MANY Winnipeg Jets players have pre-game rituals they superstitiously follow in hopes of having success on the ice. It appears some of them have pre-dinner rituals, too.
Our Jets at Home, by author and chef Marisa Curatolo, is a behind-the-scenes look at the kitchens, homes and cooking rituals of the players and their families.
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For a taste of what's inside, here one of the hottest Jet's hottest recipes.
Wheeler's Turkey Black Bean Chili
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp ground coriander
2 tsp chili powder
1 tbsp ground cumin
2 tsp dried oregano
11/2 lb ground turkey
1 small carrot, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 yellow pepper, diced
1 (10 oz) can light beer
5 cups chopped fresh Roma tomatoes or canned diced
1 cup chicken stock
1 tbsp molasses
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 cup canned black beans
1 cup canned white kidney beans
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Hot sauce, to garnish
Fresh cilantro, to garnish
Heat oil in large pot over medium high heat. Add onion and garlic; cook for 4 minutes. Add coriander, chili powder, cumin and oregano; cook for 2 minutes.
Add turkey and cook 5 to 7 minutes. Add carrot, red and yellow peppers; cook for 5 minutes. Add beer and let liquid reduce in half. Stir in tomatoes, chicken stock, molasses, tomato paste and beans; bring to boil. Lower to simmer and cook partially covered 11/2 to 2 hours. Stir occasionally. Season with salt and pepper. Add hot sauce if desired. Garnish with fresh cilantro. Serves six.