EXT. SOMEWHERE IN MISSISSIPPI–MOVIE SET–DAY
Rain pours down in thick sheets over the expanse of the set now covered in blue tarp. Straggling crew members scramble to get the last pieces of equipment under cover.
Caryn jumps, knocking an empty can to the floor with a loud clang.
Caryn chases the can over to the couch where Mr. R. sits like a sopping wet puppy with a towel draped over his shoulders.
They think they’re going to resume shooting today? Ha!
Caryn tosses the can in the trash. She stirs a spoon through a simmering pot of spicy chili. The multi-colored beans seem to be the only color in the trailer turned monochromatic from the pelting rain.
This is ready. It’ll warm you up.
They should send us home.
Caryn prepares a bowl of chili, complete with a dollop of sour cream and snipped fresh chives. Mr. R. wraps his hands around the warm bowl.
POUNDING THUNDER shakes the trailer. Caryn backs against the wall. Mr. R. seems undisturbed, concentrating on the hot chili.
She quickly regains composure and collects the other cans from the counter. Mr. R. takes a break from his lunch to look out the window.
The storm is just getting started.
He looks over to his chef who is trying to remain cheerful amidst the gloom of the afternoon.
MR. R. (CONT’D)
Caryn, you should take the limo back to your room.
She looks up from her work.
That’s very kind, but I’m okay.
He holds her gaze, not accepting her answer.
I have to clean up and–
Leave it! Just go. There’s no reason for both of us to be miserable here.
She pauses to examine her unfinished work. Slowly, she collects her things and heads to the door.
Call me if you need anything?
He nods and returns to his chili. Caryn slips out, leaving her boss to brood alone in the mess she left behind.
The chipotle peppers lend so much of their flavor to this quick chili, you’ll think it simmered all day long.
1 TB. olive oil
2 medium onions, chopped
1 green pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. oregano
2-3 canned chipotle peppers, chopped
2 15-oz. cans black beans, drained
1 15-oz. can kidney beans, drained
1 15-oz. can pinto beans, drained
1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
3 cans water
1. Heat oil in large, heavy dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onions and green pepper and saute until transulent and tender.
2. Add garlic and saute for one minute. Add cumin, oregano and chipotle peppers and saute 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly.
3. Add beans, tomatoes, paste and water. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 30-45 minutes, or until thickened.