Cooking Today

September 27, 2009 · 4 comments

I’ll be making chili tomorrow.  Or rather, I’ll be making chili today, as I assume you’re reading this on Sunday, dear reader.

Back in, um, maybe 2000 (?) my parents bought me a 5-gallon stockpot for christmas.  I don’t think I was married yet, but I was getting close.  I used to spend a day filling that stockpot with meat, beans, peppers, garlic, tomatoes, and all kinds of other stuff at least once a month.  I’d always keep the Atlas mason jars from the various tomato sauces I used during the week and fill them with chili to give away.

Once or twice, I had chili parties.  I’d spend a day chopping, stirring and cooking the five gallons of chili and then make rice, elbow macaroni and cornbread and invite a bunch of people over.  I think I squeezed about 20 people into my studio apartment on the third floor of 902 Maryland Avenue NE, back when I was living in DC.  What fun!

I don’t think I’ve made anything but chili in that stockpot.  I doubt I picked up enough stuff to make five gallons worth – that usually runs me about $100 (I only spent $63 this time, and a good portion of that went to spices I used to have but don’t anymore).

Ugh.  Buying spices.  That’s kind of a nesting thing for me.  I’ve lived in this apartment for a little over two years now and hadn’t bought any spices but cayenne pepper, black pepper and garlic powder until today.  99% of my cooking up till now has been in an omelet pan and the smallest pot I own.  And my wok.

It should be fun.  Cooking is another meditative thing for me.  Cutting, stirring and washing are mindless tasks that I can lose myself in.  I could really use some of that right now.

I was supposed to have like a semi-date with this chick I’ve had a crush on for the past year-and-a-half, but she canceled.  Fuck spellcheck.  Canceled really should be spelt with two Ls – like travelled.  Fuck spellcheck again.  Cancelled, spelt, travelled.  Shakespeare was the MAN.

That’s about the extent of my creativity – spelling and linguistics.  It’s a stretch for me to mix the fabric paint colors when I’m screen printing t-shirts.

Speaking of a lack of creativity:  I picked up my bass today from my local Guitar Center.  They re-strung it, straightened the stock, and cleaned the electronics.  I wish I could say it sounds a lot better, but it doesn’t.  I still suck, and it’s still a left-handed Johnson.  I should really buy a new bass, but I get such a kick out of saying “yeah, I’ve got a left-handed Johnson”.

I’m looking forward to practicing a bit more.  My buddy Simon is a drummer and we’re planning on borrowing the key to my dad’s warehouse and jamming a bit there.  Of course, it would really help if I learned to play something besides a few 8-note ditties here and there.  I’m giving some serious consideration to buying one of those pedals that will let me play like a dozen different sounds.  Maybe I’ll go to the Sunday Guitar Center tomorrow and pick one up while the chili is simmering.

We’ll see.  If you’re on facebook, swing on over to The Quixotic Jedi Fan Page and check out the logo I designed.  That’s what’s on the t-shirts I’ve been screen printing.  At some point, I’ll figure out how to post some pics and set up a shopping cart and secure-payment page so that I can actually put them up for sale hereon.  In the meantime, if you’re a hardcore regular reader – and you probably are if you’ve read this far – shoot me an email with your size and color preference and whatnot and I’ll send one of the beta versions out your way.  If you can help me out with postage, that’d be great, but it’s not really a requirement.  A bunch of local NJ readers already have them.

So yeah, no coffee semi-date tomorrow.  What a bummer.  It’s kind of fucking with my head a bit, but I don’t really feel like whining about it all that much.  Maybe I’ll check my finances after I get paid this month and set up a profile on that meat market Match.com next week.  Ugh.  What a pain in the ass, this trying-to-find-a-mate thing.

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Miragi September 27, 2009 at 02:00

The fact that your Johnson has hands at all is amazing :D

Have u tried places like Plenty Of Fish. Forgive me if you have and I didn’t see it…haven’t read archives too much :( There’s another one called Lavalife.com, I think.

Chili=good. $100 chili, I would cry. Not sure what you’re putting in there? All organic? Golden Ground Beef? :D But then again, u did say FIVE gallons. That’s a shitload o’ chili!

U must get some sea or Kosher salt and Italian seasoning!! Yes you must, just because I say you must :D

Feel better. You’re making chili, and cornbread. That rocks!

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Cheryl September 27, 2009 at 08:18

Making chili is a very “fall” thing to do. I know spring is supposed to be when we’re starting over, cleaning out, whatever, but for me that time has always been fall.

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Maria September 27, 2009 at 22:18

Tinkering with music is always fun and so is cooking. Its funny how it can be related to life. Variety of ingredients can make an amazing dish. Love can be elusive but I am sure you will find that person in due time. Good luck on your search :)

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BRIAN September 28, 2009 at 08:45

Women are too complicated for me.

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