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2nd best compliment ever 
Oct. 6, 2012 9:59 pm 
Updated: Oct. 7, 2012 4:30 pm
Today I decided to fix dinner. The weather has turned cool, and today was sunny but chilly, a perfect day for a bowl of comfort food.  So I made chili. My mom got me hip to a spicy white chili recipe, which she made last time I was home.  I had to call an audible at the line of scrimmage*, because we didn't have chili powder or cayenne but hubs (who's fabulous in the kitchen!) helped me make substitutions (which I think turned out a little better than the original). I used my husband's home made hot pepper sauce in place of the cayenne pepper, and maybe some canned chipotle peppers instead of the chili powder. Honestly I don't remember. BUT. I do remember that hubs liked it.  He liked it so much he ate two bowls. And he even commented on it.  His exact words were, "baby, that's some mean chili." Which is the second best compliment I've ever gotten on my cooking (the first was when my Momma told me that my cornbread was better than hers, and hers is the best cornbread I've ever had. That was HUGE for me). And that compliment from hubs is really the whole reason for starting up this food blog in the first place.

See, my husband does almost all of our cooking.  Not because I can't or won't ... it's just what he does. We both have dietary issues to manage (gluten-free and dairy-free are the main ones), and he has been dealing with these issues for way longer than I have so he's pretty much got the food thing down pat. So I let him do his thing in the kitchen.  I help when I can (and that usually amounts to cleaning up the ridiculous amount of dishes that he uses -- that man needs to learn about cleaning as you cook haha). But lately I've been thinking about taking over the weekend cooking, mostly because I really enjoy cooking but also to give him a little break from the responsibility of meal planning and preparation. He doesn't know that I'm planning this.  I think I'll just do it and keep doing it until cooking on the weekends just becomes what I do.

So to help keep today's momentum, I've already shopped for ingredients for tomorrow's dinner. We will have maple mustard glazed pork chops, baked sweet potatoes, and probably some brussel sprouts because I love them and have been craving them lately. We'll probably have salad with fresh greens from the garden, and if I'm *really* feeling ambitious I'll make some kind of gluten-free, dairy-free dessert. May as well make good use of this supporting membership that I just paid for ;-)


* I've been listening to a LOT of football on the radio today!!

Oct. 7, 2012 7:19 am
Great story and your chili sounds good. Hmm...wondering if you would share your husbands homemade hot pepper sauce recipe?
Oct. 7, 2012 8:46 am
The chili sounds good, but I'm thinking your pork chop dinner sounds fabulous! Yes - will you share that hot sauce recipe?
Oct. 7, 2012 4:30 pm
I like your plan! Have fun with it. I bet Hubs will love it too.
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