Friday, May 26, 2006
In my In-box: Chili Cook-Off
I'm feeling a little sad tonight, after the death of my baby bunnies. Nature is a bitch.

So instead of bringing you down, I thought I'd leave you with yet another tidbit from my e-mail. Chili anyone?

Yet another edit alert (05/27/06):
******WAIT!! So last night we went to remove the bunnies (after typing this post) and discovered that one of them is actually still alive!! It was just being very very still. So I grabbed some milk, and baby cereal and put it in a syringe. It's eating it and made it through the night!!!! I'm going to try to keep this up and hopefully he'll make it through!

Chili Cook Off

For those of you who have lived in Texas, you know how true this is. They actually have a Chili Cook Off about the time Halloween comes around. It takes up a major portion of a parking lot at the San Antonio City Park. Judge #3 was an inexperienced Chili Taster named Frank, who was visiting from Springfield, IL.

Frank: "Recently, I was honored to be selected as a judge at a chili cook-off. The original person called in sick at the last moment and I happened to be standing there at the judge's table asking for directions to the Coors Light truck, when the call came in. I was assured by the other two judges (Native Texans) that the chili wouldn't be all that spicy and, besides, they told me I could have free beer during the tasting, so I accepted."

Here are the scorecard notes from the event:

Judge # 1 -- A little too heavy on the tomato. Amusing kick.
Judge # 2 - Nice, smooth tomato flavor. Very mild.
Judge # 3 (Frank) -- Holy shit, what the hell is this stuff? You could remove dried paint from your driveway. Took me two beers to put the flames out. I hope that's the worst one. These Texans are crazy.

Judge # 1 -- Smoky, with a hint of pork. Slight jalapeno tang.
Judge #2 -- Exciting BBQ flavor, needs more peppers to be taken seriously.
Judge # 3 -- Keep this out of the reach of children. I'm not sure what I'm supposed to taste besides pain. I had to wave off two people who wanted to give me the Heimlich maneuver. They had to rush in more beer when they saw the look on my face.

Judge # 1 -- Excellent firehouse chili. Great kick.
Judge # 2 -- A bit salty, good use of peppers.
Judge # 3 -- Call the EPA. I've located a uranium spill. My nose feels like I have been snorting Drano. Everyone knows the routine by now. Get me more beer before I ignite. Barmaid pounded me on the back, now my backbone is in the front part of my chest. I'm getting shit-faced from all of the beer.

Judge # 1 -- Black bean chili with almost no spice. Disappointing.
Judge # 2 -- Hint of lime in the black beans. Good side dish for fish or other mild foods not much of a chili.
Judge # 3 -- I felt something scraping across my tongue, but was unable to taste it. Is it possible to burn out taste buds? Sally, the beer maid, was standing behind me with fresh refills. That 300-LB woman is starting to look HOT. just like this nuclear waste I'm eating! Is chili an aphrodisiac?

Judge # 1 -- Meaty, strong chili. Cayenne peppers freshly ground, adding considerable kick. Very impressive.
Judge # 2 -- Chili using shredded beef, could use more tomato. Must admit the cayenne peppers make a strong statement.
Judge # 3 -- My ears are ringing, sweat is pouring off my forehead and I can no longer focus my eyes. I farted and four people behind me needed paramedics. The contestant seemed offended when I told her that her chili had given me brain damage. Sally saved my tongue from bleeding by pouring beer directly on it from the pitcher. I wonder if I'm burning my lips off. It really pisses me off that the other judges asked me to stop screaming. Screw those rednecks.

Judge # 1 -- Thin yet bold vegetarian variety chili. Good balance of spices and peppers.
Judge # 2 -- The best yet. Aggressive use of peppers, onions, and garlic. Superb.
Judge # 3 -- My intestines are now a straight pipe filled with gaseous, sulfuric flames. I shit on myself when I farted and I'm worried it will eat through the chair. No one seems inclined to stand behind me except that Sally. Can't feel my lips anymore. I need to wipe my ass with a snow cone.

Judge # 1 -- A mediocre chili with too much reliance on canned peppers.
Judge # 2 -- Ho hum, tastes as if the chef literally threw in a can of chili peppers at the last moment. **I should take note that I am worried about Judge # 3. He appears to be in a bit of distress as he is cursing uncontrollably.
Judge # 3 -- You could put a grenade in my mouth, pull the pin, and I wouldn't feel a thing. I've lost sight in one eye, and the world sounds like it is made of rushing water. My shirt is covered with chili, which slid unnoticed out of my mouth. My pants are full of lava to match my shirt. At least during the autopsy, they'll know what killed me. I've decided to stop breathing it's too painful. Screw it; I'm not getting any oxygen anyway. If I need air, I'll just suck it in through the 4-inch hole in my stomach.

Judge # 1 -- The perfect ending, this is a nice blend chili. Not too bold but spicy enough to declare its existence.
Judge # 2 -- This final entry is a good, balanced chili. Neither mild nor hot. Sorry to see that most of it was lost when Judge #3 farted, passed out, fell over and pulled the chili pot down on top of himself. Not sure if he's going to make it. poor feller, wonder how he'd have reacted to really hot chili?
Judge # 3 - No Report
posted by Norman at 8:02 PM | Permalink |


  • At Friday, May 26, 2006 8:26:00 PM, Blogger Freak Magnet

    Stewie makes kick ass chili. So much so that I think he's ruined me for other chilis.

  • At Saturday, May 27, 2006 2:57:00 AM, Blogger HotDudi

    I'm sorry about the bunnies :-/

    Loved this email!

    I don't like my chilli so hot that you can't taste anything after it...maybe I shouldn't get involved in a texas chilli cook off!!

  • At Saturday, May 27, 2006 1:36:00 PM, Blogger HotDudi

    Yay re the edit!!!

    Good luck with the baby bunny wabbit :-)

  • At Saturday, May 27, 2006 7:33:00 PM, Blogger pack of 2

    You can buy infant formula at petco or petsmart. That is how we raised our 2 week old kittens that were without food for 3 days.
    As you know, they are now healthy, spoiled, fat, cats.

    I hope he makes it...bunnies are so cute.

    Thanks for all the recipes:)


  • At Saturday, May 27, 2006 8:29:00 PM, Blogger Norman

    I took Wide Lawns suggestion, and found some Kitten Milk Replacement at Walmart. i WAS giving it regular milk with rice cereal, but have switched to kitten milk. He's much perkier - and STILL ALIVE! We were going to put him back by his nest, but there are a bunch of ants out there (from the dead bunnies), which we have moved.

    I wonder what I'm going to do next week when we are gone... it's just one crisis after another over here!

  • At Sunday, May 28, 2006 10:45:00 AM, Blogger Tammy

    YEA for the bunny!

  • At Sunday, May 28, 2006 7:33:00 PM, Blogger pack of 2

    maybe you could let him move in with you??

    I'll bet he will agree to do the dishes;)


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