Cincinnati Chili, Starving Artists in the Kitchen Style

Plugging a friend’s cooking blog, this couple are also artists, and the blog is Starving Artists in the Kitchen.  I can’t just give you a bit of the blog, so will lift and type just enough so you have to go visit.  This is their take on Cincinnati Chili, which is traditionally served over spaghetti — but they don’t do wheat.  I intend to try it!  I will leave out the allspice (allergy) and probably add black beans…

IMG_0003“Traditionally,  Cincinnati Chili is served over spaghetti, but since we’re wheat-free we act like barbarians and skip that layer.  There are any number of recipes and approaches, some juicier, some thicker, some using different ingredients, but cinnamon and chocolate are constants.  My friend Ann Emmert Abbott says in Cincinnati you pick which restaurant to go to depending on which variant you’re hungry for!  So here’s my version, put together to taste and from several different recipes…let me know if there’s anything YOU consider absolutely essential.

3-4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (or high quality light)
2 finely chopped onions
4 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 pounds ground beef (or lamb, bison, or venison–we had grass fed beef)
1 T. Sea salt, more or less, to taste
2 tablespoons unsweetened dark cocoa powder
2 tablespoons chili powder (Joseph makes his own, the recipe is in this post.)
1 ½ teaspoons cumin (more or less to taste.  I probably put 1 ½ tablespoons instead)… ”

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hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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