This past weekend, my tiny home town in Indiana held the yearly Chili Cook-Off in celebration of Arbor Day. I don’t want to sound like a huge party pooper, but in general this is not something I would normally go to. But… my mom’s band Harmony Road (my mom is a total rockstar and in a band) was playing at the event, so I figured I should check it out and cheer her on.
Boy am I glad I did!
The weather was incredible: cold enough to make you want to eat some chili, but not so cold that you didn’t want to be there.
There were 6 or 7 different stand set up serving chili. For 50 cents, you could get a ticket to try a small cup. Kyle and I went through 10 tickets no problem! All the chili’s were actually really different and we needed to try them all. One had much more of a cinnamon flavor and almost tasted sweet.
One was vegetarian, super spicy, and filled with yummy veggies and beans. One was your pretty classic chili (this was Kyle’s favorite- made by the Boy Scouts over a camp fire). A local farm with grass fed beef was sampling their chili- yum!
It was way too much fun to walk around, try little cups of yummy chili, and listen to my mom play on stage.
Mom even got to try some chili too while the band took a break.
She started her band not too long ago and they are already local celebrities. They play at all the town events and even go into the bigger cities to play. When she’s famous you can all feel so cool knowing you read her daughters blog 😉[youtube.com=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0LX-81cTIQ&feature=plcp]
After a great evening, Kyle and I were stuffed with chili and walked home. The sun through the trees… gorgeous! Have I mentioned I love fall?
Without offending all the delicious chili makers this weekend… I think I could make a turkey chili to kick all their butts! Seriously! My mom makes a mean turkey chili and I use her recipe all the time- it’s the best. So, I think next year I will sign up to participate in the chili cook-off! Wouldn’t it be cool if a healthy chili won? I could even use this recipe!
Do you have a go- to chili recipe? I want to hear about it! I need ideas for next year!