22 thoughts on “November 21, 2021: Calm Before The Storm”

    1. We make a vegetarian chili that consists of a can or pinto, black, and red kidney beans , a can of corn, a diced onion and hatch red chili sauce to cover. Drain the beans and corn, rinse well, throw the whole mess in the crockpot and cook on low until ready for dinner. We toast some corn tortillas in the oven and serve with chez and sour cream.

    2. What kind of chili? Traditional Midwest or something more southwestern?

      You can go far with a couple pounds of 80-20, a lb of hot Italian sausage, onion, garlic, beef stock, a big can of Chile Colorado sauce/enchilada sauce, and some cumin (I would add granulated garlic and onion too). Canned, fire-roasted Chiles,chopped. Rinsed beans (black or kidney) if you like. Tomato paste to add more depth. Crushed tomatoes or your favorite jarred salsa if you like more tomato.

      Sweat or saute the onions and garlic, brown the meats, put everything in a big pot except the beans and simmer for an hour. Add the beans and correct the seasoning. Bring back to temp. Eat.

        1. We had chili last week. I would eat another pot (different variety, maybe Cincinnati?) again this week.

          I think I want to fool around with developing a lamb chili made with curry spices & Hatch chiles. Chili verde meets vindaloo?

    3. The wife made chili last week. We got two meals out of it, gave some to Younger Daughter, and still had enough for chili dogs Friday night. She uses a pound of ground beef and half a pound of ground pork, and then all the usual suspects - onion, garlic, Rotel, tomato sauce and paste, chili powder and cumin, salt and pepper, maybe some spices I don't know about, and kidney beans. If it gets too thick she thins it out a bit with beer.

      1. I went kitchen sink on some chili a couple of weeks ago and threw in some cinnamon, cocoa powder, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, cloves, and cayenne pepper. The end product was delicious.

        1. I checked with the wife. I was missing green bell pepper, diced jalapeño and her secret ingredient - brown sugar. The warm spices sound like a great addition.

    4. I ended up with a pound of ground beef, beans, tomato sauce, onion, garlic, two ancho peppers, one California pepper, and one chipotle pepper. Added a little sugar to take away some of the bite.

      Wife thought it was too spicy. The boy loved it.

      1. My go-to, at least twice a season, and winner of the 2009 SBG College of Law chili cook off.

        Ingredients
        * 2 Tbsp olive oil
        * 1 large yellow onion, chopped
        * 1 red or green pepper, chopped
        * 5 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped
        * 5–6 garlic cloves, minced
        * 1 lb ground beef
        * 1 lb diced stew meat (chuck)
        * 3 Tbsp chili powder
        * 2 tsp salt
        * 2 to 3 tsp ground cumin
        * 1 tsp dried oregano
        * 1 tsp ground coriander
        * 1 tsp ground black pepper
        * 1/4 tsp dried basil
        * 3 Tbsp brown sugar
        * 1 tsp cocoa powder
        * 1 12 oz. bottle Guinness or another dark beer
        * 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
        * 1 28 oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes
        * 1 (6 oz.) can diced green chilies
        * 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
        * 1 14 oz. can beef broth
        * 1 cup brewed coffee
        * 1 bay leaf
        * 2 15 oz. cans beans (red & black chili or kidney beans - drained & rinsed)

  1. Orbi install complete. There was much swearing.

    First step was to connect via Ethernet to the Gateway to turn off the wifi. personal laptop has no Ethernet port. WTF? I had no adapter. So I tried to use my work laptop. But somehow it was not recognizing my password and locked me out. Another WTF. Went back to my home office and plugged my personal laptop into my port replicator, which is connected to my TP-Link power line extender. I was able to log in to the AT&T gateway/modem and turned off the wifi.

    Then I turned to setting up the Orbi router. Naturally, I couldn't plug it into the power strip plugged into a grounded outlet because no room on the strip for yet another effing plug with a large horizontal footprint (i.e., in line with the power strip). So I had to move to the other side of the tv where there was a usable, ungrounded outlet (my house is old and has lots of ungrounded outlets downstairs. Hopefully none are still knob and tube wires. We do have some knob&tube in the partial basement and crawl space, but I don't think any is still live. Also, some other old crap and then some modern stuff).

    Ok, start installing. Rename the network to the original network name. Oh, shit. I named it the password and gave the old network name as the new password. Gotta redo. Eff around in the Netgear admin account, finally get it changed.

    Can't connect. Have to do a firmware update. Tick tock. Finished. TVs don't work. Reset the downstairs (wired connection from box to modem/gateway). Reset the upstairs, no connection. Eff me. I have to reconnect the AT&T WAP, because Orbi apparently can't do that part. Oy. Really?

    Finally done. Run Internet Speed Test. Meh. Upper 80s to 90 Mbps download everywhere. Probably about as good as I am paying for from Uverse (I think our service is 100 Mbps). Now I want to find another provider.

    Still need to see how far the wifi now works outside. (Before I had dodgy at best connection on our back patio. Hoping it works back there now. Maybe....)

    Checking. Ooh. Not great, but much improved. 10-12 Mbps down.

    Bottom lines: AT&T sucks, the Orbi install was ok. My incompetence made it worse than necessary, but AT&T made it much worse than necessary.

    1. AT&T does suck and I'm dumping them as our cell provider next month. Right now we pay $170/month for four lines. By going with Comcast we'll get those same four lines plus two new iPhone 13s for $165.00/month (we have to pay monthly for the new phones, that's part of the deal). After two years the phones are paid off and the bill drops to $120/month. The daughters will keep their phones for now so we have to get AT&T to unlock them before we make the move. My old iPhone will become a TV casting device and wireless jukebox. Then we're dumping YouTube TV and replacing it with Sling, which will save us about $30 month. I'll figure out how to get Twins games when spring training rolls around.

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