One year ago I started this blog with my first post cheering the fact that I lost the hottest chili contest for the first time in many years. We recently completed this years chili cook-off, but this time there was a twist. My main competitor for the hottest chili had a death in the family that week and would not be entering. With my greatest (only) competition out of the way I decided to make my favorite chili, which is also very hot but much more flavorable. [As a side not, I have several preferred chili recipes: Southwest, White (2003 winner best chili, http://thecabin.net/stories/031803/sty_0318030035.shtml), Hot and my Favorite.] The results of this years cookoff? I didn't win the hottest chili, but I got second place for the best overall.