101 in 1001: 005 sell handmade (by me) goods at a craft show [completed 12.03.05]
at long last, my bean-filled felt fish have reached plush rush and the consumers of ohio. as they are now part of the online store (as bekko, kawarimomo [sic] and kohaku) and available to consumers of The Internets, it might be time to conclude that i went a little overboard with their asking prices (since they didn't sell at the holiday fair). that said, i worked my ass off on those fish. you hear me, Internets? fork it over!

on things that are full of beans, i threw together an amusing recipe the other night.

wily chipotle chili

- 1/2 white onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2-3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 1 can corn (drained)
- 1 package smart deli taco/burrito 'meat'
- 1/2 (small) can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (mince before use)
- 2 cans kidney beans (drained)
- 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce (spicy if possible)
- 1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
- 1 (14 oz) can vegetable broth
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1 cup water

saute garlic and onion in olive oil until soft; add bell pepper, corn, 'meat' (crumble as you go), and chipotle/adobo; cook while stirring for an additional 3-4 minutes. add remaining ingredients, bring to boil, and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally to avoid nasty-ass pot stickage, until sauce thickens (35-45 min). serve over white rice; garnish with chopped scallions, sour cream, grated cheese, &c.

this one gets the joe seal of approval, surprisingly. the key is clearly the chipotle in adobo, although it consistently gives both of us weird dreams. the faux flesh is also surprisingly good; you can't really taste it by itself, but it adds a nice texture and a hint of spice.

in other food news, i've just acquired apocalypse chow!, a cookbook with tips for "emergency cooking for hurricanes, blackouts, bachelors, and other disasters." in addition to recipes for rum chili, pasta salads with ramen bases, and so on, it has a "psychological tools" section with foo-foo napkin folding instructions and ways to make merry when you're trapped in your apartment. i'm a little angry that i didn't write it.


bassett h-q said...

Are you under some sort of deal with them for future craft goods? Just curious.

Oh, and I have a new post up. First in six weeks. God, work has sucked lately.

sara said...

ummm chili! you're quite the chef it seems: and i have yet to experience the pleasure of your culinary genuis (joe, that goes for you, too!). next time i see you, we must do one night of dinner at home: i'll do the dishes!
my latest: couscous out of the box last night & lemon pepper chicken on the bbq. umm, lucky me with leftovers!

jacob said...

speaking of weird dreams, a couple of nights ago i dreamt that megan was six months pregnant and my dad sang me a jens lekman song ("tram #7 to heaven"). i blame the school cafeteria cheeseburger and smiley fries.

lauren said...

tom: no, plush rush is a month-of-december-'05 thing only. it could become annual, but the commitment doesn't carry over. good on you for refreshing the site! my condolences on your work sitch - your karma's got to be stratospheric by now.

jake, we were scrambling to close the march issue yesterday and i was trying to maintain an appropriately diligent/concerned face in the hall. unfortunately, i kept returning to the thought of your dad singing jens lekman.