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Pirate Chili

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Pirate Chili

Submitted by Carla Courtney

Yo, ho, ho, and a bottle of rum! (Well, not QUITE that much rum!)

Ingredients: 4 to 5 (16 ounce) rolls sausage (HOT is great, but any flavor works!) 3 medium onions, chopped 4-5 (14 ounce) cans black beans, drained (Can replace with 16-20 oz dried black beans cooked according to recipe.) 2-3 large cans (28 ounce) of tomatoes (stewed, diced, or petite diced) 6 cloves garlic, minced 4 tablespoons chili powder 3 teaspoons salt 3 teaspoons dry mustard ¼ cup sugar 1-1 ½ cups dark rum (cheap rum works great) 2 large cans (28 ounce) sliced peaches with juice, chopped Serve with: Grandmother’s Buttermilk Cornbread Salad Death by Chocolate


Cook onions and sausage together until done; thoroughly drain away the grease. Return sausage to a large pot and add all ingredients but peaches. Bring to a boil and then let simmer as long as you want. Add peaches about 10-15 minutes before serving. Eat with cornbread and a salad.

This can simmer in the crock-pot all day, just add peaches before serving.

Grandmother’s Buttermilk Cornbread

by Bethany Weathersby at

Ingredients: ½ cup butter, melted ⅔ cup white sugar 2 large eggs 1 cup buttermilk ½ teaspoon baking soda 1 cup cornmeal 1 cup all-purpose flour ¼ teaspoon salt


1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease an 8-inch square pan. (I use a glass pie pan.)

2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Remove from heat and stir in sugar. Quickly whisk in eggs. (I just use a glass bowl in the microwave.)

3. Combine buttermilk and baking soda in a small bowl. Whisk mixture into the skillet. Stir in cornmeal, flour, and salt until well-blended and only a few lumps remain. Pour batter into the prepared pan.

4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 30-40 minutes.

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