Archive for October, 2010


Chili weather has arrived, and I made my first batch of the season yesterday.  Here is what must be about the simplest chili recipe in the world:


Makes 4 servings

One 14.5-ounce can of chopped or diced tomatoes
One 14.5-ounce can of tomato sauce
Three 15.5-ounce cans of kidney and/or pinto and/or black beans
One 4-ounce can of diced green chiles
Two tablespoons of chili powder
Half a teaspoon of dried oregano

Mix all the ingredients together in a pot and cook over medium heat for an hour, stirring occasionally. That’s it!



Isn’t that amazing?

That’s the one and only head of romanesco that I managed to grow this year. I planted four seeds, and they all grew into plants that are about five feet tall, but only one of them formed a head.

Some people say that romanesco is a kind of cauliflower, and some say that it is a kind of broccoli. After tasting it I would lean towards the cauliflower camp – it tasted like cauliflower, except not as good. It tasted OK, but it definitely looks better than it tastes.

Scarlet Runner Beans

I harvested by scarlet runner beans a few days ago. That’s all of them there in the picture. I made a soup out of them with some vegetable bouillon, tofu, broccoli, and carrots. The beans turned pale purple the moment I put them in the boiling water. They taste kind of like lima beans, but better.

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