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.


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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