Waiting for Chili
I recently took a jaunt with my step-dog, Bear. Before we left the house, I put the crock-pot on low heat.
We sometimes forget, but some of the planet’s most spectacular places are here on the South Coasts, in Mass and RI.
There surely can’t be a whole lot of places that are more spectacular than Newport’s Ocean Drive.
Bear and I did “the drive” first. It was a cold, windy day, one of the few that we had this year. Bear stayed under the blankets in the backseat, nice and snuggly. Traffic was nonexistent and the ocean was angry: an angry ocean blasting Ocean Drive – it doesn’t get much better than that.
Then we took a ride to Sakonnet Point. With fishing funk surrounded by ritzy glitz, Sakonnet Point is a unique spot on a calm day; get a cold windy day with crazy ocean wave action and this is the place where the word “awesome” was invented (then the word became a cliché). We stayed in the car because although it wasn’t raining, it was ocean spraying. Bear wasn’t leaving the protection of his backseat cover. He’s not the macho type.
It was still early and we were so close to Horseneck Beach, and it had been years since I had walked there. Horseneck is always a special place. “Be brave” I told Bear as I dragged him from the backseat. It was cold, windy and wet.
On a cold winter day when the wind is blowing hard from the southwest and the beach is nearly deserted, this is a showplace. The ocean noise, the spray, the spectacular angry ocean – what can compare? (Bear was more taken with the scents on the wet beach.)
If you do this in the off-season, rain or no rain, I’d recommend bringing your rain gear, it can be wet. After the walk on Horseneck the warm, dry car felt uncommonly comforting.
We then headed home to the crock-pot that we had started earlier.
It was midafternoon by the time that Bear and I arrived. The final cure for cold, wet, windy day: Mad March Crock-Pot Chili. The warm house felt like June and smelled like Tijuana.
For the original article and recipe for Mad March Crock-Pot Chili see the March issue of the South Coast Insider at: