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Wednesday, October 24, 2012
50 States of MoFo: Ohio: Cincinnati Chili
Ohio presents many possibilities, drawn from the range of cultures and peoples who have settled there. I gave serious consideration to buckeye candy and the Polish Boy sandwich, both of which appear delicious and worthy of future effort. However, by popular demand (read: pleading from the other half of the household), we went with a known and much-loved recipe for Cincinnati Chili. This form of chili is served over spaghetti, with a range of optional toppings: cheese, onions, kidney beans, and oyster crackers, as well as more exotic additions.
We are fans of cookbook author Robin Robertson and she has a fantastic recipe for Cincinnati Chili in one of her early books, The Vegetarian Chili Cookbook, which appears to be out of print. (If you cannot find a copy, it is searchable on Google Books, and you can view the recipe there.) There is a typo in the amount of TVP. I believe the intent is 2 1/2 cups instead of 2 1/2 pounds (which would be a dang lot of TVP). For the cheese, we used some Daiya vegan cheddar, which we had in the freezer, but any vegan cheese will do. Robin's recipe is a reliable standby. We almost always have the ingredients, it is forgiving in terms of quantities and modifications, and it is completely satisfying as a solid Midwestern dinner on a cold autumn evening.
Also, here's a shout out to WonderVegan. I just found her post about a similar 50 States plan from earlier this year. She has only posted about New Jersey and Virginia so far, but here's hoping she'll do more!