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Henry County’s Cooking
with Charles Lewis


Charles holds up the trophy and certificate he won at The Ole Country Church Fall Festival.

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By Jimmie Batchelor
Henry County Senior Services 

  On Saturday, November 3 Charles Lewis (a Hidden Valley senior) entered his pot of chili in The Ole Country Church Fall Festival. This church is very near and dear to Charles’ heart, but he had never cooked a pot of chili in his life! His recipe, which you can find below, is the recipe from Tom Crowe, whom Charles has known since first grade.

  Everyone prepared their chili at home and brought results to the church early for judging. The chili contest was among many events the church planned for their members including hayrides, games and plenty of children’s activities for a fun day for all. Winners for their chili name was  “Mild Man” by Dan Ellis and “Hot as Haiti’s” by David Turner, winners for the best chili were Michelle Newsome, 3rd place, Jeff Georgia, 2nd place, and the winner of the Chili cook-off was Charles Lewis, pictured with his trophy and chili name. Charles commented upon winning,  “This was totally unexpected and definitely beginner’s luck.” Church members were able to enjoy bowls of chili after the judging was completed.

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Chah-Chah Chili

Charles Lewis’ 1st Place Best Chili

3 Lb. ground chuck
3 cans Bush Chili Magic Starter (Texas Medium)
3 cans diced tomatoes with green chili peppers
2 big cans Hunts Pasta Sauce, Garlic & Herb
1 medium onion, chopped
1/4 stick of butter to sauté onions
No other seasoning is needed

  Cook ground beef separately in frying pan, drain off all grease and juice from meat. Sauté chopped onion in melted butter before adding to chili. Add all together and heat for 2 hours. Enjoy!

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