Monday, January 23, 2012

There's A Reason

The blog has been dark for a few weeks now for a reason.  I've got lots of posts halfway done in my head but have been unable to write them without starting to cry.  My ex-boyfriend died.  He was my most loyal reader and the thought of coming here to write was very confusing for me.  I didn't write the blog for him and there were things on here that he didn't like along with many other things that he loved.  We still talked occasionally and I know that he checked daily to see if there was a new post up.  There are a lot of things that happened in the past few weeks that I want to write about these past few weeks but I'm not prepared to so instead, I will share with you something that he loved. 


1 nice sized brisket that will fit into your Dutch Oven
1 bag of onions
1 jar Heinz Chili Sauce
1 can of beer

Peel the onions and slice them into half moons until you can't stand peeling onions any more.  Walk away from them and then go back and peel and slice more of them.

Pack half the onions into the bottom of your Dutch Oven, nestle the brisket on top of it and then pack the rest of the onions on top.  Your brisket should be completely buried in onions.

Pour the bottle of chili sauce over the top.  Open the beer and swish a little around in the chili sauce bottle to get all the goodness out and then add the beer to the pot. 

You will want to stir it but don't even try.  Just leave it alone.  Put it over a high flame, bring it up to a boil and then turn it down as low as it will go, pop a lid on and simmer it for at least 3 hours until the brisket is done to your liking.  I like it a little bit shreddy but still sliceable.

Serve it over egg noodles or on a buttered kaiser roll with a bowl of the gravy for dipping.

I made it this weekend for the first time for Brian and he loved it.  I didn't get into the whole dead-ex-boyfriend's-favorite-meal thing with him although I know he would understand (the man is a rock).  I just wanted this meal to continue to be something special for someone other than me. 

P.S.  I may have blogged this recipe before but I don't really care about being redundant right now. 


Renee Anne said...

I know it sounds trivial and trite to say, "I'm sorry for your loss" but really, that's how I feel.

I've lost people close to me, though I haven't lost an ex-boyfriend. I'm not sure how I'd react to it. I suppose it would depend on how we were interacting (if at all). It sounds as though you and yours were interacting positively and therefore, don't think of it as losing an ex but, rather, as a friend.

If you need to talk, vent, scream, or need something to take your mind off it, go ahead and contact me. I'm around (more often than I'd like to admit).

Diane said...

Very sorry to read the sad news, Karen. I know how grief is. Call me at any time.