WINTER STORM JUNO, a Historical Blizzard
NORTHEAST TO MEET A GOLIATH
NYC to get 24 to 36 inches of snow, NYC to shut down, NYC ready to rumble with Juno
Blizzard Warning In Effect!
BREAD SOLD OUT, Incoming Blizzard!
I love snow. I know not everyone likes it. After all, you have to shovel, you might get cold, or the horrors you might run out of chocolate chips (blizzard advise 1: stock up on chocolate). I’ve always lived in the Northeast so snowstorms have been a part of every Winter for me. Does anyone else remember the Winter of 1993? Me too, I loved it. Since I was a kid there’s always been something magical and exciting about a expecting snowstorm. While I was in school there was the anticipation of school closing. If it was bad the night before, you’d turn on your local tv channel and scroll through the listings until they got to your school to see if it was closed (worst was you tuned into the channel and they were at the R schools when your school was a P, you’d have to wait a bit). Maybe it snowed during the night, in that case you’d jump out of bed and do the same thing in the morning. When you saw your school scroll across the screen with the words “CLOSED”. You shouted “Yeah!”. The rest of the day was filled with sledding, your dad making you throw rock salt out, going sledding more, coming inside and your mom seeing your bright red skin and making you a hot chocolate, and then more sledding On my hilly street the snow didn’t really go anywhere, so in big storms it stuck around for weeks, even months. As a 31 year old, I’m still just as excited. I love the anticipation of the storm (how many inches? how many feet? is it going to hit us?). I love seeing the first flakes fall down followed by sitting near the window for hours watching NYC become a winter wonderland. I love seeing kids sled on sidewalks. I love throwing on cozy socks, flannel pajamas and drinking a hot cup of tea.
So what I’m saying is, I love you Juno. I’m writing this post on Monday night, so I’m giddy with curiosity. Some forecasts are saying 12 inches, some are calling for 24 inches, some are saying 3 feet. I say bring it on. You beautiful white beast with snow falling and blowing. Let it snow!
There’s one thing I think we can all agree on (as a snow lover or snow hater); comfort food is a must on snowy nights. Let me introduce you to this Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili. This chili is a game winner. Curl up to it with inches of snow on the ground. Curl up to it at a tailgating party. Curl up to it during the big game this weekend. What’s the perfect companion to a big bowl of chili besides a big spoon? French Fries!
Have you ever dipped a fry in chili? It’s pretty magical. Your first chili dipping experience with be remembered forever. At parties, you often see the typical canned chip dips, but how awesome are you when you bring a big pot of chili to dip your fries in? Do you know who wins the big game? You!
This is a vegetable chili which means it’s great for a meatless Monday meal. It also guarantees to make all your veggie friends happy. It’s also going to leave you happy because it’s so darn full of vegetables. I eat meat, but sometimes I need a break. Chili is typically associated with meat, but honestly in this vegetable chili you won’t even miss the meat. This chili is vegetable packed! You’ll get tackled by carrots, corn and beans! You’ve been carrot sacked!
So when you’re ready to win the hearts of your family and friends during the next sports game party or during a snowstorm, make this Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili with french fries! Go Team Snowstorm! Go You!
- 1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
- 1 15 oz can of black beans
- 1 15 oz can of dark red kidney beans
- 1 large green pepper - chopped
- 2 cups frozen corn
- 3 medium sized carrots - chopped
- 1 jalapeno - finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- Shredded Cheddar Cheese (to top)
- Sour Cream (to top)
- Place all ingredients inside slow cooker, stir to combine.
- Put on LOW for 4 hours.
- Serve in bowls and sprinkle cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour cream on top.