Chilly Days Are Chili Days

chili, cooking, humor, Modern PhilosopherI’m a complicated guy, Modern Philosophers, but I have a very simply cooking philosophy:

When it’s chilly, make chili.

I’ve had a big pot of chili simmering on the stove all day.  The House on the Hill has never smelled better, and now it definitely feels like Fall has arrived.

I actually don’t make chili that often, but today was the perfect day for it.

It was 39 degrees when I get out of bed.

I’d had a very long week, and knew that I wanted to spend a relaxing day doing nothing more than sitting on the couch and catching up on my DVR shows.

So after my morning run, which was a delightful five and a half miles, and even included a little time to stop and enjoy Maine’s beautiful Fall foliage…

Fall foliage, Maine, life, humor, Modern Philosopher…I went for a haircut, put in the laundry, and then got to work on today’s batch of chili.

When I make chili, I’m big on improv.  I have the audience shout out ingredient suggestions, and then I figure out if I can make them work in the recipe.

Okay, that’s not exactly true.  My only audience was the cats, and try as I might to speak to them, they never reply with anything other than a meow or a hiss.

But the improv part is no lie.

I have a basic chili recipe, and then add whatever I think might make this batch a delicious treat that I’m going to enjoy all week.

Today’s additions were a stick of pepperoni, mushrooms, baked beans, and an onion.

As I said earlier, I just let that simmer all day and then went about my business, which turned out to be nothing more than figuring out which show to watch next.

Sometimes, you need a day like that.  I’ve really been working hard lately to rebrand myself, and that can be exhausting.

I’m tired of being the lonely, single guy, who doesn’t like his job.  Now I’m going for the prolific writer, who runs a lot, and has a positive outlook on life.

All the writing definitely makes for a more positive me.  I’m getting ready to start on Episode Four of the TV series, and just got a message from my producer that he wants to talk tomorrow about that project and the screenplays we have in the works.

Ed Asner, The Nite Show, writing, humor, Modern PhilosopherGetting back to work on The Nite Show this week was a big shove in the right direction for a new and improved Austin.

The lengthy summer hiatus made me to forget how much I enjoy writing under pressure.  I was up late writing monologue jokes, and wanted to make sure I gave Danny a lot of options for the Season Premiere.

I’d forgotten how much fun it is to walk backstage and see the NESCOM Crew hard at work.  And what it’s like to hang out in the dressing room to chat up the band, and try to see what jokes Danny is putting on the cue cards.

What I hadn’t forgotten, though, is that rush I get from sitting in the audience and listening to the crowd laugh at a joke I wrote.  That instant feedback is awesome, and reminds me why I should never stop writing.

Added bonus to writing for The Nite Show: I got to meet Ed Asner!

The perfect ending to this chilly day will be eating a big bowel of chili and then enjoying a night of big time sports.

Tonight I will be pacing wildly around The House on the Hill as I flip manically between the Yankees and Red Sox playoff game, and the battle between #6 Notre Dame and #24  Virginia Tech.

Yankees, Notre Dame, humor, Modern PhilosopherIt’s probably a good thing I’ve got two games to watch because it will allow me to switch away from whichever game is stressing me out more!

As you can see, I’m properly dressed for tonight’s TV schedule.  I’m thinking I might have to break out my Notre Dame scarf if the Fighting Irish fall behind.

I can’t have them lose because I wasn’t dressed properly. I’d never be able to handle the guilt.

Well, all this writing about chili has made me hungry. Time to see if I aced this batch…

Is there any food you like to make when the calendar turns to Fall?

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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7 Responses to Chilly Days Are Chili Days

  1. Yeah, sometimes I’ve made these big patches of chili that can give me a week’s worth of lunches. And the nice thing about making it at home is you can make it as spicy or not as you like.

  2. howardat58 says:

    Cuban shredded pork.

  3. markbialczak says:

    Congratulations on your triple-header of great success yesterday, Austin. Victories for the Yankees and Notre Dame and a big pot of chili. Life is indeed good in the House on the Hill.

  4. Pingback: Chilly Days Are Chili Days — The Return of the Modern Philosopher | My Meals are on Wheels

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