Tuesday, February 23, 2010


"Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour."

~ John Boswell

'Golden Moment'
(Hubbard Lake)


6-7 lbs. lean ground beef
3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
3 large coarsely chopped Spanish onions
3 stalks chopped celery plus green leaves
6 cloves minced garlic
1 (of each) chopped red, orange, yellow, green pepper
4 (28-oz.) cans chopped/diced tomatoes
1 cup good chili powder
1 Tbsp. Lawry's Seasoned Pepper
1 Tbsp. cracked pepper
coarse salt to taste
1 (40 oz.) can spicy 'hot' chili beans
1 (14 oz.) can spicy chili beans (or black, kidney or pinto)
2 (15 oz.) cans whole kernel corn
2 (4 0z.) cans drained sliced black olives or more if you choose

  • Brown meat, drain excess grease and add olive oil. Brown onions and add celery and garlic. Add peppers and saute until soft.
  • Cover with canned tomatoes and their liquid, chili powder, salt and peppers. Bring to boil then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in beans and their liquid, corn with liquid, and olives. Simmer gently for 20 minutes or until heated through.
  • Serve in big bowls topped with shredded Colby/Jack cheese, Garden Fresh salsa and a side of kettle style Blue Corn Tortilla chips.

'Now is the Hour'
(Hubbard Lake)

"Next to jazz music, there is nothing that lifts the spirit and strengthens the soul more than a good bowl of chili."
~ Harry James


Anonymous said...

Dear Joey, Yet another delightful posting. Your large pictures of Hubbard Lake, completely unknown to me, I regret to say, are outstanding. What warmth - matched only by the receipt for Chili which I intend to keep and try when my friend, B, who does cook, is next with me.

Gail said...

I think Harry was right! I think he must have been sitting in front of that sunset on Hubbard Lake, too. gail

imac said...

1st, your photos are fantastic, so coulourful and full of Nature.
Then we have a menu which sounds so tasty, all we need is a glass of red wine.

joey said...

Thank you, dear Edith. Like your last post, this is a happy destination point, one I hate to leave.

Cute, Gail:) Yes, Harry & John collaborated with me on this post.

I'm honored, imac, and thank you. I did leave you a glass of red wine on the table in front of the fire :)

lindalou said...

Love the Harry James comment. Which is especially true during the long winter months. (Although finally having some snow has been a good thing.)

Hubbard Lake is just beautiful. Your photos warm my spirit as well.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Joey, you have a lovely view there.

RURAL said...

Joey, every captured moment in this post makes me yearn to visit this beautiful lake. And for someone who would rather not suffer through snow, that is a high complement.

What a stunning collection.


Anonymous said...

Now that's a lovely sunset, and a serious pot of chili! Hope you had a crew to help you eat it.

Anonymous said...

Joey, your beautiful lake looks like a little bit of Paradise. If it's this beautiful in the winter, I can only imagine how wonderful it must be in the warmer seasons. And that chili sounds divine!

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Joey, We enjoy chili at this house, too! Mr. Shady likes to make a BIG recipe. :-) Your photos are so beautiful. Are you getting ready to enjoy being outdoors and watching those sunsets again?

joey said...

It has been beautiful, Lindalou! We've been blessed with a mild winter ... and this snow was just enough! (Not like your post that left me, wondering ... :)

Thanks Marnie ... you are always so kind. One day, one day, I hope to get my last book published (a possum runs through the pages, a huge part of the story and why I so enjoyed your last post).

This is a beautiful piece of earth, dear Jen, blessed to have found it (actually, it found us). The equinox sets directly in front ... breathtaking!

Never fear, Robin, and thanks! The troops are never far behind!

Thanks, dear Nancy ... we've been friends long enough for you to know how this spot touches my heart. Note: if you make the chili, invite a crowd ... maybe perfect for a 'housewarming' invite to your new apartment!

Shady, you are such a dear. Mr. Shady and I should have a chili 'cook-off' :) Ah, yes, I dream of being outside ... the best is when the lake thaws and my loons return. We have been blessed to be there on the very day ... loons know and never arrive until winter is over. It's an awesome sight to see!

Anonymous said...

Hi Joey,

I stumbled upon your blog from another blog which I found from twitter...you know how it goes. I love your photos and your whole site is absolutely delightful! I live in Grosse Pointe so not far from you. I enjoy visiting blogs and photo sites, and I'm glad I found yours!


joey said...

Delighted you stopped by, Cathy. Thank you and do hope you return. Love fellow Michigan bloggers/twitters (don't spend much time on Twitter and surprised you found me) <3

Kylee Baumle said...

Joey, you are amazing. You just keep showing us the most beautiful scenes.

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hi, Joey!
We have a full moon snowshoe coming up this Sunday evening. Chili seems like the perfect warm up after our big adventure. Fingers crossed for clear skies. Lovely pics.

Rose said...

Joey, I don't know how you manage to always come up with these gorgeous scenes. I'd like to sit at the big window looking out at that beautiful sunset over Hubbard Lake with jazz on the stereo and a big bowl of your chili--sounds like the perfect evening!

joey said...

Thanks, dear Kylee, as do you. Kudos on 1st place ... your photo is amazing :)

How fun, Kate, a perfect evening! I do so wish you a crystal clear sky ... Happy snowshoeing :)

Yes it is good, Rose, and why I leave a piece of my heart behind each time we leave. But I'm also happy to return to my home here that also feeds my soul. I'm truly blessed to have the best of both worlds. BTW, loved your 'weed' post!

kate smudges said...

What a gorgeous sunset! The colours are spectacular. I love your photo mosaics ~ they are always a treat to see. This chili must taste delicious. Corn and olives would make a good addition. I will try this sometime.

Your tulip photos make me feel spring-like. Beautiful photography as always, Joey!

Marysol said...

Joey, the delightfully-radiant photo of Hubbard Lake's sunset certainly warmed my heart, and everything else!

And since I rarely have an idle moment, I hope you won't mind if I'll have some of that Hubbard Lake Chili to go.

Stay warm, my friend.

joey said...

Thanks, dear Kate, how kind. I make many different versions of chili, but this one is always a winner with my children ... the corn and olives, a nice added taste.

So happy to hear from you, dear Marysol, and thanks. I We must catch up :)

Dirty Girl Gardening said...

nice recipe... thanks!

Rob (ourfrenchgarden) said...

There's some proper heat in that chili.

You've got the exposure spot on with the sunset photo. Perfect.

joey said...

Well thank you, DGG :)

Indeed Rob, it does the job! Thanks for the nice comment :)

Unknown said...

Every one of these photos is spectacular. And... I LOVE me some chili. Your blog inspires me in a number of different ways!

joey said...

Thank you Krista. It's impossible to take a bad shot of this beautiful lake :)