My mom came to visit 2 weeks ago and brought me some cooking magazines that she thought I might enjoy. While flipping through Bon Appetit I found this recipe for Beef and Dark Beer Chili. Mmmmmm. Sounds good. Then I got to thinking...I bet no one at a church chili cook-off will put beer in their chili! Isn't that sacreligious? I'm gonna do it! I decided to be on a team by myself because I wanted it done a certain way and in my own time and I'm not very good at telling people what to do. How many of you know that if you don't tell people what to do they will either stand there and look at you...for hours, or they will jump in and do it the way they want. I didn't want any of that, so I formed team "me."
When I looked at the ingredient list, it seemed easy enough. Then I went to HEB and realized how much this chili was going to set me back. The recipe said to buy a 5lb boneless chuck roast and let the butcher grind it for you. Who does that? I needed to double the recipe so I bought 2 5lb tubes of HEB brand ground chuck and went on to the next item. The next big thing was the peppers. The recipe called for 2 1/2 lbs of red bell peppers and 2 1/2 lbs of yellow bell peppers (keep in mind I'm doubling). Does anyone know how much bell peppers are this time of year when they are any color but green? I would have needed to take out a loan. So, I bought less than it called for and made up the difference in onions. (How's that for making it my own Joel?) Since this was a dark beer chili, I needed to buy something that I never buy and know nothing about. Elliott was no help because he only recently discovered a beer he likes in Mexico. I needed the help of someone who was from a "dark ale" kind of place. I know, Tim Prosser! Erica said that his favorite beer is Newcastle Brown Ale. I thought, I'll buy a six pack, use 2 bottles for the chili, let Elliott try one, and the rest can go to Tim. Well, Elliott tried one. Really liked it. Decided that the chili needed more than 2 bottles and he would be keeping the rest for himself. Sorry, Tim.
Yesterday, while putting it all together, I started thinking of reasons why I didn't need to win. I do this thing where I think other people deserve it more and would enjoy winning more than me. What's wrong with me?!? I had a little bit of a shift. I decided that I wanted to win and I had every right to win. It was on!
If you were there, you know how it all ended and probably got to try it for yourself. I will say that I only ended up with a small plastic container of left overs to take home out of 3 1/2 gallons. That's saying something.
We've all been talking about our destinies and while I don't think making chili is my destiny, I love making things for people. And I love it even more when they love what I've made. I needed this little boost to get me going. I don't like being the center of attention, but God loves it! He's given me some talent in a few areas and I know that part of my destiny is to show people the love of Jesus through the things I make for them, be it food or art. This was a fun day. Now I need to think about how I want to spend my $100 at Academy!