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Homage to Elizabeth Taylor’s Favorite Food: Chasen’s Chili
Elizabeth Taylor lit up the screen and fired the imaginations of Americans for seventy years. She died today in Los Angeles at the age of 79. But to properly remember Ms. Taylor it’s important to keep in mind that she had her earthy, sensuous side barely contained for most of her life, despite illnesses, career ups and downs, numerous husbands and lovers.
But through it all she remained true to one thing: Chasen’s Chili. In fact, when she was on set in Rome, shooting Cleopatra with soon-to-be husband,Richard Burton, she ordered Chasen’s to be shipped to her from Los Angeles at the scandalous cost of $100. Elizabeth was right. A bowl of Chasen’s chili will set the world right.
And so, in honor of Elizabeth Taylor, I’m whipping up a batch of Chasen’s chili myself this very night. I’m using grass-fed beef and Gebhardt’s chili powder, both from Texas and pinto beans which are the only fit additive to a bowl of Red. Serve it with plain old saltine crackers. Forget all the fancy stuff. Just know, as Mz. Taylor did, that a bowl of Chasen’s Chili can light your fire.
Chasen’s Chili 1/2 pound dried pinto beans
Makes 10 cups or 6 main dish servings.