And yet sitting in an airport at the end of a visit is always bittersweet.
Tom and I arrived in Los Angeles last Sunday. We arrived on different flights, as I flew on the same flight as Maria, Justin and the kids, who were returning home from their holiday visit to Columbus, and Tom found a less expensive fight the same day that arrived in Los Angeles earlier than ours. I stayed in Los Angeles until Friday then left for Portland to spend the weekend with Romaine and Tom stayed in LA until Saturday, when he left for Columbus.
Anyway, Tom and I spent most of our Los Angeles visit babysitting for our grand daughters,
Tom and I helped with the meals and one night I made my super-easy, super-delicious white chili:
Super-easy, Super-delicious White Chili
5 cans of Navy beans
4 cups of chicken broth
1 onion, chopped
2 cups of white or brown rice
2 teaspoons salt
4 cups of water
Sour cream, shredded cheddar or taco cheese, and salsa for topping
Drain the beans and put them into a large pot. Add the chopped onions and the chicken broth. Simmer on the stove for about an hour or in a crock pot on low 4-5 hours.
Put the rice, water, and salt into a pot. Bring the water to a boil, cover the pot, and cook the rice according to the directions on the package. (About 13-15 minutes for white rice, 45-60 minutes for brown).
When the chili and rice are ready, serve the chili in a bowl over a scoop of rice. Top with sour cream, salsa, and cheese. Eat with a spoon or my preferred method, using the taco chips to scoop up the chili. Muy bueno!
On New Year's Eve Maria, Justin, and the children went to a party at a friend's house so Tom and I were free to choose our New Year's Eve entertainment.
We opted to walk to a Manhattan Beach movie theater:
After the movie we walked to the nearby Union Pizza Company:
...where we had a superlative New York-style half-pepperoni, half-cheese pizza topped with peppers, onions, and mushrooms, with that thin, soft crust that you pick up by the slice and fold in your hand .
While we were walking around in the balmy Los Angeles night air I remembered that pizza and a movie used to be our family's perennial New Year's Eve celebration back when our children were youngsters. It occurred to me that a good pizza and a good movie still add up to a great way to see out the old year..
To be continued...