HMDWL 49! We love Patti LaBelle’s Too Good To Be Turkey Chili, having a store or movie theater to yourself, and the hoodie. We also launch the HMDWL forums. Stop by and say hello!

Patti LaBelle’s Too Good To Be Turkey Chili

With Rob’s own touches of fancy in parentheses

Makes 4-6 servings (or more, according to Robbie)

2 T veg oil (or olive oil)
2 lbs ground turkey (not breast only or super low fat)
2 med onions, chopped
1 small green bell pepper, seeded and chopped (or red)
1 jalapeno or 1/2 habenera (wear gloves to avoid a Hot Pepper Incident)
2 cloves garlic (or 3 or 4)
3 T chili powder
2 t gr cumin
1 t dried oregano
1/2 t cayenne (or more)
2 cups water (or 1 beer)
1 14 1/2 oz can of diced tomatoes with juice
15 oz can of crushed tomatoes
1 6 oz can of tomato paste
salt and pepper

Heat oil and brown the turkey. Add onions, green pepper, jalapeno, and garlic, and brown. Add all spices and stir combine. Add all tomatoes and the beer. Bring to simmer, simmer for an hour, uncovered.

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13 Responses to “HMDWL 49”

  1. Melissa Says:

    A zippered hoodie is a swacket. How much do we love them. Robbie wouldn’t have to worry about his hair!

  2. Darcy Says:

    I too spent some time memorizing Grease 2. My personal favorite was "Reproduction" because I was young enough to know it was naughty, but I didn't really understand what it really meant. However. I was old enough to know that Maxwell Caufield was pretty darn cute.

  3. matty blue Says:

    so…long time listener, first time blah blah blah…was delighted to hear you mention another grand rapids michigan listener, by the way.

    i had to tell you guys (who i love) my favorite crabmeat rangoons story (and i have so many)…near my old home town, there was a dunkin' donuts that closed and was re-opened as a chinese restaurant. and they had a sign – painted on the building, mind you, not on one of those changeable signs – that advertised "crabmeat RACCOONS." i love that story.

    all of which brings up one of my favorite 'how much do i loves' – how much do i love poorly translated directions…"to assemble bicycle requires great peace of mind." "point at place that is not the face as great eye socket may occur."

    anyway, love you guys, love the show

  4. Mr. B. Says:

    I am a HUGE (I cannot stress this enough) HUGE fan of the hoodie. I have a Gap Sweatshirt hoodie that you literally have to peel-off my body before I let you wash it. Not that you are washing hoodie, but you get the idea. Stinky…yes. Comfortable, warm and cozy…most definitely. HOODIE LOVE!

  5. Miles Says:

    I'm writing down the ingrediants for the super-chili and am on my way to the store to get groceries (and the needed stuff) so I can make some of it tonight.

    Very exciting!

    Love you guys!

  6. Kristina Says:

    I too am making the Turkey Chili tonight.

    But honestly, how much do we love just Chili? And yes Sara, there are NO beans in our Texas chili. However, I do like a good bean chili. And I make a mean SWEET chili. You want to talk about insulin shock? 1/2 a cup of brown sugar and 6 tablespoons of molasses. Definately a chili that gets better as the days go by….

  7. Anna Says:

    I am listening to the podcast AS I am writing these comments, so I hope this is the last one.

    Once, my friend Amy went to a movie all alone (it was "Merchant of Venice" and it was a midnight showing near the University of Wisconsin campus)…so she decided to smoke a cigarette in the movie theater. REBEL!

  8. Michael Says:

    OMG – HMDWL Grease II … fabulous!! Many years ago, the Yale Cabaret even staged a live version that was HIGH-larious.

    Speaking of menu typos… ("Crabmeat RACCOON") … our local delivery place advertises a "Low CRAB" section (as opposed to Carb), and Mr. B and I once frequented a diner that advertised "Chocolate Mouse". When we told the waitress about the typo, she took her pen and made the "u" an "o", so it then read "Moose". Bwah!

  9. Mr. B. Says:

    I (like many of you I am sure) was a waiter for many any years.
    One of my favorite restaurants to work at was "The Rattlesnake" here in CT (I believe it has now closed). But we used to serve fajita's.
    One night this very maticulous woman with huge hair and make-up sat in my section. And in her best Long Island accent siad " I will have the chicken fajoitas" Fa-Joi-Tas. Without missing a beat (or laughing) I replied (in my best Long Island accent) "Would you like your fajoitas blackened?"
    The best waiter comment I ever heard was a fellow worker who had an extremely needy table. Every time she brought something they wanted something else. Well, after six or eight travels to the table, with her hands full each time, one of the customers saide to her "You forgot the extra mayo" to which she replied "Well I asked Santa for a third arm, but he didn't bring me one."
    I could go on. I got a million of these sotries…LOL

  10. Anna Says:

    Once, one of my friends was talking about how she had met a bunch of new people and was making all these new friends and how she didn’t know how she was going to keep up with them all, and I said what may be the wisest thing I’ve ever said: “Good friends are like toilet paper…you can never have too much.”

    I want some chili right now and it’s 9:44am. YUM!!!

  11. Kristina Says:

    How much do we love good "bad" restaurant stories??? They are the greatest.

    While waitressing at a steak restaurant in KS, a large group of soccer kids came in with their snooty parents and grandparents. I got assigned the table and started taking orders. I got to the last gentleman and asked him what he wanted. He was a very overweight man in his 50's. (not that it's relevant to the story…) He asked me what was good and I said, "Oh I love our ribs. They're really great! That's what I get most of the time," to which he snarkily (is that word?) replied, "Well, that's obvious!" I maintained my composure for the next 15-20 minutes and when his stupid pork chop came up, I looked at my manager (who was aware of what had just taken place) with hope and he said, "I'm going to turn away right now and let you run that food." Without shame, I proceeded to hock phlegm onto his porkchop and then top it with garnish. That fat snarky idiot licked his plate clean…

    I told him he should have ordered the pork chop.

  12. medha Says:

    Hi, Ive looked up the Patti Labelle's Over the Rainbow Mac n Cheese before because I've heard how decadent and delish it is. Im scared to make it for fear of becoming addicted. It sounds sooo good.
    Here it is:
    1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    1 pound elbow macaroni
    8 tablespoons (1 stick) plus 1 tablespoon butter
    1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded Muenster cheese
    1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded mild cheddar cheese
    1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
    1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack
    2 cups half-and-half
    1 cup (8 ounces) Velveeta, cut into small cubes
    2 large eggs, lightly beaten
    1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
    1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly butter a deep 2 and a half quart casserole.

    2. Bring a large pot of slated water to a boil over high heat. Add the oil, then the elbow macaroni, . and cook until the macaroni is just tender, about 7 minutes. Do not overcook. Drain well. Return to the cooking pot.

    3. In a small saucepan, melt 8 tablespoons of the butter. Stir into the macaroni. In a large bowl, mix the Muenster, mild and sharp cheddar, and Monterey Jack cheeses. To the macaroni, add the half-and-half, 1 and a half cups of the shredded cheese, the cubed Velveeta, and the eggs. Season with the salt and pepper.

    4. Transfer to the buttered casserole. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup cheddar cheese and dot with the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter.

    5. Bake until it's bubbling around the edges, about 35 minutes. Serve hot.

    Makes 4 to 6 servings

  13. Paul Says:

    1 jalapeno or 1/2 habenera (wear gloves to avoid a Hot Pepper Incident)

    When would a Hot Pepper Incident become an I Love Lucy Moment?

    Actually, Hot Pepper Incident is a stunning fake band name . . . whole 'nother story!

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