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Celestial Chili, Almost

In Cooking, Recipes on September 25, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Tonight we stumbled across the Cooking Network show Hook, Line & Dinner. This is probably a blessing and a curse. Pete LOVES seafood. He also loves cooking shows. It’s not unusual for us to spend a Saturday morning watching America’s Test Kitchen. The best part is, he actually tries to make some of the recipes, and because he’s so much more patient than I am, they turn out really well.

As Ben Sargent pulled Maine lobster out of the pots and prepared it for steaming, Pete lauded the great Bug of the Sea and its greatness above its sea-living kin. “The best part is, there’s enough meat on it that you can just get a mouthful of lobster,” he said. “You can take a bite, close your eyes, and see St. Bonaventure and all the saints watching you eat.”

How’s that for endorsement?

It may not have been the beatific vision, or seafood at all, for that matter, but we did make darn good chili tonight for dinner. Even though it was a muggy, sloppy day outside, it still seems like the weather is trying to morph into Fall, so it only seemed right to break out the Le Creuset and make a batch of Cafe Latte’s Chicken Salsa Chili.

This chili was a staple in my St. Paul diet, and I miss it. A lot. So, we did our best to channel Grand Avenue and whipped it up. It tastes like the real deal, and it made our Sunday night. It also made me miss the cakes at Cafe Latte, which are responsible for 90 percent of the freshmen fifteen at the local colleges.