Le Fantome likes to partake of the finer things of life like opera, ballet, and gourmet cooking in his dwell in the caverns of the Paris Opera House! He is especially fond of the cooking of the SouthWest US in Texas. What follows are some of his recipes for gourmet dining on a budget in a underground cavern.......The Food of the Night......
Terilingua    Competition    Chili

Step 1- 2 lb beef chuck cubed in 3/8" chunks
        1 tsp. cooking oil  
        1 TB dark Chili powder (use McCormick, Texas 
        2 tsp. chopped garlic

In a heavy, 3 qt saucepan brown meat with oil, adding 
chili powder and garlic to mix late in browning 
process. Remove from heat.
Step 2- 8 oz can tomato sauce
        14 1/2 oz can beef broth
        1 tsp each chicken bouillon granules and 
powdered           jalepeno
         1 TB onion powder,   2 tsp garlic powder
         1/2 tsp cayenne pepper,  1 tsp white pepper
         2 cup bottled spring water    1/2 tsp salt
         1 TB dark chili powder   2 seranno peppers

In a large bowl combine sauce, broth, bouillon 
granules, jalepeno, onion and garlic powders, peppers, 
water and chili powder and salt.  Return pot to stove 
and bring to a boil; Reduce heat and simmer 1 1/2 
hours. Float seranno (pierced) on top.

Step 3- 1 TB paprika
        1 envelope Goya Sazon seasoning
        1 tsp each: onion and garlic powders
        1/2 tsp white pepper
        2 1/2 TB each medium and dark chili powder

Combine in Bowl the paprika, sazon, onion, garlic, 
pepper and chili powders.  Add to beef.  Bring to boil 
and reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes more.  Add water 
or more beef broth if necessary.  Remove serannos if 
they become soft and begin to shrivel.  

Step 4  2 tsp cumin   1/8 tsp salt
Add cumin and salt to chili. Simmer 10 minutes. remove 
from Heat and serve.  Even better the next day!  

This recipe won the Terilingu Cookoff 2 years in a Row! 
from Cindy Reed, Houston Texas. NOTE TO NORTHERNERS! 
 Don't add BEANS to this mix or the Phantom will come 
and GET YOU!

Texas    Governor's    Chess    Pie

This is a family favorite! It is one of those desserts 
that you just can't put down.  Watch out or you will 
eat the Whole PIE!  Recipe is from former Governor of 
Texas Preston Smith.

4 eggs, beaten           1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla            1/2 cup melted butter or oleo
1 TB cider vinegar       1/2 tsp. nutmeg
9 inch frozen or fresh pie shell   

Combine ingredients adding butter after eggs go in. 
Pour into uncooked pie shell (deep dish) Bake 45 
minutes at 375 degrees.  May add chocolate or coconut 
to recipe if desired.   Enjoy!!!!
This is my all time favorite... 

Chocolate IceBox Pie

2 ½ cups milk 1½ cups sugar ¼ cup cocoa 1 TB buttter 5 TB cornstarch 6 TB water 3 large egg yokes 1 tsp vailla 1 cup mini marshmallows 1 baked deep dish pie shell chocolate curls whittped cream to top 1. In medium saucepan or microwave combine 2 cups of the milk, sugar, cocoa, and butter Bring that to a boil. 2. In medium bowl combine cornstarch and water until dissolved. Add the other ½ cup of milk, eggs yolks, vanilla and whisk until blended good. Gradually add to the mixute that is boiling and cook stirring constantly for 2 minutes until real thick and smooth. Add the marshmallows and stir till they melt and smooth. 3. Pour into pie shell. Press plastic wrap directly over filling and put in ice box for 2 hours. 4. Lose the plastic wrap and Top with whipped creme and garnish with chocolate curls... If you don't like this one.... welll ...ya just don't like chocolate!!!! ;-) For Meringue~ whites from 8-9 large eggs. about 1 1/4 cups (room temperature) 1 tsp creme of tartar 1 1/2 cups sugar in a large clean and DRY bowl beat the egg whites and creme of tartar until soft peaks form. Add the sugar a little bit at a time until stiff peaks form. Spread half of the mixture over each pie crust to crust. Bake 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Then put in the ice box. Might want to sprinkle some chocolate drops on the top...

Tamale    Pie    Acapulco

1 lb sausage                 1/2 c cornmeal
1 onion, diced               1 c grated cheddar cheese
1 bell pepper, diced         1 1/2 TB cold water
12 oz can corn               1-2 lbs ground chuck
1 cup sliced black olives    1/2 cup chopped celery
salt pepper Accent           2 1/2 lb can tomatoes
1 cup cold water             2 or more TB chili powder

Cook sausage with small amount of water and break it 
up. Drain the yukky fat and add the chuck and brown. 
Add onion, pepper, and celery and sauté. Then mix in 
the tomatoes, corn, chili powder salt and pepper, MSG. 
Simmer 15 minutes. Mix 1 cup water and cornmeal and 
blend into recipe. Cook slowly till thickened and mix 
in olives.  Place in greased 2 qt cassarole and Bake at 
350 for 1 hour. Add cheese and return to the oven to 
melt.  Enjoy! Makes a bunch! about 8. 
NOW for another one!


1 lb ground beef 1 chopped onion 1 10oz. can Rotel Tomatoes 1 1 1/4 oz taco seasoning 1 garlic clove chopped hot oil or shortening 12 burrito sized flour tortillas toothpicks to fasten Brown ground beef and drain the yukky fat! Stir in onion and sauté. Stir in tomatoes, seasoning, garlic and cook fo 15 minutes. Spoon 1/4 cups meat mixture along one edge of the tortillas. Fold tortilla's nearest edge to cover the meat. Fold in both sides and roll and secure with toothpicks. Fry in hot oil or shortening till golden. Top with cheese, chili, sour cream, lettuce and tomatoes, green onions or whatever you desire although chocolate pudding might not be so good. ;-(

Carrot Cake from LeFantome's Kitchen

1 1/2 cups Wesson oil 1/2 tsp salt 2 cups sugar       2 cups flour 3 cups grated carrots   4 eggs 2 tsp soda   2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp vanilla (optional) may add some raisins and pinapple chunks) Beat eggs , Add sugar and oils. Add dry ingredients. Add carrots. Bake in cake pans floured and oiled for 45 minutes at 350° F Icing: 8 oz creme cheese   1/4 cup oleo 1 cup pecans 2 tsp vanilla box conf. sugar Prepare frosting by whipping all this together and ice cake when cool

Texas Microwave Pralines

1 c brown sugar 1 c white sugar 1 TB corn syrup 1 tb butter 5 TB water 1/2 lb pecans 1/2 tsp cinnamon Combine sugars, corn syrup, butter and water. Cook till soft boil (238°F) Remove from heat and beat till mixture holds its shape when dropped from a spoon onto waxed paper. Add nuts before or after dropping. To do in microwave zap it for 7 minutes on medium stirring twice.

Chocolate Pudding Cake

1 pkg. (15.8 oz) fudge brownie mix 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp instant coffee 1/2 cup milk 1 cup chocolate fudge frosting 1/4 cup butter 1 tsp vanilla 1/1/2 cups water Heat oven to 350. spray a 8 or 9 inch square pan with nonstick cooking spray. In a bowl, combine brownie mix and baking powder and mix. Add milk, butter, vanilla and chocolate syrup if it comes with the mix. Spread in greased pan. Bring water to boil and add coffee and dissolve. Add frosting and cook and still till melted. Slowly pour over the batter in pan. Do NOT stir. Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes until edges are bubbly and cake begins to pull away from sides of pan. Cool 30 minutes and serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

Sweet Tater Pie

9" unbaked pie shell 1 cup sugar 2 17 oz cans yam or fresh cooked yams 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp ginger 1/2 tsp allspice 1/4 tsp cloves 1/8 tsp nutmeg 3 beaten eggs tsp vanilla 1 cup half and half or eggnog jigger Maker's Mark bourbon Bake piecrust 10-15 minutes in 400° F oven till half baked. Drain yams and mash. Combine with the rest of the ingredients and pour into pie shell. Bake 25 minutes at 400° F. Chill and serve with whipped creme.

Tater Salad for a MOB

1 gal (16 large) cooked and sliced taters 10 hard boiled eggs 1 cup chopped onion 2 cups salad dressing 1 cup half & half 1/3 c white wine vinegar 1/3 cup sugar 3 tb prepared mustard 1/2 tsp salt , pepper Place the taters in a large bowl! Separate eggs and chop whites and add with onions to taters and toss GENTLY! In another bowl mash the yolks with the salad dressing (prefer miracle whip) , creme, vinegar, sugar, mustard, and salt. Pour over the taters and stir to coat. Chill and cover . Serves 16-20

Stuffed Shrimp a le Fantome

2 chopped onions and green peppers 4-5 pieces celery, finely chopped 4 pods garlic, finely chopped 1 cup parsley, finely chopped 1 stick butter 1 lb TEXAS gulf coast Jumbo shrimp 1/2 loaf french bread squeezed in water 1 lb crabmeat, or crabmeat substitute 2 eggs salt and pepper 3 doz raw shrimp, medium and chopped Flour Milk egg wash Shortening Saute veggies in oleo. Add chopped shrimp and cook 10 minutes. Add wet bread and then eggs and cook 5 minutes stirring. Add crabmeat and season to taste. Peel the Texas jumbo shrimp head to tail and split halfway through. Pile each with a mound of stuffing and freeze. Take out and dip shrimp in flour then egg and milk mixture and then flour again. Fry till brown in hot shortening.

Spanish Rice for any Occasion

8 slices bacon, cooked 1 cup chopped onion 1 chopped green pepper 1 lb can tomatoes 1 cup water 1/2 cup chili sauce 1 cup uncooked long grain rice 1 tsp salt 1 tsp brown sugar 1/2 tsp Worchester dash pepper

Fry up the bacon. Crumble. Cook onion and greeen pepper in part of the bacon fat. Add can of tomatoes and the rest of the ingredients and cook covered for 35-40 minutes or until the rice is tender. Put the bacon over the top! Enjoy. I have looked a long time for a good spanish rice recipe and this a a good one!

Damm good Pintos

1 lb dry pintos, soaked overnight water to cover 3 beef bouillon cubes 1 TB crisco 1 tsp or more garlic 1 TB minced onion 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper or Texas gunpowder 1 TB chili powder (dark) To taste garlic salt, MSG, salt and pepper. ham cubed, bacon, ham hocks etc as much as ya want.... Soak beans overnight in water to cover. Pour off water and drain and rinse beans. Put in crock pot or stove burners and add rest of ingredients Cook for 3-4 hours till beans are tender...and enjoy....If ya want then put em through a food processor and add somemore chili powder to make refritos....

Angelique's Enchilada Cassarole 1 chopped onion 1-2 lb ground chuck 3 TB chili powder 1 8 oz can tomatoe sauce 1 1/2 cup half and half pkg of corn tortillas 1 block cheddar cheese, grated 2 tb butter 2 tb flour 1 cup water 1 tsp salt.. can tomatoe soup... Saute half of the onion until soft. Add the chuck and brown. Add the flour or masa harina if you wish and chili powder and some water and tomato sauce and simmer till thick. In a bowl mix the soup, creme and the rest of the onion. In a 9 x 13 inch pan tear the tortillas in about silver dollar size pieces and line the bottom of the pan. Put half of the chili mixture on top and on top of that put half of the cheese. Repeat with the tortillas, chili and cheese. Pour the soup mixture over that and cook for 375 in the oven till bubbley....Set sit a few minutes and cut into squares and enjoy....
Dandy Don's Spagetti for Cowboy Games from Don Meridith 1 pkg. 8 oz spagetti 1 diced onion butter 1 1/2 lb ground round salt, pepper can of tomatoe sauce can mushroom soup dash Worchester sauce garlic powder, chili powder, seasoned salt pkg grated cheddar cheese Cook spagetti until just tender. Brown onion in a dab of butter and then brown the meat. Add seasoning to taste and soup and tomatoe sauce. Mix the spagetti with the meat sauce. Cover and bake for 15 minutes at 350° Top with cheese and return to oven just to melt and watch America's Team and enjoy!


This recipe comes from a DJ on KPRC in Houston Tx and was much requested. It is a bit strange for chili but very tasty.... 2-3 lb ground chuck large onion and green pepper diced. 2 stalks celery, diced 1/2 med potato, diced 1 -6 oz tomatoe paste 1- 8 oz tomato sauce 1 - 14 oz tomatoes 3 canned jalepenos, diced 1 env. chili mix and 1 env. taco mix (Lawry/McCormick) shot glass olive oil To taste: salt, pepper, garlic, oregano, thyme, red pepper flakes, bay leaf 1 can Budweiser BEER a few shakes parmesan cheeze and additional H20 (water) if necessary... Cook by browning meat, then adding veggies, and then spices and such... During the last hour add the Bud and cheese... Cook the chili slow for 3-5 hours
Dee's BBQ Meatballs 3 lb hamburger meat     1 cup milk 2 eggs, beaten               1/2 tsp pepper 1 1/2 cup chopped onion 2 tsp salt 1 tsp chili powder             1 tsp garlic salt sauce: 2 cups catsup           2 cups brown sugar 2 tb liquid smoke       1/2 c chopped onion 1/2 tsp garlic salt Combine ingredients for the meatballs and place in 350°F oven for 30 minutes to brown Mix together sauce ingredients and cover meatballs and bake another 30 minutes... Enjoy....

LeFantome's Chow-Chow

6 lbs green tomatoes 4 large onions 5 green peppers 1 qt vinegar 3 TB salt, celery seed, onion salt 6 hot peppers, red, sweet or pimento 1 cinnamon stick 1 or 1 1/3 cup sugar 1/4 tsp whole cloves few bay leaves 1 1/2 TB dry mustard 1 TB whole allspice 1 small head cabbage chopped. Chop tomatoes, onion and peppers. mix with chopped cabbage along with salt and let stand overnight. Drain and add hot pepper,vinegar and spices in a bag and the sugar. Boil slowly 15 minutes or until tender. Pour into sterilized jars and process 15 minutes at 180° F

Caramel Cookies

1 cup shortening 1/2 cup sugar and brown sugar 1 tsp vanilla 2 1/4 c sifted flour 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp baking soda 1 egg Creme shortening and sugars well, Beat in egg and vanilla, Gradually beat in flour, salt and baking soda which have been sifted together. Fill cookie press and form. Bake at 375 F for 10-12 minutes and remove to cooling rack.

Dutch Apple Pie

1 cup flour 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup butter 1 1/2 lb diced apples 1 1/3 cup sugar 1 tsp cinnamon unbaked pie shell Rub or process flour, brown sugar and butter till crumbly. Place apple sugar and cinnamon in pie shell. Cover with crumb topping. Bake at 425 for 10 minutes and reduce to 350 F for 35 minutes till done.

Zucchini Cake

3 c sugar 1 1/2 oil 3 c grated zucchini 4 eggs 3 c flour 1/2 tsp salt 2 tsp baking powder 1 c nuts (chopped) 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp vanilla

Icing: 8 oz cream cheese box powdered sugar 1/4 cup pecans 1 tsp vanilla

Cream together sugar and oil. Add te zucchini and eggs. Mix together and add the remaining things. Sporead in an oiled tube pan or 9x13 inch that I used and Bake for 1- 1 1/4 hours for 350 degrees.

After cooled frost with cream cheese frosting after it's mixed.

I also added 1 tsp of Danish pastry extract to the frosting that I got from Watkins but may or may not be available in your area. Sure is good though. Don't even know if available over the net. thought I would share.

Dee's egg rolls

1 1/2 lb lean ground beef 1 onion chopped 1 tb or so of garlic chopped package egg roll wrappers 1 egg beaten salt, pepper soy sauce or worchester sauce. 1 pkg cold slaw mix Brown ground beef and onion and garlic till well cooked. Pour off grease. Transfer to bowl and mix in cold slaw mix. Season to taste with salt pepper and soy sauce as desired. Take a wrapper of egg roll and brush some beaten egg on the ends. Put about 2-3 TB of the mix in the middle of the wrapper and fold 3 corners over.Roll over to the 4th corner and seal. Fry in hot oil till browned. Makes about 15 nice egg rolls. I want to try variations on this using chili mix too.

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