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A chili challenge

Well another McDuffie Educational Secretaries Association chili cook off is in the books, and the best part is not the huge trophy The Mirror Meltdown team took back to the office. The best part was I didn't bring home a single drop of the spicy dish.

Chili is great; don't get me wrong. But after last year's event, we finished up with a tub load that hadn't been eaten. We stuck some in the freezer, gave some away and ate it for many leftover meals. I think we made a tad too much.

This year we sold our last bowl as teams were beginning to clean up. Thanks to everyone who came by to see us and purchase a bowl of chili. A special thanks goes to Thomson High School student Helen Hill who bought our last few bowls.

It seems she liked the extra spicy kick we gave it enough to come back for seconds and thirds. Maybe it was the cheese biscuits we gave away with each bowl. She commented that we had a good racket going with those.

People said the biscuits looked and tasted like the ones served at Red Lobster. They weren't. Of course I wouldn't know because I don't eat seafood and can't remember the last time I set foot in a Red Lobster restaurant.

Nevertheless, I think most would say that the chili cook off was a success, as usual. There were fewer teams this year, and the cold kept many away from the stadium, I'm sure. But those that came out were glad they did.

A little birdie told me there may not be a cook off next year, that is unless someone else organizes it. Not continuing this tradition would be a shame, as it's something I've come to enjoy.

It's a ton of work to get ready for it, what with the decorations, the cooking and the setting up to do. Handling all that plus trying to get any work done du/ring the day of the event is nearly impossible, especially if there are only a couple of people participating.

We came through and got it all done, though, and it was a great gathering for the community as well as a good cause. I really hope some other organization picks this event up and runs with it, if for no other reason than that.

(Not to mention it's really funny to watch the lines at the restrooms during the game.)

There's one other selfish reason I'd like to continue the cook off, and that's to round out The Mirror's trophy collection. We won best decorations last year and most donations collected this year.

Since there are four trophies to be won in the contest, the way I figure, we need two more years to collect a full set. Best tasting chili comes next year which automatically leads to most chili sold the year after.

So McDuffie County what do you say? Somebody step up and give us a chance.

Web posted on Thursday, November 09, 2006

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