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Cool weather can mean just one thing ... chili!


If you’ve been paying attention to the extended forecast lately, you’ve probably noticed the mention of some cooler temperatures moving our way at the end of the week. With the cooler weather approaching, there couldn’t be a better time to start thinking about chili and that’s just what Meteorologist Ed Bloodsworth and I did today.

The Topeka National Weather Service invited us to a chili lunch. I have to say, I was a little nervous at first. If you caught this video a little while back, Chief Meteorologist Matt Miller and I joined the NWS for a team-building exercise, which involved jumping from a pole (and for me, doing several flips in the air)!

Luckily, we did not have to jump from a pole. We were able to sit around, try some different types of chili and talk about our favorite subject, the weather!

They had everything from chicken noodle soup, to HOT chili, to traditional chili. I’ve even posted some photos below to make everyone hungry! Now that I’ve mentioned chili, I was wondering what the cold weather makes you think about! Please share your thoughts.


SpiritTat 8 years, 8 months ago

Hot apple cider and walking my daughter around the Maple Leaf festival in her wagon when she was little :)

Matt Warman 8 years, 8 months ago

Made my first batch of chili for the year on Sunday... Nice

countrygirl 8 years, 8 months ago

I made a big pot of gumbo last Sunday so it will probably be chili this Sunday. My original plan was to smoke a turkey this week-end but I think that's going to wait.

make_a_difference 8 years, 8 months ago

Soups & stews of ALL kinds.

Sleeping with several layers of bedding in a cool/cold room. (Still sleeping with windows open & loving it...though the aging cat does not!)

The fall colors as leaves change. I believe we are in for spectacular colors this year...the conditions have been great...just need that drop in temperature for the changes to really happen.

My soon-to-be 19 year old daughter spying deeper layers of dry leaves & deviating in order to walk through them while shuffling her feet. She's done this since a toddler...though then she verbally added "Rustle, rustle, rustle" each & every time...something I suspect she still does in her mind. (I know I do) She's going to love being on KU's campus this fall.

Curling up with a good book, cozy blanket, favorite reading lamp and several candles in a dimly lit room. And that aging cat snuggling either on my lap or chest. Music playing in the background.

Pots of hot tea through out the day...frequently with that book.

Comfy cozy blanket throws & slippers when watching tv or reading.

The outdoor smells of the earth as the seasons transition.

I just love this time of year!!!

RogueThrill 8 years, 8 months ago

I prefer ham and beans and some hot cornbread with butter. Or chicken noodle with thick, homemade noodles that are closer to being really long dumplings than the crap you get in a can.

Christine Anderson 8 years, 8 months ago

Chili is best when it is nice and mild. The best chili I've ever eaten was made and served by the lunch ladies at Gilman Elementary School, in Spring Valley, Wi. Huge pieces of ground beef, home canned tomatoes.....And best of all, you didn't need a pitcher of water at hand! Our school district was very small; that's why we could have homegrown ingredients in school lunch food.

msfefe43 8 years, 8 months ago

The only good thing about cold weather is, homemade vegetable beef soup or stew, chilli,ham and beans with cornbread butter and honey, and chicken soup, made with homemade noodles. Oh!!!!my tastebuds are going crazy just thinking about these.

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