Oh, to find a killer chili recipe that’s over the top delicious! One that’s won dozens and dozens of chili cook off awards. One that kicks you with five different spices and yet has a smooth-as-silk finish on your palate. I found it! This big and bold-flavored recipe comes from a man who not only knows his chili– he knows food! Scottsdale resident Jack Clifford is the man who created the iconic Food Network. Nearly 20 years later, about 90 million people agree that Jack’s idea was a brilliant one and changed forever the way we view food. Jack was also the inspiration for the cookbook that his chili recipe is in. The House of Broadcasting Star-Studded Celebrity Media Cookbook is filled with scrumptious heirloom recipes from your favorite Arizona personalities. You can pick up at copy at the House of Broadcasting at 7150 East 5th Avenue in Scottsdale or visit www.houseofbroadcasting.com. But for now, grab a big pot and get cooking on the choicest chili ever. Jack says that his chili can be used to repair potholes in the driveway and that the Department of Homeland Security has identified it as a WMID (Weapon of Mass Indigestion.) But I say Clifford’s Chili it’s so good, it’s what the cowboys call MGS–Mighty Good Sop!
One delicious way to kick off your Memorial Day celebration is by popping a cold one in honor of the man who has helped make barbecued chicken one of America’s favorite picnic foods. Cornell University professor, Robert Baker, is the creator of the famous Cornell Barbecue Chicken Sauce, the recipe that is often referred to as “State Fair Chicken.” This simple and tasty sauce can be used as a fabulous 2-hour marinade or for basting chicken on the grill. The Cornell Barbecue Sauce isn’t the only iconic recipe to come from Professor Baker. He is also the inventor of more than 40 other recipes including chicken-and-turkey hot dogs and the world-famous chicken nugget (McDonald’s generally gets the credit for inventing the chicken nuggets, but Baker published his chicken nugget recipe in the 1950’s, while McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets recipe was patented in 1979). Another creation that probably helped land Baker in the Poultry Hall of Fame (yes, there is one!) was his revolutionary method of binding breading to chicken, which is used in hundreds of food applications today. In the book, “The Lexicon of Real American Food,” it says that Robert Baker’s goal in life was to get people to eat more chicken. Mission accomplished – especially this weekend!