Last Friday night we played mixed doubles paddle with friends and had an Irish-themed spread together afterward. Cocktails with an Irish spin were also flowing, and as a consequence, my game deteriorated early on in the evening. It was a sad state of affairs, since I’ve never had much of a game to begin with. Luckily for me, the Husband didn’t seem to mind covering most of the court (because clearly his Black & Tan wasn’t as large as mine was, ahem).
So according to TMJ4 Meteorologist Scott Steele, winter is not quite ready to relinquish its hold on us just yet. More snow is coming our way this afternoon and overnight, which means a little more shoveling, bundling, slippery roads and, when it comes to dinner time, more cozy comfort food.
You wouldn’t believe how difficult it was for me to wrestle back enough of this meal from the DamFam so I could accomplish picture taking today. This recipe is always a hit here, so I should have expected they would all be circling the stove like the sharks they are. Luckily, I was able to hoard this meager little helping, which was handed over to my sweet next door neighbor Fred, who just a little while ago helped me out of a major jam with my sump pump. The jam was that said pump decided to not work this morning and the alarm’s ear piercing shriek was putting a major damper on my blog writing capabilities. And incidentally, the basement was about to flood. Enter Fred, who not only helps moms bring new babies into the world every day, but also has the ability to diagnose household plumbing issues from 10 paces. He saved the day (as well as NTYB’s Xbox 360) and was thereby rewarded with Chicken & Dumplings. Thank you Fred, are the best. : )
I decided to rock the boat around here with this chicken chili last night. This recipe has been dog-eared for years (no exaggeration) and I give it a glance every now and then, but usually end up chickening out (har) and making my old stand by – Cincinnati Style. It’s served over spaghetti with cheese, beans, and onions, and I’ve been told by it’s similar to Real Chili. Never had Real Chili myself, but I hear it’s good stuff. Especially at 2:00 am after an evening of carousing downtown.
While on my way to the Mequon store yesterday, I went back and forth in my head over what to make for dinner. And the answer my friends, was blowin’ in the wind. The wild, wicked, and wacky wind whispered: chicken stew. ‘Cause when the weather outside is frightful, stew is so delightful!
Let’s pretend I didn’t just make a Christmas carol reference and quote Peter, Paul, and Mary all in the same paragraph.