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Because Of A Scented Candle & Chicken Chili

October 6, 2011

For Want of a Nail

For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

I have bored everyone to death about my allergy struggles, voice problems & I’m sorry, but I need to rant a bit, please.
In today’s world we have become very sensitive to childhood food allergies. On more than one occasion I have heard an ambulance pull up to assorted schools, churches, stores when a child has been exposed to peanuts & an anaphylactic reaction occurred.

Scented Candles

This week, visiting a friend’s home, I came close to an anaphylactic reaction & now must keep an Epi-Pen on my person. She, not knowing there was a problem – hey, me not knowing there would be a problem! – had a lovely scented candle lit. Greeted at the front door, talking as we walked in; by the time I reached the kitchen I had lost my voice & my throat was closing off. I moved quickly toward the front door to escape into fresh air noting the candle as I passed by.

Things calmed down & I met another friend for some quick shopping at Michael’s. As I entered the store I could smell potpourri or something with a heavily perfumed scent. I should have turned around & walked out, but didn’t want to be rude to my friend.

Because of these 2 assaults on my immune system, one right after the other, along with a mini-assault at church with perfume the previous Sunday, & our currently-blooming ragweed, I developed such severe swelling in the throat & voice box that medical procedure I was scheduled to endure…uh…undergo was cancelled. The doctor couldn’t see down my throat, he could not access my vocal cord & I was not moving enough air in the lungs for it to safe to continue.

Epi Pen

Everyone has their own brand of what they like to smell, but something is causing severe reactions not just in me – many folks I have talked to have had similar occurrences. So, from now on I will only use unscented stores, visit unscented homes & pray that friends at church stop wearing perfumes, aftershaves & bathing in heavily scented body wash. Have you been down to where the teenagers meet at your church – whewie! The commercials work because all the guys stink smell to high heaven!

Oh, the poem at the top – for want of an unscented place to visit a voice was lost…time was lost…a medical procedure was lost…a co-pay was lost… I was almost lost.

Dos Equis

Chicken Chili

I love Chicken Chili served up on a cool evening. It feels like wine fire time! But I think beer would be a better fit. Hmmm, Mexican beers… Papa’s favorite: Dos Equis!


  • 10 Plum (Roma) Tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 1 Jalapeño Pepper, remove the seeds if you like; it’s hotter if you don’t; wear gloves
  • 1 White Onion, peeled & halved
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, peeled
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 pounds of boneless, skinless Chicken Thighs, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup Chili Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Sea Salt
  • 1 can Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce, finely chopped (wear gloves if you know what’s good for you!)
  • 2 cups Chicken Stock, homemade is preferable
  • 1 can Kidney Beans, drained


  1. Pre-heat oven broiler.
  2. Place tomatoes, jalapeño pepper, onion & garlic cut-side down on baking sheet.
  3. Broil 3-inches from heat source for 5 minutes.
  4. Place tomatoes & jalapeño in food processor & pulse until chunky.
  5. Hand-chop onion & mince garlic.
  6. In a large cast-iron Dutch oven over medium heat, add oil, then working in batches, add chicken, allowing it to sear before stirring, 5 – 6 minutes; Transfer to plate.
  7. Reduce heat & add onion & garlic.
  8. Cook 8 minutes, until soft & golden.
  9. Add chili powder & salt; Cook 1 minute, stirring.
  10. Stir in chipotles & chicken.
  11. Increase heat to high & add tomatoes & jalapenos.
  12. Cook 3 – 5 minutes,scraping the bottom of the pan constantly.
  13. Stir in chicken stock; Reduce heat to simmer 20 minutes.
  14. Add beans; Simmer 10 minutes.

Serve with sour cream, shredded cheeses, chopped raw tomatoes.


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