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10 The Julian News August 20, 2014 by Bill Fink Best In The Universe Chili One of my favorite Legion and Julian events is coming up on Saturday, September 27th• It may seem a little early to let you know but the annual "Best in the Universe Chili Cook-Off" sponsored bythe Julian American Legion Auxiliary is growing and if you want a spot as a competitor you better sign up soon. This event is open to the public if you want to be a competitor and of course everyone is invited to enjoy the tasting• For contestants, a sign-up sheet and a list of rules and regulations are available at the Legion• Additional information is available from Amber Jones 949 683-7699• Last year saw t]ne rebirth of this fun event in its new form. With a year of experience under their belt the ladies are moving all competitors to the parking lot and will reserve the patio for music and dancing• There will be craft beer available, Julian Hard Apple Cider and soft drinks of course. The full bar is available "inside" the Legion only. The cost for tasting will be $10.00 and it includes six tasting tickets, (more tickets available at additional cost) a large hot-dog to slather your favorite chili on and a drink of your choice. Of course your choice is limited if you're under twenty-one so bring your ah-dee (ID) as the rules, as they apply to alcoholic beverages are strictly enforced• This year the Ladies are going to ask non-profits and kids organizations for help with ticket sales. Once you sell fifty tickets, ten percent of the funds generated will go to your group• So if you sell fifty tickets your group gets fifty bucks. If you sell 30,000 tickets your group gets $3,000.00• Pretty good deal. Last year the team I was on, even though we had the best chili by far, didn't win anything. While we aren't opposed to bribery of judges, we obviously didn't bring enough, money. The Chili Poker Buddahs won with their fire roasted "Texas Tailgate Chili" featuring six different peppers, Tri-tip, bacon and sweet Italian sausage• They use 16 different spices• I saw salt and pepper• Their chili was okaaay I guess. John, Tim and Rick apparently came with deep pockets• * "Owens Famous Chili" took second• He used lean ground beef, green pepper, onion, kidney beans, fire roasted tomatoes, Italian sausage and spices. Really? Everyone uses spices. I guess it pays to be related to the Auxiliary President doesn't it? *. Jerry Brownwood's "Almost Great Chili" (almost as great as Dennison's) took third• Made from ground beef, habanero chilies, red and green peppers, onion and spices (what spices for God sakes?)• Once again relatives in the Auxiliary seems to prove out that blood and money counts for something• * Jack's Chili Bastards took the "Peoples Choice Award"• Geoff's entry "Jack's Sweet 'n' Spicy" features Jack Daniels, brown sugar, molasses, liquid smoke, sausage, sirloin and bacon• Of course the Jack Daniels would cover any off-taste from the out of date, Stater Brothers Chili cans that were discovered in the dumpster along with some of Geoff's utility bills• Not only is Geoff's better half a member of the Auxiliary; he has a lot of money as well. * The balance of last year's participants were, Erica Jones' Beef, Bison, Bone Marrow Chili, Me and Mike's Chili Team, Chili Jones, Yes Deer Chili (can you guess what type of meat they used?), Smokin' Mammas Chili (a vegan concoction, no face, no eyes, they even cut the eyes out of the potatoes), Pop Your Cherry Chili, (first time at making chili let alone first time competing), The Wacko Estabans' Smoke Fired Chili (my favorite) and last but not least, the Julian Cider Chili Team• This year's number of entries has already topped last year so get in there and sign up. If you think your chili is any good you need to be there. Seriously, everyone works hard at their culinary concoctions and everyone thinks they make the best chili. Of course the team I'm on makes the best chili, you just need to have the best in taste budetry and superior olfactory senses to enjoy it. There are no specific categories in this event and who would want to be bound by a bunch of rules when it comes to the concoction of this traditional Southwestern American dish. This leaves open the definition of traditional• Does chili have beans or not? Some cooks don't use tomato sauce. Different kinds of meat and spices are used and the level of heat and the spice used to heat the dish is a closely guarded secret of chili chefs everywhere• Almost all chili has chilies (peppers)• Chili seems to have its origins in the southwest although no on is sure. "The recipe used by American frontier settlers consisted of dried beef, suet, dried chili peppers and salt, which were pounded together, formed into bricks and left to dry. It could then be boiled in pots on the trail•" Mmmm sounds good doesn't it? Actually rve read that chili "bricks" are still available today which begs the question, why? So if you want to enter, let it be known that it's a lot of work, so, many entries are made up of teams• The hard work is worth it when you consider the first place prize is a checkeroony for fifty thousand bucks*. Second place is an all expense paid trip for two to Bali*• Third place is a kitchen remodel worth up to ten thousand dollars• The Peoples Choice will get you a trip to La Puente in L.A• County*• The event takes place at the Legion at the corner of Washington and 2nd with tasting starting at noon. You can come early and stay late but come and have a great time. The other great thing is that the Auxiliary uses the money they earn to do great work in our community and with our Veterans * The Julian News, The American Legion, Ladies Auxiliary or anyone else for that matter is not responsible for any of the ridiculous things, I make up. Hear Ye! Hear Ye! From Robin Williams: "Never pick a fight with an ugly person, they've got nothing to lose." "Ah, yes, divorce.., from the Latin word meaning to rip out a man's genitals through his wallet." "We've had cloning in the South for years. It's called cousins." And finally, "You'reonly given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it." Shakespeare Comes To The San Diego Shakespeare Society's NEWEST Monthly Open Reading at Ramona Family Natural's Come join us for our very first open reading, September 12! With regular meetings on the 2nd Friday of every month, from 6-8pm, sponsored by the San Diego Shakespeare Society. Anyone can join in the reading or just come along to listen• Informal cafe style seating in the Bistro area in the front of the store. Parts are assigned before each scene so everyone who wants to can have a go. Some texts are provided but. plan to bring your own copy. It's entertaining, creative and good public speaking practice! This month: Much AdoAbout Nothing! Come ready to read or have fun and listen! Directed by Rupert Essinger, Coordinator of the San Diego Shakespeare Society's Open Reading Program. Location: Ramona Family Natural's, 642 Main Street, Ramona• Who: Budding Thespians, Connoisseurs of the Great Works and Curiosity Seekers ages 14 and older! When: 2nd Friday of each month, starting September 12; 6pm-8pm More info: http://www• sandiegoshakespearesociety. org Email questions to: info@ sandiegoshakespearesociety. org - 1459 Hollow Glen Rd - CA BRe 1721750 // n the Summer time, when the weather is Hot ..." 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