Faye is teething and we’re all suffering. The poor thing is exhausted, but can’t sleep. Hungry, but can’t eat. All she wants is to be held and to chew on cold items. Forget trying to put her down after she’s finally drifted to sleep; your arms are her new mattress.
Dealing with teething means that meals happened about 3 hours after the moment we realized we are starving. Tonight, it also meant that I would have to make do with what was in our cabinets and fridge for dinner. This is where this old favorite standby of mine usually pops into the forefront of my mind. With a few staple pantry ingredients and 15 minutes, we had dinner–a cheesy, delicious, easy to eat with one hand while-trying-to-calm-a-fussy-baby-with-the-other dinner–and enough leftovers for tomorrow.
Smoky Beef Chili with Winter Squash topped with sour cream, cheddar cheese, and pickled red onions and jalapeno peppers.
Most people’s prep list for severe weather conditions consists of candles, batteries, blankets, canned goods and flashlights. My mind was on blizzard food. Really tasty blizzard food. That’s what my house needed.
My husband offered to head to the food store late Monday afternoon to grab some groceries before the blizzard hit. Even though my lists are thoroughly nerdy (I list the items in the order he will happen upon them in the store to cut down on shopping time), the poor man ended up being stuck in a line an hour deep. We both agree it was worth the pain after tasting this chili. Smoky, spicy, full of depth with just a touch of sweetness from the squash and garlic, this recipe will be at the forefront of my mind the next time I happen to be stuck in snow two feet deep.