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Our secret chili recipe.

* OUR SECRET CHILI RECIPE

Never mind the multimedia technology blitz, the new pen-based systems, Apple's sexy PowerBooks, or the thundering herd of Windows applications. The real high point of Fall Comdex was the Micrografx Chili Cookoff, a Texas-style extravaganza that lured hundreds of industry luminaries to a tent in the desert for armadillo races, 27 varieties of chili (including entries from the Dallas Cowboys, Miss Texas, and Soft*letter), and a concert by C&W singer George Strait. Moreover, this was a party with a purpose: Sponsorship fees and tickets for the event brought in a million dollars for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Of course, weld like to report that our own legendary Armadillo Road Kill Chili" recipe won top honors, but the truth is that the judges once again revealed a bias toward flamethrower-style recipes. (We notice that Computer Reseller News, this year's winner, imposed a news blackout on its own victory. Kinda makes you wonder what's in the stuff they were dishing out ... ) Our own recipe--a classic Cincinnati-style chili--did seem pretty popular, however, so we've decided to disclose the secret ingredients:
 One medium armadillo, flattened and finely chopped
 (may substitute 1 lb ground sirloin)
 2 finely chopped onions 1 bay leaf
 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 tsp ground cumin
 1 cup tomato sauce 1/2 tsp turmeric
 1 cup water 1/2 tsp marjoram
 2 tbs ketchup 1/2 tsp nutmeg
 1 tbs red wine vinegar 1/2 tsp allspice
 1 tsp honey 1/2 tsp cinnamon
 1 oz unsweetened chocolate, grated 1/4 tsp ground cloves
 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp ground coriander
 1 tsp ground black pepper 1/4 tsp cardamon
 1 tbs chili powder 1/4 tsp mace
 1tbs paprika


Brown meat, onions, and garlic. (Mixture should be finely crumbled.) Add liquid ingredients, bring to a boil, and add dry ingredients. Simmer about one hour, mixing frequently, until chili develops a rich, smokey flavor and a porridge-like consistency. Serve over beans, spaghetti, chopped onions, or (our personal preference) white rice. Serves 4.
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Title Annotation:entertainment at Comdex-Fall 1991
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Date:Nov 8, 1991
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