Happy Birthday Lindy Boggs

lindy_boggsFormer member of the House of Representatives from Louisiana, Lindy Boggs turns ninety-seven today. Boggs was also the US Ambassador to the Vatican from 1997-2001. As cardinals hold a conclave to select a new pope, honor Rep. Boggs with her recipe for chili (with six cloves of garlic).

Lindy Boggs’ Chili
4 lb. coarse ground chuck
6 garlic cloves
3 T. paprika
2 t. oregano
6 T. hot chili powder
2 T. cumin seeds
2 t. white pepper
cayenne pepper, to taste
2 t. chili pods
6 c. water
salt, to taste
masa sauce (recipe below)
2 jalapeño peppers, ground up
1 T. jalapeño juice

Simmer all ingredients except the last three for 1 1/2 hours. Add the masa sauce, jalapeño peppers, and jalapeño juice and simmer for an additional fifteen minutes. Serves 8-10.

Masa Sauce
1/2 c. masa harina (Mexican corn flour)
1 c. water

Blend flour and water with a fork. This makes a good (gluten-free) thickener for chiles, soups, and stews.

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One response to “Happy Birthday Lindy Boggs

  1. So interesting, combining Linda Bogg’s birthday, her chili recipe (where do you find these tid bits?) AND the cardinal’s conclave.

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