A Straight Shot of Politics

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I have returned from darkness and quiet. I used to style myself as "Joe Claus", Santa Claus’ younger brother because that is what I still look like. I wrote my heart out about liberal politics until June of 2006, when all that could be said had been said. I wrote until I could write no more and I wrote what I best liked to read when I was young and hopeful: the short familiar essays in Engish and American periodicals of 50 to 100 years ago. The archetype of them were those of G.K. Chesterton, written in newspapers and gathered into numerous small books. I am ready to write them again. I am ready to write about life as seen by the impoverished, by the mentally ill, by the thirty years and more of American Buddhist converts, and by the sharp eyed people [so few now in number] with the watcher's disease, the people who watch and watch and watch. I am all of these.

Monday, September 06, 2004

Oh, Gee! Chili Cookery over at Dean's World!

Here is the link to Dean Esmey's "authentic Texas Chili" recipe. Dean says, "Chili is a Texas creation, a Texas invention, and a Texas tradition." He also has some hard things to say about the Cincinnati Chili we sometimes make in Ohio.

I spent my glorious graduate school days along the Rio Grande in New Mexico, and, as the last Spanish governor said of the place, "Poor New Mexico! So far from Heaven, so close to Texas!" It is a magnificent land where the chile pepper has been grown and cooked with for centuries longer than more boastful and boisterous neighbors have been around.

I first learned to cook in the good old fashioned way where the ristras of red chile hang from the vigas sticking through the adobe walls and over the breezy portales where you can watch a spectacular sunset over Mt. Taylor to the west, or stroll in the hollyhock-laden cloister garden of the Church of San Felipe de Neri, on the north side of the town plaza.

Here is the chili recipe I learned there. I'm not going to tell you that its the "only authentic" recipe or claim that it is the best recipe or denigrate anyone else's recipe. But I do encourage you to try it and see how much you like it.

Heat two tablespoons of pork lard or olive oil in a cast iron (worthwhile for the flavor) cooking pot. Saute two large coarsely chopped onions and three cloves of minced garlic until golden.

Lightly brown one pound each of floured lean beef and pork cubes, or, even better, lamb and pork cubes, in this mixture. Add 3 to 6 tablespoons of Medium Hot ground chile molido (take the trouble to find this in a specialty store--it's worth it), one tablespoon of fresh or ground oregano, and one teaspoon of salt. Stir constantly until the ingredients are fully melded into a rich even paste.

Add six to eight coarsely chopped fresh tomatoes or, if your local tomatoes aren't at the absolute peak of ripeness and juiciness, substitute two large cans of crushed Italian tomatoes. Stir thoroughly and add 1 or 2 bay leaves. Bring to a boil and simmer on as low a heat as possible 4-6 hours. In the last half hour of cooking, add one small can of sliced black olives. Serve, if at all possible, with freshly steamed and buttered flour tortillas, chilled beer or cold milk, with rich coffee and flan (egg custard) for dessert.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

TO: Joesph Marshall
RE: The Blog

Nice place ya got here, Joe.

Soooo...you like to cook too. Good for you and your dinner guests.

Like Pomery mustard? Don't like the price? I got a solution.


[Welcome to the party, pal! -- Bruce Willis in Die Hard]

P.S. How do I get an account? I tried setting one up but it said my CUID was not available. Or do I have an account somewhere in the World of Blogger already and just don't remember?

9:03 PM  
Blogger Joseph Marshall said...

Well, maybe someone had the same idea as you. Or, a lot blogs are piling up here and you seem to circulate widely in the world of blogs so maybe you did post your id in the past. I'd make the assumption you did and see if you can prompt an old password out of them.

Unfortunately, since being diagnosed as Type II Diabetic, I'd had to curtail much of my cooking extravganza. But I like to pass along the New Mexican recipes especially since they are still not widely known.

Glad you like the blog, feel free to stop by and chat anytime.

11:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TO: Joseph Marshall
RE: Type II R U?

I think I'm going that way myself. Dad had it. Must have given it to me as a birthday gift.

Such is life. Hang in there.


[Good news is just Life's way of keeping you off balance.]

11:25 PM  

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