Today is our summer intern Hannah Boen’s last day. More importantly, last night was her final EatDown dinner. This week she and a group of friends have been finishing off the leftovers in her kitchen. I’d say she did a great job. Hannah, please remember us when you get your own show on Food Network.
My first year in college, three friends and I put several cans of Hormel chili into a crock pot, added Dr Pepper, bacon, and roasted red peppers, and entered it into a chili cook-off. Everyone raved about our “secret” recipe and we took home the championship.
I knew I had this last meal in the bag. Going with our award-winning recipe was fool proof but I wanted a little more of a challenge, so I altered it a tiny bit. Wolf brand was the only chili I had on hand, but it would have to do. I put it on the stove and added some (not from Dublin) Dr Pepper I’d to snagged from the vending machine in my building. I nixed the roasted peppers from the recipe, but cooked and added some of the bacon left over from last night’s meal.
At the first sight of a bubble in the pot, I pulled it from the heat and poured it over a bowl of Fritos. I topped that with some shredded cheese I “borrowed” from my neighbor and the remainder of my sour cream. Considering today is my last day on the job, I washed it all down with some celebratory champagne. And when I say “some” I mean one tiny sip. That stuff tastes like dirty dish water.
The meal was satisfactory. I was happy to have knocked out three more things on my EatDown list, but I will be more happy to return to my regular diet of grilled cheese sandwiches and frozen burritos.
Your comments were extraordinarily helpful. Much better than my brother-in-law’s suggestion for using the noodles: glue them to construction paper in the shape of angels. As for the remaining items, I’m thinking Craigslist? I can’t take credit for that idea, though. It was inspired by Abel’s listing. BYE! And thanks!