So. I finally got into the kitchen to make a dinner for my Mother, and for my Dad as well, but primarily so my Mom could have a night off. I love my Mom, but, as my Dad notes, she has lost interest in cooking. She knows how to cook, but seems to not want to waste time doing it. Needless to say, all of us felt this over the holidays. Her homemade blue cheese dressing was over-horseradished (wowee! spicy!), the fake marscapone cheese dressing for the baked pears was more cheesy than sweet, and the food well, otherwise lacked flavor. We attempted several things, but she would not give up her reign over the kitchen either, so it was a bit difficult. I'm not really criticizing my Mom, because it is hard to handle a house full of people, especially young little people, and make a bunch of mouth watering meals. I believe her tastebuds are a bit off because I've had a few dressings she has made in October and they were also off…
Finally yesterday she agreed to allow me to make Chili. This is a simple recipe, and not one I would have chosen. We had a ton of left over pork cutlets from my Mom's Holiday dinner (Pork cutlets smothered in tomato sausce with spaghetti?) So I decided to try to use them up and since they were getting dry like Pork can do, chili seemed a good bet….
I threw red beans, white beans, tomato paste, and the pork into the crock pot. I also cheated and added a McCormick Chili seasoning packet to the mix. My Mother sort of kept hanging around the kitchen and kept saying "We don't make chili that way" She was aghast when I added half an onion chopped up nicely. I decided just to make it. I was so hungry for a meal with good flavor! Eventually she wandered off to try out her new Polarizing lense that she had recieved for Christmas.
I let the Chili cook. I was going to make rice to go with it, but my Mother told me that "We never eat Chili with rice…who eats chili with rice" so I made a nice loaf of cornbread instead. My mother eventually came out with the idea that she could rescue the disaster in the kitchen, and was pleasantly surprised with the chili meal bubbling in the crock pot, and a fresh oval loaf of cornbread cooling on top of the stove.
As it turned out, both my mother and I thoguht the chili quite good. My mom kept asking how I got the seasoning so perfect…..she even liked the onions..
I told her it was all in the packet I used….
Admittedly, when using the packet for seasoning, the Chili comes out with no real individual flavor, but it does come out tasting like chili….
My Dad wasn't so fond of it, but he apparently does not like Mexican, so Chili falls under that category.
I served it with sharp cheddar to top it, a nice salad, and the corn bread. In hindsite, i wish I had put a dollop of sour cream on everyone's bowl, that might have helped Dad…
So I did finally achieve my goal of cooking a meal for my Mother. It wasn't what I wanted to cook, nor was it very difficult, but Mom did seem pleased to have the night off….
I enjoyed the chili a lot though, and I think I will have to make more when I get settled.