Saturday, January 30, 2010

Trio in the Snow ~
























Joee & Bob were brave and came on to play in spite of the winter storm warning. They arrived just as the snow started falling yesterday & left today through the thick of it. Our session was wonderful. Fueled by Shiva's Best Cincinnati Chili, (a new recipe, in honor of our missing bass, rehearsing for Spain in NYC.) ~ we played all of the YACB scenes except one & everything sounded great. I feel so lucky to work with such great musicians!

9 comments:

SBD said...

cool er cold

Cathy said...

Fun! More details about the chili, please.

Dan Dutton said...

Shiva's Best Cincinnati Chili: (After once hosting a chili cookoff contest that ended just this side of a brawl, I should know better than a title like that...)

Brown a half pound of pork sausage in a little oil or fat with a sprinkle of cumin seeds, add a large chopped onion, a chopped medium hot chili (a poblano) - or a sweet pepper, if you can't do the heat, and a couple of baby zucchini, cut in half inch rounds, sprinkle on about 3 tsp of garam masala and saute briefly, say a minute. Add a quarter cup of tomato paste and enough water to make a fairly thick chili. Add precooked heirloom beans (ha! if you have some, from Gordos ~ I used the ones I got for participating in the rare bean growing experiment) - or pintos, and some broken up, cooked soba noodles, a half tsp of holy basil, a half tsp of mexican oregano, salt, pepper, and enough hot sauce to make it fiery. I used a chili shrimp paste from taiwan.
The important point is that the cooking be handled so that the zucchini is not soft when served, but toothy.
I made up the recipe for Brent, as a vegetarian & (comic) East Indian take on Cincinnati Chili ~ but decided to use the Miller sausage, mildly spiced, as another layer in the heat. I think I'll try making it with ghee sauted spiced spelt crumbles replacing the sausage for Brent ~ a Pennsylvania Dutch trick. I just happened to have some left over soba, but it worked better than spaghetti by being unusual.

Cathy said...

That sounds and delicious! Love the garam masala and chile shrimp paste, yowza.

Cathy said...

Aargh, I meant to say non-traditional and delicious.

Dan Dutton said...

ACK! I left out THREE LARGE GARLIC CLOVES, crushed into a paste in a half tsp of salt ~ about a tab, or a little more of paste.

Cathy said...

Did those flying squirrels make off with your recipe mojo?

Dan Dutton said...

Hee hee! My mojo is ungnawable.

Apifera Farm said...

Dan, I'm going to share that chili recipe with M. He loves it and loves it spicy....