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Monday, October 19, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Chili, the way you like it, is the easiest route to dinner

Several years ago, my partner and I spent a month in San Antonio, where his family lives. We were both unemployed at the time, so we spent the days driving around the city exploring and eating all the wonderful food. We consumed a lot of chili.

Anaheim chili peppers pack sweet punch

Elongated and light green, Anaheims are mild chili peppers common in Mexican and Southwestern dishes, where they often complement pork, poultry, black beans, tomatoes, corn, cumin, coriander and cotija cheese. Large enough to stuff, they pack about the same amount of heat as Poblano peppers but are a bit fruitier in flavor. Crisp and slightly spicy with a subtle sweetness, they originated in New Mexico but are named for the city in Southern California where they were first commercially grown.

Smoked lentil chili a robust fall favorite

Melody Gow of Mead began making her Smoked Lentil Chili in college. It was the mid- to late 1980s, and she was going to school at Eastern Washington University. She came up with this recipe as an alternative to canned chili, which she said cost more and wasn’t as good.

Recipes offer alternatives for small groups

If you don’t have a large crowd coming over for Thanksgiving dinner, Turkey Breast en Cocotte with Pan Gravy from America’s Test Kitchen offers a simple, super-moist and elegant option. Even though the recipe doesn’t require an entire turkey, it still can provide enough leftovers for next-day bold and creamy Turkey and Green Chili Enchiladas.

Tomatillo quiche fits all appetites

This Dinner Together almost didn’t come together at all. I scorched my pinky. I neglected the kids’ dinner. I nearly roasted the tomatillos into oblivion. Despite the challenges, the final result was delicious.

Try heat, cheese in your cornbread

Warm up on a chilly autumn evening with a comforting bowl of chili or soup accompanied by a moist and flavorful chunk of cornbread. Here’s Ina Garten’s original Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread recipe, along with my adaption for Bacon and Cheddar Cornbread with Scallions and Sundried Tomatoes as well as a recipe for White Bean and Chicken Chili from allrecipes.com. Ina Garten’s Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread

Fresh Sheet

A free showing of the documentary film “Ingredients” takes place tonight in Moscow, Idaho. Narrated by actress Bebe Neuwirth, the film explores urban food deserts, diversified farms and the kitchens of celebrated chefs like Alice Waters, of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Calif. The screening, part of the Food for Thought Film Series sponsored by the Moscow Food Co-op, starts at 7 p.m. today at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, 508 S. Main St. in downtown Moscow.  

Hot competition

On a recent Saturday, patrons at the North Spokane Library checked out more than books. A smoky, spicy aroma wafted all the way out into the parking lot courtesy of the first Firefighters vs. Librarians Chili Cook-off. Spokane County District 9 firefighters and Spokane County librarians went head-to-head in a taste challenge to see who makes the most mouth-watering chili.

Tasty easy dinner: veggie chili

As a judge at a chili cook-off, I quickly learned that some like it hot, some mild, some with meat others without. One thing was definite: Everyone was passionate about chili. Here is a variation I created using only vegetables, which makes a perfect easy dinner during this busy season.

Spicy or mild, chili’s a favorite at the table

The great thing about chili is that some like it hot, some like it mild, but almost everyone likes it. And you can put together today’s pork and bean chili in just 20 minutes. The first chili was probably based on a Mexican meat dish called mole de guajolote, which was made with cubed pork accompanied by fried beans and rice. Americans crossing the border added their own touches.

Fresh Sheet: Tartlet takes home top prize in lentil event

The recipe for a little appetizer tartlet was the winner of the 2010 National Lentil Festival’s Legendary Lentil Cook-Off in Pullman last month. Tasters chose the Lovely Little Lentil Tartlets by Linda Rohr, of Darien, Conn. She won the $1,000 first prize from the USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council.

In brief: Enjoy chili, bowl for Candlelighters

DISHMAN – Jenny’s Café, 9425 E. Sprague Ave., will hold the third-annual “Bowls of Chili” on Monday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. to benefit Candlelighters of the Inland Northwest. Jenny’s Café, along with the Candlelighters, Terry Giebar and Gonzaga University’s pottery department, have come together to raise money for children with cancer. Chili and minestrone soup will be served in hand-crafted bowls for $15. Attendees can enjoy a meal, support a good cause, and the one-of-a-kind bowl is theirs to keep.