ROSE DAILY DOSE - 1.27.2019 SNOW DAY(s) - VEGGIE CHILI
Well, the weather has surely been frightful around here. Freezing cold, lots of snow, school and business closings, etc. I have no recent memory of such a weather “shut-down”. What this type of weather forces you to do is to hunker down, read, write, watch Netflix and cook. As I am a huge weather watching fan, I knew that today, Sunday would be my day to grocery shop for the week . I planned on having friends over a couple of nights and wanted to have plenty of yummy food on hand. One dish that I knew I wanted to make was “my” famous veggie chili. It’s mostly just famous to me, in my memories, for that one time I made it and won a chlli cook-off dinner. I try to make this recipe once a year, just for old times sake. It is a little labor intensive, with lots of ingredients and chopping, sauteing and the like. I love it for its clean, fresh taste that is mostly due to the addition of dill and a fresh squeeze of lemon. As it takes a good few hours to prepare, I always like to double the recipe in order to give me some to not only freeze for later but also to share with friends.
This favorite recipe of mine comes from “The New Basics” cookbook, from the authors of the Silver Palate Cookbook among four other cookbooks and a now long defunct speciality food store in Manhattan. The women behind the phenomenon known as The Silver Palate, and its collective entities, were Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins. Sheila passed away years ago, but her recipes and products live on in the memories of all foodies of this generation. Julee Rosso operates a Bed and Breakfast in Saugatuck, Michigan, about an hour away from where I live. One of these days I have vowed to get there.
A funny thing happend as I pulled out this trusty old cookbook to make my chili, I flipped to the front page of the book to find this ^^^^. What a surprise! Apparently, I met Julie Rosso at a book signing somewhwere in 1994. What confuses me about this is 1. I don’t remember meeting her. 2. At the top of the page, in my handwriting is my name and phone number. Its curious to me because in 1994 I was Rosemarie Tiggleman. And I lived in Grand Rapids and would not had a 312 (Chicago) area code. The mystery lives on. I ususally always remember things like this, so it is very puzzling to me. I doubt I will ever solve this mystery as this was way before smart phones and I do not have a photograph to remind me of said signing. My only memory tied to this book is winning a dinner party chili cook-off and those bragging rights will last me a lifetime.
Wickwood Inn in Saugatuck