It's feeling chilly outside and something hot sounded really good for dinner. Now, coming from Ohio I realize that I'm somewhat of an outlier in that I like to put cinnamon in my chili. But tonight I left it out because all I could find were cinnamon sticks and I knew that would be too overpowering. Today is your lucky day because I'm going to let you in on my secret chili ingredient that makes it taste legit.
I dice up this and sautee in olive oil for 7 minutes:
red bell pepper // green bell pepper // red onion // garlic // celery // carrot
Then I add this and cook another 7 minutes:
cumin // chili powder // onion salt // kosher salt // black pepper // garlic powder
Then I add the liquids and bring to a boil:
3-4 cups veggie broth // 1 can tomato sauce // 1 can diced tomatoes // 1 can each of drained and rinsed black beans, garbanzo beans
And now my secret ingredient: masa flour!!
Mix 1/4 cup masa flour with 1/2 cup warm water, then add to the chili and cook another 30 minutes.
The flour makes the chili taste like corn a little and it thickens the consistency. Make sure you cook it after you add it to work out that floury taste.
It's so good!! We throw ours on tortilla chips or eat it with cheese and crackers and hot sauce. It makes the whole house smell so delicious.
I've decided there is no way to take a good photo in my kitchen with the overhead bulbs and lack of natural light. So you're going to have to bear with my grim looking food shots:)
And now let's get to some random smatterings in my head...
Five Things About Beets
I can't say I have great memories of beets on my plate as a kid. My mom (self admittedly) did not enjoy cooking and our beets usually came from a can. It wasn't until I moved to San Francisco that I ate a properly cooked beet. While they might not be my favorite veggie, I think they taste pretty good on salads and roasted in the oven. Here are some other reasons to add beets to your plate:
Laser Spotter is a Real Job (and it's cool)
I love this story about a woman, Helen Yamamoto, who is one of the people working as laser spotters at Lick Observatory near San Jose. Her job is to sit in a small booth all night by herself watching the sky to make sure the Observatory's laser beam pointed up at the sky doesn't accidentally hit a pilot’s eyeball and "blind them with science." She has to be ready to hit the big red button at any moment, so there are no screens allowed. She says the spotters like to listen to music or TED Talks—and of course drink lots of coffee.
“Each shift also comes with a dorm room, so I basically [get] paid to stargaze and do sleepovers at Lick.”
Exercise Comes in All Forms
Researchers in a new study found that exercising 150 minutes per week could cut a person’s risk of heart disease and—more importantly—that all kinds of physical activities were good for the heart, not just hard core workouts.
“I would dispel the notion of having to put out money to be active,” said Dr. Scott Lear, the study lead author and a professor at Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Health Sciences in Canada. “Our findings indicate that non-recreational activity -- work, housework, active transportation -- is just as beneficial in reducing the risk for premature death and heart disease.”
Oddball Running Records
There's a guy from China who ran the 2004 Beijing marathon in 3:34:39 and he did the entire race RUNNING BACKWARDS! This is just one of many oddball running records held across the globe.
Do you know any world record holders or have you ever participated in one yourself?
Would you ever want to work as a laser spotter?
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