One of my 2012 resolutions is to cook more often. More real food, less Thai delivery.
The first hurdle, of course, is purposeful grocery shopping. I may love almond butter, Greek yogurt, and brussels sprouts, but it’s hard to assemble a meal from just those ingredients. I need a plan when I enter the grocery store, which means that I have to sit down and come up with said plan at some point. And summon the energy to brave the Pathmark.
It would be embarrassing to fail my first resolution on January 2 (the day that all real resolutions begin), and so I decided to make chili, made a list, rallied the troops, and headed off to Pathmark. First hurdle cleared!
The next hurdle is following through with your plan. That one was a piece of cake. I was excited to both start my “cook more” resolution and eat chili. Second hurdle cleared!
The final, and most important, hurdle is actually producing food that anyone wants to eat. Fail. I made some bad chili. I grew suspicious of it when I noticed that the recipe only called for 1.5 teaspoons of chili powder, but I just dumped more in and called it a day. It didn’t work. We added more chili powder and more chili powder, but it still just tasted like limp tomato soup with chili powder, with random beans and turkey bits floating throughout.
At least there was cornbread.
Does anyone have a good chili recipe they want to share? I refuse to admit defeat this early in the year.