There are seasonally correct things to be doing right now on this late spring eve.
... hanging clothes on the line to dry
...watching the kids play in the yard
...preparing and planting a garden
...fertilizing the lawn
Eating chili and cornbread for dinner, though not compellingly springlike, used up what I had in the fridge, was cheap and something everyone loved to gobble up.
That kind of dinner, friend, is always in season.
Sweet Potato Chili and Cornbread
(Spilling the Beans by Julie VanRosendaal and Sue Duncan)
Canola or Olive Oil
1 med onion, small dice
1 red pepper seeded and diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 med sweet potato, peeled and cut in 1/2 inch dice
28 oz can diced tomatoes
1 19 oz can black beans (I used navy beans)
1 19 oz can red kidney beans
1 1/2 c chicken stock or 1 bottle of stout
1 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder (optional)
1 Tbsp maple syrup or brown sugar
1 lime juiced
2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
In a large, heavy pot, heat oil over med-high heat.
Add red pepper and onion. After about 5-8 minutes, add garlic.
Cook another minute.
Add sweet potato, tomatoes, beans, stock, chili powder, maple syrup, lime juice, cumin and salt.
Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.
Simmer chili at leas 30 mins. Serve hot with cornbread.
1/2 cup canola or olive oil (I have used melted butter here too and it's great)
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1/2 C yellow cornmeal
3/4 C whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 C AP flour
scant 1/3 C sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350.
Grease a 9 inch square baking dish.
In a large bowl, whisk together oil, eggs, and buttermilk.
Add cornmeal, flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
Pour into pan.
Bake for 20-30 mins or until golden and a tester comes out clean.