Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Lollapalousitics 2007

Lollapalousitics, our second annual blogfest held yesterday, was a great success! Some twenty Palousitics regulars enjoyed an afternoon of good shooting, good beer, and good food.

Many, many thanks to everyone who made it possible, from allowing us use of the shooting range, to those who hauled in extra grills, and especially Paul Zimmerman and his roommates for hosting the barbecue.

And yes, April's chili and cornbread WAS delicious, as was Uncle Bubba's smoked turkey, chicken, and pork.

I'll have some pictures up later (Blogger is acting up at the moment). If you were an attendee, I'll also be sending you a link to a special website where all the pictures from Lollapalousitics will be available. Ray, you'll be able to post your pictures there as well.


Paul E. Zimmerman, M.A. said...

Speaking of Ray's pictures -

Ray, we've still got your camera in safe keeping here at the house.

April E. Coggins said...

Thanks Paul for your hospitality. It was a carnivores delight.

I disappointed Michael with beans in my chili. What can I do? We eat beans with our chili. Next time, let's have a chili cook off with Michael's rules.

It was a fun party, where I met many posters for the first time. Lots of humor and I hope to meet with many more.

Paul E. Zimmerman, M.A. said...

Isn't chili without beans just sloppy joe filling? :)

Daniel F Schanze said...

Wish I could have been there. I was sick.

Michael said...

You didn't disappoint me April. It was delicious! It's just that I'm a native southwesterner and in my native land, chili doesn't have beans. I think that bit of regional chauvinism myself.

In the SW, chili can only contain meat and seasonings. Even tomatoes would get a contestant disqualified from a chili cook off.

We're kinda like the French who believe that Burgandy wine can only be from Burgandy, France, or the Roquefort cheese can only be made in its home region and must be aged in specific caves.

It might also be an overreaction to some truly horrific regional chili variations, such as the so-called 7-way chili from Ohio. In that nest of culinary blasphemy, chili contains spaghetti! Can you belieive it????

Nic said...


Coming from Ohio, I actually think it's only 5 way chili; and if you're horrified by the spaghetti, you'd probably rather not know that they put chocolate in the sauce, and maybe a bit of molasses. Culinary blasphemy.... ummmm, sacrelicious.

April E. Coggins said...

Chili with no sauce at all? Do they chunk and season beef? There seems to be every possible variation of chili out there,
including white sauce chili and even a recipe that calls for a packet of instant hot chocolate mix.

Sometime you will have to treat us to your genuine SW chili.

Michael said...

Hmmm. I think I see a chili cookoff over the horizon.

Southwest chili can contain liquids, such as water or beer. My own version simmers in the barest minimum of water. The final result is by volume only about 10 or 15% liquid.

I would be delighted to treat any and all to my regional version of chili. Let's just set a time and place.

To be honest, I've entered my chili in a couple of local cookoffs and always lost to versions containing beans, corn and tomatoes.

Once I even took second place to a vegetarian chili, so my own chili seems to offend local sensibilities regarding chili.

Uncle Bubba said...

The shooting was fun, the food was good and the conversation was even better.

I certainly had a good time.

April E. Coggins said...

Michael: I think you'll like this page.


Michael said...


Now you can appreciate how we southwesterners take chili so seriously.

Michael said...

Actually Nic, unsweetened chocolate is permissible in chili. We Mexicans call it mole sauce. For a passable example, try Nuevo Vallarta's pollo en mole. Although, if you wish to try the finest that I have ever experienced, the next time you are in Chicago, stop in at the Frontera Grill. If you're lucky, or if you're there right when the restaurant opens at high noon, you'll get a seat. Otherwise, it can be a long wait.

As for chili with spaghetti noodles, it's not 7 way or 5 way. It's NO WAY!