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