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Virtual Cook-Along: Join April Cover Star Pam Tanowitz in the Kitchen

You've seen her choreography, but have you tried her turkey chili? On April 29, at 5 pm Eastern, Dance Magazine's April cover star Pam Tanowitz will take us inside her kitchen to share her signature recipe on Dance Media Live!—and you're invited to follow along at home and cook it yourself as she takes us through the process step-by-step.


Click here to register, and submit any questions you'd like to ask—about choreography, chili or anything in between. Tanowitz will answer a few while things are simmering.

If you'd like to join in the fun, you'll need to have these ingredients on hand:

For the chili:

  • Canola oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey (dark meat or dark & white)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (28 oz)
  • Minced garlic
  • Garlic powder
  • Dried oregano
  • Ground cayenne pepper
  • Chili powder
  • Onion powder
  • Paprika
  • Ground cumin
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Tabasco sauce
Toppings:
  • Avocado
  • Grated cheese
  • Sour cream (optional)
  • Cubano or Cubanelle pepper (optional)
  • Cornbread (optional)

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