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Wolf Brand Chili

Subject: Re: Couple questions and a comment!
From: kirstin
Date: 11/2/2018 12:07 PM

On 11/2/2018 3:00 AM, kirstin wrote:

Hi Uncle Phaedrus-

A while back you posted a review of a restaurant you dined and believe me, reading about 
someone else's dinner is not exactly a gripping read, but yours was soooo interesting. 
I mean it! I wish you posted more of those. If I remember correctly I think the main dish 
was duck? I think it was French food. You don't post anything about you, I checked your 
FAQ and nothing about why or how you got started on this site.

Are we allowed more than one question per query? ??
OK, my first is: What is it that gives Wolf Brand Chili its signature flavor? It has some 
undertone to it, that I can't place. No other canned chili has it. It almost makes me think 
of curry but I could be wrong.

Second question: do you cook, and if so, how good a cook would you consider yourself? What 
are your hobbies?

Thank you

Hi Kirstin,

I could not find a post on my site in which I reviewed a restaurant where I had eaten duck. The only post that I could find in which I described duck that I had eaten personally was one in which I described duck that was stuffed with wild rice and smoked at a hunting lodge in Arkansas. See "My Bill of Fare": My Bill of Fare

I'm a bit mystified that you say there is nothing in my FAQ about how the site got started, because the very first line of the FAQ directs you to a "Timeline" of how the site began:



I have no idea of a particular ingredient that gives Wolf Brand chili its unique taste. The actual recipe does not appear to be available, and the ingredients listed on the can are a great deal less than helpful in this respect:

meat ingredients (beef, pork), water, tomato puree (water, tomato paste), rolled oats, textured vegetable protein (soy flour and caramel color), chili pepper, contains less than 2% of the following: salt, sugar, spices, garlic powder, soy lecithin, caramel color, sodium tripolyphosphate.

In December of 1991, the Dallas Times Herald published a copycat recipe for Wolf Brand chili that's probably the closest one available to the real recipe.




You might be able to figure out the secret ingredient by comparing that recipe to other chili recipes.

I cook very little, Kirsten. I suppose that I have learned a great deal about cooking in the almost 20 years that I have been doing this site, but the joy for me is in searching for the recipes and the answers, not in actual cooking.


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