--Football (college and pro) becomes our way of life. We live in 'Bronco Country' so there's really no way around it.
--Mr. FC is consumed by his Fantasy Football leagues and I become a Fantasy Football widow.
--Chili is considered a required food group.
Decorating and home improvement projects came to a temporary halt this past weekend as we had friends over for the big game. Every school has their big interstate rivalry, and our alma mater is no different. When we moved out to the Denver area 8 yrs ago, I had no idea there was a such a massive contingent of Iowans in this lovely area. It's like we all emerge from the woodworks around the time of the big Iowa vs. Iowa State game, and the tradition around this game has reached a feverish pitch. We've moved beyond the beads, foam fingers, and face paint ......and onto sweaters emblazoned with our college logo for our dogs (they love these, we swear).
Let me just clarify that 99 % of us are University of Iowa alums. You bet we heckle the hell out of the 1% who made the mistake of going to ISU, but we don't judge, at least not to your face (I can't promise anything once the beer starts flowing and the behind-your-back whispering gets out of control). Granted, the Hawkeyes haven't won a major bowl game in recent memory (USC we are not), you can't squash the Big Ten pride amongst our group of friends.
In order to avoid making this post all about football, I thought I'd share my super easy pork green chili recipe (this is a soupier chili, although there's a healthy amount of chunky veggies in it):
1 lb pork, cubed
1 green bell pepper, roughly chopped
1 container of fresh, sliced mushrooms
1/2 red onion, roughly chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 bay leaves
2 bay leaves
1 small can fire-roasted green chiles
15 oz. can black beans, drained & rinsed
15 oz. can red kidney beans, drained & rinsed
15 oz. can corn, drained
28 oz. can green chile enchilada sauce
1 packet of chili seasoning
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp cumin
3/4 c. of low sodium chicken broth
your choice of hot sauce to taste
salt & pepper to taste
(cheese, sour cream, oyster crackers, lime for garnishing)
Brown pork in skillet with some olive oil. Drain fat if necessary.
Combine meat and all other ingredients in crockpot. Stir to incorporate seasonings and ingredients. Cook on HIGH for 2.5 hours. Stir after 1 hour and season to taste. Serves ~10 people.
What about you all? Any other alma mater rivalries out there?