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Quote for Today: A week without Chili in some form was a wasted week. LBJ



On this day in history 1908, our 36th President Lyndon B. Johnson was born. When he and Lady Bird ruled the White House many people had the misconception that all they ate was Barbecue. It is true, that they had a giant outdoor BBQ for the first time and a lucky German dignitary loved it. But, their diet was much more complex than that.

With the exception of Thomas Jefferson,BullJohnson enjoyed the greatest variety of cuisine than any other President. His favorites were French, German, Spanish, Italian, and the foods of the Southern United States.

Here are some examples of his favorite dishes: Beef Stroganoff, Eggplant Nicoise, Fresh Biscuits with Venison Sausage, Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast, Lamb Hash, Shrimp Creole, Chop Suey, Chalupas, anything with Spinach and Pedernales River Chili. For this last dish, here is the recipe from LBJ.

Pedernales River Chili, LBJ

Pedernales River Chili

Pedernales River Chili
Yields: 12 servings
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 1 hr

4 pounds coarsely ground beef (chili-grind)
1 large chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
6 teaspoons chili powder
2 (16-ounce) cans tomatoes
Salt to taste
2 cups hot water

In a large frying pan, brown meat with onion and garlic until meat is lightly browned; transfer ingredients to a large kettle cast-iron Dutch oven.

Add oregano, cumin, chili powder, tomatoes, salt, and hot water. Bring just to a boil; lower heat and simmer, covered, for approximately 1 hour. Remove from heat. Skim off grease and serve.

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