Sorry, I had to get that out.
I pretty much feel like the luckiest.person.on.the.planet.
Who gets that opportunity??? Well, besides Dolly Parton.
I did manage to get a picture of it using The Heats' camera, but that's the only thing I know how to do using said device...
Trust me. It happened.
Tennessee weather never ceases to amaze me.
I started out Thursday not wearing my UA cold gear, which was the BIGGEST mistake eva, only to wear it yesterday which also turned out to be a rather large mistake.
Holy sweat Batman.
Ugh I am not a fan of the sweating-under-layers feeling.
But I managed to run home and change at lunch...then I froze when I got back to work.
Hmmmmm...maybe it's me?
You know what else I did when I ran home at lunch?
Hmmm? Do ya?
I made crock-pot chili that could make a grown man cry..it was so good.
It was also pretty spicy-hot...speaking of sweat...
I might tweak it a bit to make it less spicy-hot, however I will not change it much because it changed me.
It changed the way I will forever look at chili.
It completed the chili circle.
See, I have never been a chili fan.
Cornbread? Heck yes. Chili? Nah, not so much.
Now I am a chili believer thanks to Martha.
Martha has opened my eyes to chili possibilities.
Before it was just a little meat, some beans and tomatoes with their juice.
Now...it's, it's like the chili secret garden. It makes sense.
I used Martha Stewarts "30-Minute Chili" recipe BUT I slow-cookerized it.
The only ingredient I added was a diced jalapeno with the onions.
The process I changed a bit....
I am a "browned-meat believer", so I got my pot screeeeeeamin' hot and browned allll the ground beef.
Then set it aside.
Then...THEN(this is of the utmost importance) I removed all but 1 tblsp of the drippings and sauteed the garlic,onions and jalapeno in it.
This is a flavor situation here people.
Once the onions were soft I added the tomato puree and spices and stirred them around so the flavors fell in love.
Then I added the beer and poured the whole shebang into the slow cooker.
Once all tucked in, I stirred in the tomatoes and beans and cooked low and slllllow for 5 hours.
Wait! I almost forgot..almost forgot the KEY to chili success...are you ready?
To chili? HeckToTheYes.
Do it. Don't doubt, don't think, don't limit yourself to a cinnamonless chili lifestyle.
I don't know what it is about the cinnamon, but oh man, Martha was on.point. that day.
I like it so much that I took a vow, right there in front of that slow cooker, to never again deprive my chili of this spice.
The chili was no fluke, my friends.
She knows her spice.
I made Martha Stewarts "Pumpkin Bittersweet Chocolate Marble Brownies", to accompany the chili..and she did it again.
She added cayenne pepper to the brownies...at first I was all like whaaaa??? but I trusted.
She didn't let me down.
Try them..you won't be disappointed.