Mrs. Chili365 was growing distraught with her guinea pigs’ new habit of trampling and soiling their food. Always a ray of sunshine, Pre quipped, “Don’t worry mom, when an intelligent animal tires of eating the same food all the time, it appropriately reacts by throwing the food to the floor and then peeing on it.”
Frightening. My eyebrows raised- all the way into my hairline. Pre doesn’t speak all that often and when he does, he chooses his words carefully. He is not given to not suffering fools or mincing emotions. His strange words of comfort (if, in fact, that was their intention) were certainly a bellwether of bad tidings- a thinly veiled warning. Recognizing this, I have promised myself that I WILL NEVER FEED THAT CHILD AGAIN. EVER. He’ll just have to forage or download his food or maybe his tablet PC can feed him.
There are many reasons to replace a kitchen floor. I don’t wish for Pre’s “intelligent animal” knee-jerk, hair-trigger reaction to my cooking to hasten the arrival of fresh linoleum.
I’m excited about tonight’s chili. 1) Ramen and corn in a traditional white chili base should hit the spot. 2) They’ll be more of it, as Pre will now be forced to fend for himself.
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cubed
3 T flour
1 T chili powder
1 t chicken bullion
1 t paprika
1 t garlic powder
1 package of chicken ramen
1 T dried onion
3 C water
1 can (4 0z) green chilis
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
2 C of fresh corn (roughly equals the corn cut from 2 cobs)
1 1/3 C diced fresh mushrooms
- In a bowl, mix the flour, chili powder, bullion, paprika, garlic powder, and seasoning packet from the ramen. (Save the Ramen noodles, we’ll use them later).
- Coat the chicken with the seasoned flour.
- Add ingredients (except ramen noodles) to a pot and simmer for 45 minutes.
- Add the noodles and simmer 5 minutes.
The corn and ramen white chili was fantastic. At the base was a thickness perfectly appropriate for this style of chili. The corn added a well-balanced sweetness that helped set-off the spicy jalapeno and green chilies (we clocked this chili at 6.5/10 on the chili365 heat index). The whole dish was stitched together nicely be treads of tasty ramen noodles. This was comfort food at its best, no mop required.