Thursday, February 27, 2014

National Chili Day, Dinner, In the News, and Enjoy

National Chili Day - Today is National Chili Day!

The first documented recipe for chili con carne is dated September 2, 1519, according to Wikipedia. Hot chili peppers burn calories by triggering a thermodynamic burn in the body—speeding up the metabolism.

As enthusiasm for chili grew so did the competition to make the best chili. It is believed the first one took place in Texas in the early 1950s, although some accounts say it was in Terlinga, Texas in 1967.

Whether we are talking about the chili that includes meat, the vegetarian version, or the many other variations of this deliciously comforting food, chili holds a prominent spot in our culinary hearts.

When it comes to the story of chili, tales and myths abound. While many food historians agree that chili con carne is an American dish with Mexican roots, Mexicans are said to indignantly deny any association with the dish. Most historians agree that the earliest written description of chili came from J.C. Clopper, who lived near Houston.

By the 20th century chili joints had made their debut in Texas and became familiar all over the west by the 1920s. By the end of that decade, there was hardly a town that did not have a chili joint.

Dinner - The weather yesterday afternoon was overcast and windy. It foretold of stormy weather soon to beset us. I determined that a big, hearty bowl of homemade vegetable soup would be a perfect dinner for such weather. I produced a wonderful vegetable soup that Laura later photographed and described to her Facebook friends as "stellar."

The soup consisted of baby carrots, spinach, white onion, green onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, garlic, potatoes, and an assortment of herbs and spices.

In the News - They walk among us!

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    Enjoy - Relax and enjoy these images and videos!