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Chili in Squash Bowls and a Cookbook Giveaway

I love the flavor combination of spicy hot chili and sweet winter squash. Usually I’ll roast some peeled and diced butternut squash and add it to my chili. Only this time I had a buttercup squash in the house, which doesn’t lend itself well to being peeled, so instead of putting the squash in the chili, I served the chili in the roasted squash halves.

I think of buttercup squash as a “poor man’s” kabocha squash — similar in appearance on the outside, although the kabocha is darker orange on the inside with a richer flavor. Still, the buttercup is a nice squash and, as it happens, it makes a great bowl for chili, too. With each bite of chili, you can get a little taste of the edible “bowl” on your fork or spoon.

Which brings me to a question: How do you like your chili? Do you eat it with a fork or a spoon? In a bowl or on a plate? Do you like it saucy or not? Alone or with crackers, bread, or tortilla chips? On a bed of noodles or rice? Straight up or garnished with goodies such as avocado, onion, vegan sour cream, or something else?

Cookbook Giveaway: Just post a comment about your favorite way to eat chili for a chance to win a copy of Vegan Fire and Spice. A winner will be chosen at random in the next two weeks.

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  • Cathy February 4, 2010, 7:50 pm

    We often eat chili. We like it straight up, with corn bread crumbled into it, with macaroni, over rice and over baked sweet potatoes. If anything is left over, I add some rice or oats an make it into bean burgers.

  • radioactivegan February 4, 2010, 7:58 pm

    My favorite way to eat chili is in a petro — corn chips, chili, onions, tomatoes, olives, jalapenos, salsa — yum!

  • Wendy (The Local Cook) February 4, 2010, 8:07 pm

    Love the squash bowl idea! I love my chili every which way.

  • Carynne February 4, 2010, 8:12 pm

    I don't think you can beat chili in bread bowls!

  • Azzahar February 4, 2010, 8:25 pm

    I like my chili very hot &spicy in a big bowl full of red beans and sauce, eaten with crispy toast, cause I dont like nachos. I eat it with spoon and make a lot of mess so its not really a good dish to eat if on the couch while watching movies.

  • Nichole February 4, 2010, 8:28 pm

    In a bowl with cornbread broken up in it and hot sauce!

  • Mary-Kate February 4, 2010, 8:46 pm

    This looks delicious! Personally, I like my chili straight up! No messing around! Just in a bowl (maybe even a squash bowl!) with a spoon. Yum!

  • Leah February 4, 2010, 8:48 pm

    My favorite was to eat chili is with a side of cornbread. The chili is otherwise straight up, no rice or pasta.

  • Haley February 4, 2010, 9:06 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE chili in a sourdough bread bowl!

    But, other than that, I'll really take chili any which way…it's one of my most favorite foods.

  • The Modern Vegan February 4, 2010, 9:28 pm

    I like my chili to be really spicy! I like to dip tortilla chips in it, or eat it plain.

  • Lilli February 4, 2010, 9:36 pm

    I like my chili thick and spicy, with steaming basmati rice on the side and a dollop of vegan sour cream on top. Eaten with a spoon.

    It's one of my favourite foods!

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