Dietary News

Chad Myers, Chef

Culinary Manager

Here we are in the new year, 2021.  It is safe to say that 2020 was a bit turbulent.  We can now put that behind us and look to the future in our new normal.  I look forward to making large dinners and feeding many people all at the same time again someday.

We have been through a couple cycles of the Winter Menu.  I have found a couple of spots that need a little touch up, and I will take care of that asap.  It won’t be long, and I will be talking about the Spring Menu rollout.  It is amazing how time goes by, I hope that you all are safe, healthy, and well fed.

Since we are in snow season, nothing makes me more comfortable than a nice bowl of chili.  Everyone has their own favorite recipe, but my little twist I like to use on my chili is to make it pretty spicy with jalapeno, sweeten it with brown sugar or honey, and add a pinch of pumpkin pie spice for some depth and variety of flavor. I also like to use beer in the liquid.  I’m making up the quantities, because I don’t measure much when it comes to Chili, I just use my instincts.  But I will do my best.

Chili

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 jalapeno diced
  • 1 container of beef broth
  • 2 cans of your favorite beer
  • 2 larger cans of tomato paste
  • 2 cans of kidney beans
  • 1 T cumin
  • 1 T Chili powder
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ cup of honey
  • Juice of 1 lime

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Brown your meat with the diced onions
  2. Season meat
  3. Add enough flour with meat to soak up fat and make a roux in pan
  4. Add broth and beer
  5. Add tomato paste
  6. Add beans
  7. Add jalapeno
  8. Squeeze in lime
  9. Season
  10. Bring to a boil and simmer.  The longer the better.  Adjust seasoning as needed.

This chili is really good with a dollop of sour cream with some shredded cheddar and chopped fresh cilantro.

I think that’s everything, it’s hard to remember everything sitting at the computer, and not in the kitchen in front of the pot.  Bon Appetit!!