2.210 Chili Cheese Dog Nachos

-Cycle 2, Dinner 210-
3 (Wed) August 2011

Chili Cheese Dog Nachos

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by me

at home

-Oksu, Seoul-

with Wife and Dominic

Following my mother's surgery and discharge from the hospital, the main concern on everyone's mind is the extent to which my father will hamper her recovery. Every night, between 11:00 PM and midnight, like a pothead with the munchies, he gets an irresistible craving for a snack that can only be satisfied by some combination of meat and cheese and bread/tortilla. Although the fridge and freezer are packed with ready-made items for these occasions, he's entirely incapable of preparing anything for himself, even if the preparation involves a simple turn of the microwave dial. And so, the kitchen is my father's personal late-nite Jack-N-The-Box delivery service, with my mother as the only employee (when I'd lived at home before getting married, we alternated shifts). Given his character, he is most likely to assume that business hours have resumed now that she has returned home.

In an effort to alleviate the strain on my mother, at least for a day, at least for the first day of homecoming, I drove her home and put her to bed and set about making a pot of chili with hotdogs for my father (enough to take some home for our own dinner). I also prepared Mexican rice and set out some cheese and tortillas. For dinner, all he would have to do is spoon some still-warm chili and rice and cheese onto a plate and then, for his midnight snack a few hours later, reheat the chili in the microwave and use the tortillas for wraps.

However, having been several years since I had to serve the man directly, I overestimated the level of his competence. Reportedly, when my mother explained what he had to do with the food that I'd made, he replied that it would be too much of a hassle and declared his intention to go out for dinner. To my father, putting on his shoes and getting in the elevator and walking down the street to a restaurant and getting a table and ordering from a menu and paying and coming back is easier than spooning chili and rice and cheese onto a plate by himself at home.

My mother had to get out of bed after all. And despite my preparations, she still had to shred lettuce and bust out the jalapenos. Poor mom.


  1. Your dad stories are pretty good too! It's a wonder that your mom couldn't train him better in the 40-some years. I guess men don't change after all.

  2. this is pretty genius. i can't believe i never tried making this myself.

  3. @Lisa: that saying about women hoping their men change and men hoping their women don't and both being disappointed in the end.

    @seoulfood: even though i made the chili from scratch, this can be made with all canned/frozen/packaged ingredients in minutes. i think this is your first comment on a home-cooked meal of mine, which is quite appropriate given your preference for southern food (chili isn't soul food, but from the same general area, right?)....

  4. seoulfood, in case you haven't noticed, ki really doesn't need any stroking of the ego. truly he doesn't. the word "genius" directed at something he did is probably enough to encourage ki to come up with a new name for this dish to memorialize the "genius" within. can't wait to see what he comes up with.

  5. out of all the home-cooked meals you posted on your site, this is probably the closest to something that I would make at home myself. I'm not much of a cook and a lot of your dishes look pretty impressive, but this, I think I could manage.

  6. to maintain the illusion of grandeur, i only name dishes that i feel have some degree of uniqueness. despite seoulfood's very-well-received "genius," this doesn't really qualify.