Thursday, November 12, 2009

Flashback and Foodie Friday ~Spring Forward

As fall seems to be quickly moving into winter here..maybe it's time to flash forward to Spring! I might have shown the Skagit Valley tulip fields before, but they are worth revisiting over and over again!

The day I was there in Spring of 2008 it was a gray day

But the fields of color

Were sunshine enough for me!

With a mountain backdrop

I walked past row and row

Of the little soldiers standing up to rain and the chill

Regal and elegant

As far as the eye could see

It was certainly

An awe inspiring sight!



And more tulips!

I hope this dose of spring will get you through a few chilly days this fall and winter :-) Feel free to bookmark and come tiptoeing through the tulips with me when the snow is blowing outside.

So coming back to reality...anybody need a big bowl of chili?

My Chili

1 lb of ground meat
1/2 large onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
1 tsp or to taste Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning
2 cans kidney beans or black beans
1/4 cup chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
A few dashes of hot sauce - I like the Chipotle Tabasco
1 can Rotel tomatoes with chiles
1 small can tomato sauce
1 sm can green chiles
2 small cans sliced mushrooms or fresh if you have them
2 cups water - you may need to add more depending on how thick or thin you like it

Brown ground meat with onions, peppers and garlic. I like to throw a little Tony's seasoning on the meat while it cooks and then add more to the chili later if needed. Drain ground meat, then add the rest of the ingredients. Cook for at least 30 minutes, but longer if you have the time. Adjust seasoning to taste.

If you have a flashback you'd like to share please post your link below.

I'm participating in Foodie Friday this week. Go check out all of the other great posts at Designs by Gollum

Don't forget about the great chocolate dipping event my friend Marsha is having in December..check out my sidebar for details!


Joyce said...

I had fun tip toeing thru the tulips today. Gorgeous colors. I wish tulips would last longer. I always but them to put on my table. I would be lucky to run thru all those tulips:) Yes the cold weather is slowly coming south and it is time for chili again to warm my tummy:)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

You have really brightened my day, Suzy! What a great flashback. I could never get tired of looking at those gorgeous fields of happy tulips. Your chili sounds like delicious!

Cynthia said...

Suzy, no one could forget your pictures of Skagit Valley tulip fields. It's on our short list of places we must visit. ... When I see your photos, I can definitely see the inspiration for Impressionism. Your photo "with a mountain backdrop" is gorgeous; I can definitely imagine it as a beautiful painting. ... I love the flashback. AND the chili sounds very tasty ... some interesting ingredients.

Foley said...

I love those photos of the tulips, but my favorite one you didn't post...the one of you with the tulips as the backdrop!!!

Chili - will be making that quite a bit in the next few months - Thanks for your recipe!!!

Mary said...

Your pictures are gorgeous and your chili sounds delicious.

Mrs. P. said...

Years ago we lived in Snohomish, WA and I have very fond memories of going to see the tulips in Skagit Valley. Thanks for that memory trip.

Your chili sounds great!


Dishesdone said...

The tulips are gorgeous, I remember your posting about them. Tulips that went on and on, just gorgeous! Tulips are my favorite!

We're having Nor'easter and I would love a bowl of your chili right about now! Chipotle tasbasco, good stuff! Great looking pot of chili, nice and hearty!

Debbie said...

Suzy, you just blew me away with your Skagit Valley tulip fields! I especially love the ones with the mountains in the background. Awesome! We hope to go to the Ottawa tulip festival in 2010...I love tulips!

I'm been wanting chili, need to put it on my list. Thanks for sharing this flashback!

ButterYum said...

Gasp... all those flowers. AMAZING!!!

Aren't you happy chili season is here?


jennifer said...

The tulips are amazing! So many different colors. It must be gorgeous in person.

Marsha said...

I remember these tulips and Barb is right...where is the photo of you in them? I think I will have to tell Barb we need to come visit at tulip time :)

The photos are fantastic and so is your chili recipe. We love chili and the chipolte and creole seasonings would be new ones for us.

I am sorry I keep forgetting about FF - I'll have to write myself a note!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh My Goodness! These photographs took my breath! That are absolutely stunning. Thank you for sharing them and for sharing your chili recipe. laurie

Samantha said...

The tulips are beautiful (my favorite flower) and the chili looks fabulous! We love to see our seasoning being used in a recipe and especially a recipe that we all love! Thanks for using our seasoning and keeping things spicy!

Sales & Marketing Assistant
Tony Chachere's Creole Foods

Kathleen said...

I love those pretty!

Mike makes the chili..I think he only knows how to make it for 50, always so much of it!
No Tony whoever though, I think he uses chili powder and other spices..
It is spicy, my Irish tummy can't handle it!

Joy @ Joy Of Desserts said...

Such gorgeous pictures. Love tulips and just about every kind of flower.

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