Okay, you will have to forgive me once again. I’ve been involved in a remodeling project that has sucked the life out of me, but that ill finally conclude tomorrow. Hardwood floors, marble tile in the bathroom, black granite countertops and white subway tile backsplash in the kitchen, washer/dryer hookups and a new washer and dryer in the kitchen, a new (gorgeous) light fixture in the dining area, even new designer outlets and light switches. It’s gorgeous, but I am so glad it’s over I can’t tell you.
I’ve been spending my evenings drenched in various old favorites to decompress; it’s amazing how a cherished scent can do that, isn’t it?
The other thing I’ve been doing is cooking. The other day I stole a few hours to meet a friend for lunch. I was early so I popped into Bed Bath and Beyond to cruise the Le Creuset and just for the heck of it decided to weigh myself.
I am at 170.
Which ain’t much considering I am over 6 feet tall.
So I decided I could afford some treats. The next morning was a bagel with lox and a schmeer of cream cheese thicker than my wrist. I love cream cheese and a bagel, good as they are, are just a cream cheese delivery vehicle. Even the lox aren’t as important.
One of the other things I made was chili. I love to make it and usually do so at least once every few months. This time I was in the market and was fairly appalled at the price of ground beef. So this time I went for ground turkey, which I browned in olive oil. I added a fat minced shallot, some cajun seasoning, beans, a jar of spaghetti sauce (I know, Texans are thinking “damned Yankee..”) and a bit of this and that. I simmered for an hour or so, jarred most of it and then served myself a heaping helping served over sourdough toast and a liberal helping of Monterey Jack cheese. If I do say so, it was delicious.
Do you like chili? Have a favorite recipe? Please do share in the comments.