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Chili to Die For – #FourthWallFriday with @LucyPireel

OH! Hey everyone! Wow, only 4 days and a wake up till that fat fu…  Santa is here! I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of baking planned and I decided I would go out to eat… want to join me? I mean I think this is a restaurant, it says MENU on the cover…. oh dear, maybe not! OH damn it! It is Friday huh? That means this is Lucy Pireel day no the blog and she is here to venture through her Fourth-Wall and have some fun in her world from the book, A MENU OF DEATH!

Fourth-Wall Friday Meal with Lucy Pireel

There I was, sat on the sofa, waiting for the food to be served. But should I really want to eat anything that girl prepared? Thinking back on the story she told me about the demise of her husband I suddenly wasn’t so sure it had been wise to accept her dinner invitation.

What’s with the long face girlfriend?” Elise asked as she turned from the counter to face me, ladle in hand.

Nothing,” I said and smiled. Should I have said, “I’m not comfortable eating food prepared by a woman I know has poisoned her husband and buried him in her backyard”?

You seem a bit on edge. Is there anything wrong? I know we haven’t known each other that long, but I am your friend, you can tell me.” Elise put the wooden spoon down and laid her hand on my shoulder.

A shiver ran down my spine and I barely refrained from recoiling. “Really, it’s nothing. When’s the food ready? I’m really hungry, what have you prepared for me? Let me have a taste.” I moved to stand, but before I could do so her grip on my shoulder tightened and I felt like a prisoner, a goose readied for slaughter. I swallowed the lump in my throat.

Sit down and relax, I promise you’ll like it, and it won’t kill you.” She laughed and goosebumps rose on my skin. She released me and smiling said, “My husband used to love it. After he disappeared I never cooked it again, but seeing you are my only friend I wanted to prepare you his last meal. It does mean a lot to me to have you here finally. I wanted friends and now I have one, the best a girl can have, one I know will never hurt me.”

I grinned and said, “Yeah, I’m your friend, but you should know, I know.

She nodded and turned back to the stove, picked up the ladle, stirred the contents of the pan which bubbled away on the stove. Then she lifted the spoon from the food, held it under her nose filled with a small amount of … Shocked I recognise chilli. Then she inhaled deeply and said, “Smells delicious, just how it should now that I don’t need to spike it anymore. Finally chilli I can enjoy to eat.” She slid the food off the spoon into her mouth. Delighted, she groaned and said, “Heaven, absolute heaven.

Then she filled two bowls and folded two soft tortillas in triangles which she placed, open side up, in the bowls aside the steaming meat and bean mixture. “There, a meal to die for.

And someone has,” I whispered.

Elise laughed as she placed the bowl in front of me on the table, then she said, “He certainly has, but he got what he deserved, while you my friend just deserve a good meal. So let’s eat and enjoy each other’s company.” Smiling she sat down.

Mesmerised I watched her take her first bite. She closed her eyes and slightly raised her chin, a smile played around her lips as she made a sound I can only describe as …. Well, it sounded like she nearly came.

That good, eh?” I couldn’t help but ask.

Elise opened her eyes, looked straight into mine and said, “Yes, and not just because the chilli turned out to be the best I ever made.

Of course I knew what she meant, like I she knew I knew her secret, but also that I would never betray her to the world. I did in a way, but no one will know it’s her I wrote about, nor in which story. This friendship is a mutual beneficial one. She needed a friend and I get to write about her life. What more can an author wish for?

And the best thing about it? She’s made more friends, friends that each have stories to tell, and I’ll be there to listen and write them down.

*coughing* oh my… I really need to watch out, I mean I think I should make my own chili! Have you guys had it before? Ohh it is TO DIE FOR! Oops! Maybe not literally to die for, but it is pretty dang good! Apparently it is one that author Justin Bog makes on a regular basis now! If you haven’t tried it out, you should! What a perfect thing to prepare for Boxing Day!

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Chili to Die For
This is my modified version for my 6-quart slow cooker. When Amanda was growing up I had to make this in a 18-quart Nesco slow cooker since Chili was a mandatory have in the fridge all week kind of meal for the family!
  • 1½ lb of stew meat (cut down into smaller ½ size cubes)
  • 1 lb of boneless pork chops cubed
  • 1 lb of ground sirlion
  • 1 can pinto beans (15 ounce)
  • 2 cans black beans (15 ounce)
  • 3 cans Rotel Extra Hot Diced Tomatoes & Chili Peppers (10oz)
  • 2 cans Hunt's Roasted Garlic Tomato Sauce (8 oz.)
  • 4 minced jalapenos (very very fine and remember to wear gloves and do not wipe your brow!)
  • 2 chipotle chiles
  • 2 med onions chopped
  • 6-8 cloves of garlic
  • ½ cup of Cocoa
  • 3 tbsp of chili powder
  • 2 tsp of cumin
  • 2 tsp of ground fine oregano
  • 2 tbsp masa harina (or 1 tablespoon flour and 1 tablespoon cornmeal) (if you are not slow cooking then double this, it will thicken it, but with slow cooking it tends to cook down)
  • cup of flour mixed with a tsp of garlic powder, onion powder, and chili powder
  • 3 tbsp of Olive Oil
  1. Heat olive oil in cast iron skillet
  2. Dredge the stew meat and cubed pork chops in the flour mixture and sear the meat on all sides, remove from pan but leave it going.
  3. Add onions, garlic and peppers to the oil and saute till just browning, add the meat again and cook for about 10 minutes on medium low. Add this to the crock pot and begin the dumping of cans! (all but the tomato sauce)
  4. Mix all dry ingredients together and mix into Tomato sauce till well blended.
  5. Pour into your crock pot
  6. Mix all until well blended cover and cook on on high for one hour and switch to low for at least five hours.I start prep when I wake up and we eat it when he gets home.
  7. Garnish with shredded cheese, sour cream and if you are Geoff, more hot sauce!
The trick is in the cocoa, it does add to digestion and breaks the beans down a bit so you are not as GASSY!

Chili to Die For – #FourthWallFriday with @LucyPireelA Menu of Death
by Lucy Pireel
Pages: 64
on September 30, 2013
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Underneath the veneer of humanity lies darkness.

Eight deadly tales that explore dark desires in which some do what it takes to obtain what they want, while others are led by events.

Wishes gone wrong, unhealthy obsessions, and cravings to sate.

A Menu of Death will take you on a blood-curdling journey that you may not survive.

These eight short stories revolve around obsession, revenge, craving, love, and Death.

Whether it be a woman in need of rescue, a man who hungers for his wife, a demon lost, or wishes come true, all characters want something. Badly.

But … You can’t always get what you want, but you might just get what you need.

Fourth-Wall Friday – January – June 2014 Signups now open

Ever wonder what happens if you were to break into your world build and sit down and have a beer with your main characters? I think I would love to have tea with Jane Eyre, or discuss the best way to take care of vampires with Jane Yellowstone…maybe having Susie Shotgun take me out for some Angels Tears…

Interested in being part of Cabin Goddesses Fourth-Wall Friday? Sign up for a limited amount of spots open today. (Sign ups for January-June 2014). The 3rd Friday of each month is open for special events, such as book releases and tours. Contact me at [email protected] for more info. I hope everyone (authors and readers alike) takes time peruse the archives and find out just what other authors have done and enjoy a lot of amazing world builds! Or check out the PINTEREST board with every Fourth-Wall Friday pinned!

FWF-300-BUTTAllow yourself as an author to open up a new avenue of sharing your AUTHOR PERSONA & WORLD BUILD in a unique and creative fashion.. Just take a chance, write fluidly and from within that “place” you hangout at with your muse. Or perhaps walk in the door, tuck into a corner & watch your characters get into trouble before you take a chance and talk to them…


  1. Yay! Thanks for turning my get together with Elise into a great blog post, Kriss. Hey, I had no doubt it would be a most awesomest post, you always deliver quality content. 🙂

  2. It sounds good, but my husband (and our Mexican friends in Arizona) would insist that beans are a side dish. Adding beans make it a bean soup not a chili which is a meat stew. They were such purists.

  3. “I want to prepare you his last meal…”

    Oh, that speaks volumes! Good post!


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