Alone in the Men's room with Bob...
Oct. 23, 2013 9:02 pm
Updated: Oct. 28, 2013 9:09 am
This past Sunday was my first Chili Cook off competition, I could say I have been working on a Chili recipe for the last 7 years and finally I felt I had the perfect chili recipe and now I’m ready to compete in a national chili contest with $10,000 as
first prize…. But… that would be a lie. I might say, as I was cleaning out my mother’s home I found in a cigar box
hidden way in the back on the top shelf of a hall closet my grandfather’s secret
recipe which he built a restaurant dynasty from this one amazing recipe, … again liar, liar pants on fire! I’m from Cincinnati and the only chili I ever had growing up was called a five way and my Grandfather worked at a frozen food warehouse
and the only thing I remember about him was every now and again he would bring to our house a broken case of frozen French fries that fell off a train car while he was unloading it. So how did I come to enter my very first Chili competition?
The planets aligned and AllReipes.com asked their allstars to make Chili using Johnsonville Sausage and my Church always holds a Chili Cookoff contest in October.
So that’s it, the way I saw it was a match made in allrecipes chili sausage heaven. #Johnsonville
12 entries, I was number 8 and,
4 of my best friends were the judges.
At the end of the day, people were scraping the bottom of the crockpot and said it was the best they had ever had, complements all around many recognized that it was made with Italian Hot sausage and loved the spice mix and
said it had just the right amount. I had many tell me if they had been judging I would have been number 1.
But, the judges saw it differently … I came in 3rd place.
I couldn’t believe it! What happened? Third place! An allrecipes.com recipe has never let me down….
I had to find out.
My good friend Bob, (not his real name) came in second, I had to find out…how…. So I followed him to the men’s room,
I knew it was just this side of creepy but I didn’t care, I was on a mission and there was no stopping.
I had already crossed the line, as he stood there facing the wall I stepped up behind him and asked…. “What makes yours better than mine?”
Bob kept his head down and without looking up, said, “Excuse me?”
“Your chili, how did you beat me?” He let out with the biggest gasp of relief I’ve ever heard coming
from a man standing , ah... at the place... ah... where he was. Bob zipped up, turned around and put his arm around my shoulder, I'm still a little discussed that he didn’t wash his hands but there we were… the moment of truth, how did he get
second? Runner-up? Next best, one notch down from first place, how did he do it? Bob looked around, checking under each stall to be sure we were alone in the men’s room.
He looked me in the eye, whispered as if it was a top secret of national importance…
“allrecipes.com, Boilermaker Chili, http://allrecipes.com/recipe/boilermaker-tailgate-chili/detail.aspx<
been making it for 3 years now, this is the first year I didn’t win. And I intend to find out why.”
We locked eyes, shook hands, after a simple all-knowing man nod, I felt a need to washed my hands along with Bob. Together we then went to find Geneses Matthews, the winner of this year’s Community Church's chili cook off.
We didn’t have to look far; she was standing right in the middle of the hall with her always pleasant, smiling, sweet way our nemesis said, “Hey guys! Congratulations!
And Terry, thank you so much!” I didn’t say a thing but from the look on my face she knew I was confused. “Don’t you remember,” she said, “A few years ago I asked you for your favorite chili recipe, you sent me a link from allrecipes.com
So allrecipes.com was truly represented well this past Sunday in Crystal Lake thanks to Johnsonville Sausage. And if I might add throwing a pie in Bob's face at the end of the day seemed justified somehow.
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Chiliville Chili with Johnsonville Sausage