And Now.....

With Gigi gone for now, the animals are acting very goofy and clingy. They are all dancing under my feet for affection and I have reached a point where it has become annoying.

I, on the other hand, just realized last night as I was grocery shopping, that I now live alone. It is a very strange feeling not going home to someone after 3 decades of going home to a spouse.

It is important that I consume my spare time constructively lest I go feral.

Last night I turned to cooking therapy and made about a gallon of hot dog chili from the old recipe from Durham. It had directions like, “a handful of this”, “cook a while”, “use a number 3 can of”, etc.

What turned out is a very nice chili that I shall consume tonight with some hotdogs. If it passes this test I will retain a few quarts in the freezer for future tailgate consumption.     

Strangely the recipe has as much vegetable content as it does beef.  It has three different chili spices along with salt and pepper. It is not greasy orange like a lot of hot dog chili. It has a distinct flavor and aroma that I recall, with layers of flavors, playing off acidic against sweetness, and a good overall consistency.   

Today I go back to the office for the first time this week. Gigi is in a regular room now with TV and a phone so we can talk whenever she feels up to it. 

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Rock Chef said...

Soudns like great therapy to me!

Great news about Gigi too - she is clearly in good hands, but I will continue to pray for you both.

Ken said...

Nope, never put ANYTHING on any of my dogs other than mustard and ketchup. I had a mouthful of relish on one once (trying it for the first time) and scraped it off. This not so orangey sauce you speak of might pass my personal taste test better than the relish if I am fortunate enough to some day try this old timey hot dog chili sauce you scored.

Unknown said...

Mic talks too much.

Reggie Hunnicutt said...

I took his opinion with a grain of salt. This from a guy who stood over a sink and devoured a live animal on the Internet. And can't stomach chili or relish.....jeez.

terri said...

The chili sounds great! I would put it in a bowl with lots of shredded cheese, chopped onions and sour cream.

Glad to hear Gigi is improving.