[CH] To eat <!!!HOT!!!>, or not.

Andie Paysinger (asenji@earthlink.net)
Wed, 20 May 1998 10:19:50 +0000

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"Ed Calvert" <lordcalvert@worldnet.att.net>
Subject: [CH]

Joe... Have to agree that it is my belief also, that a large portion of
Chers enjoy the "Spice" of Life, the chile pepper at vastly different

I agree 100%.
I make a pretty "lively" chili  with a lot of ingredients in it.   It is
fairly hot (ask any  of the  folks who were at the   SoCal.  Hotluck a
couple of months back)
However  it is not so hot that one cannot taste  a lot of different
flavors that  complement each other and give  a  "roundness" to the
It is not a traditional chili,  it contains beans  (dried, cooked from
scratch)    and other  items that some  chili fanatics  feel are
anathema.    However  I like it, and most everyone who has ever tried it
over the 20 years or so I have been fixing it, like it too.
This  is one field where personal preference counts.   Who cares if some
C-H.ers  can eat a Hab without breaking out into a sweat.  If that is
what they like, it is their choice.
I don't thing anyone should be intimated or shamed into trying to eat
something that is so hot they are uncomfortable.    I am reminded of a
chile-eating contest I witnessed in  Guaymas, Mexico about 15 years
ago.  A vacationing fisherman  from Arizona  died of a heart attack
after  eating about a dozen very hot chiles.  He got very red in the
face and started gasping for breath before he collapsed.  His buddies
thought it was funny until they realized he was not breathing.   That
was not so funny.
Granted, this is a rare event, but

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