Wow - I seem to have a lot to say tonight! I'm about to crash but before I do, I'm checking in with the status of my first Pounds for a Cause pledge.
I went to trusty Trader Joe's for the ingredients to SloMo's Texas Turkey Chili. I innocently asked a friendly clerk, "Do you sell meat? Like ground turkey?" He chuckled and promptly guided me to a section of the store I had never noticed before. He must have recognized the obvious confused look on my face because he asked me to repeat the item in question [in case he misheard me] - I said, "Is this what ground turkey usually looks like?" He chuckled again. But very kindly assured me it was indeed what I was looking for. It suddenly occurred to me that I'd have to look at, smell and touch raw and cooking meat in my apartment. I almost gagged right there next to all the remains of God's little creatures ::frown:: But then I remembered I'm doing this for charity!
Strangely the only things they were sold out of were most of the ingredients to this chili. The onions I wanted were sold out so I got Hawaiian Sweet Onions [my only choice]. Name a bean, any bean, other than pinto, and I assure you, they had them! Name all the different ways you can serve tomatoes and I'll tell you Trader Joe's didn't have one can of diced! I figured I'd get those two items elsewhere. But at the register, I [of course] got to talking to the cashier and he said he was sure there were more that had just arrived, right off the truck. So I got 'em! I struck gold with the garlic powder. One employee said they don't carry it. I found it! HA! [yes, I had to buy all the spices, every last bit...I really don't cook!]
I forgot the cheese [grrr] I saw later that it's in the recipe but not in the list of ingredients. So I neglected to write it down. Ah well.
A double-batch of SloMo's Texas Turkey Chili is sitting on the stove right now. ::snapsnap:: Hear that? It's the sound of me taking a picture of it with my new imaginary digital camera! Oooh, Ahhhh, see that? It's an imaginary picture of my neighbor's Thursday supper!
I'll keep you posted!