Wednesday, December 6, 2017

It All Makes Sense: Christmas, New England Style

(Chili--yes, chili--plays an important role in What If You're Over My Sh*t?. Please, keep that in mind.)

Rusticators: a New England word to describe city dwellers who run to Maine each summer to live the rustic life.

I love summers in Maine and New Hampshire mainly because it's sweater weather in mid of July. I love winters in Aspen because it gives me a legitimate excuse to stay indoors without feeling like a bum. It's the rusticator in me. While in Maine, New Hampshire, and Aspen I love to do the following:

1. Eat heavy and fattening foods and then look at my reflection, while standing sideways, in windows.
2. Turn on a 60's and 70's Pandora station, sit at the kitchen island, dance in my chair, and eat rum pound cake.
3. Wear sweaters with lobsters or deer on them.
4. Decide to make chili because my family and I need something to snack on.

With that being said, here's the best chili recipe I've stumbled across. Enjoy.

1lb ground venison (that’s deer for you city folk)
2 onions, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 (14 ounce) can of Rotel
2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
2 tablespoons cumin
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
12 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 (14 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (14 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup beer

Cook ground meat with onions and peppers in dutch oven.
Drain excess grease and add tomatoes, seasonings, and water, bring to a boil.
Add beans, cover and simmer 1-2 hours.

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