Monday, January 5, 2009
Food, Family and Friends
This is the second time I've made these pretzels -- they are still a hit. You can find the recipe here. Serve them with honey mustard - mmmm, mmmm!
You might notice the pretzels aren't quite pretzel shaped. You see I had a bit of help in the kitchen ...
The chili is a simple conglomeration of ingredients on hand: stew meat, kidney beans, 1/2 white onion, chicken stock, diced canned tomatoes, tomato paste, chili powder, salt, pepper, corn and the piece de resistance ... a smattering of cocoa powder. The cocoa adds the perfect touch of bitter sweet and gives the chili a full-bodied flavor. Instant espresso powder does the same thing. But, shhhhh, don't tell the boys at the brewery ... this year I'm entering the annual chili contest and I don't want them to have a leg up.
Ah, as I was writing this post a neighborhood friend popped by -- beer in hand. The five year old embraced the persona of a lion and began growling in our friend's face (thankfully he has kids of his own). And the hub is now up and watching the game. Good thing I didn't commandeer the remote.
This has been the perfect mellow evening - surrounded by friends and family. Nothing fancy, nothing difficult, nothing expensive. The boys are watching the game. I'm blogging and half watching the game. The baby is doing a puzzle and middle sis is coloring. Tonight is just right.