Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Small Town Values

 
Bluffs Near Chugwater(Unknown Photographer)
Small Town Values

Chugwater~Some say if you blink you
will miss this little town!!
Chugwater, Wyoming is north of Cheyenne and south of Wheatland off of Interstate 25.  My parents place is east of Chugwater 15 miles.  When I was growing up, Chugwater had the population of less than 120 people, and it hasn’t changed much.   I love everything about Chugwater, and I am very thankful for this little town.  Chugwater is important to me because of the small town values that I learned while growing up.  Those values are what shaped me into the person I am today; values that I am passing on to my children. 



Chugwater Chili Spice.
Chugwater is more than my home town it is the home of the famous Chugwater Chili.  The founding of Chugwater Chili Corporation is a story of real small town values at work.  Chugwater Chili Corporation was formed by a bunch of my neighbors in 1986.  They purchased the Wyoming State Championship Chili Recipe, with the goal of helping the business community in Chugwater.  I knew all the families that started Chugwater Chili Corporation.  I love Chugwater Chili!  It is a spice that I use on almost everything I cook.  Beef and Chugwater Chili are a perfect match!  A bowl of Chugwater Chili warms your soul. To order please see their website:  http://chugwaterchili.com/index.html See below for Chugwater Chile Recipe.
Chugwater is an agricultural community.  I learned how to drive a combine before I knew how to drive a pick up. I learned that all my friends had chores just like me.  I learned how important neighbors are.  I learned how important FFA and 4-H is. I learned how important land stewardship was before I truly understood what it meant.  I learned that small town values are life lessons that you never forget.
Senior 1998
I am very thankful for All values
that I learned growing up in a small
town.
As graduation time nears, I can’t help but think of my high school graduation.  There were 13 of us.  Each of us left our footprints there.  We all learned how important small town values are. We learned that it took all of us to make a team.  We took with us those values that make us the adults we are today.  Small town values are working hard, sticking together as neighbors and friends in hard times and good times.  It is pitching in when someone needs help.  It is about being able to see the stars at night, driving long dirt roads to see a neighbor and picking flowers for your 80 year old grandpa.  I cherish my small town values, and I would not change a thing about growing up in Chugwater.  The history of Chugwater is very interesting, if you would like to know more please visit the town of Chugwater’s web site: http://www.chugwater.com/history.asp 
Chugwater Class of 1998
 

Because of these two~ Grandpa &
Grandma Beaver~We learned
Small Town Values!















My Pot of Chugwater Chili.
The Smell of Chugwater Chili is amazing.
 
I rarely have left overs but when
I do, the second day is
even better!
CHUGWATER CHILI

2 lbs Ground Beef
3 Tbsp of Chugwater Chili Mix
1 15oz can tomato sauce
2 15oz Plain Pinto Beans
Cheese and Crackers

Brown 2 lbs of ground beef; drain excess fat. Stir in 3 Tbsp. Chugwater Chili Mix (more for hotter chili), one 15 oz can tomato sauce and 15 oz water.
Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add two 15 oz cans plain pinto beans; return to simmer. Serve Hot. Recipe makes 9 one cup servings

Some extra advice:

I serve Chugwater Chile with Cheese and Crackers.  I also sometimes add a can of diced canned tomatoes into my chili.
Left over Chugwater Chile can be used for Chili Dogs, Chili Frito's with cheese and Taco Salad.
I sell Chugwater Chili at Double A Feeds.

(Please note: Please follow safe handling of Beef)