[Sca-cooks] Cincinnati Skyline Chili

christine lopez elinorsmommy at gmail.com
Tue Sep 4 13:47:45 PDT 2012

I grew up n skyline and goldstar chili- 3 ways, cheese conies, 5 ways; miss
it a lot down here in Chattanooga but they sell the spice packets online
and one year skyline did "give" away their recipe that uses both cinnamon
and allspice.  Olympic Chili was the first Cincinnati Chili restaurant
founded by 2 brothers from Greece using their mother's recipe so
goes the story they give out. I never bothered to find out how true it was
bc they do beat skyline and goldstar hands down when it comes to chili so
it wasnt really important. Happy to see someone else that enjoys what tends
to be an acquired taste outside Ohio :)


On Tue, Sep 4, 2012 at 3:13 PM, <lilinah at earthlink.net> wrote:

> After a relatively pleasant two weeks at Pennsic -- too hot and too humid
> for this San Francisco Bay Arean, but cooler and less humid than last year,
> at least -- and teaching four successful classes, i drove to Philadelphia
> to visit my daughter.
> I had spent two weeks with my mother before the Balinese gamelan + Tesla
> coil + dancers performance in late July, a few days before leaving for
> Pennsic. She had been deteriorating due to Alzheimer's, but it was clear
> that something else was wrong. Her regular doctor was a complete
> incompetent and had not properly treated some continuing problems of 9
> months standing. In fact, he hadn't examined her or given any tests. It
> turned out she had a very advanced case of cancer. The oncologist said she
> might last a year, but although my brother and i thought she would go
> sooner, we thought she'd last until around Xmas or New Years.
> But within a day or so of arriving in Philly, i got a call from my brother
> that our mother had taken a turn for the worse. My daughter and i flew to
> San Diego and spent a week sitting by her deathbed. Now she is suffering no
> more and we flew back to Philly.
> I figured i'd spend a week back in Philly, but ended up spending two -- my
> daughter was working but she kept planning things for us to do evenings and
> weekends -- and ate some amazing meals -- yeah, my daughter is a foodie,
> too. I'm finally on the way home and am currently in Laramie Wyoming in a
> hippish cafe with wifi. I'm taking it easy and relaxing out of the van
> periodically -- otherwise i'd be almost out of Utah by now.
> On my way through Ohio 2 days ago i stopped in a Skyline for some of their
> American mash-up "chili". This particular food item has been a periodic
> topic on this list. The one i stopped in was outside Dayton. It was small
> and very plastic - Skyline Chili is now a not-quite-fast-food chain with
> well over 50 locations in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Florida. Darn near
> everything on the menu comes with their famous "chili" except dessert:
> http://www.skylinechili.com/
> The ground meat was pleasantly seasoned with cinnamon and cloves or
> allspice (or so it seemed to me - it is, after all, their "secret recipe" -
> although there are recipes for analogs on the web).
> You can have it in bowl,
> you can have it in a bun,
> you can have it over fries,
> you can have it over a steamed potato (microwaved),
> you can have it in a wrap,
> you can have it over a hot dog,
> you can have classic over spaghetti,
> all in various permutations -- with or without cheese or beans or onions --
> I had a 4-way: "Skyline chili" on spaghetti with kidney beans and a quite
> generous mound of very finely shredded cheddar cheese. The traditional
> 4-way is with raw onions, but i don't do raw onions -- they're one of the
> few foods that hurt my stomach (not upset - hurt), although if they've been
> soaked in ice water for a long while or marinated i'll be ok.
> It was tasty and if i lived near an outlet, i'd probably drop in every
> once in a while, but i wouldn't be a regular. It is something very
> typically American, however, since it blends food items from several
> cultures.
> Someone sometimes called Urtatim
> from Laramie, Wyoming
> just about to get back on I-80 West
> and should be home early Thursday
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