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I plan on including many of your recipes on this page of the Georgia-Florida Fishing Report.  I never keep illegal fish and always obey the letter of the law.  However, I do like fish as table fare and hope to get some great ideas from you guys on seafood preparation.

These recipes should not be limited to seafood and can include any recipe that you might deem tasty enough to share with our readers.

With that in mind, I thought I would post my first recipe in honor of my late Mother, Ila Richardson.  Her homemade chili is a recipe of far-reaching legend with many of my college buddies who would always end up at our house on the weekends away from the old ball-and-chain of college and higher learning.  This is not your usual chili recipe as you will see here.

Mrs. Ilas' Chili

1 pound ground beef
1 16 oz can of diced tomatoes
1 16 oz can of pork and beans
1 package McCormick's original chili mix
2-4 potatoes (depending on size and your likes).  The potatoes and pork and beans make this a very unique chili recipe.


1.  Peel and dice the potatoes up to small squares about 1/2 inch thick.
2.  Boil potatoes-Do not overcook as they will turn to mush when you put them in the mixture of everything else.
3.  Drain Potatoes and set aside
4.  Brown ground beef in a large boiling pot/broiler.
5.  Put enough water into the boiler/pot to at least cover the ground beef.  Mom always made hers very thin and that's the way I liked it best (for sopping!)
6.  Pour in the chili mix, potatoes, and diced tomatoes.  Mix well and bring to a simmer.  The longer it cooks, the better it tastes.  Add water if needed.
7.  Do not cook the pork and beans.  Put them in last after you have the right consistency to warm them up.
8.  Get a FRESH LOAF of white bread and sop to your heart's content.
9.  You could wait till the very end to put in the potatoes when you add the pork and beans.

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If you don't believe this chili recipe is good, just ask my college buddies, Phil Stein, Butch Prosser, and Dave Parden.  They'll vouch for it.  They could eat a vat the size of a 20 gallon washtub and Mom would always have it hot and ready when we arrived all tired and famished from the rigors of college duties.  She always seemed to have plenty and know when we were coming.  Thanks Mom!!!

Miss Ila's Drop Biscuits:

Here's another of my Mom's favorites-Ila Mae Lindsey Richardson.  Her drop biscuits are to die for and quick and easy to prepare.  She always made these later in her life for our Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings.  Usually there weren't any leftovers as her children, grandchildren, and husband scarfed them up like candy.

1.  2 cups flour
2.  2 sticks butter
3.  8 oz. sour cream

1.  Melt butter
2.  Mix sour cream with melted butter
3.  Add flour
4.  Drop onto ungreased baking sheet or pan
5.  Cook at 350 degrees until lightly browned. Best when barely cooked through

These will melt in your mouth.

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