Day 322 and tensions are on the rise. Mrs. Chili365 “was going to cook something” until she realized that “we only have chili ingredients in the house”. I was actually feeling remorseful, until I remembered that the Missus’ new gig. Between her hand modeling job and Leonid Brezhnev’s eyebrows, I’ve never been so jealous.
Hand modelling and thick, luscious eyebrows are two great things that go great together, like chocolate and peanut butter in Reese’s peanut butter cups. Another collaboration made in heaven– training for a 50K and prepping for a handful of 5Ks. One just has to run (much distance) everyday, which is no fun when it is colder than hell. Perhaps the savory twosome of beer and elk will take some of the sting out of this winter running thing. (Read my philosophical take near the bottom of the page).
1 C beer
1 T chili powder
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb elk meat, cubed (use beef if your generous cousin doesn’t give you delicious elk)
1 C spaghetti sauce
1 can (14.5 oz) Mexican style diced tomatoes
3 T chili powder
1 t cumin
½ t coriander
1 t chile para naranja
1 T dried diced onion
1 fresh jalapeno, diced
3 cloves garlic, smashed
1 C pinto beans
1 C (heaping) cooked and chopped spaghetti noodles
1 t hot sauce
- Marinade elk in the marinade. (Love the ‘book-end’ sentence-LOVE IT). Uh, marinade for 15 hours.
- Add marinade and meat to a slow cooker along with the ‘first wave’ ingredients.
- Mix well and cook on low for 8 hours.
- Add ‘second wave ingredients and cook on high for 30 minutes.
Chili Jr.- “ This is really good. It isn’t your best chili. How could it be? You’ve made so many excellent chilis.”
(You can see who just made a good case for a car on his 16th birthday.)
Pre, The Pirate, Mrs. Chili365- (radio silence)
Chili365- This is pretty good. A standard chili with a moderate heat and sneaky beer flavor. The elk was tender and delicious. Beans and noodles added starch and balanced a somewhat thin broth.
We are going to make it- 365 days of chili. While some suffer, some suffer unjustly and still others can’t justify their suffering. (I fall in the last category).
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