Modern Living: Montezuma Manna

"Lord God, we don't know why in Your wisdom, You been so doggone good to us. The Chinee don't have chili, ever. The Frenchmens is left out. The Rooshians don't know no more about chili than a hog does about a sidesaddle. Even the Meskins don't get a good whiff of it unless they stay around here. Chili eaters is some of Your chosen people..."

—Bones Hooks

One whiff of the stuff can turn contemporary chili aficionados as lyrical as the 19th century chuckwagon cook. To the true believer, a sizzling chile con carne is...

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