Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas Comfort Food

Early in my Air Force career my wife and I were stationed far from home. A wonderful family “adopted” us, and invited us for Christmas Eve. The star of the celebration was the mother’s chili. Ever since that time chili has been Christmas Eve comfort food and remains so to this day. Like family, chili is warm and embracing, takes you in its arms and welcomes you driving cold and cares away.
Easy to make or as complex as one would like, with beans or without, tomato sauce or not – it is a dish as varied as the people who relish it. There are many recipes available on the net, but the best kind is the chili that is made and served with love. Want immortality? Every time I have a bowl of chili I instantly think of the family that took us into the fold and considered us part of the clan. My mind also wanders back to cold South Dakota nights and the first spoon full of chili that warmed to the bones. Coupled with the love of the family, the reason for the gathering, and just being part of something special this was the best chili I ever had even though it might not have taken any prizes in a cook off – it will always be number one in my heart.
Try I as I might I have never been able to faithfully render the same unique flavor that chili possessed, the recipe remains the secret of the family that first concocted it, but I do believe that the secret ingredient, the one I cannot duplicate is the love and care that came with the soup on those cold Christmas Eves and the joy of a holiday family reunion.


At 9:02 PM, Blogger foam said...

yes, i agree, being surrounded by love and care and friends and family is a great ingredient for when it comes to food. it's what makes a good meal great and extra special.

...and okay .... i'm trying not to make an obvious joke about gaseous issues since this is such a nice post.

enjoy your holidays, phos, and the love and comfort of your family.

At 2:04 PM, Blogger dianne said...

That is a lovely story Phossy dear, the main ingredient there was certainly love and the memories of those special times spent together.

Have a lovely Christmas Phos,enjoy the love and company of your family as you spend this time together.

xoxoxo ♡

At 2:05 PM, Blogger Ruela said...

Merry Xmas Phos!

At 2:35 PM, Blogger Little Lamb said...

A good bowls of chili sounds to good to pass up!

At 7:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

chili, good

rum, even better

merry christmas, phos & phamily


At 2:01 AM, Blogger Sarah Sofia Granborg said...


At 6:47 AM, Blogger evalinn said...

That´s nice! Have a great Christmas, PhosgeneKid!

At 1:37 AM, Blogger Die Muräne said...

merry Christmas Phos!
Hope you have a good time man!

heaps of snow over here :)

hope to post some more in the next year (was a bit lazy this year... just too much fun with little mureno :)

At 6:36 PM, Blogger Chickie said...

Lovely post.

Hope you and yours had a fine Christmas.


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