11:55 am, Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

I made some chili yesterday. I really like how it turned out, so I figured I’d make up a recipe for it.

Chili, March '07

1 lb. hamburger
three-quarters of a large white onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
0.5 tsp. kosher salt
~0.5 tsp. pepper
0.5 tsp. paprika
1.5 tbs. chili powder
2 jalapeno peppers, de-seeded and finely diced
a pinch of jalapeno seeds, finely minced
1 tbs. Frank’s Red Hot sauce
1.5 tbs. brown sugar
a pinch of parsely
1 can of diced and peeled tomatoes, drained
1 can of S&W Santa Fe Recipe
1 can of whole-kernel corn, drained
1 can of pinto beans, drained
1 large/family-sized can (27 oz.) of kidney beans, drained
1 tbs. worcestershire sauce
a pinch of ground mustard
5 oz. extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated

Lightly sauté the onion and garlic in a big pot with a little vegetable oil. When they’re nearly done, add the hamburger. Salt and pepper it as it browns. When it’s done, throw in the canned stuff, then everything else. Cook over medium heat (stirring almost constantly) until the whole mess sort of homogenizes and starts to bubble a little. Then reduce heat to low and stir frequently for about half an hour (best to use a stiff spatula; you just want to keep stuff from sticking to the bottom). Now you can eat it, but it’s even better if you wait a couple hours (or better still, wait until tomorrow). Best served with a little extra sharp cheddar grated on top and a slice of white bread with Country Crock spread.

You know it snowed here yesterday morning? And not just a little, either. It all melted an hour later though.

I downloaded nine gigs of This American Life (formerly: Your Radio Playhouse) episodes about a week ago. I’ve been listening to them on car trips and especially while waiting between classes and riding the bus. Really awesome show. My old Creative MuVo only has a 256 MB capacity, but that’s enough for like 6 hours of Ira Glass goodness.

I’ve discovered some pretty neat stuff via TLA. Aliens in America by Sandra Tsing Loh, for example (the audio version is a must as she does amazing impressions of her aristocrat-wannabe (aristophile?) German mother).

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