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My chili recipe, a modern version of the one used at the Floral Heights Cafe in Wichita Falls, many years ago:
The rest of this is the most important.
Note the absence of beans, bell peppers, or other foreign materials.
Brown the meat in some fat in a hot stew pot large enough to accommodate the recipe with several inches of head room to spare. Bacon grease is my favorite, but use some fat in the bottom of the pot, just enough to cover the surface, smoking hot before the meat goes in. High heat will take 15 minutes to adequately brown all the meat, depending on how much you use. Brown it all to make a nice caramelized brown broth. Then cover the meat to a depth of one inch over the with boiling water – hot, so it doesn't shock the meat or slow down your cooking.
Finely chop your onion – "minced" is the proper term – so that it will cook apart in the boil. There should be no recognizable pieces of anything but meat in a bowl of Texas chili. Add it to the boil, along with about 2 tablespoons of minced garlic, and your first stab at the salt. (Do not oversalt the chili, the final adjustment takes place as the last step.) Simmer the pot for 2-3 hours – venison or other game takes longer to cook tender than beef or pork.
After the meat has cooked enough that the broth and the onions and garlic are smooth, add the spices. You will use a 2:1 ratio of red chili to cumin. Do not be afraid to use a lot of chili: for 4 pounds of meat, I would use 8 ounces of chili and 4 ounces of cumin. This ratio is important for the proper flavor, and if have used the right type chili it will be the perfect level of heat. Use a couple of ounces of oregano, and maybe a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon. Turn the heat down to as low as will maintain the simmer, cover the pot, and stir occasionally for about 30 minutes – any longer will cause the flavor to degrade, since the flavor depends on the volatile components of the spices. The color should be a very deep red if you have used enough chili. Turn the heat off, and let it sit covered overnight on the stove. If you leave it covered it will not rot and poison you, because it is sterile from the heat. Obviously. This step is where the flavors blend, and is why chili is always better the next day.
Next day, return the pot to a boil. make a solution of white flour and water for thickening the pot (whole wheat doesn't work as well, corn starch has the wrong flavor and color, so don't get all weird and paleo here – just use the white flour, okay?). The solution will be completely opaque white, but not at all thick. Make 2 cups of solution (flour and water are cheap, use what you need and throw the rest out) and stir it in to the boiling chili slowly. It will thicken as the flour sets in the hot fluid, so add it slowly until you see the chili turn a lighter red color and become thicker but not pudding-thick. Immediately turn off the heat, salt to taste, and let it rest in the pot for 20 minutes.
Serve with saltine crackers and maybe some grated yellow cheese for a traditional Texas presentation. Those of you apostate Texans made add whatever colorful garnishes your little shrunken urban hearts desire.
Did a search and found a thread on lumbar decompression. I have a question for you and perhaps those who have done it about how this is supposed to feel.
In the past you have recommended hanging from the arms w/ two belts in the rack to decompress the spine. When you hang are you supposed to actively try and stretch the injured area or just hang without forcing a stretch? My low back hurt quite a bit while doing this last night. I could almost feel the discs "stretching" and I was wondering if this kind of "hurt" is supposed to be therapeutic or injurious.
I don't feel any worse today since doing the exercise. My back has improved greatly in the last week doing some Stuart McGill-style back exercises. I have not loaded my back at all and took a steady regimen of ibuprofen. I was considering taking ibuprofen for about a month’s time to try and get the inflammation wiped out. Then I want to try deadlifting again without involving a stupid pelvic tilt which caused this recent injury (as you pointed out in a video I posted).
When I do decide to get back to deadlifting, do you recommend that I do higher reps w/ lighter weight for a while or should I just continue with a 1x5 approach with small increases in load? I have been dealing with this injury for over 3 years now and I NEED to get a handle on this thing.
Don't force the stretch, i.e. put a bar under your toes and pull down or something like that. Just let gravity draw your vertebral segments apart while you hand in normal anatomical position. My experience with this has been that it hurts at first and then the pain subsides. Hang a couple of minutes, stand down, then repeat. Come back to the deadlift with 5s, and increase the load as you tolerate it.
Does anyone have experience hanging upside down? My gym has a machine which effectively inverts you upside down, and while I've no injury at the moment, I’m curious as to it's benefits.
I don't like the position at all. If you get vertical enough to actually decompress, it's putting a lot of tension on the knee ligaments, and my knees do not appreciate this.
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