Friday, January 21, 2011
Rosemary Harris' Chili from the Desperate Measures Cookbook
Pete #2 the cook at Babe Chinnery’s Paradise Diner is more famous for his desserts these days than he is for spicy food, (in fact…the yummy almond olive oil cake in Dead Head is something we both fell in love with after watching Giada make it on television!) But Amy did ask for something to keep us warm during this long cold January and this recipe is one of my favorites from an 18 year old cookbook that I’m betting not even she has heard of –
Desperate Measures: 90 Unintimidating Recipes for the Domestically Inept.
It’s called Patsy Cline Memorial Chili because apparently the writer was listening to a lot of her music when he was creating the dish (and I’m guessing a fair amount of beer was consumed while he was cooking, too.)
1 lb. chorizo sausage
1 tbs minced garlic
½ c. coarsely chopped celery
1 lrg. Yellow onion, coarsely chopped
1 lrg. Red bell pepper, seeds, removed, then diced
2 jalapeno peppers, finely minced
1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 6 oz can tomato paste
1 14 ½ can chicken stock
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried sage
½ -1 tsp cayenne pepper (or more if you dare!)
1 tsp red pepper flakes (see above)
3 tbs chili powder
1 15 ½ oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed well
1 lb cooked, peeled shrimp
In a large stockpot, sauté the sausage over a medium heat until browned. Drain on paper towel and set aside.
Rosemary Harris was born in Brooklyn New York and now she, her husband and their golden retriever Max, split their time between Manhattan’s East Side and Fairfield County, Connecticut. After several careers in book retailing , direct marketing, and video/television/public television she traded in her pumps for a yellow legal pad and a stack of pencils and started writing. A small item in the New York Times about a mummified body piqued her interest and subsequent research led to her first book, the Agatha and Anthony-nominated, Pushing Up Daisies, the first title in the Dirty Business mystery series from Minotaur Books. Daisies was followed by The Big Dirt Nap and Dead Head. In 2011, Slugfest will join the series. Rosemary is a Master Gardener, and is very active also with Habitat for Humanity. Inspired by her Habitat experiences, Rosemary and her husband Bruce have undertaken another very exciting project, building a library in central Tanzania. Visit the Chalula Library Page on her website to learn more about it.
Rosemary is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Garden Writers of America and CMGA (Connecticut Master Gardeners Association), and is President of MWA/NY and past president of Sisters in Crime, New England.