Cold, Damp & Chili

October 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

Ahhh Fall.  It’s here.  It’s clear.  Get used to it.

Sunday morning brought gray skies, a light drizzle, and the promise of adventure.  The kind of morning that lattes and scones were born from.

First stop – the San Rafael Farmer’s Market.  And by now, the light drizzle had turned into a substantial downpour.  But alas, we were not deterred.   The rain only enhanced the colors of persimmons & pumpkins, asparagus & avocados and olives & orchids.  A hot cup of fresh-brewed coffee kept the chill at bay as we darted from tent to tent seeking shelter and sampling berries, nuts and cheeses from local, organic purveyors.

A few miles up the road we took a few minutes to stroll through Mill Valley’s Pumpkin Patch.  The rain kept most folks home, so we had our pick of the litter.  And we chose well, bringing home 2 Jacks for carving and 2 decorative beauties for the table.

Once home, a roaring fire and hot chocolate were the consummate remedy  for 2 1/2 hours in the rain!  But we soon sprang into action in a flurry of slicing, dicing, chopping and stirring as we turned our Farmer’s Market treasure’s into a bubbling caldron of vegetarian chili.  And what chili is complete without cornbread?  Our version included molasses for a rich, comforting and homey feel. Pumpkins were carved into ghoulish gourds, and the seeds were harvested, cleaned and baked with sea salt & chili powder for a fun fall treat.

Check out 101 Cookbooks Pierce Street Vegetarian Chili!

It’s safe to say we welcomed Fall with open arms, warm hearts and full tummies.

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