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p3skyking
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Posted - 12/07/2017 :  7:07:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Winter has arrived, cold and wet.
I spent a couple of hours outside with new dog bedding and string doors for the houses.

A bowl of chili sounds good. All I had in the reefer was grass-fed ground beef with zilch fat. I wanted the fat so I cut up half a chuck roast and browned it in pure lard with onions and garlic.

Added the beans and the spices and on a whim, added filé. That is the ground up leaves of the sassafras tree. It's used in gumbo and to thicken up soups in the South. I grow my own, so it's always on hand.

The lard and filé made a real difference. The flavor was full and the liquid was silky smooth.

Mexico Mexicans use a lot of lard and that's probably why I love their street taco vendors so much. If you get adventurous and want to try something new give it a spin.

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CaptFun
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Posted - 12/07/2017 :  8:21:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Fresh file is the best. Mom used to have a tree in the yard that she kept bush sized.

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p3skyking
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Posted - 12/07/2017 :  9:02:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by CaptFun

Fresh file is the best. Mom used to have a tree in the yard that she kept bush sized.



The leaves started yellowing last week. I ground up a Quaker Oats barrel full of filé from the upper green leaves. It will take me a year to use that much.

A man who says he has never been scared is either lying or else he's never been anywhere or done anything
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A man who has not known many women cannot appreciate the value of one. The Walking Drum

A man's success he can share with others, his troubles are his own. Comstock Lode

A ship does not sail with yesterdays wind. The Walking Drum


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