Thursday, February 2, 2012
It's the Bowl of Super Vegan Cincinnati Style Chili.. :)
Oh, I can feel my arteries harden, I can feel the button on my jeans bust, i can only imagine what a hot dog is made of, and for that, what you see to your left is NOT what you'll be getting this weekend during the Super Bowl, or WILL YOU? ;)
So, what you're seeing to your left is a coney and a three way - a true dollup of Cincinnati.. our world famous 'Skyline Chili'. And here, folks, is what Wikipedia says about the gem 'food' of our area:
"Skyline Chili is a chain of chili restaurants based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Founded in 1949 by Greek immigrant Nicholas Lambrinides, Skyline Chili is named for the view of Cincinnati's skyline that Lambrinides could see from his first restaurant (which has since been demolished), opened in the section of town now known as Price Hill. It is also the "official chili" of many local professional sports teams and venues, including the Cincinnati Reds, Columbus Blue Jackets and the Kings Island theme park, and also sponsors the Crosstown Shootout, an annual men's college basketball rivalry game between the city's two NCAA Division I teams, Cincinnati and Xavier.
In 1912, Nicholas Lambrinides immigrated to Cincinnati from Kastoria, Greece, and brought his favorite family recipes with him. To save up the money to bring his wife to America as well, he first worked as a cook for a railroad crew and in a hotel kitchen, then opened a short-order diner. After nearly a decade, his wife was able to join him in Cincinnati and they raised five sons.
By World War II, Lambrinides was working as a chef for the original Empress Chili restaurant, where he continued to tinker with a recipe which he had been developing for years. In 1949, he and three of his sons opened their own place on Glenway Avenue, near the top of a steep hill (Price's or Price Hill). That diner was located at the intersection of what is now Quebec and Glenway Avenue. The owners named it Skyline Chili for its panoramic view of downtown Cincinnati. After some local resistance in the predominantly Roman Catholic neighborhood, Skyline developed a large and devoted following – especially on Thursdays and Saturdays, which immediately preceded and proceeded meatless Fridays.
The family opened a second restaurant in 1953 and the growth of the business accelerated in the 1960s; by the end of the century, there were 110 Skyline restaurants, mostly in Ohio, but with additional establishments in other states including Kentucky, Indiana, and Florida. Lambrinides died in 1962 at the age of 82, but his sons continued to operate and expand the company. They retained the original recipe unchanged, though. According to William Lambrinides, "Dad always said, 'Don't change a thing with the recipe – don't add anything, don't take out anything, it's perfect the way it is'." As a result, Skyline's version has largely become synonymous with "Cincinnati-style chili". In 1998, the company was sold to Fleet Equity Partners, a New England investment firm, which promised not to change the recipe (which they reportedly keep locked in a safe)."
Now, if you are NOT a Cincinnatian, you'd not understand that people go BALLISTIC over this stuff. It's a bit nuts. I myself have indulged in a 3 way or two. (Minds out of the gutter, people!! This is CHILI).
Regardless, I'm about to veganize (for the third time) the recipe that even my daddy (who is a Skyline FREAK) still does not know wasn't the real thing, for a Super Bowl party that I have been invited to!
Here's where those of you that know me say: "You were invited to a who,wha, yr kidding right? You're going?"
Ah, sports fan I am not.. but when my victims suggested to me we super healthize (is that a word?) this national past-time with a healthy menu, (along with some Kundalini yoga - oh yes, I'm about to convert again!) How could I say no? All I know about this day is that I'm apparently supposed to be rooting for New York. Also something about ribbons. (Thank you Patsy Cline.. <that's the bestie, not the singer>).
But now is the time we all wait for.. the NUMBERS! And shoot - this one's gotta have a new name.. (and keep in mind I'm making not one, not two, but THREE items from the original skyline menu!)
Skyline Chili 3 way 50YardLine Vegan 3 way
Calories 780 430
Total Fat 41 g 12g
Cholesterol 150 mg 0g
Sodium 1550 mg 650 mg
Total Carbohydrate 52 g 32 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g 2g
Protein 47 g 15g
WW Pts 20 8
Skyline Coney 50YardLine Vegan Coney
Calories 290 210
Total Fat 23g 8g
Cholesterol 50g 0g
Sodium 940mg 545mg
Total Carbohydrate 5g 3g
Dietary Fiber 1g 1g
Protein 15g 8g
WW Pts 8 3
Skyline Chili Dip 50YardLine Vegan Chili Dip
Calories 510 355
Total Fat 31 g 9g
Cholesterol 125mg 0g
Sodium 1530 mg 588mg
Total Carbohydrate 23 g 13g
Dietary Fiber 5 g 2g
Protein 18 g 6g
WW Pts 12 4
So, with that, my cohorts, 2 small children and I will be celebrating the Super Bowl, with Super Bowls of Vegan Chili, Coneys and a big ol' dessert of fruit and some salad. Who are we rooting for? It looks like the teams are The Patriots and The Giants.. and I'm under the assumption that my Patricia Ann Cline is making me a Giants fan for this veganization. So I'll do her proud since she's going to be in New York and I'm here. Ribbons and all. ;)
Honestly.. I think we're only in it for the Puppy Bowl and the commercials.
Til Sunday night!
54, 23, 32 HUT!
(yeah I dunno.)
Music Enjoyed While Blogging:
Trying to make myself a Giants fan.