Creature Comfort no. 752

Can I just say that I am SO glad to be home? For so many reasons, not the least of which because I'm really tired of eating out? This whole week I've dreamed of favorite dishes like this:

Rosita's Chili
1 can black beans
1 can red kidney beans
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
(optional: Trader Joe's roasted corn, frozen mixed bell peppers, ground turkey)
olive oil
1 onion
2 or 3 cloves garlic, chopped small
4 T chili powder
1 T oregano
1 T cumin
to taste: (these are the secret ingedients)
brown sugar (or honey)
beer (darker the better, think stout. Double Chocolate is my fave, and then you can drink it with dinner.)
lemon juice
*this is best over brown rice, so get the rice going before you start the chili:
1 cup brown rice
2 cups water
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil; add rice; cover; bring back to a boil & reduce heat to simmer. Let simmer for 25 minutes. If the rice isn't quite done, turn off heat, and cover it until you're done with the chili.
Chili time:
Chop onion
saute with garlic until soft in olive oil on medium heat.
If you're using ground turkey,brown it now.
Add chili, oregano & cumin, mix well.
Add beans, tomatoes and any corn or bell peppers.
Now for the secret ingredients that I'll only tell you. And you.
Add judiciously; maybe a tablespoon of brown sugar, a splash of beer to begin with, and the juice of half a lemon. Cover and let it all soak together.
We eat this a lot. Occasionally-when I have time- a pan of cornbread has made an appearance. Usually our chili is topped with shredded sharp cheddar or plain yogurt (poor man's sour cream) and served with salad.
Go on! Eat! Mange!

****this is also for Jessica in La Habra & Ben & Karin in South Lake Tahoe, house-warming gifts from your sis.************

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Read Your Way Through the Garden: Choice Tomes From Garden Literature

  • A Book of Salvias by Betsy Clebsch
  • Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon
  • Making Bentwood Trellises by Jim Long
  • RHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers
  • Rose Primer: An Organic Approach to Rose Selection & Care by Orin Martin
  • Start With the Soil by Grace Gershuny
  • Sunset Western Garden Book
  • Sunset Western Landscaping Book
  • The Book of Garden Secrets by Patent & Bilderback
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Botany
  • the Gardener's Table: A Guide to Natural Vegetable Growing and Cooking by Richard Merrill & Joe Ortiz
  • The Gardener's Year by Karel Capek
  • The Hutchinson Dictionary of Plant Names: Common & Botanical
  • We Made A Garden by Margaret Fish

lotsa latin: rosa's botanical & etymological ruminations

  • vespertinus: flowers in the evening
  • vernalis:spring
  • veni vidi nates calcalvi: we came, we saw, we kicked butt. This was printed on a T shirt I bought at Abbot's Thrift many years ago. It encircled the NEA symbol. I wish I knew why.
  • superciliaris: shaped like an eyebrow ex: sturnella superciliaris, the White-browed Blackbird
  • rosa-sinensis: species of Hibiscus: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Lit. Rosa of China, so named by British plant hunters.
  • placentiformis: shaped like a cake ex: discocactus placentiformis
  • nudiflorus: flowers before leaves show ex: flowering quince, magnolia
  • nivalis: growing in or near snow ex: galanthus nivalis (common snowdrop)
  • muralis: growing on walls
  • mirabilis: marvellous, wonderful
  • formosa: beautiful ex: dicentra formosa, a.k.a.western bleeding heart/dutchman's breeches/lady in a bath
  • carpe vitam: get a life
  • Carolus Linnaeus: Latinized name of Carl von Linne (1707-1778), Swedish naturalist considered the father of plant taxonomy. Whatta guy.