Yes, I Can

The question of the day is this: Can I stand (literally) another day in the kitchen making plum chutney? And the answer...yes, I can. Because if I do it today, then I can take the day tomorrow to sew. Yes, sew...all the live-long day. I won't even have to cook because I'll have leftover chili from last night. Someone asked if I was going to share the chili recipe, and well, again...yes. As long as you asked so nicely.

It was a bit of a production because there are three rounds of roasting...first, peppers. Then corn (although you could use frozen corn if you wanted to). Then, tomatillos, onions, and garlic. Oh yes, and I only made half the recipe. It still makes enough for an army. So, it's made with poblano peppers and Anaheim peppers. I bought some poblanos at the local market, but I used all the CSA peppers piling up in my vegetable crisper. Aren't they pretty?

There are a couple of wax peppers there, poblanos, an Italian "blistering" pepper, two Anaheims, and a couple of other ones I'm not sure about. Except for the poblanos, they're all from our CSA share. The peppers, onions, tomatillos, and garlic are all pureed in your blender or food processor along with a handful of fresh cilantro. The corn is roasted and then cut from the cobs and set aside. Also, it contains some squash and some raw onion chopped. You can do all the heavy lifting ahead of time and then refrigerate it until you're ready to make dinner. Once you have all those component parts made, then it's just a matter of assembling it and heating it up. Also, you can add some meatballs if you want, but those are optional. I used ground chicken in my meatballs.

This is a fairly spicy chili. The recipe will tell you to add some jalapeno, but don't add a single smidgeon of jalapeno without tasting it first. Ours was spicy enough without it. If I'd added any jalapeno at all, I'm afraid it would have knocked our heads off. So anyway...here's the recipe as it appeared in the Washington Post. Scroll down about halfway to find the related recipe for the meatballs. Oh yes...I didn't get all fancy with the "Mexican" oregano and the "ancho" chili powder. I just used what was in the drawer. 

Despite standing in the kitchen for the past several days, I've still made time for slow stitching. How else would I maintain my already-questionable sanity? I finished Block 18, Bee Bountiful.

When that was finished, I reached behind me for the Hocuspocusville block already in progress. I'm just about ready to move the hoop to the next position.

As long as I was in the sewing room pressing and trimming the Bee-utiful block, I made up the next block for the Wine Country quilt. Hocuspocusville will probably keep me busy while we're on our trip, but just to be sure of my sanity, I make sure there's plenty of slow-stitching to be done.

Now here's a question for you: I'm considering starting up a stitch-along at the beginning of the year in 2017 of the Bag Ladies of the Fat Quarter Club. Remember the "Bag Ladies"? You can see them right here. You might recall that Chickadee Hollow Designs generously sponsored a giveaway of the Quilting Snowladies patterns several months ago. During the giveaway, many of you selected the "Bag Ladies" as your favorite thing on the site. Now, I have an opportunity to give away a set of the Bag Ladies; but win or lose, Chickadee Hollow Designs will generously offer 10% off the patterns to anyone who wants to participate in the stitch-along. The patterns include the design already stamped and colored on fabric. All you have to do is stitch! I've even created a badge for it and I'll share the code if there's enough interest.

So, is anyone interested in signing up for a stitch-along to start in January? No need to do anything now other than let me know if you're interested. If enough people are game, we'll do it. Either way, the giveaway will be coming up in October. 

It's time for me to get busy on chutney, but here are the rest of the pictures from the dahlia festival. Enjoy.

11 comments from clever and witty friends:

Pam said...

I never realized how intricate and beautiful dahlias are. Also your Bee bom is very charming. I admire all your canning work. Your recipes are very interesting and sound very good.

Sher S. said...

I'm interested in the Bag ladies :) Love all your canning, I used to do that all the time but decided that enough was enough when people got tired of receiving it. Oh well. And we don't eat it that fast.

Becky said...

Hey Barbara, I'm interested!

quiltzyx said...

I've never made chili using fresh chilis, I use ones out of a can. One time I grabbed the Cayenne powder instead of the Chili powder. Talk about blowing my head off! My Mom told be if I put some potatoes in it, they would take some of the heat out...and they would have if I had taken them back OUT before I ate it! Well, I did realize that after the first bowl. And the potatoes were quite tasty on their own too.

Meg said...

The chutney sounds so good. So does the chili although I get major canker sores from chili so I can't eat it. Every time I do regret it.

Those flowers are gorgeous! Oh my gosh! Amazing!

You get so much so done every day, I am truly impressed.

I have been to the quilt shop that is hosting the bag ladies stitch along - it's a great shop! Our girls all went to a church camp for a week right near there. I always made sure I had time to stop there. I obviously was so surprised to see that was the shop when I went to your link.

Thanks again for an interesting post!

Dana Gaffney said...

Those flowers are so beautiful I never realized there were so many varieties.
I love the bag ladies but don't do embroidery.

Gretchen Weaver said...

I'm canning tomatoes today, 2 1/2 bushels of them! It was kind of hard getting going again but I'll be so thankful for them this winter. Blessings, Gretchen villacrestfarm@gmail.com

Teresa in Music City said...

You know I'm always up for anything fun and stitchy! And since I am a bag lady, this would be right up my alley 😻. Love that it would already be stamped and colored too. Cost might be a factor though as I'm already committed for a BOM that runs through mid-year 2017.

Your chili sounds delish but I'd probably die from exhaustion if I tried to make it LOL! Dahlias are always so beautiful. I try to have a few blooming in my side garden each year.

Vicki C said...

I am interested in the stitch along. Those patterns are super cute.

Brown Family said...

More beautiful Dahlias!

Kate said...

More gorgeous photos! The bag ladies look like fun, but as I'm still recovering from the NewFO challenge from a couple of years ago, I'm going to have to pass on that one.