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When crazybutsound came to visit this summer, I fixed Havana Moon Chili for dinner one night.  She asked for the recipe, and I'm finally posting it here behind the tag.  Enjoy!

*crosses first item off "To Do" list, leaving only 999 to go*


Havana Moon Chili




Picadillo is a Cuban-style dish incorporating ground meat, green olives, vinegar, and capers that’s served all over south Florida.  The recipe for Havana Moon Chili, which appears in Jane and Michael Stern’s book Chili Nation combines the basic elements of picadillo with the spices better-known from chili-making.  The result is an easy and delicious one-dish meal.



2 tablespoons vegetable oil

½ cup chopped onion

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 pound ground pork *                         * Or just use two pounds ground chuck

1 pound ground chuck

One 14 ½ - ounce can beef broth

One 28 - ounce can whole peeled tomatoes, drained

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

½ cup raisins

2 tablespoons chili powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground cumin

½ teaspoon ground allspice

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

½ tablespoon salt

¼ cup pimiento-stuffed green olives, halved

¼ cup slivered blanched almonds

2 cups cooked black beans

2 cups cooked white rice



1.      Heat the vegetable oil in a Dutch oven or large casserole.  Stir in the onion and garlic and cook until soft.  Add the pork and beef, and cook until browned.  Drain off the excess fat.


2.      Add the beef broth and tomatoes, squashing each tomato by hand before adding it.  Stir in the vinegar, raisins, spices, and salt.  Bring to a boil; reduce the heat and cook 30 minutes, partially covered.  Uncover and cook for 30 minutes more. Add the olives and almonds and cook an additional 5 minutes.


3.      To serve, place a mound of beans and a mound of rice in each bowl.  Ladle the chili on top.





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Nov. 5th, 2005 03:35 pm (UTC)
Just wanted to tell you I was glad to see you updating. After your last past, I worried you would back away for a little while. I might have overreacted - obviously have since you're here, but still.

Nov. 5th, 2005 04:00 pm (UTC)
Re: OT
No, I'm not backing away (that's part of what I've been accused of). I'm in the middle of some long discussions with a couple of people who aren't happy with the whole WA thing, and I'm just trying to cool the situation down.

Any posts related to WA that I do on my LJ going forward will just be seen by the people in a custom friends group. I had one person ask to be included in the group, but apart from that and requests from two people to be kept off, everyone else just ignored the whole thing, which is really what I was expecting.

Btw, I'm very sorry if that literary post the other day hurt you in any way. You know I'd never do anything like that deliberately, right?

Very nice Numb3rs episode last night. Lots of Don - Charlie interaction and reminiscences about what it was like when they were in school together.
Nov. 5th, 2005 04:19 pm (UTC)
Re: OT
If it helps, I have absolutely no problem with your playing over WA. I mean, it makes you happy? I'm behind you all the way. And re: the literary post? God, not only didn't it hurt me in any way, but even if - for whatever reason - it had, I wouldn't have ever believed you would have done it on purpose, so really, I didn't have a problem with it.

I hope you'll settle your differences with those two people - I'm pretty sure I know who they are, right? I'm just hoping it's not creating real tensions? I mean, I would hate for you three to lose something from your friendship.

Anyway, this is between you three, so I'll leave you deal with it...

And Numb3rs was great!
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Nov. 5th, 2005 03:36 pm (UTC)
Karen, remember when you worried about the riots reaching people you knew? Dude! They hit my town!

Don't worry though, I'm ok and my family is as well, but man!
Nov. 5th, 2005 03:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh!
Oh, damn! Take care of yourself, okay?

I heard on the news this morning that over 900 cars have been burned.

Have you heard anything from GD?

Nov. 5th, 2005 04:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh!
The last figure I heard was around 1200 cars - and I don't know how many buses. Let's not even think of the schools, factories or garages...

And I don't think it hit Paris at all so she should be okay. I'm seeing her tomorrow, anyway *g*
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Nov. 5th, 2005 06:49 pm (UTC)
It sounded good up until 1/2 cup raisins. ::shudders:: I hate raisins.
Nov. 5th, 2005 07:56 pm (UTC)
You can leave the raisins out. Maybe just put in more almonds and olives.

It really is delicious, and it's finally getting cool enough to cook things like that. (And no, I don't know why I made it in July, lol.)
Nov. 5th, 2005 07:47 pm (UTC)
Yum!!! I've eaten that before. The recipe sounds similar to a Mole sauce. It reminds me of that because yesterday I ate the most delicious Chicken Mole Enchiladas and just had to have flan to end the meal.

Give me a call.
Nov. 5th, 2005 08:00 pm (UTC)
I'll call you tomorrow. Right now I'm just trying to get through the rest of my flist (commenting where I can) so I can get out of the office and go home. It's already 8:00 p.m.; assuming I stop somewhere to have dinner, I probably won't get home until close to midnight.
Nov. 5th, 2005 08:01 pm (UTC)
BTW, we don't change time if I didn't mention it, so it's 9pm here.
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Nov. 6th, 2005 02:16 am (UTC)
Thanks. The one I'd found on the internet and cooked a while back wasn't exactly the same, apparently. And I'm not sure what cups and such translate into in French... shall have to research that. Along with what "chuck" is... Pork, I get, lol.
Nov. 6th, 2005 11:11 am (UTC)
Does sound good... and a cup is 250 ml, if that helps.
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Nov. 7th, 2005 08:57 am (UTC)
Oh, sorry, "chuck" is just beef. Not the tenderest meat; rather, something that needs long, slow cooking.

I can convert the measurements for you if you like. Let me know.

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Nov. 6th, 2005 10:55 am (UTC)
Mmmmm, that sounds tasty. Must be an amazing mix of flavors going off in your mouth.
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