Do you have a secret family recipe? There was a restaurant a not so longtime ago called “Andy’s Oak-Pit” in Richmond California. It was very popular and is fondly remembered by many. They had a special family chili recipe that they proudly served. We are friends with Carolyn the daughter of the owner of Andy’s Oak-Pit. We have asked her for years for the secret special Andy’s Oak-Pit chili recipe. Her mother has safely guarded this coveted item for many years. Carolyn and her husband Mort called us to arrange a special meeting. At this mysterious rendezvous, Carolyn presented us with this special recipe. We feel very lucky and proud to be the keepers and guardians of this very wonderful document.
Carolyn and Mort also shared some memorabilia of Andy’s Oak-Pit with us. Carolyn is the young women pictured on the left. We also received an employee’s handbook explaining the rules and regulations for Oak-Pit employees. The hamburger image is from a matchbook cover. What a treat getting this glimpse into the past. With these gifts Carolyn also gave us a sample of already cooked chili made with her mother’s secret recipe.
We made some chili dogs to sample our original Andy’s Oak-Pit chili. This would be extra special because Carolyn made it in the original authentic form. This chili is smooth and creamy. No beans are allowed in this pot. It is rich with flavor. It is mild with a hint of chile pepper love. I would venture to say this is the perfect topping for a hot dog. What a treat.
We will guard this family recipe. Someday we will pass it on to keep this important recipe alive. We feel honored and proud that Carolyn, her Mother and Mort gifted us with something so important in their lives. The memory of Andy’s Oak-Pit restaurant will live on!!!