Recently I have been feeling a little skittish in the kitchen. After a few not-so-hot-so creations, I really began to question my cook’s instinct and was using recipes for anything beyond the complexity of grilled cheese, but then came chili.
I like mine tomatoey with garlic, Italian peppers and corn. And as I chopped onions, and rinsed cans of beans, I realized that no one could get the ratios and layers of flavors I wanted but me. I eyeballed measurements, made up cooking times and even added a few splashes of canned corn juice to taste. There’s a reason chili is a frat boy special; anybody can make.
So in conclusion, if you need to add some pump to your cooking ego, go out and buy a couple of cans of beans and whip up a batch of chili. You can tell everyone you made it from scratch and it’ll be the truth.