Sunday, September 07, 2014
As I was going about the preparations for chili, gratitude began to fill my heart for so many things:
1. That huge pan, the only one in the house that will hold a quadruple batch of chili or a double batch of home-made noodles (I think it holds two gallons). Thank you, Charlene Marlow, for giving me that pan years ago.
2. I can't raise good onions; if I try to store them, they rot in the middle. So I dice them and freeze them. I was so thankful not to have to dice four cups of onions this morning. Thank you, lousy onions, for being faulty and forcing me to freeze you.
3. Most years I have a wonderful sweet-pepper crop, but I always have far more than I can use, so I dice them and freeze them. Thank you, pepper plants, for the good winter supply of a vegetable that is rather expensive to buy in the store!
4. My two favorite cows had to be butchered last year, one because she wouldn't re-breed, the other because after her calf died, her udder was so messed up I couldn't have milked her. Those cows were pets, but we have no qualms eating them. Today three pounds of ground beef is there in my chili. I know it's from Bonnie because there is a little fat in her meat. Jody's meat is practically fat-free. Thank you, Nadlers, for processing our milk cows so that they didn't die in vain. I am so glad you are less than a mile from our house.
5. I have my own tomatoes to use in the chili. One quart failed to seal this year, so I put it in a freezer bag. Used that along with one jar that did seal.
6. Beans, dry beans! I happened to have a couple of one-pound bags of small red beans in the cabinet, so I soaked them overnight, cooked them this morning, and have now added them to the chili.
And now, after all that gratitude, I just realized that we are out of saltines. Maybe my daughter has some at her house. Somehow I doubt it, but I'll see.