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Kevin and Ursula Eat Cheap

Dec 20, 2010

Two rants for the price of one podcast! This week, we walked down the frozen food aisle and found Skyline Chili Spaghetti, Hot Pockets Sideshots Cheeseburgers, and Jose Ole Mini Tacos. Add into that one of Kevin's lunch picks, Pacific Natural Food's Organic Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup, then a decadant finish with Bel Gioioso Tiramisu Marscapone. We paired it all with Rex-Goliath Chardonnay (because, hey, cheap food deserves inexpensive wine), fed the beagle, and reported art thieves. 

Excitement abounds (no, not really) in our kitchen, and we eat it so you don't have to. 

almost ten years ago

Cinci Chili was influenced by the large quantity of Greek immigrants in the area, and is seasoned as such. If you were inclined to make your own, you could easily make delicious chili by sauteing (1 lb) ground beef and an onion together, then dropping a tablespoon of chili powder, a teaspoon of cinnamon and a teaspooon of cumin into that, stirring in until fragrant. Then dump into a crock pot with a can of crushed tomatoes (beans are not usually in Cincinnati chili, but I won't tell if you don't) and cook for a few hours. Serve over elbow macaroni or spaghetti.

almost ten years ago

If you can find either Skyline or Goldstar chili (the two most common Cincinnati style chilis) in a can rather than frozen, pick that up instead. Cooking your own spaghetti is very much recommended as is pouring the chili over hot dogs to make cheese coneys (chili dogs).

The wikipedia page on Cincinnati chili is pretty informative, and Kevin was right about the cinnamon. Skyline is known for its use of cinnamon in the chili whereas Goldstar uses chocolate. They're different enough that I'd suggest trying both if they are available.