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Monday, December 2, 2013

Chili weather is coming

Weather forecast in two works...chili weather.
Headed this way...bitter cold, freezing rain, sleet, ice and maybe snow.
Hence the trip to the grocery store to get ready:
Four pounds ground beef.
Sweet onions
Red onions
Limes
Graded sharp cheddar
Pinto beans with and without jalapenos
Chili beans
Several cans and varieties Rotel chopped green chilies and tomatoes
Diced tomatoes
Crackers
Packaged chili powder
Most important ingredient? Already in stock--New Mexico red chili powder from Chimayo
Plus secret ingredients

Sides for second and third day--cornbread, potatoes

Coming up--Clark's special brew

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