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Make This Tonight: Veggie Chili

You know how in romantic comedies, the lady always falls for the “bad” guy? The one who makes her feel terrible about herself, isn’t good for her at all, and is a real jerk? And, meanwhile, the good guy has been there all along and she’s just never noticed him?

That’s kind of what this veggie chili is like. Sometimes I think I want fast food that’s going to make me feel disgusting and greasy and awful, but what I really want is this chili. I tend to forget about it, but the ingredients are always there, waiting for me, in the cupboard. I’m not saying you have a perfect boyfriend in your cupboard. I’m hoping, for all our sakes, that you don’t. But, basically, am I saying this veggie chili is just as satisfying as the ending of a great romcom, when the main characters are kissing and there’s some sort of romantic, retro music playing? Yes. I am saying that.

Adam Sandler IS veggie chili.

I got the idea to make veggie chili one night after reading about it on A Beautiful Mess, but I modified the recipe to use what I had at my place. Originally, I saw this as a sneaky way to get some vegetables into my boyfriend’s diet, as I’m always afraid his body is going to fall apart because of his poor, Pop-Tart-centric eating habits. But, as it turns out, he absolutely loves this veggie chili and I didn’t even have to be sneaky about it. So now we have it about once a week and it’s great.

Here’s how I make it. It’s super, super easy and I’m sure you could make it “fancier” if you so choose, but why? I mean, really, why? It’s almost winter, we’re all tired, let’s just enjoy some easy veggie chili.

Veggie Chili That Will Love You Forever (Just Like Adam Sandler in The Wedding Singer)

an onion
1 can of black beans
1 can of whatever other kind of beans you want (the sky’s the limit! As long as the sky is full of beans!)
1 can of corn
1 can of petite diced tomatoes (with jalepenos or not)
spices to taste: chili powder, paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder, cinnamon if you’re into that

Sautee the onion for a few minutes, then add in the spices and stir those around for a bit. Dump in the tomatoes, with juice, and cook for a few minutes. Then add in the (drained) beans and corn. Cook it for at least 20 minutes to let things really meld together, but if you have less time than that, fine. I mean, I’m not going to track you down and make you cook it longer.

That’s it! The world’s easiest veggie chili! H. will only eat this on or under a bed of Fritos, as you can see in the picture. Honestly, it’s pretty great that way, even if it does remind me of my high school cafeteria and their concoction called a “Frito Flip.”

Lady Jam: He Needs Me, Shelley Duvall

I originally heard this song in Punch Drunk Love, which is probably one of the best romantic films ever made (and my 2nd favorite Adam Sandler movie). Watching it performed in Popeye is no less dreamy. Shelley Duvall is truly an icon of strangeness.
Also worth watching is the trailer for Punch Drunk Love. I guess it doesn’t seem all that romantic based on the trailer alone, but it is. I used to rent this on the regular from Family Classic Video, back when people still rented movies and Family Classic Video still existed.

Grand Gestures: Musical Declarations

Every romantic movie needs a Grand Gesture…otherwise, how would we know the characters were really in love? In real life, Grand Gestures are probably a bad idea. If Lloyd Dobler was outside my window with a boombox playing Peter Gabriel, I know I’d be more concerned about him waking up the neighbors than whether or not we should get back together. And don’t even get me started on flashmobs.

Yet in movies, Grand Gestures work. My favorite Grand Gestures are the ones that involve men declaring their love in song, in front of crowds of people. Here are three of my favorites.

1. The Wedding Singer

This scene has made me cry before. I’ll admit it. This is my all-time favorite romantic comedy because Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler really seem like they’re in love. You’d think the lead actors having chemistry would be the norm in romantic comedies, but if you’ve seen a lot of romcoms, you know that it isn’t. This scene could easily be sappy, but the presence of Billy Idol keeps it light. This is probably the last movie (or only movie) where I thought Adam Sandler was cute. Bonus points for an airplane/airport scene, another one of my favorite romcom cliches.

2. 10 Things I Hate About You

When Heath Ledger died, everyone talked about his amazing performance as The Joker. This song was all I thought about. This was the stuff my romantic dreams were made of in high school. The bad-ass rebel who inexplicably sings a golden oldie while enlisting the help of the marching band and evading the cops? Be still, my beating heart!

3. Purple Rain

Prince uses his music to get across a lot of messages in Purple Rain. After this performance and before the climactic Purple Rain/I Would Die 4 U/Baby I’m A Star finale, he makes Appollonia cry with Darling Nikki (I think it had the same effect on Tipper Gore). But this is before all that! He wants Appollonia to fall for him instead of sleazy Morris Day (of The Time), and hot damn, if any man sang this to me I would straight up marry him without a second thought. I don’t believe that Prince wants anything but to sleep with Appollonia when he sings, “Baby, baby, baby, if we got married, would that be cool?” But it doesn’t really matter.
I should note that, although I love this movie for lots of reasons, Prince hits Appollonia at one point. In addition to being truly appalling, that’s something he expressly promises not to do in I Would Die 4 U (“I’ll never hit you/I’ll never lie”).

Those are my favorites…what about you, ladies and gents?