I must be the most erratic blogger ever.
I got a new toy! A Nikon D40. It’s a new toy that will make me want to blog more, because my photos will hopefully improve a lot from what I was taking with the point and shoot. I took photography at summer camp, in high school, and in college, so I would call myself an amateur enthusiast. I’ve been wanting a digital SLR for years, and have been saving up and researching for a while now. Anyway, it’s kind of awesome.
Two things foiled my plans to take a bunch of nice, well-lit shots today: it’s raining out, and I twisted my foot yesterday and now my ankle is all weird and sore. Dammit! I decided to document my evening anyway. I’m not totally satisfied with these shots, but I have a lot to learn (and re-learn) about photography before I’ll be really happy with my results.
Tonight I made chili! With noodles, of course.
1/2 onion, diced
2-3 garlic gloves, minced
Chili powder (I use Bloemer’s) to taste
One 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes
Two cans of chili beans
Sautee the onions in a big pot, in about 1 tbsp of oil. When they’re soft, add the garlic and sautee a minute more. Add the beans, tomatoes, and chili powder, and turn to medium heat. Let it simmer for about 15 min.
Meanwhile, cook the pasta. When it’s done, add to chili. Season with your favorite hot sauce. Simple! I bet I have made this recipe a hundred times, maybe more. I used to make it a lot in high school when it was my turn to cook.
I usually have this with a peanut butter sandwich, which I dip into the chili. I think the noodles are a Louisville and possibly Cincinnati thing. People here often stare agog at my noodle chili, but whatever. They have no idea what they’re missing.
To finish it all off, I made margaritas, the way my daddy makes em.
Margaritas, Redneck Style
1 can frozen limeade concentrate, 6oz
6 oz tequila
2 oz Triple Sec, or Cointreau if you’re getting all fancy
a tray of ice cubes
Add to blender, adding the ice cubes a bit at a time, and blend it on the highest setting until it’s slushy. Enjoy its sweet, sweet ability to erase the events of the past work week.
They’re not the most elegant cocktail out there, but they’re really good. The chili, plus the margaritas, both remind me of home. They’re the utmost in comfort food for me, and exactly what I needed as I nurse my stupid bum ankle.