What's in Your Chili?

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Real Estate Agent with RE/Max Associates DE#R1-0003085 PA#RS347136

 

Every month, our office holds a “Gratitude Lunch” which is a chance for the Realtors, staff, and affiliates who office with us to enjoy lunch together in the office, plus we say Happy Birthday to any who have a birthday that month. We make up a calendar for the year with themes for each month, associating some of the lunches with a service project, e.g., bring in office supplies for kids in need in late summer. Everyone brings something for the meal and we all enjoy a break from work and some much-needed social time together.

The theme this month was a Chili Cookoff. Knowing that the variations of chili being made so far were along the lines of traditional red chili, it got me to wondering how people make their own chili special, so that became my ongoing question. Numerous clients and friends were polled for what made their chili special or for what they liked best about chili. In addition to various recipes, I discovered a few things.

First, almost without exception, when I asked people about it, it made people smile. I think as humans, we like thinking about gathering together, and that tends to be what chili is part of. It generates thoughts of warmth against the cold and of snuggling up with good food, family and friends, and perhaps a movie or game night.

Second, it generates additional conversation, eliciting memories of times shared.

Third, it generates some great recipes for chili and cornbread. It also tells me who likes to cook and who doesn’t.

 

When I first meet people, I like to learn about them. Beyond the typical, “What do you do for a living?”, there are questions that I ask that tell me far more about people. Relationship questions tend to shed the greatest light, so those are my favorite. Asking, “How did you first meet?” or “Who spotted who first?” when I sit down with a new client couple tells me so much about them. Beyond the basics of the story itself, I see how they honor (or don’t) one another, and the flood of memories tells me more about how they work on things together. I find that just listening well to what they tell me will shed light on how things work best for them and how I can make the process better for them. And for the few through the years that I’ve met who do not honor one another in that series of questions and answers, it gives me pause. If my clients don’t honor each other, how can I expect to be treated with respect?

Those relationship questions are impossible to ask though when it doesn’t apply to the situation.  But… asking about food just might. I suppose if they don’t cook, it could be a problem. Although… I had a friend once when asked to furnish a recipe for her favorite Christmas cookie for a cookie exchange gave me a creative one, typed, on an index card, that had only three ingredients: her purse, her keys, and her coat. Directions: Drive to the store and purchase your favorite cookies. Bring them home and artfully arrange them on a decorative plate and enjoy! But my inquiries this week did yield an idea, which I turned into my own version of White Chicken Chili. It turned out tasty and will be made again.

 

So, my question for you as I hope you are enjoying your weekend… what’s YOUR favorite chili to make? I might need another recipe when I get back from delivering an offer to my seller!

 

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Rainmaker
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Janice Zaltman
United Realty Group - Boca Raton, FL
South Florida Residential Real Estate

Having a gratitude lunch is a nice idea and great way to connect.Sounds like you get to know people well which is fun.  I've never had chicken chili. Sounds like nice version of classic dish. Enjoy!!!

Feb 09, 2019 02:26 PM #1
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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
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1 pound of hamburger or diced up chicken

1 can each of kidney beans, ranch style beans, Mexi corn (if you can find it) if not fire roasted will do, Rotel the original one unless you like it really hot.

1 packet of ranch dressing, 1 packet of chili mix whatever one you enjoy.....

4-6 oz of pepper jack.

Man oh Man is that good

 

Feb 09, 2019 02:51 PM #2
Rainmaker
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I don't like a lot of stuff in mine. Just the basic beens and meat

Feb 09, 2019 02:52 PM #3
Rainmaker
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Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA
Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate - Wilmington, DE
Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS

Hi Monica, I made chili with ground turkey the other day and it was delicious. But it was not by measuring! Brown the turkey, add sliced onions and celery and red sweet peppers, chili powder, cumin seeds, Texas Pete sauce, an 8 oz or so can of diced tomatoes, a can of tomato paste, can of water,  and a can of kidney beans, salt, pepper. We had a chili lunch at church a couple of weeks ago but I no longer participate after getting a migraine 2 yrs. ago with chili that contained artificial smoke flavoring. Can't check the label for ingredients at a pot luck type gathering!

Feb 09, 2019 08:21 PM #4
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
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Hi Monica... I put it all into my chili.... and the spicier the better. As I don't bake, I did like that cookie recipe you shared.... just my style!

Feb 10, 2019 03:27 AM #5
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