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Is the chili really hot?

  Is your chili spicy hot? Mom always said the heat could be added, but if we over-spice we can’t remove the heat! Dad said he wanted the chili to taste like a party for your mouth, but not dance all night! Well said… We have learned more about spices and the quality of spices is better now than in the 1960’s with more emphasis on fresher products and better quality. There are some very good vendors in that business and we work with some of them. We serve our chili with fixings’ and people are encouraged to dress up...


Award winning chili?

  One question that always is asked… Has your chili won any awards at Chili Cook-off Contests? Actually, we have never competed in a contest! We think the contests look like a lot of fun to attend and have some fun, but here’s the deal… We make chili for people to eat! It is cooked longer and rested under refrigeration for the flavors to blend and become better. Competition chili is made for a quick taste by several judges – it is similar to wines – some great wines are wonderful for fragrance and palette tasting – but not necessarily...


"The musical fruit..." What about the gas???!

What about the gas???! We love this question and actually have an answer for greatly reducing the “musical toot!” What causes the gas and flocculants is the sugars that seep from the beans during soaking and cooking. The sugars that are now in the cooking water mix with the enzymes in our lower intestines as our bodies try to break down the sugars and Yippee!  We have successfully made our bodies into little refineries! Here is what we do to help with this: Rinse the dry beans several times with cool, clean water. Soak the beans for several hours until...


What is the difference?

  What is the difference between Heritage/Heirloom Beans and ‘regular’ beans? Now, before we too harshly or improperly judge “Big business in agriculture” we need to also realize that to feed a hungry world and maintain low consumer costs and deal with a host of regulations, inspections and hundreds of other things, the agricultural industry has done a tremendous job. Seeds are altered to be more disease resistant and require less chemical management and water. The genes are altered in the seed to determine a consistent size for mechanized planting, harvesting and offering a very long shelf life for long...


Is there a difference?

What is the difference between “Heirloom” and “Heritage” beans? The terms "heirloom seed" and "heritage seed" are used interchangeably. An heirloom plant is an open-pollinated cultivar that was commonly grown during earlier periods in human history, but which is not used in modern large-scale agriculture. These beans are not genetically altered and therefore are not as easy to plant, grow, harvest, clean and separate and are best used within two years of harvesting. They do not all look the same - they are not all exactly the same size or color - but, like us, the beauty is really on...