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'Experience is the teacher of all things': Despite a solid effort, The News Chili did not make the grade

Brendan Ahern, a reporter with The News, hands out a chili sample on Saturday.
Brendan Ahern, a reporter with The News, hands out a chili sample on Saturday. - Kevin Adshade

Despite best efforts, The News' chili didn’t make the grade

NEW GLASGOW – 

Well my friends, what can I say?

Last night I devised a combination of ingredients which, if simmered in my trusty slow-cooker, I felt would have been enough to win the day.

In the end, it wasn’t enough.

Literally, it wasn’t enough.

I ran out of chili with about 30 minutes of voting left in the competition. This shortfall cost me at least fifteen possible votes at the Chili cook-off competition, held at the New Glasgow Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning.

Who can say how things might have gone if those people could have tasted that chili?

What I did was this:

First, I mixed onion, garlic and hamburger together with sriracha chili sauce and pepper. Fried that all together until properly cooked. Then into the pot it went with sweet corn, green and red pepper, two kinds of beans, chili powder and cayenne pepper.

Then I played Rome Total War II until 1 a.m.

Consolidating Roman power on the Italian peninsula was no easy task. On the island of Sicily, the Greeks and mighty Carthage were vying for control, but the immediate danger was in the northern provinces where the stubborn Etruscans held settlements to the north of Rome and west of the Apennine mountains.

It was against this host that general Julius Libo led my legions to battle outside the small settlement of Velrathi, where he routed the Etruscan force garrisoned there. It was the first of many victories, and by morning the Roman standard was planted from the slopes of Mt. Etna, all the way up to the southern lowlands of the Alps--beyond which lie future conquests.

Anyway congrats to Alex Theriault at Radio Classic Rock 97.9!

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