Chili weather

OK. THIS is my most successful chili recipe to date. Improving every time…

Black beans
Get started night before or morning of evening you’re cooking it.
1/2lb beans
small onion, diced
couple of garlic cloves, diced
bay leaves
oil
salt
– rinse beans, filter
– soak for at least 8hrs
– drain beans
– heat up pot, add oil
– sautee onions until almost transparent
– add garlic
– add beans, cover an inch high with water
– bring to boil, then simmer
– add bay leaves
– when beans start to get tender, add salt
GOOD LORD STOP OVERSALTING. IT WILL GET SALTIER AS IT SITS
– cook to desired tenderness, (2hrs+)
– add more water as necessary.
Cooked the chili as beans were near done, and let most of the water evaporate in the beans before dumping everything into the chili.

Chili
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
1 small onion
few cloves of garlic, diced
bay leaves
1lb chorizo(just the ground meat, no casing)
1lb ground beef
La Morena Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce
2lbs whole tomatoes, fire roasted
6oz tomato paste
negra modelo
smoked paprika
cumin
chili powder
– dice peppers, onions, and garlic(used to do it really chunky, but better when small)
– add a little salt and pepper to gound beef, mash together with chorizo
– heat up oil in deep cast iron pan
– sauté onion, then garlic
– add meat to brown
– add everything else: tomatoes, tomato paste, peppers, spices, beans, half bottle of beer
– stir everything together, let simmer for at least 2hrs(I did closer to 3)
USE SPLATTER SCREEN

winner winner.

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Three weeks without phone? – no problem. On computer most of the day, every day anyway.

Three weeks without camera? Fucking killing me.

iPhones are the best cameras I’ve ever owned. Camera first, everything else is convenience. Fast and intuitive, great quality for casual captures, share/edit easily. No knobs or settings to fiddle with, just tap and set focus and exposure. Done. Might be blasphemy, but I’m no photographer and I don’t care. No technicalities, no extra bulk, just unlock and capture.

Fall colors and crisp air; whether green/gold/fire against bright blue, or against gray skies, it’s all so beautiful right now. Happy not to be looking down, but… miss that feeling of taking a little piece of it just for me.