Sunday, October 26, 2008

Is it stew or is it chili?

Sometimes a really good weekend can be a fairly forgettable one. No - I don't mean party-so-hard-you-forget. I mean the kind of weekend that finishes with clean laundry, a finished pair of knitted socks, a fresh haircut, long phone conversations with friends and family, a big pot of stew neatly apportioned into lunches for the coming week, dishes complete, a finished library book to return, and a comfy cup of chamomile tea to unwind with. Throw in some extended cat-on-lap time and herds of goldfinches at the thistle feeders, and really, it could be the perfect weekend all around.

Speaking of stew, what defines stew vs. chili? I make mine with chunks of beef or lamb, lots of onions, black beans, kidney beans, green chili peppers, and chopped tomatoes. Since its greatest bulk is in the preponderance of kidney and black beans, does that make it chili? Or is it defined as stew due to the size of meat chunks? Either way, I call it yummy.

Here are the new socks (top-down Hourglass Eyelet pattern with heel flap, short-row toe, and zigzag bind-off construction using Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock yarn in South Shore colorway on US2 needles, in case you wondered).

Yes, my feet are very wide.

I didn't get around to doing yard work, but the weather is expected to hold and next weekend is a 3-day-er (Friday is Nevada Day and a holiday for state employees).

I hope your weekend was equally nice!


Sharon said...

I think that sounds like my kind of weekend - homemade lunches, finished library book and socks. The icing is all the kittie time. Yup - that's my kinda weekend.

Mim said...

I enjoy the scent in the house when there is a "one pot" meal cooking slowly most of the day. And the weather this fall has been the greatest. Except for no rain I could get use to this! Good to here you've got more time to spend at home.

~~Sittin.n.Spinnin said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend Amy :)

Anonymous said...

I put stew meat in my chili. If it's got beans it chili. If not it's stew.
Sounds like the kind of weekend I had only I made turkey soup and went "comando" on the bushes in front of the house. Yep cut the suckers back by 2 feet. Got the gutters cleaned too.

Anonymous said...

If it has chiles, its chili. Duh? ;-)


Purple Fuzzy Mittens said...

OK, chili it is!

magnusmog said...

Sounds like a perfect weekend to me :)