I love the autumn and can't stop thinking about certain comfort foods. One that keeps popping into my head this past week is chili.
There are many things I never make during the summer. I use the oven is little as possible, making good use of the outdoor grill instead. I like cold dishes. like potato salad and fruit, and only fresh corn-on-the-cob can lure me to the stove. But now, the weather has cooled and my mind is turning to the comfort foods of winter: pot roast, homemade soup, macaroni and cheese, and of course, the aforementioned chili.
I'm not a fan of heavy seasonings in my dishes so my chili is mild compared to others, but I love the chunks of meat and beans and all the good tomatoes that are used to create it. But with most comfort foods, a good deal of the pleasure comes from the wonderful aromas that fill the house for hours before the actual meal. Chili takes some time to simmer, allowing the flavors to marinate and blend over low heat. By the time it's finally time to eat, the satisfaction is both physical and spiritual. Not only do I leave the table full, but my soul is equally content at the experience.
I'm trying to resist the urge to make a pot of chili, at least until October. After all, its a long winter and there will be plenty of comfort food to come. But I'm really thinking about those chili beans right now...