1. How about brats in a white bean chili (with sage) for the Fall and Winter (with a side of cornbread) — and grilled bacon-wrapped brats with pickled red onions in the Summer? Neither of those would be too spicy for your audience there.
  2. Italian Sausage Chili serves 6 1 lb. mild or hot Italian sausage, casings removed 1 cup chopped onion 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped, optional 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. dried red pepper flakes, to taste 1 can (28 oz.) Diced Tomatoes, not drained 1 can (8 oz.) Tomato Sauce 1 can (15 oz.) cannel