I remember that Marie Callender's as well.
I wonder why you can't get those eggrolls in Texas? That's a shame. I love them.
That's funny, as I was thinking about our pizza places in L.A. Truthfully, there was really only one that we loved, with one other coming in 2nd. The rest, not so much. It was a small place, as was the 2nd one.
The 1st one were pizzas all the way, and are still my favorite.
The 2nd one also had amazing meatball sandwiches. That's where we walked the dog to when I was pregnant with 2nd Dd. lol! I could have eaten them daily...and pretty much tried! ;-)
You know, once you've got a little room, you should make chili. The nice thing about chili is that there are a lot of versions. So, even if you don't have the recipe that you made, you can wing it. If you follow your taste buds and instincts, it should be tasty. And, you can start with small batches, until you get it just right for you.
Start with these basic questions:
Meat only, bean only, or both?
With or without tomato?
If so, canned whole tomatoes? Tomato paste? Tomato sauce? Mexi-tomatoes? (Great way to add flavor fast. If using, try the tomatoes first. Some brands are rather sweet, some spicy, etc.)
What do you like for flavor? Chili powder (try them, some are hot, some not.)? Cumin? Etc. (I add, also, garlic powder.)
Vegetables, or no? If so, which ones? And, cut to what size?
For me, I keep it simple, then decide on the side additions at the table...onion, cheese, sour cream, bread/rolls/cornbread of some type (good with a quesadilla, too!) etc., whatever you like. :-)