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Why I’m the Best Wife Ever

I could list hundreds of ways I’m the best wife ever. I do obvious “wife” things like cook and the occasional load of laundry. I also do less obvious things like buy The Husband Legos for Christmas every single year and shave the back of his neck between haircuts.

But today, I reached the pinnacle of best-wife-ever-ness. It started with a day off. Completely off with NOTHING TO DO.  A rarity. Let me fill you in on the details.

After the husband slept in until an hour I will not mention, coffee was waiting for him. Followed by omelettes, local double smoked bacon and toast. You’d think I could have called it a day after all that, but no. When breakfast was over, the husband and I made a nest of blankets in the middle of the living room floor. Was this a cozy place to watch movies? Nope. Was this a love nest? Not today, my friend.

This was a place to play video games. For four hours straight.

True Love

True Love

When I say video games, I don’t mean Wii or even old school Super Mario. I mean RPGs, The Husband’s hobby. For those of you not keen on the world of video games, RPG stands for Role Playing Game. There are lots of different types of  RPGs. Basically, you as the player assume the role of a character and play through the game, solving puzzles, destroying enemies with special moves, visiting new areas on the game’s map, using strategy to fight each and every BOSS (the big enemies) and most importantly, gaining levels. (I should get extra best-wife-ever points for that description. I’ve obviously been paying attention.)

So there I sat. Playing a game called Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom (from 2006 and an easy one for a novice like me to play). My character was a scout I named Sparrow. Using her twin blades on enemies, Sparrow kicked butt. Rather I kicked butt, because I’m really good at pressing a bunch of buttons at once or in quick succession.

My character and my alter ego

Sparrow, my alter ego

After some harrowing game play, we were hungry.  So I made a huge pot of chicken chili, for which I gained several more wife levels and achieved the status of BEST WIFE EVER.

Chicken Chili with White Beans and Local Corn

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 pound boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 carton organic chicken broth or your own stock! (32 ounces)

2 (15 ounce) cans diced tomatoes

1 (7 ounce) can diced green chiles (oh, how I longed for home grown peppers for this recipe!)

1/2 cup beer (I used a beer from local River Horse Brewing Company)

1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/2 teaspoon ancho chili pepper

1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander seed

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1/4 teaspoons cayenne pepper

2 (15 ounce) cans white beans (I used cannellini beans)

2 cups fresh corn (I used local corn I processed and froze in September)

1 teaspoon kosher salt (plus more depending upon your taste)

Freshly ground black pepper

Local sweet corn, the only thing I managed to save for the winter months

Local sweet corn, the only thing I managed to save for the winter months

Heat oil over medium high heat in dutch oven or soup pot. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Add chicken to oil and cook until browned, about 7 minutes. Remove chicken from pot.

Add onion and garlic. Cook until soft, about 4 minutes.

Stir in broth, tomatoes, chilis, all the spices, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the beans. Simmer for 5 minutes.

This next step is optional, but I think it gives body to the soup: Using a hand blender, pulse the soup about 4 times to break down the beans. Don’t overdo it as you still want the soup to have lots of whole beans.

This step gives the chili a thick and hearty consistency

This step gives the chili a thick and hearty consistency

Add the chicken and the corn. Simmer for 10 minutes. Taste for seasonings and add salt and pepper, if needed.

Enjoy with your favorite chili toppings, such as cilantro, sour cream, and cheddar cheese.

Enjoy while leveling up your guys!

Enjoy while leveling up your guys!


  1. A Dog With Fleas

    Sounds like a great day and you are the “World’s Best Wife”…..I may be prejudice because my name is Rachel too!! 🙂

    • Names are so very important in the RPG world. Usually if you pick the name of any wizard from a book or movie, you’re golden. My next character name: Byronic the Blue.

      RPG = Rachel’s Pretty Geeky

  2. Great post! What a lucky guy 🙂
    After spending most of the day lost in the interwebz, I looked up around 4:30 to a completely darkened house and the realization I hadn’t done any of the things I’d planned today. I threw together a good dinner before my husband got home and got some wife points.
    He told me he’s happy that blogging is making me happy, so he got some husband points.

    • I’m always so happy to give out husband points. Sounds like you’ve got a good one! Blogging can suck you in, right? I’ll sit down to write post and four hours later, I’ve been reading other blogs on WordPress and only finished a paragraph of my own post. But it’s so much fun!

  3. gesull@comcast.net

    Your hubby was definitely my student!   Spent the day playing World of Warcraft and may be slower at pushing buttons due to advanced age (almost 70 now!) but can still kick butt with the best of them.  lol  I then made some roasted potates and squash from my local farm (csa share) to go with the steak from their beef cows.  Great blog btw!  Give my best to all the relatives.  I still have all my great memories!   Gail Sullivan

  4. Mrs. Sullivan! This is Jacob Ward. I remember your awesome Nintendo game collection. And I’ll never forget you let me pick out any game I wanted—I think right before I moved from MA. You’re still gaming–that’s cool

  5. I LOVE this recipe! And you are definitely pretty awesome because I don’t even know how to play video games. Like my kids think it’s hilarious to have me play Mario Kart and die every 10 seconds. I guess I’m fortunate that my fella really only plays games when the kids ask him to, except he’s been playing this lame-o farming simulator game lately… I really don’t know what’s up with that.

    • Oh, I am by no means an expert. The game I played was SO EASY. I usually get frustrated and end up throwing the controller down like a spoiled child. But this game was straight forward and learning the “moves” was cake.

      Ah, Mario Kart–I’m not good at that either. 😦

      I love that you used the word lame-o.

  6. He is a very lucky man! That recipe looks delish. My husband and I have been married almost 13 years and have been together almost 15 years. And I know for a fact it’s because we both love to play video games. (and I can really kick his ass, too)

    • I usually just let him have all the gaming fun, but I’m glad I decided to join him this time. This was a fun game to play because it was really, really easy. I can’t even make simple jumps in Super Mario Bros, then I get trapped in that bubble. So frustrating!

  7. Quit it. Just quit it right now! You’re making the rest of us wives look bad. I can’t remember the last time I made the hubs a meal and I’ve never played role playing games with him. Either video or otherwise. I did, however, bring him a coffee from Dunkin donuts on my way home from work, so that’s a couple points. But I also yelled at him earlier today, so maybe I’m even. Crap.

    • A thoughtful cup of DD earned you at least 3 levels and the yelling is par for the course. You’re a WIFE after all.

      And I never said there was no yelling, eye rolling, and perhaps name calling on my “Best Wife Ever” day. I’m not a saint.

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