Here are the chili recipes from the Sunset Serenade.

Texas ‘Yahoo’ chili  1989 Terlingua International Chili Championship Winner

Cincinnati Chili batch 15 by the Grumpy Beer Geek

and last but not least  Herb’s Vegetarian Chili

2 – 8 oz packages portabella mushrooms
1 – 16 oz bag frozen corn kernels
1 – Large can tomato sauce (roughly 28 oz)
1 – Large can black beans (roughly 28 oz)
2 – Medium onions (red or yellow preferred)
4 – Large cloves garlic
2 – Bell peppers (red or orange preferred)
1 – Bottle medium or mild salsa verde (roughly 16 oz)
1  Tbsp.   Cumin
1/4 Tsp.  ground cayenne pepper
1/4 Tsp.  ground chipotle pepper
1  Tsp.  ground white pepper
1  Tbsp.   oregano
1  Pinch cinnamon
Salt and Pepper

– Mix your dry spices (cumin, cayenne pepper, chipotle pepper, ground while pepper, oregano, and cinnamon) and set aside.
– Clean and cut portabellas into roughly 1/4″ cubes.
– Chop and keep separate bell peppers and onions.
– Mince garlic
– Drain and rinse black beans

Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add a small amount of vegetable or olive oil (2-3 Tbsp). Add garlic, onions and bell peppers and saute until the onions are translucent. Add some salt and fresh ground black pepper for flavor (1/8 – 1/4 Tsp.). Stir in salsa verde and let it come to temperature. Add portabellas and dry seasoning mix that you set aside earlier. Cook mushrooms until they give up their liquid. Add in corn and cook until warm. Add in beans and mix them in thoroughly. Stir in tomato sauce. Bring to a slow boil, cover, reduce heat to low and let simmer for an hour.


Massive Grocery List

I’ve put up a grocery list online with my best estimates for what we’ll need for each meal. There are sections for breakfast, snacks, and beverages that need some filling in since I don’t know what everybody likes. Please let me know if you want any changes to the meals. I’ve already gotten two nays on PB&J Wednesday, so we’ve got some negotiating to do. I deviated from Alison’s meal plan a little bit because I was trying to take spoilage into account and biscuits go with sausage gravy, not toast. 😉

Updated ’08 Improvements List

  • Bar doors to close.
    • Mindy has suggested making curtains to close the bar.
  • Much more organization with regard to food.
    • A daily menu needs to be worked out with emphasis on large batch single dish meals.
  • “Art Car” golf cart for carrying ice.
    • If we can get one for cheap.
  • Carts for bikes
    • One person should have one. Ryan can bend electrical conduit to make one.
  • Baskets for bikes
    • Feel free to make your own.
  • Permanent lighting (No more glow sticks!)
    • Battery Powered glowsticks, body EL
  • Better/permanent lighting for bikes
  • Everyone has bikes.
  • More supplies for BloodyMaryland
    • Tomato Juice
    • Old Bay
      • How much is more? A complete manifest is needed. Celery is a hit with the customers.
  • A few more chairs than people
    • If they’ll fit.
  • Michal
    • Yes
  • Lots more H2O
    • I’d agree, but water is very heavy and it comes from Walmart. Any suggestions are welcome.
  • System for showers(plus backup)
    • How?
  • Prelabel gallon jugs for the week
    • Yes
  • Supplies for 2-3 showers.
    • Maybe Fitz can build us a Dymaxion shower?
  • More caffeine products.
    • Generic Red Bull and pep pills
  • Better camp lighting.
    • Cold cathodes, programmed
    • Pre wired wire harness for lighted system.
  • 2nd Garage tent.
    • Carpet for garage tent
  • Full shade structure between two RVs
    • What’s it going to be? Tensile structure or just a big ass tarp between two RVs.
  • More planned costumes.
    • Plan your own, in advance. Mindy will help you.
  • Perhaps a different bar area design.
    • Personally I’d like the same bar as 04 but 8 feet wide.
  • Better sound system.(Better than the Weave?)
    • How about an el cheapereno system.
  • Better hat(better than the Kangol?)
  • Better leaving time.(either Tuesday or Monday@4am)
    • Leaving on Tuesday will still get us back to MD by Saturday. Why not?
  • Gifts: matchbooks
    • Lip balm
    • A few special
    • Hand stuff
    • Necklaces
  • Get a haircut beforehand.
  • More pre-made meals.
    • yes

  • More meals less snacks.
  • Solar panels and accessories.
    • Panel and charge controller need to be added to Plan A.
  • Poop is a funny word.
    • Sure is.
  • Better grill(I would propose charcoal but this would be a moop issues)
    • At least 30,000 BTU/hr
  • Spatula for grill
    • Yes
  • Bike rack so we have storage on the roof.
    • How about on the trailer.
  • Green laser.
    • Feel free.
  • Some kind of wind blocking system.
    • Stack extra junk under southern RV.
  • Midnight snacks.
    • More Chorizo!
  • Space blankets for RV
    • Silvered tarp for the roof and Eastern side of RV.
  • Better system for trash and recycling.
    • Where to drop off recycling?
  • Bring champagne to the burn.
    • Yes! Several Bottles
  • Expand costume area.
    • Or reduce tents in costume area