I have two important questions, one abou

I have two important questions, one about chili, one about beeswax: 1) Because I’ve only recently re-discovered good chili, I would love to try your favorite chili recipes. They should be vegetarian (and if you can tell me which fake-meat you recommend adding, when recommended, that’d be fine). Also, 2) where is the cheapest place to get good-quality beeswax for making candles and ornaments at home? Etsy or? Thank you.


6 thoughts on “I have two important questions, one abou

  1. Veg Chili

    1lb beans (I usually use a mix of types – kidney, black, pinto, whatever I’ve got around. You can use dry beans, soak them overnight and cook them till they’re mostly done then drain most of the water, or use canned beans – drain and rinse them. Either way works fine, dry beans are cheaper.)
    2 large cans diced tomatoes
    4-6tbsp chili powder (I use Penzeys, the chili you had was their ‘mild chili con carne’ blend, I believe)
    2-4 carrots, quartered and sliced
    2-4 ribs celery, sliced
    1-2 sm yellow onions, diced
    2-4 cloves garlic, minced
    1 sm bag frozen chopped spinach
    other veggies cut into bite sized pieces – zucchini, crookneck squash, butternut squash, broccoli, brussels sprouts, sweet potato – could put nearly anything in this.
    2 tbsp olive oil
    salt and pepper to taste
    1tsp dried basil
    1tsp dried oregano
    1tsp dried thyme

    Saute onion in olive oil in a pot large enough for all ingredients until translucent.

    Add garlic, herbs, saute until everything smells wonderful.

    Add all other ingredients (unless you’re using anything *really* fragile like pre-cooked veggies or maybe zucchini, add those later).

    Simmer for an hour or more. Freezes well.

  2. For beeswax try finding a local beekeeper, especially a top-bar hive beekeeper. Since they have to crush the comb to harvest the honey (rather than centrifuge and replace the frames) they naturally produce more wax than conventional beeks. Also they tend as a class to be philosophically resistant to using chemicals in a hive, which would build up in the wax.
    For price comparison, there is:


  3. You can get beeswax on amazon and it seems a decent price. I’ve also had luck getting beeswax from a honey vendor at my local farmer’s market. I think it was about $5 for 8oz or so.

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