Man, my internet connection is le suxxorz. I suppose I shouldn’t complain, as I don’t pay for it – it’s included in the rent for our apartment. At the same time, though, if our complex advertises free internet as an amenity, it should probably be usable internet, right? As in, it shouldn’t take eons for a single page to load, and I shouldn’t have to budget a century if I want to watch online TV, right?
Anyway, that’s the reason my posts are a bit sparse – my internet connection is spotty at best, and it takes me ages to write up a photo-heavy post. Sometimes WordPress won’t load the photos or Flickr doesn’t care to cooperate… it’s a tough deal. Occasionally I’ll take a small break at work and put something together, but it’s crunch time for the writers at my company and I don’t have all that much free time during the work day.
Enough complaining. Here, have a photo of some chili.
I love chili because it’s so damn accommodating to whatever the heck’s chilling in your fridge waiting to be eaten. This specimen include the dregs of a CSA share and some assorted hot peppers from my plants; in fact, other than the beans, the spices, and a can of fire-roasted tomatoes, everything here is local. Hooray for corn and onions and garlic and hot peppers and more tomatoes!
Chili’s also great because it’s embarassingly easy. You sauté the garlic and onions, add some spices, throw it in a pot with your veggies and beans, and let ‘er go. You come back an hour (or a couple of hours) later, and you’ve got a spicy pot of warmth and yumminess ready for your eating pleasure. It’s almost impossible to go wrong! Although I do have a coworker who swears that his mother makes the absolute worst chili in the world – apparently elbow noodles, cheap beef, and kidney beans do not an edible substance make. I’ll take his word for it, I think.
What’s your favorite chili recipe or combination of veggies? Personally, I’m digging the addition of corn – the plump kernels are a nice contrast to the rest of the veggies, which tend to get soft and rather homogenous in texture.