a good time was had by all. That is most important. The big trouble is that the you get two types of judges 'celebrities' who often as not wouldn't know a good bowl of chili if it jumped up and bit them, or professions that look at a whole lot of stuff we amateurs never see or consider. But if you have a good time, don't worry, be happy!

Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 853)
Thu, 20th Oct '05 7:19 AM

I'm glad you had fun even if you didn't win first prize. And it sounds like a very worthy event, too.

Imatfaal  (Level: 96.4 - Posts: 58)
Thu, 20th Oct '05 7:34 AM

Please post the recipe. I like the sound of it. Does grilling the onions partially caramelise them?


Emiperkins  (Level: 50.0 - Posts: 201)
Thu, 20th Oct '05 10:10 AM

Thanks, all!

Here is my chili recipe. Granted, I don't really believe in recipes. I use them as more of "guidelines".

Emily's Drunken Hodgepodge Chili

1 1/2 lbs of hamburger (Formed into patties, then grilled. Use charcoal for best flavor.)

2- 16 oz cans of dark red kidney beans

3-4 large onions (Sliced into 1/4" rings and grilled till slightly caramelized and charred. After they've cooled, dice finely.)

1 habanero pepper and 1 wax pepper (Grill till blackened. After they've cooled, removed blackened skin and scoop out seeds. Can omit habanero if you like less heat)

4 oz burgundy cooking wine
3 carrots, finely diced
3 celery stalks, finely diced
4 slices of bacon, cut into 1/4" pieces
bay leaves
12 oz V8 juice
3 fresh tomatoes, diced into chunks
4 T chili powder (alter to taste)
2 T Cumin (alter to taste)
1 T Salt (alter to taste)
1 t Allspice (thanks Tuzilla)

Grill everything first. After chopping carrots, celery and onions, layer them in a bowl with bay leaves. Pour cooking wine over the mixture. Sautee the bacon in a large (cast iron, preferably) pot. When the bacon brown and crispy, add the vegetables (wine, bay leaves, and all) and peppers. Cook until veggies are softened, then add broken-up hamburger, cumin, chili powder, allspice, and salt. Let cook for about 5 minutes, then add tomatoes and V8. Let this simmer until slightly thickened. Lastly, add the beans. When the beans are hot, serve.

Again, this is a rough guesstimate. I usually tend to wing it!

Siriusofazkaban  (Level: 15.1 - Posts: 196)
Thu, 20th Oct '05 11:47 AM

Dang you Emi! You always get me wanting chili with your talk of yout delicious cookoff.....
*grumbles as she walks to the kitchen to heat up a can of Nally's*
It's the best I've got.

Emiperkins  (Level: 50.0 - Posts: 201)
Thu, 20th Oct '05 12:04 PM

Aw, sorry! If we ever have a Sploofus convention, I'll bring a pot.

Imatfaal  (Level: 96.4 - Posts: 58)
Thu, 20th Oct '05 12:06 PM

Thanks for posting - will report back with results

Redbaron  (Level: 205.8 - Posts: 296)
Thu, 20th Oct '05 12:16 PM

Oh man, now I know what I'm having for lunch! Gotta find some good chili here in Camarillo...don't have time to make it myself.

Thanks for posting that recipe! I must give it a try...not that I can cook anything beyond steaks and burgers on the grill, but at least I can do that part. My wife will have to help with the rest.


Tuzilla  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 3839)
Thu, 20th Oct '05 2:29 PM

A really excellent chili recipe you can pick off online is at:

I know this guy from competitions. He is a great guy and a lot of fun. I am 2 and 3 against him, but I more or less retired from the competitions before he hit the big time and became world champ in 2000. You can generic up the recipe without hurting it too much, and it is fairly easy to make.

Eksimba  (Level: 29.0 - Posts: 155)
Thu, 20th Oct '05 2:55 PM

Thanks, bunny. Uh, I mean "buddy".

As with all good chili recipes, this one looks simple, straight forward, and YUMMY!

Margiematt  (Level: 201.3 - Posts: 388)
Thu, 20th Oct '05 3:30 PM

I'm sorry you didn't win, but I'm glad you had
a good time. Thanks for the recipe.

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