Homemade chili for hopeless cooks

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Last July, I was in England staying with my friends Claire and Jacob, and it rained pretty much non-stop for the entire month. I don’t consider myself a person who gets discouraged that easily, but let me tell you, that weather was discouraging. Fortunately, my two friends were made of much hardier stuff than myself (side note: now when we get to chatting about winter, Claire complains that all she wants in order to be happy is the occasional long-lasting blizzard), and knew just how to combat the rainy day blues: chili.

Not that I know even the slightest thing about math, but it seems obvious to me that chilly weather + chili for dinner = opportunity for both homophonic wordplay and gastronomic excellence. And this dish really is excellent–it manages to be sweet, bright, smoky, and earthy all at the same time. Plus, it’s super easy! So easy, in fact, that it was accepted by my alma mater’s newspaper as a good starting point for new cooks. So go check it out, get cooking, and feel free to leave a comment on the Varsity‘s page!


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2 Responses to “Homemade chili for hopeless cooks”

  1. Elsa January 10, 2013 at 11:30 AM #

    I second Sky’s comment. Guess what we’re having for dinner to-night! Elsa.

  2. Sky Pape January 10, 2013 at 11:08 AM #

    Oh, THANK you! This is just what I needed for tonight. It’s not rainy here, or particularly chilly, and I sure hope no one ever calls me a hopeless cook, but you’ve provided just the right inspiration to ensure those two sweet potatoes sitting on my counter will meet a most happy end.