posted on Oct, 29 2017 @ 11:11 PM
Two competitions in four days. Whoa, it's hard. So the good news is I won the blue ribbon on Saturday, but it was close, and I nearly didn't make
it. The time limit is really tough with my new recipe. The cutting was the worst part, so much to cut, not enough time to cook. (all my meat is diced,
and loin or above).
The wife was beaming when they called the names, another one in the book, for "Rocky Mountain Madness", but it's not easy. Now, I have to do it
again on Tuesday, although not as formal as the one yesterday. Still, it's trying.
One of the frustrating parts of this upcoming one is the wife is one of the organizers, so I can't get any intel on the judges and they're not doing
the sampling part by official rules. In other words, the cooks don't get to put their chili into the judge containers, it's done by others (which
isn't fair in my opinion). AND, we have to put our chili out an hour ahead of the judges, all of it.
There's no real ICAS points for this one, but still...it's about honor and pride, so I look at all competitions like any other.
Mixed up all the spices today, nearly a pound worth. Making 8 pounds of chili for the competition.
Rules for this one said you have to post the "recipe", to which I appealed. No WAY am I posting the 'recipe', I'll post the 'ingredients', but
not the recipe! They said they got numerous similar appeals. I won't give up the secrets, not the ones I've worked so hard to perfect, not 'Rocky
Oh, there's a little Tequila, maybe a little beer and some other sweets...and maybe a few other things nobody ever thought of.
On a nice note, the wife made some really nice table ornaments. She used some mason jars with pinto beans in the bottom (no real chili has beans),
some barbed wire branches sticking up with impaled peppers and tomatoes and some colorful crepe paper in the jars. They look fantastic! (Note: I asked
if I could just have mine with the barbed wire alone, but was told "no").
I'm looking forward to Tuesday, even if it is a bit short.
I think I can see past the competition to the WIN! (the key to any winning solution).
Wish me luck.