Monday, October 26, 2009

It's Chili Here

Hi everyone, Katie here.

I kept myself distracted from my legal affairs yesterday by supervising the townhouse chili operation. Gloman is working on a cookbook for his ad agency...he is doing all of the food photography for the entire book. Every member of the agency has to submit a favorite recipe, prepare it, and then assist in the styling and photography of their recipe. Well since Gloman is the photographer, that makes Glogirly by default, the grocery shopper, cooker, photo stylist and clean-up detail girl.

So yesterday was devoted to chili prep. I had to go over the recipe with Glogirly. You know, make sure she understood the ingredients and what to do. I told her to go easy on the jalapenos. I'm a cat and I'm not a fan.

I supervised Glogirly as she assembled all the ingredients on the counter. Jalapenos and onions at the ready. That silly sheep/goat thing on the wall there is hers. She was on a vacation in Banff once and fell in love with all the mountain sheep that were walking along the trails. She found this stuffed head, brought it home and here it hangs. In the kitchen for Cod's sake. I guess I should be thankful she's not got a cat head on the wall.

Then finally, after most of the kitchen floor was destroyed, we had chili. There are no photos to document the inherent mess. Glogirly is much like me in that we don't like messes. And we really don't like photos of messes. Everything in it's place keeps us calm and happy.

So today Glogirly is off to the ad agency to help with the chili photo shoot. I offered to go, certainly they could use some supervision. But she said that there are no cats allowed in the kitchen studio. Fine, if that's what she wants me to think. I know the real reason is that everyone would be jealous. They'd all wish they had a cat as smart and good looking as me to bring to work.

Gloman says that the coffee and beer
give his chili a unique and dynamic flavor.
He recommends garnishing with sour cream,
cheddar cheese and diced jalapenos.

I on the other hand am leery of anything
with beer, coffee and jalapenos.

...Glogirly says that she'll try to bring home
a REAL photo of the chili for you.

Ingredients ~

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound lean ground beef
3/4 pound cubed top sirloin
1 (14.5 ounce) can peeled and diced tomatoes with juice
12 ounces dark beer
1 cup strong brewed coffee
2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
1 (14 ounce) can beef broth
3.5 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon salt
1 (15 ounce-ish) can red kidney beans
1 (15 ounce-ish) can pinto beans
1 (15 ounce-ish) can butter beans
2 jalapeno peppers, finely chopped, no seeds

Directions ~
  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, ground beef and the sirloin and saute for 10 minutes, or until the meat is well browned and the onions are tender.
  2. Then add the diced tomatoes, beer, coffee, tomato paste, beef broth, chili powder, cumin, cocoa powder, oregano, cayenne pepper, coriander, salt, jalapeno peppers and half the beans. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Add the remaining beans and simmer for another 30 minutes.
  4. Makes 11 one-cup servings


PS -
For you veggie lovers out there, just eliminate the beef and substitute in more beans. The flavor is still great! Black beans, even canellinni beans would be yummy. Glogirly is a low-carb girl, so she tries to "beef up" the protein and trim back on the beans.


  1. Thanks for posting this recipe! It's the purrfect weather for some nommy chilli! Very interesting.....we've never seen the use of coffee or cocoa powder in chilli. Our mom said she will have to try this out, but of course meatless because she is zero fun! See what we have to live with?!

  2. What a kewl post today, Katie!!! Mom makes chili ALOT and GloMan's recipe does sound quite De~Lish, we may hafta have mom make it. Maybe on of these days, we can get mom to post of FAVE recipe...Skillet Fish Italiano! YUM~O

  3. My Mommeh thinks a vegetarian version of this sounds delicious!

  4. Hi Katie,

    First, Mama wants you to know that she adores you in that top pic. She also thinks the chili sounds really good.

    For me, you had me at beef, but I don't know about the rest of the stuff.


  5. Hot Dang! That sounds good...but complicated.
    ~Lisa Co9T

  6. Yummy, mewmie said the 3 unusual ingredients are things she'll add to her taco meat mix from now on...she will have to try this chili recipe, while we get some extra stinky goodness as a treat--we'll pass on the chili.

  7. Oooh yum-O this indeed sounds furry good and Katie with you giving this high paw marks it must be good!


  8. I agree no on the spice... Of course Mom loves that sheep head too... humans.

  9. I think the sheep head is cute. This is a very interesting chili recipe. I may have to try it out sometime.

  10. Hi Katie, I miss my Halle, Skippy and Rinc. I am very sorry to have to give up on them. Really but in doing so, it also gives me a broken heart. I am still quietly mourning for my loss of them. You remind me of my Halle. She is a mom to Skippy and a grand to Rinc.

    They are all very good cats... until I went away, ...sob, sob, sob....

  11. Mmmmm chilli, well not for me I don't eat the people food, cat foods only.

  12. The PM may have to try the veggie version! Maybe with faux-ground. With two wee ones around, she doesn't normally get the time to make anything that has more than 5 ingredients so we'll have to see. Looks very yummy!

  13. Hi Katie:
    The chili sounds yummy!! So sorry it took me so long to get back to you! We would love to have you as a member of the Tuxedo Gang! If it is okay with you, I can us a picture of you from your blog or you can email us one at I will then do an intro post for you on the blog by highlight a few of your blog posts and information about you! If this is okay, please leave a comment in today's post and I will get it ready! Welcome to the Gang!
    Your Tuxie furiend,

  14. Clearly you guys have much cooler Ad Agencies there than in NYC! no cool recipe books being made here!
    Also, you are so petite Katie! You are a cutie pie!

  15. Coffee and cocoa powder...REALLY? Interesting little recipe. I'm glad you supervised over everything and shared the photos...cocoa powder?

  16. I can't wait to make this.....also, your mom is lucky, i've been to Banff but never saw any animals!


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