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the recipes:

Susan's Usual Enchiladas
—Susan Gilbert

Spaghetti with Miso Sauce
—Nate Bynum

Portabella Spanakopita
—Susan Gilbert

Rutabaga & Parsnips
—Richard Curtis

Thai Noodles with Peanut Sauce
—Nate Bynum

Bill's Rice and Potatoes
—Bill Wagner

Altered States Black Bean Chili
—Nate Bynum

Sesame Fennel Cookies
—Susan Gilbert

Salad Menu
—Richard Curtis

Korean Bi Bim Bap
—Nate Bynum

Norwegian Pancakes
—Susan Gilbert

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altered states chocolate-lime black bean chili


  • 2 big cans of organic black beans
  • 1 big can organic tomato puree
  • 1 big can organic whole stewed tomatoes
  • 3 medium yellow onions
  • 1 big bunch garlic
  • 1 red, 1 green bell pepper
  • 2 limes
  • 1 bottle of merlot
  • chili powder
  • soy sauce
  • cocoa powder
  • salt
  • brown sugar
  • hot peppers
  • several high priced dark chocolate bars


In a stock pot combine black beans, tomatoes and chili powder.

Chop onions, garlic and peppers and add.

Squeeze juice of the limes into chili, add a shot of merlot (after filling your glass), a splash of soy, and a dusting of cocoa powder.

Simmer for a while, then add salt, sugar and hot peppers to taste.

Break up the dark chocolate bars (toss a few chunks into the chili) and put them in a bowl to be served with french press coffee for dessert.


merlot combined with dark chocolate and coffee may induce altered body and mental states including twitching and crass rudeness. I recommend a round of tai chi before bed to calm the nerves.

—Nate Bynum




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