Does anyone NOT think that raising the minimum wage ONE HUNDRED PERCENT won’t show up on prices? Come on now! And for the record, in my entire career, I NEVER had my salary doubled…EVER!! Want to make more money? Acquire the skills to move out of the lower positions in your company! Go to a tech school, junior college or 4-year university, and improve your skills! These jobs were never intended to be career positions! By the way, there are some fast food restaurants that DO pay more than minimum wage!
I love to cook! One of my favorite sayings is that “I love to cook…for people who love to eat!” Well among my friends, that is never the case. I have never posted a recipe until today, when a friend asked for my chili recipe and it occurred to me that I could use my blog. Then if any others want it–or any other that I may post in the future, I can just post a link. Various versions of this recipe have seen their way to chili cookoffs in the past…try it and enjoy!
NiblickAdMan’s 7-Alarm “Mad Dog” Killer Chili
Ingredients (You WILL need a large stock pot for all of this!!) Serves 10, with plenty of leftovers
- 3 lbs ground or cubed sirloin
- 1-30 oz can pinto beans
- 1-15 oz can kidney beans 1-15 oz can black beans (NOT black bean soup!)
- 1-30 oz can finely diced tomatoes
- 1-30 oz can tomato sauce
- 1-15 oz can tomato sauce (if you like your chili “soupy-er,” use a second 30 oz can)
- 1-15 oz bottle chili sauce
- 3 large onions, finely diced
- 2 green peppers, finely diced
- 1 red pepper, finely diced
- OPTIONAL: 1 yellow pepper, finely diced
- 4 cloves garlic, finely diced
- 5 big shakes, liquid smoke
- 3 tbsp, crushed red pepper
- 1 tbsp smoked habanero powder (if you can find it…”Chile Today, Hot Tamale” is the brand I use)
- 4 bay leaves
- ½ cup tequila
- 6 oz dark chocolate
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- OPTIONAL: ¼ cup sugar (if you like “Cincinnati Style”)
Chili seasoning (instead of store-bought packaged stuff) Stir in a bowl the following ingredients:
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 2 ½ teaspoons salt
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp ground cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp pepper
- ½ tsp dried thyme
- ½ tsp dried oregano
OPTIONAL: 2 tbsp flour (as a thickening agent)
Note: You may want to double the seasoning for the large amount of chili we’re making in this recipe!
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- Brown the meat, drain and set aside
- Sauté the diced onion, garlic and peppers in the olive oil. Add the meat back into the batch and stir will to blend everything
- Add the tomato sauce, chili sauce and all the beans; stir again to blend; bring to just below boiling point
- Add chili seasoning, crushed red pepper and bay leaves; stir and let simmer for an hour
- Add tequila and dark chocolate (you may also at this time, DRINK similar amounts of tequila, called “chef’s prerogative”); simmer for another three hours (lowest possible simmer temperature on your stove
- After 4 hours of total cooking time, turn off heat and let pot stand for 15 minutes.
- Serve in bowls with crackers, cheese to your liking, sour cream if you like it, and more finely diced onions. You can also use either cornbread, biscuits or rice on the side
- Drink more tequila…beer is optional
- Take nap following the meal! See warning below
NOTE: I found a website that sells the smoked habanero powder…the original founders of “Chile Today – Hot Tamale” sold the business
WARNING: Over consumption of this stew could cause your toes to get painted the most hideous color of pink! The management assumes no responsibility for this!
So here we are at Sequestration Day (as my friend Steven says, he wishes this word would be removed from the language [right along with 'comprehensive' and 'package']), and all we’re hearing about is the pain that will be inflicted on society. Has anyone heard about the PAY CUTS that will inflict members of Congress if this happens? **sounds of crickets chirping** No? Didn’t think so. And for the record, this goes for both sides of the aisle…plenty of accountability to go around on this one!
I also notice that as of 9:15am here in California, the stock market is actually in positive territory! At this point, I don’t sense that anyone is taking this whole thing seriously…not consumers, not the stock market, and certainly not anyone in Washington DC.
I’ve been away for a while…actually, a long while. And in that time, I lost one job and started a new one; this time, my own! In late December, I actually started a video production company: First Impressions Video, and have been devoting quite a bit of time to it. I am also doing online marketing consulting, having spent the last dozen or so years in and around that space. The consequence is that I won’t be posting here as often, and you may see a subtle shift towards more online marketing-related subject matter. That said, here are a few recent observations, for your consideration:
So I go out to get the mail today and what is lying in the driveway? My new YELLOW PAGES! Just what we need…another 300 page paper doorstop. Hey YP publishers, it’s time to stop killing trees! I did an online marketing presentation about a year ago and I asked the audience if, by a show of hands, they: a) had a current YP, b) knew where it was, and c) actually used it in the last year. The only hands that went up were from people over 40, and most of them were quite a ways “north” of 40!!
Headline today from The Daily Online Examiner: “Microsoft Takes Aim At Google, Says Gmail Invades Privacy.” Please tell me no one is surprised by THAT revelation?!?!
LinkedIn, you need to get your act together! Yesterday, I got two ‘connection’ invites: one from a long-time friend with whom I’m already connected; the other from a total stranger. Both of these invites were sent to an email address that is NOT associated with my LinkedIn profile. It’s hard to determine to what extent these two accounts have been hacked or compromised—especially since they’re blasting invites to email accounts that LinkedIn doesn’t (or sure as hell shouldn’t!) even know. Take heed in how you are handling our profile information, or your relevance will suffer as a result!
HEY FACEBOOK…STOP SERVING “SUGGESTED PAGE(S)” ON MY NEWS FEED!!! It’s not bad enough that you’ve got these stupid things–90% of which are neither relevant nor applicable–running down the right rail, now you’re inserting them into our feeds! Yes, I know…it’s your sandbox and we’re just playing in it, but at least do a better job of this. Too much stockholder pressure?? Just sayin’!
IMHO–two words that should be stricken from the Washington DC lexicon: “comprehensive” and “package.” And they should never, EVER be used together in a sentence! If you hear them used together by any politician or government bureaucrat, lookout…your pocket’s about to get picked–again! Irrespective of party, by the way!
That’s it…I’m done. Y’all have a great rest-of-the-week!
I suppose I must be living under a rock because today I saw that a few weeks ago, NBC cancelled “Harry’s Law.” NOW THIS IS A CROCK!! One of the best scripted shows on TV and it gets the chop?!?! What, so they can schedule a bunch of CRAPPY REALITY SHOWS? Just what we need…more Donald Trump tripe! Give…me…a…BREAK!!! Maybe, since David E. Kelley got a new show picked up on TNT, he can persuade them to grab “Harry’s Law,” too. Read the comments section here and you’ll get a good idea of what people think about this boneheaded move by NBC.
Clearly, this decision was made by network execs that didn’t really like the demographic of the show’s audience (which includes this writer), but here’s a news flash: This demo has MONEY to buy the products & services represented by the ADVERTISING that appears during the show. It was the second most watched program only to ‘Smash,‘ with over 8 million viewers. Excuse me, those numbers don’t suck! Oh, and did I say this demo has MONEY to buy the products/services ADVERTISED during the show??
Some things just never cease to amaze me…. Kathy Bates, you and your cast did a fine job and you all certainly deserve something better than this!
Man, I am just NOT comfortable with Mayor Bloomberg’s stand on this! We’re already hearing the rhetoric about how we banned smoking, and curtailed other unhealthy activities, but this puts us on an already slippery slope! The government(s)–federal, state and municipal–are in our pockets, and now they’re wanting to get onto our dinner plates and into our drinking glasses. We do have an obesity problem, but we’ve got to find a better way. Pass this kind of legislation, and what’s next? I don’t even want to think about that! When I consider the overarching dietary problems that are indeed real, it continues to beg the question: will we ever see personal responsibility return? Or will we become a culture of lemmings just waiting for the nanny state to take care of us, ’cause we can’t–or won’t–take care of ourselves?
“John Edwards ‘not guilty’ on one count; mistrial declared on remaining charges.” I guess the village is about to get its idiot back! Now I guess the only question is: when will we start hearing about the jurors’ book deals…movie deals…etc. And no doubt John-boy will probably be doing the same…probably not too much left for him in the legal profession, I would imagine. Talk show?