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'S SPICY CHILI
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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- Add the remaining beans and simmer for another 30 minutes.
- Makes 11 one-cup servings
CAUTION - HOT
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.