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Including the Kitchen Sink

Let’s talk about Pinterest. Sometimes I will forget it exists for weeks, and then sometimes I’ll go on a binge in which I flood my followers’ feeds with pictures of quilts (sorry, Lauren!), forget to eat because I’ve read too many recipes, and view an inordinate number of cat photos (which I mostly don’t repin, of course. That would just get embarassing).

Here’s what I learned from Pinterest this week:

  1. If you look at the bottom of a bell pepper, you can find out its gender. Four bumps = female, which are best for eating fresh/raw. Three bumps = male, which are best for cooking. I tested this out and it appears to be true.
  2. If you yell “Andy’s coming!” in front of the Toy Story characters at Disney, they will stop what they’re doing and drop. Brilliant.
  3. Elephants are awesome. Also turtles. And this dog.
  4. People do funny things for the sake of beauty. Cases in point: a pore-cleanser that involves applying glue to one’s face, and a self-tanner that involves rubbing oneself with coffee grounds. Hmm.
  5. Somebody made a dachshund out of a banana. I’m pretty glad this exists in the world.

Now get off Pinterest and go do something in real life. Not the glue-on-face thing, though. I don’t endorse that.

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Jack and the Beanstalk Chili

I invented this chili for a chili cook-off. It didn’t win, but I was still pretty happy about the chili.
It’s named for all the beans, of course–five of them! The recipe is rather approximate, because chili is a rather approximate food.

Jack and the Beanstalk Chili

One (~15 oz) can of:
– Kidney beans
– Pinto beans
– Black beans
– Great Northern beans
– Butter beans
– Corn

Two cans of:
– Tomato sauce
– Diced tomatoes

One little can of tomato paste. You can add another one (or half of one) later, once it’s cooked a bit, if you want the chili to be thicker.

One onion, chopped as fine as you like.

Spices/flavors to taste:
– Garlic powder
– Crushed red peppers
– Cumin
– Salt
– Barbecue sauce (I like KC style; I used about 1/3 of a small bottle.)

There’s no chili powder! Because I didn’t have any. But, you could add some if you want.

Put everything in a crockpot and cook until done. That’s whenever you decide, really–mine cooked for 5-ish hours, but it didn’t really need that much time.

Serve with your favorite chili garnishes: cheese, sour cream, crackers or tortilla chips or Fritos or fresh bread, and be sure to offer extra red peppers to the dragons in your life.

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