Texas Chili Party 2010
October is National Chili Month!
Texans love to celebrate and they certainly love to eat. So what better way is there to celebrate National Chili Month than with a Texas Chili Party? Every chili cook in the world believes that their creations are the best, but Texans are especially passionate about their authentic chili recipes. Pinto beans are a great accompaniment to chili, but not in the chili itself. Beans on the side only, please!! -- unless, you're preparing the vegetarian chili, of course. Surprise your guests with a Polenta appetizer featuring Southwest flavors for a little Texas/ Italian fusion. Buon Appetito Y’all!
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- Beverage of choice Beer is the usual drink of choice but for fun, experiment with Beaujolais, Syrah, or Cotes du Rhone.
Polenta with Longhorn Cheese and Jalapenos
Although this recipe with its Italian-Texas style fusion cooking sounds as though I might have dreamed it up… I did not. It is an original recipe by one of the Grand Ladies of Texas cooking, Mary Faulk Koock. Mary was a dear friend and mentor of mine. She founded the legendary Green Pastures Restaurant in Austin, Texas and was also the author of several cookbooks including The Texas Cookbook published originally in 1965. Mary Faulk Koock cooked extensively for President Johnson’s family, the King Ranch and darn near every other noted family in Texas. Presidents, First Ladies, Governors and regular folks, she handled them all with style and grace.
- Polenta with Longhorn Cheese and Jalapenos
- Main Dishes
Zuma Jones' Pecan Pie
Not famous, but still a Grand Texas Lady, Zuma Jones of the central Texas town of Grainger, gave me this recipe years ago. In its simplicity I think it is the perfect Pecan Pie. Did y’all know that the Pecan tree is the state tree of Texas?
- Zuma Jones' Pecan Pie