Sunday, March 16, 2014

Cow Town Chili

Yesterday was a blast.
I cooked with my wife Candy and oldest daughter Jessie while the middle girl and some other family members came by for support.
Hannah is getting so big and I felt my grand daughter move for the first time yesterday. The grand baby thing is still a little weird to me, but I'm growing on the idea. I have finally come up with what I want to be called, Gpop. I know it sounds a little gangster, but what the hell.

There were seven of us all cooking together from our Pod. A Pod is a group of chili cooks inside the CASI (Chili Appreciation Society International) organization. There are Pods all over the US. All you have to do is find one near you by going to and get involved and start cooking. You don't have to be a member of anything to cook chili, but it's better that you are, even if it's for support.

This cookoff was a big one, 133 cooks in all. Some came all the way from Illinois. I did the best out of our Pod by getting 21st and making final table. They called down to 22nd place so I just made it. That's not as good as I wanted but it is saying something. There were about ten ex-world champions cooking and they didn't make final table.
We could have cooked again today but the weather did not hold out. By turn in time yesterday it was raining cats and dogs. The winds picked up and it became just stupid to be out there. About 55 cooks stayed the night and are cooking today in 40 MPH winds, not me my friends. I am sitting here in the house fat, dry and happy.

Y'all have a great week.



  1. Nice photo of you all! Any names for the grandbaby? You can call yourself anything you want. I think you've earned the right.

    1. Thanks Izzy,
      Rebecca Donna is the name they decided on.
      Your right, I have earned it.

  2. Gpop has a nice ring! But I promise you this, if that little baby comes up with HER version of what to call you, it will stick. Grandbabies do that sometimes.

    Congrats on a great chili weekend, just making the finals table in that kind of company is nothing to sneeze at!


    1. Thanks HB,
      I know I will come running to whatever the baby will call me.

  3. Fat, dry, and happy. Sweetie, that makes you a very lucky, lucky, Gpop.

  4. MDR,

    Nice family picture :-)
    G Pop, I like the name, it will fit you well my friend.

    Congratulations on making 21st!!!! Now that is too funny, 10 ex world champions didn't place in this competition.

  5. oh bahahahahahah! you are SOOOO gangster! i love GPop! and i love that picture. thanks for sharing how the cook-off went and congrats for getting on to the table. i don't know anything about chili cook-offs so i always like to read about them here. and you always make them sound so fun. thanks buddy!

    your friend,

    1. Thank you Kymber for making this your official chili cookoff learning center.