Chili Today! Add the rest of the joke…

Here at the Laboratory Of Love, we don’t need an excuse for a good time. We really groove on eating. We can eat seasonally, sweetly and celebratory if given enough room.

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Pot culture

Holidays are eagerly awaited so a day designated for chili makes us smile.  It’s the perfect time of year for a bowl of chili wherever you live. It’s  a warm stop over between winter and spring. Chili rules because it takes one less utensil to eat and fits nicely on your lap. We’ve been called simple before. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a roaring fire and a Snuggie. And if your desire is to put the Snuggie in the roaring fire, that is at your discretion and please demonstrate care. Care is important in chili as your heat index is as important as your protein in the chili. The beef may be tender but if the ghost chili’s are kicking you may send Auntie to ICU. And nothing ruins a family meal like a trip to the clinic. On the other side of the spoon a chili with no heat’s like a kiss without a hug. The two are tastily tied together.

Today being National Chili Day we take the time to count some beans. Maybe while doing your taxes you can simmer a pot. Counting beans, doing taxes? Our humor at Dish! is as layered as our flavors. Or as complex as Milk & Pepsi. That recipe is for the nostalgia readers today. In our quest for a great chili we’ve gone vegetarian, beans/no beans, red, green, yellow, white, duck, moose, squirrel, bacon, beef, pork, venison and chocolate. We have experimented and found our Salmon Chili to be a great dish (bowl) Please try this fantastic recipe while enjoying the wonderful (read more here)  Sheena Metal  guest sous chef. Sheena makes everything spicy, comfortable and clever. And what she can do with a cleaver, oy.

 

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Have yourselves a merry little chili-mas now. And tune in again for more.

National Margarita Day!!

Holiday! Celebrate!

Meow.

Meow.

Look it’s Friday and National Margarita Day! DIO! Wants you folks to enjoy the holiday safely and tastefully. Remember;

To Live Tastefully, One Must Taste Life Fully. 

Our pantry packs more than good olive oil, it has…………………………wait for it…………………sage advice. We’re full of tips, chips, grains and dips. We’re full of it by golly. Aren’t you glad you clicked here??? Orange, you glad you clicked here. Orange. That reminds us.

We wanted to share a couple of fool-proof recipes to make your night special. Easy hand crafting stuff of rock star quality, tried and true and our Laboratory of Love. Margie’s Mixx is a great sweet and sour recipe that’s tasty as a cocktail and even tasty as a marinade. For marinade add crushed garlic, ginger fresh herbs and jazz up some chicken, pork or fish. Mmmm mmmm Margie. Orange, that’s right. Margie’s recipe…

Margie’s Mixx:

3 cups sugar

3 cups water

2 cups fresh lemon juice

1 1/2 cups fresh lime juice

1/2 cup fresh orange juice

Dissolve sugar in water over medium to low heat. Cool thoroughly. Congratulate yourself for making Simple Syrup, you alchemist you.

Mix fruit juices with Simple Syrup to make Margie’s Mixx. More on Margie later……

Classic Margarita Recipe:

One part Cointreau (Triple Sec works too)

Two parts Tequila (your choice)

Three parts Margie’s Mixx

Serve over ice in a sugar/salt rimmed glass (dip rim of glass into water then into sugar/salt mixture on flat plate.  *****Adding a little chili powder to mixture gives your margarita a little heat to the sweet.*****

We’ve also experimented with Bare Bones Margies; Freeze the fresh lemon and lime juice in plastic ice cube trays the day before. Remove and store in sealable freezer bags. Cubes may be slightly mushy, freezer depending. Make Simple Syrup you alchemist, you. Add frozen fruit juice to glass with Tequila, Cointreau, Simple Syrup and a splash of orange juice. Bare Bones Margie, you’ll be awful glad you tried it.

Happy Happy!

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