|Why don't you cry about it|
|BAM! Southwest Essence|
Once my meat was browned and ingredients added, I left my chili to simmer while we played the game Mexican Train. For any board game fans out there, especially those heavy on the strategy, I would highly recommend this. It was a blast. I do however blame my poor performance on constantly checking on my chili and stirring periodically. With about 35 minutes left to go on the chili and I decided to get the cornbread going. The simplicity of making this cornbread was amazing. I was finished making the mixture and popped it in the oven all within 10 minutes.
Finally it was time to eat and again, similar to my issue with the pasta bolognese, I noticed my chili was a bit thin. Again I used the expensive farmer's market tomato paste to give it once more chance. However, I think after this experience I am now opting for the traditional canned version and sending the pricier one to its eternal resting place, the trash. Despite my concerns over the consistency, the chili was a hit! I did add one can of kidney beans at the special request of David but they were hardly noticeable in the two quarts of chili. Also, I used the beer I had on hand, not necessarily a dark beer, and I do think that altered the flavor slightly. Next time I will definitely use a darker beer.