Friday, November 7, 2008

Leftover Friday.

Left over chili.

If you came for the left over hot chili, I hate to tell you this but you are too late. It’s gone. All of it. Not a bean or an ounce of sauce is left. Wait I forgot about that bean that rolled under the stove but you don’t want that one. It must have been good. But since you are here, let me give you the recipe.

Greg’s hot chili:
(This feeds about 8 (men) or 10 (women) depending on how much they love chili)
3 lbs lean ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped sweet pepper
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp salt
2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp chili powder
4 cups (or two cans) great northern beans (I use dried beans but you can use canned if you like)
2-15 oz cans of tomato sauce
2-15 oz cans of diced tomatoes

2 tbs red pepper
2 tbs crushed red pepper
2 tbs Tabasco Habanero sauce

In large pot, brown the ground beef until it is almost done. Drain off most of the oil but leave just a few tsps. Return the meat to the stove and continue browning on medium heat. Add the next 7 ingredients and the hot ones as well if you want it hot. Stir occasionally while cooking for about 10 more minutes. Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce and the beans and heat on medium until it is bubbling. Turn the heat down to low, cover and let it simmer for several hours. If you used canned beans, it will be ready in about an hour. If you used dried beans which I recommend, you need to simmer it for about two hours. I like using dried beans and I soaked them overnight or all day I am making it late in the day. I also like using yellow peppers to add more color.
I like to serve it with corn bread and oh yes lots of water or milk.

Left over Halloween candy.

Sorry that is all gone too. Well the good stuff is anyway. We got that out of the house as fast as possible because it was way too tempting for my wife and I since we are trying to diet. I know chili wasn’t on my diet but….Hey I have no excuse at this time. Maybe I will think of something later. This Is Tucson. No, that’s not his real name but I call him that because he is our number two son. Get it? Number “two son”. Ok bad one I know. So this is his Halloween costume.

He went as a gas pump. When people asked what he was, he would say: I’m a gas pump, pretty scary isn’t it? The adults loved it but the other kids just gave him that deer in the headlight look and said “I don’t get it”. Several people took photos of him and one person called their whole family to come out and see him.

Left over peanuts.

Ok I am not promoting this but I heard about it on the radio this morning and I just had to share it with my readers. I think this is insane. First off let me say that I really don’t care for the whole Peanuts cartoon. They are much too sad and the idea of an overweight kid getting picked on just hits a little too close to home. So the Charleston Footlight Players are putting on a “Peanuts play.”

“Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead”

Here is what the write up said:

In this "unauthorized parody," set approximately 10 years after the events in the 50-year-running comic Peanuts, CB's beloved beagle has terminal rabies, and his world is inhabited by a comic strip parade of misfits: a missing pen pal, an abused pianist, a pyromaniac ex-girlfriend, two drunk cheerleaders, a homophobic quarterback, a burnt-out Buddhist and a drama-queen sister. Together, these factors all contribute -- Good grief!

Enough enough already.

But wait there is more. More you say. Yes on opening day they will be bringing in some Hooters girls and serve refreshments. I kid you not.

Now even if you WERE a fan of the “Children’s” comic Peanuts, you will have to agree this has gone a little too far. I know I am not taking my children to see it.

Left over wine.

Sorry to let you down yet again but there is no left over wine. The good news is there is wine though. This Saturday is the annual “Blessing of the Vines” at Ivrin House Vineyards and yours truly will be the hotdog chef extraordinaire. My expertise has again been called upon to serve up the best hot dogs and sausage dogs in the entire world. And I can do it. I’m the man….or so I think. And because you are loyal readers, if you mention this post, I will throw in free ketchup on your hot dog. Heck I will go all out and toss in free mustard as well. I don’t have room to give you full driving directions here but let me say if you make it out to our island and see a view like this, turn around because you are right across from the entrance to the winery. This is the view looking across the street. Isn’t Wadmalaw Sound beautiful?

Oh I almost forgot. There will be a priest there to bless the grape vines and also anyone else who desires it. I think we could all use a little blessing right about now. Also there will be bluegrass music, BBQ, Kettle Corn, grape stomping, face painting and oh yes……wine. Oh I am feeling really generous here so mention this post and get a free hotdog.

(offer not valid with any other offer. Not valid on sausage dogs. Not valid for other events. Not valid in California or Hawaii. Not valid for anyone with lots of money or anyone with more money that I have. Must be an American citizen or a citizen of another country. One offer per family. Offer subject to other limitations not mentioned here. See Greg for other rules)

Now for the bad news. There will be no hotdog eating contest this time. Sorry, it got a little out of hand at the last festival. So the reigning queen will remain the queen.

Have a great Weekend,


Greg C said...

I forgot to mention the painting on the wall beside my son. He painted that watercolor and we loved it so much we had it framed and put it on our wall. Great work S.

Wanda said...

Oh Greg.... what a fun and delightful post.
I don't think I have ever enjoyed "left overs" so much.

Your "Tucson" son is adorable and his costume ~~ scary yes, ha ha.

And his watercolor beautiful.

We frame our grandchildren's art from time to time.... I love it.

You are a great writer and friend. You were my first post to read today, and what a treat!!!


The Blonde Duck said...

Ben and I were just talking about making chili. Yum! I love you framed your son's painting. So cool!

Lori said...

Your son is so cute in his costume! And the watercolor he did is beautiful! I'm glad you framed it. He's a talented kid. Enjoy your hot dog extravaganza this weekend!! :)

Jamie Dawn said...

Those photos are gorgeous!! I am such a fan of Charleston and Savannah. I think those cities and surrounding areas are divine!

You have nothing left over!
No chili, candy, or wine.
GOOD GRIEF is right!!!

Tuscon's costume is marvelous!
What a great idea and a good looking kid.
I hope he got lots of candy.

Katherine Aucoin said...

You mean I came here and got nothing???? Enjoy the hotdogs!

Scarlet said...

Love the pic of your son! What an original and funny costume! He's quite the artist as well...nice, colorful painting!

I just printed your chili so when hubby gets better we can feast on it. I'll let you know how it turns out...and thanks for that recipe!! ;)

Have a great weekend! Enjoy the hot dogs and wine.

SeansArt said...

please get other people to post on my blog dad, ok?

Marla said...

I'll have to try your chili recipe. I like the gas pump costumes, very creative. I wish I could come for wine, hot dogs and kettle corn! It's a long drive for me for a free hot dog!

Patrice said...

You are to funny! Loved the disclaimer at the end of the free hotdog part!

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

You are so funny...loved seeing the pic of your Tucson. That's hilarious.

You didn't save me a bowl of chili, but I do appreciate the recipe. Although you gotta know: I serve 4 boys (3 kids, 1 DH) all day every day around here; the gift would have been in the cookin.


I love that you framed your son's artwork, too. I'll bet he won't admit it, but it means the WORLD to him that you "publish" it in the house. I should know. :-)

Becky said...

>:-[ WHAT no free hot dogs to Californians... HOW COULD YOU!?!

That being said I did love your sons gas pump costume and I'll take that bean that rolled under the stove... hard times ya know ;-)

That play sounds horrid. I love the old old peanuts from way back. I find the books at thrift stores sometimes. I have a book called the Parables of Peanuts. If you like theology and peanuts its a good read.

I don't remember a fat kid getting made fun of... was that just in the play?

Going back to look at the painting :-)

SeansArt said...

hay becky stop talking to my dad like that, ok?

Chatty Kelly said...

I love the Halloween costume - a gas pump - THAT IS SCARY!!!! LOL!

Your son's painting is really good. I, too, have framed an art project my daughter did with similar vibrant colors. How joyful to be able to delight in our children! They are a blessing, and we are blessed to be able to realize it.

Marina said...

what a great costume !

and I was just thinking of having some chili myself ")
have a nice weekend. marina

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