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Wednesday, November 25, 2009


 Before the chili recipe, I like to say, Happy Birthday, Hubby!
And I am posting here one of his photo experiments - the one he is most proud of, and has been published in a photo book of photographers.

Night Rose

If for one or another reason you 're not planning on the traditional turkey dinner on Thanksgiving Day, you might want to consider this delicious comfort food for this day.

My oldest daughter got away with several first prizes on chili-cookouts with her own variant of this recipe.
Personally I like this recipe because one does not have to think about soaking the beans overnight. But if that is a must in your chili, you can easily add the beans. 

The only time I was ever on some kind of a diet was with the  Suzanne's Summer's recipes. She separates the carbohydrates from the proteins. That means, simplistically explained, meat combined with veggies, or carbohydrates combined with veggies.What I like about this diet is that you can have the portions as big as you want.

My favorite recipe is a variant of Summer's Jalapeno Chili (her books are in the local libraries). Her recipe is too spicy for me, so I leave out the Jalapeno pepper when I make it. Also, her recipe calls for 6 Tablespoons of chili, which I reduced to 3-4 Tablespoons.


1 lb each of hot and sweet sausages
1/4 cup of olive oil
2 cups of onions, chopped
6 cloves (3 Tablespoons) garlic
1/2 lb. hamburger meat
2 red bell peppers
2 green bell peppers
1-6 Jalapeno peppers (seeded)

35 oz. can of tomatoes, drained
1 cup of dry white wine
1 cup of fresh parsley
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
3 Tablespoons chili powder
3 Tablespoons cumin
2 Tablespoons oregano
1 Tablespoon basil
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 Tablespoon fennel seeds
2 teaspoons black pepper
2 lb. fresh tomatoes 

If the recipe is made for 1 or 2 people, the first half of the ingredients can be halved. 
I don't scrimp on the spices!

Saute the sausage in olive oil: set aside. When cooled off cut in 1 inch pieces
Saute onions and garlic for about 5 minutes
Brown the hamburger meat
Add the bell peppers (and Jalapeno peppers)
Mix all ingredients up till now and cook for about 10 minutes.

Stir in all the spices.
At the end, stir in the fresh tomatoes

Serve with Jack cheese, sour cream and chopped green onions, if preferred. Of course cornbread to cool down the hot chili.

Serve another spoon of that chili, please!  
Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving Day!


Diane AZ said...

Your hubby's Night Rose photo is beautiful and mysterious. The chili recipe looks great, I would leave out the Jalapenos too. Corn bread sounds perfect to go with it.

DUTA said...

Happy Birthday to your husband who, as I understand from your posts, is a very good, gifted person.
The rose in his photograph is indeed adorable and worthy of being published.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you so much for your kind comments. A good person is the most important to me:), and it took too many decades discovering that he was gifted in some things!

jeannette stgermain said...

I'll pass on the praise to hubby!
This chili is delicious and not so heavy on the stomach!

Rudee said...

Well this sounds delicious.

Happy Birthday to your husband, and that rose? Stunning!

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you Rudee,
I'll pass on the compliments:)
Have a great rest of the week!

Jo said...

Happy Birthday to your hubby, and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

As soon as I read that recipe, I got hungry...! Yum! I love food like that, and I am going to try it this weekend.

The photo of the rose is exquisite.

Gaelyn said...

Happy Birthday Hubby!
Your Hubby's night rose shot deserves recognition.
The chilli recipe sounds very good.
Bringing fried apples to a friend's place who is making a pork roast and turkey. With all the potluck goodies I'm sure to be stuffed.
Happy Thanksgiving to you both!

Whitemist said...

by those who have tried to cook and eat it, my buffalo/chicken chili is to die for.
The nice part of chili is that no recipe is the same and they all taste good. Your"Suzanne's Summer's recipes:" look fine~ I will try them some time.

Paula said...

Happy Birthday to your husband, Jeanette, I hope it's a great day. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I do love chili and I'm going to try it. Thanks.

jeannette stgermain said...

Thanks Gaelyn, Happy Thanksgiving.! Wow, 2 kinds of meat? Fried apples mmmm. sounds good to me!
I'll pass on the birthday wishes and comment about the rose!
This chili is lighter on the stomach:)

jeannette stgermain said...

Jo, Thank you for birthday and thanksgiving wishes and for the comment of the rose - I'll pass it on! I know you had yours already:) The chili is worth trying!

jeannette stgermain said...

Never had buffalo meat! Do you have your buffalo/chicken chili recipe posted? Am curious how your recipe tastes! Have a good Turkey thanksgiving!

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you! It was a great day because all the people important to hubby called him (they're all living in another country).
You're welcome, the chilo is worth trying!

Protege said...

I am such bad cook, but I love to eat and this sounds so delicious.;)
Congratulation to your talented man! What a beautiful rose, stunning...
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

The Green Stone Woman said...

The chili recipe sounds absolutely delicious. What would you suggest as a substitute for the sausage for a dutch woman? What sort of sausage I mean. I want to make this as a surprise for my boyfriend.

rainfield61 said...

Tell you silently, I love the picture of rose very much more than the second one.

jeannette stgermain said...

Any sausages that you fry yourself is okay, like braadworst or a German kind of sausage. Geen rook worst. But the recipe calls for hot sausage (I don't know if you can get it in Holl. -may be in a specialty store) and sweet sausage -the Italian sausage is sweet.
Good luck with making it:)

jeannette stgermain said...

So do I reainfield! The second one is just to give the readers an idea how the recipe looks like.

jeannette stgermain said...

You really can't go wrong with this recipe, if you keep to the measurements. And after the first time, you can make your own variation:)
I'll pass it on to hubby about the rose:)
Thank you, if you still celebrate this day, you have a happy thanksgiving!

The Weaver of Grass said...

A very happy Thanksgiving to you Jeannette and a happy birthday to your husband, too. I like the sound of that recipe and have noted it down for future use. Almost makes me wish we had thanksgiving here!

Reader Wil said...

Your husband's photo if superb! Very unique!
Happy Thanksgiving to you.

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you for the thanksgiving wish, Wil. I'll pass it on about the rose to hubby:)

Sorry, I wasn't able to open the last attachment you sent to me.
Have a goos weekend!

jeannette stgermain said...

You may know that Turkey, stuffing, and an elaborate meal is traditional for thanksgiving -but for people who somehow end up traveling or not having time, I posted this chili recipe.
One blogger told me, they were going to start their own version of a thanksgiving day -thought that that was a pretty good idea:)

Kerri said...

Happy Thanksgiving! We are huge chili lovers in my house....YUM!

ANNA-LYS said...

I can almost taste the hotness on the tip of my tongue ... love chilli

and happy birthday 2 the other hot one ;-)

ANNA-LYS said...

AND the Night Rose is astoning

jeannette stgermain said...

Hope you had a good one! And enjoy the chili sometime:)

I have lately so much enjoyed your awesome photos on your blog! The backgrounds in it are just stunning!!

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you for all your kind comments! I'll pass it on to hubby:)

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