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Gas Pains

Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.

Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.

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Tosa curling is always at its finest when food is involved.  Yesterday was the Third Annual Chili Spiel and competition cook-off.

Eight homemade chilies were entered in the the event - including my variation on a turkey chili. 

Even though it didn't win first place it's a mighty fine winter dish. 

Gary Larson

Gas Pains' Turkey Chili

Olive oil

2 - garden sweet onions chopped

3T - chopped garlic

2 - 20 oz packages of turkey breast chopped into pieces about the size of your big toenail

4 - 4 oz cans of Victoria fire roasted chopped mild green chilies

2T - ground cumin

1T - chili powder

1 1/2T - dried oregano

Ground cayenne and white pepper to taste

4 - 15 oz cans of beans - rinsed and drained.  (I used a baby butter, pinto and a couple of white beans - personal preference is the rule)

2 - 32 oz cartons of organic chicken stock

3C - shredded Monterey Jack cheese

In a stock pot on very high heat sear the onions, garlic, turkey in olive oil.  Toss-in the cumin and chili powder.  Keep the heat cranked so that the juices cook-off and the turkey and onions thicken and brown.  Reduce heat and add the oregano.  Stir.

Add the green chilies and one box of chicken stock.  Stir.

Add all the beans - except one can of the white beans.  Smash or otherwise puree the last can of white beans and add that to the pot along with the second box of chicken stock.

Simmer on low and adjust the "burn" of the chili with cayenne and white pepper.  

Serve with shredded cheese, crackers or crushed tortilla chips, icy cervezas and friends.

You can make this ahead of time to be warmed-up in a slow cooker if you are entertaining.  If you take any leftovers to the day job be prepared for moochers to come schmoozing around.

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Interested in learning a fun winter sport?

The Wauwatosa Curling Club stands ready to quench your thirst for curling and maybe a cold one when you've come off the ice.

Come to our Open House.  We're conveniently located in the Muellner Building over at Hart Park.

Wauwatosa Curling Club

Saturday and Sunday - February 27 and 28 - 1 to 5 PM

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