While I sit at my work table and tap away at the keys doing my paperwork dinner is being made. I had to giggle at the pot lids, where they were put out of the way. The lid for the huge soup pot is resting atop a can of pineapple I keep forgetting to put in the pantry. The lid to the skillet Joe is working so diligently in is atop the soup pot.
In our “one butt” kitchen a masterpiece of chili is being created. Joe has used extra lean ground beef for his creation today. Watching over it to make sure it doesn’t burn or stick while all of his, not so secret, ingredients are blending and melding into a delightful aroma.
The squares in the pattern on the floor are 12 x 12. As you can see there is about 20 inches between his back side and our new refrigerator. I can pass through, should I need to, but opening a door would only delay Joe’s masterpiece.
From my childhood and school lunches, we were given chili and cinnamon rolls once a year in the winter months. Maybe it was a Colorado thing in the early 1960’s. I don’t know if anyone else was presented a sweet, gooey, cinnamon roll with a hot bowl of chili on a cold winter day in other parts of the country or world.
Joe used to add a lot of brown sugar and chili powder to his chili to make it not only heat hot, but spicy hot as well, with an over riding sweetness that was difficult for me to like in our first years together. He has worked his treasured recipe over through the years and we have reached a compromise. He adds a heaping tablespoon of unsweetened baking chocolate powder (his idea), a little bit of brown sugar, an unknown amount of Black Strap Molasses, and his shaking of the Chili Powder container over the meat as it is cooking and then another good shaking over the soup pot after it has been filled with beans – from several cans. I supply the cinnamon rolls to adjust the sweetness factor should he want to have the taste of his original recipe. Six hours this divine mixture will simmer away before it is truly ready to be tasted and enjoyed.
I just like the cinnamon roll with the chili. No crackers, no shredded cheese, no raw onions. Just the chili and the roll are all I need to thoroughly enjoy Joe’s Chili. And an added bonus……he is doing the cooking 🙂
Can you believe it? The weekend is knocking at our door. Soon we will be out the door again to far flung places for another couple weeks at the least. The items I ordered from Blue Moon Scrapbooking arrived today. I went through the boxes, not remembering all that I had ordered. This was almost like Christmas. Opening to find surprise items hidden within 🙂 Yes, I’ve done gone and lost my marbles 🙂