Good recipes to share with friends.
I usually bring out this recipe in the winter when all I want in, out and all around me is heat. This chili has a nice kick to it but won’t offend too many people at a party. Another plus side for big events is that it’s completely vegan! My BFF (an omnivore) swears it is better than most con carne chilis he’s tasted and I trust him on this. It’s still got the protein and the heat just ain’t getting it from meat. I love it and it came from our beloved Wookie Cookbook (serioiusly, you’re a nerd and you haven’t heard of this? Get out).
The Wookie Cookbook and it’s “pre-quel” Darth Malt and More Galactic Recipes are filled with a load of punnily named recipes honouring the world’s most popular movies ever created. I don’t think they’re officially George Lucas approved… but they do go great with Williams Sonoma’s line of Star Wars cooking supplies.
Whenever my BFF’s birthday rolls around I think of getting him some of these Williams Sonoma baking goodies. Then I remember that he hasn’t touched either of the Star Wars cookbooks I got him. Really, I think we can tell who I’m buying for – and the worst gifts are the ones you buy for yourself but wrap and give to your housemates. Bad form (twice). Oops.
I’ve tried several variations of this recipe. Usually I just play around with the crushed tomatoes. I’ve tried cans of diced tomatoes and pounds of hand-diced tomatoes (that really stings but it’s worth the fresh flavour). Honestly, I can vouch for all of them. I’ve also added various vegetables hence this variation on the recipe from the book.
No matter what I do this chili always gets better a day later when all the spices have had time to mingle with the beans. I suppose that makes it even better for potlucks. Mix it up the day before. Cool it down then bring it out in full force. Yum.
Sometime I’ll get around to posting this fabulous cornbread recipe I did up for some parties last year. I have some lovely stories for that one based around getting a beautiful cast iron frying pan for Christmas. Anyway, in the meantime go with some nice buns or biscuits and you’ll be set to serve.
Update: Here’s the corny confetti bread recipe to befriend your chili and your breakfast.
Watch here or watch on youtube.
The songs sandwiching this playlist together are absolutely killer summer jams. I start going crazy every time I hear them. It was probably around summer time last year that I heard Purity Ring’s song “Ungirthed” and lost my mind… then every single song of their’s that came out since was just building on this great, syncopated sound.
The last song just drives me nuts with it’s energy and honesty. It’s way more rock than the rest of the playlist but uses some synths and a really solid beat so I had to stick it in. I hope you like it for your chili makin’ kitchen time.
Chili’s Up Your Spine
(From the Star Wars Wookie Cookbook)
Serves at least 20 when supplemented with other food.