My favorite bar, South 4th Bar is hosting a first annual 4 alarm Chili cookoff. I pity the challengers. I've been working on this recipe for 10 years. It takes me three days to cook it, and it is heaven in a bowl.
As some of you know, one of my big relaxation time activities is cooking. As things settle into a groove with the new career I am finally finding some time to do more of this, learn better techniques, and get adventurous in my culinary talents.
So, I feel like sharing. I've added a 'recipe' content type to the site, and posted a bread I made the other week. Hopefully this will be the tip of the iceberg. I have a lot of food ideas, mostly centered around the idea of living a more local, more sustainable, healthier, and better tasting life.
First step has been baking my own bread. Both plain white bread and various flavors. Next step will be canning and pickling. I have 4 lbs of beans soaking right now for cooking tomorrow and canning the day after, I think. I figure that I like chili beans and can't find them in the north. If I put them up in half-pints 4 lbs + onions and tomatoes should be about 20 cans of instant side-dishes or so.
After that I want to do spaghetti sauce. 1 pint organic sauce runs about $5-$6 in our grocery store. I think I can do better for taste, environmental impact, and price, at around $2 a jar... ... ...
More thought needs to go into this, but for now, its a good hobby. More later.