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15-11-03, 23:06
Saw this and thought of you!


For the shortcake biscuits
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into bits
1/4 pound sharp Cheddar, grated coarse (about 1 1/2 cups)
four 2-inch pickled jalapeño chilies, seeded and minced (wear rubber gloves)
1 cup sour cream

For the chili con carne
2 large onions, chopped (about 3 cups)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 carrots, sliced thin
3 pounds boneless beef chuck, ground coarse in batches in a food processor or by the butcher
1/4 cup chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon crumbled dried orégano
1 tablespoon dried hot red pepper flakes, or to taste
two 8-ounce cans tomato sauce
1 1/4 cups beef broth
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
a 19-ounce can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 green bell peppers, chopped

Make the shortcake biscuits
Into a bowl sift together the flour, the baking powder, the baking soda, and the salt, add the butter, and blend the mixture until it resembles coarse meal. Stir in the Cheddar and the chilies, add the sour cream, and stir the mixture until it just forms a soft but not sticky dough. Knead the dough gently 6 times on a lightly floured surface, roll or pat it out 1/2 inch thick, and with a 3 1/2-inch cookie cutter cut out 6 rounds. Bake the rounds on an ungreased baking sheet in the middle of a preheated 425°F. oven for 15 to 17 minutes, or until they are golden.

Make the chili con carne
In a kettle cook the onions in the oil over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until they are softened, add the garlic and the carrots, and cook the mixture, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the chuck and cook it over moderate heat, stirring and breaking up any lumps, for 10 minutes, or until it is no longer pink. Add the chili powder, the cumin, the paprika, the orégano, and the red pepper flakes and cook the mixture, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the tomato sauce, the broth, and the vinegar, bring the mixture to a boil, and simmer it, covered, stirring occasionally, for 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until the meat is tender. Add the kidney beans, the bell peppers, and salt and black pepper to taste and simmer the mixture, uncovered, for 15 minutes, or until the bell peppers are tender.

Arrange a biscuit, heated and split, on each of the 6 dinner plates, spoon the chili con carne over the bottom half, and cover it with the top half of the biscuit.

Serves 6.

15-11-03, 23:09
No John, before you ask, you do not have to eat 6 portions yourself! Chili will keep beautifully (and get better).

15-11-03, 23:11
Pass them over here and, uh, I'll keep them nice and safe! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/clown.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/mischievous.gif :D

15-11-03, 23:14
Maybe John will share. :D

John Falstaff
15-11-03, 23:24

It's funny you should mention Tex Mex!


I've now got the tortillas, refried beans (from the English shop) chilie con carne etc:. The only thing I'm missing is the pre-made salsa. (It disappeared in the recent Taco orgy - just how many Tacos can a man eat in a couple of days?).

Thank God for 'Old El Paso'.

P.S. Do you know the song about El Paso? I can't post it here, but I thought it was funny!

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15-11-03, 23:31
Ah yes, Old El Paso. I know it well. I'd say a well grown man should have no difficulty to stowing away a dozen in 2 days.

15-11-03, 23:34
Marty Robbins ;)

Down in the west Texas
town of El Paso
I fell in love
with a Mexican girl

no, I don't think I'm familiar with it.

John Falstaff
15-11-03, 23:37
Yes Comrade Annacia!


And no wonder that if I wish to perambulate, I have to make a noise like a hoop, and roll away.


15-11-03, 23:43
I think I like "Oueen of the Blue Horizions" better than Comrad. There is just something so communistic about Comrad

John Falstaff
15-11-03, 23:45
No the song is by 'Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys' (who was jewish before people get upset) and the Song was called 'Proud to be an ....ole from El Paso'.

V. very funny!


John Falstaff
15-11-03, 23:48
OK, O Queen of the Blue Horizons (aside: 'She who must be obeyed'), I was just practicing my Psmith persona!

16-11-03, 02:15
I don't know who PSmith is. And, how did you know about my sig-in-waiting?

John Falstaff
16-11-03, 02:24
Hi Annacia,


Hush! Do you hear that rhythmic thumping?


That's me beating my head against IJTET!

Psmith! (Pronounced Smith, the 'P' is silent, as in psychology).

A creation of the author P.G. Wodehouse.

I didn't know about your 'sig-in-waiting'. I don't even know what that is!

:( http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

[ 16. November 2003, 02:26: Message edited by: John Falstaff ]

16-11-03, 02:56
As you know, signatures have been disabled for some time now. If they ever return "She Who Must Be Obeyed" is mine. (hehe)

John Falstaff
16-11-03, 03:14
Er, no! I don't know what 'signatures' are, but without doubt - you are the 'Queen of the Blue Horizons' (She who must be obeyed!)


16-11-03, 03:27
Cool :D