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I’m really tired of talking about Transformers and Michael Bay…



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  • PaulW

    Okay. Let’s talk chili recipes.

  • doa766

    you should write an article about the really interesting movies coming out for the rest of the year like Shutter Island, Inglorius Basterds, Avatar, Nine, Thirst or the Watchmen extended edition

    we can talk about that and pretend this summer never happenned and try to erase it from out memories, just like we did with Indiana Jones 4

  • They made an Indiana Jones 4???!?

  • MaSch

    Actually, Indiana Jones 4 was a TV series called “The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones”, and it was pretty much okay, nothing you have to erase from your memory.

    Considering chili recipes: Just put enough chilis into the pot and it does. not. matter. whatever else you have done to the food: It will be hot!

  • doa766

    I’ve gone as far as erasing from my mind the subtitle and most of what happened on screen but I still not able to forget that it exists, it hunts me

    a few years ago, after trying really hard I was able to forget that R2D2 has rockets on its legs and it can fly, but after all that effort then he flew again on episode 3 and the damage became permanent

  • Anne-Kari

    Yeah, I’ve been participating in the T:ROTF melee and I think we’ve all beaten this one to death already. Moving on!

    My favorite chili recipe is a three-bean, vegetarian recipe I found my grandmother’s recipe box. The secret ingredient? A small amount of dark chocolate. Yummers.

  • MaSch

    I thought the secret ingredient was …
    … nothing!

    Still, might try putting dark chocolate into my next chili con or sin carne; anything I need to keep in mind when doing so?

  • Anne-Kari

    Yes – add it after all the other ingredients have warmed up throroughly first. In terms of sweeetened or unsweetened, it depends on onions and red bell peppers, believe it or not: If you use a lot of onions and red bell peppers (naturally sweet), there will be plenty of sweetness (cooked onions are at least partially carmelized and release a lot of sugar) already and you can use unsweetened.

    Less onion/red bell peps means it’s ok to use sweetened dark chocolate (usually in bar form). In a recipe that makes around a 1/2 gal of chili I would put only a few oz of bar-form, or if in powdered form, maybe 2-3 tablespoons.

    It’s actually fairly authentic in terms of Mexican coooking to use chocolate as a spice.

  • bats :[

    The dishes with “mole” in their titles indicate that there’s dark chocolate or cocoa powder as an ingredient.

    (Still isn’t as good as a Hershey bar, but I’m a philistine, I know.)

  • MaSch

    Now I’m feeling the urge to visit the nearest Mexican Restaurant to look if they have something with “mole”. Thanks for the tips, Anne-Kari.

    Just saw: There is a movie called “New York” out now and MaryAnn hasn’t seen it yet? What is the world coming to? (This is confusion about the powers that be not showing MaryAnn the movie, who is a great New-Yorkophile, as we all know, not a confusion about MaryAnn.)

  • I’m really tired of talking about Transformers and Michael Bay…

    Well, you’re the one who brought them up…

    The dishes with “mole” in their titles indicate that there’s dark chocolate or cocoa powder as an ingredient.

    Mmmm. Mole…

    First someone mentions dulce de leche on another thread. Now mole. Who knew we had so many aficionados of Latin food who visited this site…

    (Still isn’t as good as a Hershey bar, but I’m a philistine, I know.)

    Yes, you are.;-)

    And it isn’t as good.

    It’s better.

    IMHO, of course.

  • MaryAnn

    There is a movie called “New York” out now and MaryAnn hasn’t seen it yet?

    It’s a Bollywood movie, and I don’t get invited to those, and probably wouldn’t go even if I were. Not out of any disdain for Bollywood movies, just because there really isn’t time.

  • RyanT

    You could talk about Doctor Who/Torchwood.

  • Nate

    Is it funny or sad the first thing I thought of when I read the title was Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. “Oh Deep Thought, what is the answer to the ultimate question?”

  • PaulW

    We still haven’t seen MaryAnn’s chili recipe yet…

    Here’s mine:
    1 lb. turkey ground meat
    1 cup diced onion
    1 cup diced green pepper
    1 jar tomato sauce
    1/2 can tomato paste
    2 tablespoons chili powder
    2 tablespoons cinnamon

    on the side:
    2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
    1 cup sour cream
    1 bag scoop-able Fritos

  • KarenP

    You can always let David Denby take up that onerous task. In this week’s New Yorker, he calls Bay “stunningly, almost viciously untalented”…heee!

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