Ok. So I didn't win anything, again. But I expected that would be the case as this chili cookoff was a fundraiser for the United way. In the 2 categories I entered, the Boy's & Girl's club of America won. And that'a a great thing, especially if the kids got to make the chili.
As for my own chili, everyone who tasted them gave me kudos. Most said they were the best of the 34 entries. And I'm not exagerating. But what did surprise me was that the white chili was the more popular of the two. Now you have to understand, my white was very hot. But it had pronounced flavors of pork, cumin, coriander, green pepper, onion, and fresh hot peppers, all of the green or yellow variety. And it had a ton of great northern beans in it. It was also thickened with fresh corn tortillas, which you could also taste. They loved it.
The absolute best thing was when a young boy, in a wheelchair was pushed up by his mother. She explained the two types of chili I had. He wanted to try the white chili. This young man was at the very least, paralyzed from the waist down. He also appeared to have Down Syndrome. But the smile that lit up his face when he ate the chili did my heart good. It made the whole day worthwhile. The people who ate my chili loved it, and that felt good too. But the boy, I'll carry that in my heart for a long time.
Maybe someday, after I retire to a different comunity, I'll be able to enter a serious chili contest. But until then, I'll continue to support the United way, and make people smile, and sometimes gasp and reach for something cold to cool the fire.
It was a lot of fun. And I got to share the leftovers with my famlily. Bonus!
Seeeeeeya; Goodweed of the North
Seeeeeya; Goodweed of the North