This is a story about chili. But first, a story about the name.
Thank goodness for funny friends. Or rather I should just say thank goodness for friends. I have some pretty fantastic people in my life and one of the things I love the most about all of them, across the board, is their sense of humor. I have some really clever and funny girlfriends. As I was waiting for the bus near Downtown Crossing to head to my friend Clare’s apartment for dinner, I was wondering how I was going to write about the dinner we were making that evening.
Clare is pretty much my oldest friend. She came into my life in high school, so anything before that I refer to as B.C. Before Clare. Since I’ve known her she’s been a vegetarian. (See where this is going?) Anyway, we grew up, now have real adult jobs and made fun new adult friends. Many of whom are extremely clever & bright, and like to nickname people. My friend E likes to give couples names- yes, like Brangelina. Julie just comes up with these gems, one of which, became vegeclare-ian, (spelling? not quite sure.)
I suggested to Clare we try the new vegetarian chili from this month’s Everyday Food and one of the cornbread recipes. I volunteered to make cornbread and bring it over. Last week was super busy (yay Junior League!) so my only option was to make the cornbread the night before. There are 24 usable hours in a day.
Then it was off to Clare’s to hang out & make some good food. It was hot & humid that night, not the best night for a spicy chili, but who knew, this wacky Indian Summer thing is throwing everyone off.
The onion fumes that night were also throwing dear Clare off so she took the stylish approach… (Not having regular glasses these were a good substitute)
This is reason #538 why we’re friends.
And finally…. le chili.
Check out the newest issue of Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food for both these (and plenty more tasty) recipes!
I’ll be back soon with a another post about alternative pesto! (It’s in the freezer but I’d figure I’d make you something interesting with it first. 🙂 )