Chili Chili Chili

Yes, bowls and bowls of Chili!!  It is still winter (it’s still January).  I’ve prepared a big batch of Chili to enjoy by the fireplace — My Turkey & Black Bean Chili with Mango Salsa!

I’m serving in several different bowls, by several different Artists.  I’m also reminding anyone in the Twin Cities — Chili Night at Northern Clay Center is coming up (Feb 10).  Definitely a fun, tasty event….

The Food – Turkey & Black Bean Chili with Mango Salsa

I’ve made several different styles and types of Chili over the years, but the favorite is my Turkey and Black Bean Chili, served with Mango Salsa.

I use ground turkey, seasonings of cumin, cinnamon, tequila and dark beer.  Then I add my own Chili Paste (made ahead of time with Chipotle and Ancho chilis), and black beans.  The result is a dark, earthy, smokey flavored Chili, finished off of a squeeze of lime.

It’s wonderful served with grated cheese (I prefer a white cheddar) or sour cream, and chopped cilantro.  And the Mango Salsa is always a hit!!  An absolutely delicious compliment to the earthy flavored Chili!!

Recipes for both Chili and Mango Salsa included on my Recipes Page.

The Pottery – Bowls and Bowls and Bowls….

Just for fun, I’m serving Chili in several different Bowls, by several different Artists….

Bowl #1 — A Maasha Bowl — Wheel thrown, straight-sided with a slightly uneven rim; slips and ash glaze for a deliberate ‘drippy’ effect.  Perfect size and shape for Chili!!

Bowl #2 — A square bowl made by Minnesota Artist Maren Kloppmann — Handbuilt, porcelain, soda fired to satin perfection.  This ‘minimalist’ Maren Bowl (in SouthWest tones) is perfect for my husband, who prefers a bit of rice with his Chili.

Bowl #3 — A small bowl (a tea bowl?) made by Minnesota Artist Warren MacKenzie — Wheel thrown, faceted, with a creamy, earthy glaze with a bit of ‘crackle’.  It’s always special to eat something from a Warren piece.

And a few Links:

www.NorthernClayCenter.org

www.MarenKloppmann.com

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