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Author Archive | Dotty Griffith

Real Deal Vege Chili

from Fall Means Chili Weather

Serving vegetarian chili in roasted acorn squash “bowls” adds seasonal panache.

4½-5 cups Real Deal Chili Gravy without beef (see recipe here)
1 (15.5-ounce) can pinto beans
1 (15.5-ounce) can black beans
2 (15.5 ounce) cans posole (white hominy)
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 cup chopped onion
2 cups butternut squash, peeled and cut into
1-inch cubes
2 cups unpeeled calabasita (Mexican squash) or zucchini, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 cup vegetable stock, or as needed
Garnish: Sliced avocado, grated yellow cheese and sour cream (or Jersey Girls Milk yogurt), fresh cilantro leaves

In large colander, rinse and drain pinto and black beans as well as hominy.…

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Fall Means Chili Weather

Photography: Andrew Vracin; Styling: Dotty Griffith and Gae Benson

Chili is the official state dish of Texas and the unofficial dish of autumn. A bowl of red with fresh tortillas bespeaks falling leaves, football, family and feasts to come. This chili recipe is the culmination of 35 years of tasting and creating ways to make a beautiful bowl of red with the integrity of multiple layers of flavor.

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Apricot Fried Pies

from Decoration Day

Fried pies, an East Texas calzone filled with fruit, are the taste memory that pulls many back to Decoration Day year after year. When it is time to fry, make sure your oil is hot enough so that pies float right away, but not so hot that the crust bubbles and darkens in spots.…

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Lime Tea

from Decoration Day

It’s hard to believe that the juice of just one lime can make all the diffrence in a pitcher of sweet tea. But try this and you’ll see why it is the signature beverage of College Mound Decoration Day.…

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Maud Shepherd’s Cuppa, Cuppa, Cuppa Cobbler

from Decoration Day

This simple dessert is divine with whipped cream or ice cream, especially when served warm. Most any tree fruit or summer berry will work.

Makes 4 servings

½ cup butter
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
3 cups of sliced fresh or frozen peaches or whole blueberries, strawberries, raspberries or blackberries, or a combination

Heat oven to 350°F.…

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Decoration Day: A Feast for Body and Soul

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