Wednesday, January 18, 2012

I'm sorry to have been so long in writing this column. However, after much thought and consideration, I've decided to retire the CHN. I've shared my morning coffee with many of you for over ten years, beginning with email distribution before moving to this website. What began as electronic pod news became the AiDE and finally the Chili Hot News. It was intended as a way to share news about cooks, promote cookoffs, and generally build our community. It fit the times.

After a couple of thousand CHN columns, I believe the world has evolved. When the CHN began, there were a large number of chili cooks without email. We've come a long way. Now, there is a huge electronic chili family on Facebook and news is truly instant. Pictures and results of cookoffs are available as they happen.

If you're not on Facebook, c'mon over and let's all be friends. That's where we can share and promote all of our chili-ness.

Thanks for sharing the years with me.

Monday, December 19, 2011

“Bert Centers passed away yesterday (Saturday) afternoon. Bert was 53 and had been pretty ill for the past year. Please keep twin brother Bret in your thoughts and prayers this holiday season.

CASI has lost a dedicated cook, the Chillini Pod has lost a valued member, and I have lost a friend. Bert will be missed by all who knew him.: Bill Pierson


Happy Birthday to Robert Bell and Andy Hardin.

“I have seen the future and it doesn't work.” - Robert Fulford

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

“January 28th - Texas Exes cook off -

I went last year and had a wonderful time - they are such nice people and great trophies.

The Church is one that is on the Painted Church Tour and was absolutely beautiful.

Hope that you can make it.” Sherrie Davis


Happy Birthday to Trudy Berry, Linda Harper, and Perry Sigler.

“Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.” - Henry David Thoreau

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011


“We would like to invite everyone out to the H-E-B Temple # 1 & Belton stores annual cook off this week end that will be held at the Belton LaQuinta right off I-35 next to the Expo Center. Plenty of room for everyone.RV Parking next to the motel.NO HOOK up's. Saturday turn in time 2:00 PM / entry $ 18.00. Saturday night cooks party. Sunday turn in time 1:00 PM

entry $ 18.00 / chili grind both days.

For more information please call Donna @ 254-855-4733 or Dianne @ 254-855-2767.

You can still get a room but the room rates have gone up.
Call 254-939-2772 for rooms & rates.

Have a safe trip and hope to see yall there.” Donna Conrad


Happy Birthday to Chris Cook and Dave Lorenz.

“Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.” - James M. Barrie

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011


“Our 8th Annual Toy for Tot's Cook Off has once again come and gone it was held Friday night 12-9-2011 at the Hog Creek Icehouse and yes it was cold but not too windy we had a nice tented area and a heater to do judging and we had 17 BRAVE souls who loyally came out again this year to cook I want to truly THANK ALL WHO CAME OUT without YOU we would NOT be able to do this. I also want to thank my head judge Donna Conrad, my monitor Doc Kinnison, my tally team, Lisa Stone,Becky Brown, Donna Conrad. And we had this years TICC Champion Larry Walton in attendance ! We all had a great on to our winners!!!!


17 chilis judged

1. Larry Walton - Robinson,TX
2. Grace Walton - Robinson,TX (Q)
3. Jason Goains - Meridian,TX (Q)
4. Larry Kinnison - Marble Falls,TX
5. John Caffey - Rockdale,TX
6. Carrie Kinnison - Marble Falls,TX
7. Becky Brown - Glenrose,TX
8. Lisa Stone - Kempner,TX
9. Kay Lefler, - Bardwell,TX
10. David Lefler - Bardwell,TX


1. Chilisaurus
Mick Joplin - Camp Wood,TX

2. Tall Boy Chili
John Caffey - Rockdale,TX

3. Ruby Red Slippers
Amanda Stone - Kempner,TX

Then on Saturday we held the 3rd Annual Darren Williams Memorial Cook Off 12-12-2011 also held at Hog Creek Icehouse there was also a silent auction and all proceeds will go to St. Jude's Hospital in his name .There was also a band later that evening and all the cooks got in free the weather was a little nicer and we were able to judge inside. Again I want to THANK ALL THE COOK WHO CAME OUT . My head judge Donna Conrad, My monitor Doc Kinnison AND IT WAS ALSO HIS BIRTHDAY!!!!, My tally crew, John Caffey,Steve Ashman, Donna Conrad. And Our current TICC Champion Larry Walton returned to cook. Now onto the winners.


22 chilis judged

1. Larry Walton - Robinson,TX (hmmm back to back 1st places)
2. Dianne Lewis - Boerne,TX (Q)
3. John Caffey - Rockdale,TX
4. Gene Bond - McGregor,TX
5. Carrie Kinnison - Marble Falls,TX
6. Mick Joplin - Camp Wood,TX
7. Sue Caffey - Rockdale,TX
8. Amanda Stone - Kempner,TX
9. Larry Kinnison - Marble Falls,TX
10. Denis Torre - San Antonio,TX


1. Spine Tingling Chili
Carrie Kinnison - Marble Falls,TX

2. Chilisaurus
Mick Joplin - Camp Wood,TX

3. Tall Boy Chili (Q)
John Caffey - Rockdale,TX

Sunday brought our PROUD SPONSOR TYSON'S Cook Off 12-11-11 also held at the Hog Creek Icehouse and Mr. Jim Shilling and his son were nice enough to attend this cook off goes to show you,one never know when a SPONSOR may show up at YOUR cook off! He really enjoyed the cook off and being with the cook's. I AGAIN WANT TO THANK ALL WHO CAME OUT TO COOK, My head judge Donna Conrad, My Monitor,Doc Kinnison, My tally crew, John Caffey Steve Ashman, Donna Conrad, Lisa Stone. And Carrie Kinnison for her help. Jim Shilling for announcing the results! And once again our current TICC Champion Larry Walton return to support did he do the unheard of and do a 3 1st place in a row ??????? Well let's find out....onto our winners.........


1. Becky Brown - Glenrose,TX
2. Grace Walton - Robinson,TX
3. David Lefler - Bardwell,TX
4. Larry Walton - Robinson,TX
5. Sue Caffey - Rockdale,TX
6. Donna Conrad - Crawford,TX
7. Jim Trietsch - Waco,TX
8, Larry Kinnison - Marble Falls,TX
9. John Caffey - Rockdale,TX (Q)
10. Steve Ashman - Bastrop,TX


1. Tall Boy Chili
John Caffey - Rockdale,TX

2. Ruby Red Slippers
Amanda Stone - Kempner,TX

3. Chilisaurus
Mick Joplin - Camp Wood,TX”

(Dianne Stimson)


“The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity.” - Francis Maitland Balfour

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Monday, December 12, 2011

“Here is a picture of Sharon Dozier representing the Gulf Coast Quad Pods of Texas and Dana Blake manager of Wolfie's restaraunt and sports Bar on Lake Conroe Texas presenting the Bridgewood Farms for the Intellectually Disabled a $2000.00 check for their share of the Quad Pod cookoffs held at Wolfie's on the First weekend in October.

Also presented a $2000.00 check at Ticc for the Scholarship Fund and a $315.00 check for the Montgomery County Food Bankalong with 2 Red barrels of food from the cooks.

Altogether a total of $4315.00 cash and 2 barrels of food from one weekend.

Thanks to all who came out and cooked and helped.” EARL WHO?


“No man remains quite what he was when he recognizes himself.” - Thomas Mann

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Wednesday, December 07, 2011


Happy Birthday to Beverly King. Happy Anniversary to Gilbert and Beverly Butschek.

“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew.” - Saint Francis de Sales

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