Saturday, May 22, 2010

Mr. Hawthorne Makes Hot Dog Chili For The Hawthornelets.

Mr. Hawthorne makes the best hot dog chili. Just ask him. He'll tell you.
$2.74 for 2.21 pounds. That's an amazing $1.2398190045248868778280542986425/pound!
Mr. Hawthorne broke up the hamburger meat into his skillet ...
... and constantly worked with it to get the proper texture.
Keep breaking up the hamburger meat.
When the meat was browned, Mr. Hawthorne added his seasonings - salt and pepper and 1 teaspoon each onion powder and granulated garlic.
Next, he added in about 1/2 - 3/4 cup ketchup.
Dixie likes to stay close by, as in guarding the kitchen.
Mr. Hawthorne kept working his meat. Heh. 12.
The texture has to be exactly right.
Beau likes the aromas emanating from the cook top.
Mr. Hawthorne added in 1/4 cup Texas Pete ...
... and continued to work it. Wait a minute. Mr. Hawthorne just realized I was giving out his yet-to-be AWARD WINNING recipe for hot dog chili. So, he wants to Marie it. Points to those who can get that reference. Mr. Hawthorne suggested it. And Mama Hawthorne would have gotten it. As to Marie-ing it, here's Mr. Hawthorne's secret ingredient: Pour in 1 cup of fennel seeds and 1 cup of caraway seeds. Yeah. That should do it.
Junior and Beau hangin' out in the kitchen.
Mr. Hawthorne and Dixie. Mr. Hawthorne has lovely legs.
Mr. Hawthorne next added about 1/4 cup water to deglaze the pan. One thing I've noticed about cooking with gas is that the sides of the pans get really hot. You want to deglaze to get the goody bits stuck on the hot sides worked into the chili.
He's still scraping the sides.
Check out the texture. This is how Mr. Hawthorne likes it. Very fine.
Taste test and more Texas Pete went in.
The chili powder goes in at the very end.
One teaspoon at a time. He probably used a heaping tablespoon. I had two Hawthornelets and 1 extra for dinner. I lose count since they're in and out of the house all day. With friends. Actually, I like it that way. They ate every bit.
In the meantime, I went out and picked a pretty bouquet.

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