Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tailgate Chili

First of all, this Chili is as promised from a couple weeks ago. I did not win the competition or even place, though mine was pretty good. Amazingly (to me, considering the Habaneros and Garlic), it was a little on the bland side. Good, but not prize-worthy. I'll make it again for sure, but add more flavor.

Enough of that; my life is great. America is great. Yes I've been drinking. Currently I'm enjoying Knob Creek on the rocks. Delicious. I was enjoying my home brewed Rye Ale earlier (and yes, I'll post the recipe sometime soon). I had a couple Shiners at school before that. It's a celebration, get over it.

America made me proud today. I'm going to focus for a second and write some stuff that I hope to share with my posterity. I was the 9th person in line in Roma to vote for President Obama in 2008. His victory was one of the absolute happiest events in my life. Very nearly as good as my first kiss, but that was actually perfect, so it doesn't count. But seriously, to me Obama's victory in 2008 truly was a symbol of hope and change. At the very least he signified a transition from the terrible policies advocated by George W., would restore the world's confidence in America, and would demonstrate just how far the nation had come in regards to race. He did all this. He also let many of us, myself included, down in many ways. But nobody's perfect and I regard Obama as my president. I used to wear a shirt that I bought at the Vans Warped Tour in 2001 or 2002 that had a picture of W. and said "Not My President". I can't claim Bill Clinton as my own, because I was too young to really know or care. W. I tried to disown. Barack Obama, however, is mine. I put my trust in him, and although he's not perfect, I still believe in him. I wish him and America the best and I hope that as a country we can come together to make this a better world.

I believe that's already happening. Washington and Colorado voted to legalize (I think?) marijuana, and Maryland joined the growing number of fair-minded states that permits gay marriage. Elizabeth Warren won in Massachusetts and Claire McCaskill beat that moron Todd Akin. There are plenty of disappointing results from today's elections, but on a whole I think America made the right choices.

To celebrate, I made out with Kathryn in the grass outside our school. Kathryn's a woman in one of my groups for class. In fact she's one of the first classmates I ever met when some of the DFW students and I met up at the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth for trivia to get to know each other. She was bashing the Ivy League and criticizing math teachers, but I can get over that. She's pretty terrific; pretty, smart, bold and sassy, and tender and sweet all at once. We made out for the first time last Friday at her party and have seen each other every day since. I like spending time with her and am happy that we're together.

Also, not that this really matters at all, but I aced my public financial management midterm and have an important interview on Thursday. I can't express how good my life is at the moment.

Tailgate Chili

3 Habaneros 
2 JalapeƱos
2 Serranos 
1 Poblano Pepper
2 Green Bell Peppers
2 Onions
12 Roma Tomatoes
10 Cloves Garlic

2 lb. Ground Beef
1.5 tbsp Cumin
1 tbsp Smoked Sweet Paprika
1 tbsp Oregano

12 oz. Shiner Bock 
Two 15.5 oz. cans of Kidney Beans (Both Light and Dark)

Salt and Pepper

Cut up and roast one of the Onions, all of the Tomatos and Garlic, and all of the Peppers except for one Green Bell. Roast for 45 minutes to an hour at 375. Drizzle a little Oil over them and don't be afraid to Salt as much as you'd like. Once complete, puree all of these ingredients except for a handful of the Tomatoes (because I want my Chili to be slightly chunky). Note that the above picture does not have all of the Tomatoes. I put the rest on after taking the picture. 

While you're roasting and pureeing, heat up some Oil in a large pan or cast iron pot and fry the Cumin, Paprika, and Oregano. Brown the Ground Beef in the Spices and then coat the pureed Peppers and Tomato mixture. Pour into a Crock Pot, add your Shiner Bock, and the Beans. If you're like me, you're going to consider adding more Beans. This is never wrong. Salt more as necessary and don't be afraid to add more heat in the form of Cayenne if it's not where you want it. Cook over night. The next morning add the remaining Green Bell and Onion. This just adds a little texture and color. If it's too watery, add some Dry Beans and let simmer for a few more hours. 

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