Quite a Winter

_MG_6755I think we will all agree that this winter has been one for the record books. Well at least I think so! I went out this morning and braved the elements for you all so that you can see what our wonderful part of the world looks like on February 15th 2015. Near the end of the walk by face froze briefly to the back of my camera. Photos Here.

Chili Cook-Off 2015

It was cold outside, but the temperature in the Pastecki’s home was warm and cozy.  Due, not only to the large amount of chili warming in their crock pots, but to the camaraderie among the 30+ attendees.  We had 9 chili submissions plus a number of corn bread offerings and lots of cold drinks to accompany.  It’s amazing how many different ways you can make chili and no two tasted alike.  Our judges, Elaine Spaull and Becky Simmons had a hard time selecting but came up with our winners.  A new trend in chili?? – Several of the entries contained cocoa and/or chocolate.  BTW – Amy’s chili can also be made with Buffalo meat, (widely available in her home state of Wyoming), hence the name.

1st Place: Tom Pastecki (it was anonymous really) – Swamp Chili

2nd Place: Amy Rosechandler – Buffalo Chili

3rd Place: Carolyn Riley & Chris Dygert – Texas Swing Chili

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WinningChiliRecipes here.

And enjoy some pictures of the fun event – HERE!!