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"Day After Tomorrow"  Menu

"Day After Tomorrow"  was a 2004 movie with Dennis Quaid where the world was suffering from global warming , became frozen, and  then began to thaw out.  The last few days of cold weather here has reminded me of this feature movie.  Days of below freezing makes one want to consume heavy comfort food for dinner.  Try these suggestions while the cold continues.  

" This year a sweater won't do."


  From Day After Tomorrow


Choto Twin Turbo Chili

Fried Apple Pies

Standard Southern Cornbread


  • 1 1/2 cups cornmeal
  • 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons shortening

Combine cornmeal, flour, salt and baking powder.  Combine beaten eggs and milk and stir into cornmeal mixture.  Mix well.  Put shortening into a 10 inch cast iron skillet and place in a preheated oven at 400 degrees.  As soon as the shortening is hot, coat the sides of the skillet and stir in the cornbread mixture into the hot skillet and bake for about 20 - 25 minutes until golden brown and cracked on the top.

Canned corn and/or cheese is good added to the mixture.

Choto Twin Turbo Chili



  • 2 bottles Turbo Dog beer
  • 1 lb of lean ground beef
  • 1 lb of marinated flank steak (precooked and cut into small ½ inch cubes)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 large Spanish onion (finely chopped)
  • 2  green bell peppers (finely chopped)
  • 2  Mexican piquant peppers (finely chopped)
  • 1 seeded habanera pepper (finely chopped – do not touch eyes – wash hands)
  • 4 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
  • 1 28 oz can of fine diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can of Negro frijoles
  • 1 15 oz can of dark kidney beans
  • 3 tbls garlic powder
  • 2 tbls ground cumin
  • 2 tbls oregano
  • 3 tbls chili power
  • 2 tbls ancho chili powder
  • 2 tbls adobo seasoning
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 tbls dry mustard
  • 2 tbls bbq sauce
  • 3 bay leaves
  • Salt
  • Pepper


Heat olive oil in a deep pot.  Add the Spanish onion and green bell peppers, cook for 5 minutes.Add the piquant peppers, habanera pepper and garlic, cook for 12 minutes on medium-low heat.  
In a fry pan, brown the ground beef and precooked  flank steak.  (This keeps the flank steak tender.) Drain grease.
Add spices:  garlic powder, cumin, ancho chili powder, oregano, adobo seasoning, chili powder, and mustard to coat beef mixture.
Add the seasoned beef mixture to the large pot containing the onions and peppers.  Stir to mix.
Add the can of tomatoes, two cans of beans and the two bottles of Turbo Dog beer. Stir to mix
Taste for salt and pepper – add to taste.  Add the bay leaves.
 Turn heat to low. cover and cook for 45-60 minutes.
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Fried Apple Pies

  • 3 cups peeled, sliced Granny Smit apples
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pastry for a double crust pie (can use refrigerated rolled pie dough)
  • Canola oil for frying
  • Butter
  • Powdered sugar

Place apples in saucepan.  Add water and lemon juice.  Cover and cook over low for 15 minutes – until tender.

Drain apples and stir in sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Divide pastry in two balls and roll out 1/8 inch thick.  Trust me, the prepared refrigerated dough is easier.

Cut out rounds using a 3 to 3 ½ inch cutter.

Heat oil to approximately 375 degrees.

Place two tablespoons of apple on each round, dot with butter.  Moisten ½ edges with water.  Fold together and press edges together with fork to seal.

Place pies in hot oil and fry for about 3 minutes until golden brown.  Turn pies several times while cooking

Drain pies and place on paper towels.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar.  Serve warm.

**If you don’t want to go to this trouble, pick up Pepperidge Farm Apple Turnovers.  Prepare according to directions.  Serve with ice cream or melted cheddar.  (Melted cheddar is a Knoxgourmet family favorite.)

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