Monday, November 14, 2011


"November's sky is chill and drear,
November's leaf is red and sear."

~ Sir Walter Scott


1-2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 large chopped Spanish onion
2 chopped celery ribs plus leaves
1 Tbsp. chopped crushed garlic
1 tsp. crushed thyme (1 Tbsp. fresh chopped)
1 tsp. crushed rosemary (1 Tbsp. fresh chopped)
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 (14.5 oz.) can drained and rinsed black beans
1 (14.5 oz.) can drained and rinsed cannellini beans
8 cups organic chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 tsp. dried sage
coarse salt & freshly ground pepper to taste

  • Heat olive oil in large stock pot. Cook onion, celery, garlic, and thyme, rosemary, and cumin together until celery and onion are soft.
  • Add stock and wine and bring to boil. Add both black and white beans and sage. Season with salt & pepper. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Adjust seasonings to taste. (6 servings
(Bloomfield Village)

"Dull November brings the blast,
Then the leaves are whirling fast."

~ Sara Coleridge


Karen said...

As always, I loved the mosaic, very timely with winter closing in fast. Your photography is always just glorious.

Anonymous said...

Hi Joey, the soup sounds delicious and your photos are incredibly beautiful. Couldn't be more appropriate for this season!I also like the quotes!

Karin / Southern Meadows said...

Your B&W photos are very dramatic! That soup sounds delicious especially for a cold fall day.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Joey, it really is November but we have been quite mild here in the Chicago area. I just made Oxtail soup on the weekend but I have black bean soup in the freezer. Your black and white sounds very tasty with the herbs.


Marysol said...

Sweetums, as much as I admire your photography, I'll have to look at these icy photos with one eye closed. I'm just not looking forward to what's coming next—brrr.

But I'm so ready to welcome your awesome Black/White Soup!

Shirley @ The Gardening Life said...

I love the first photo montage! Gorgeous black and white!

joey said...

Thank you, Karen ... they are fun to create.

You are a dear, Kanak, and thank you.

Just as I intended, Karin ... thank you :)

Tempted but have never made Oxtail soup, Eileen. Hum ...

Ah, dear Marysol, thank you ... can't complain yet .. we have been November blessed but know this won't last. (Wrote a short note a bit ago ... hope e-mail is correct)

joey said...

Hi Shirley and thank you. Have been posting so much color, dramatic B/W suited my fancy :)

Pat said...

Geez... you're so good at photography. I show your pics using my phone to people I work with all the time.
Love to see you put a book together...I'd buy it !!!

Cat said...

Joey, your artistry with photography and editing is so inspirational. That is a beautiful tree; I can see why it calls out to your eyes!

Kala said...

I love the mosaic with the hint of color in the autumn leaf!

And of course you've posted another delicious-sounding recipe. :)

Diana Studer said...

Now that is just CLEVER! Black and white soup with B/W photos. You fill your niche perfectly.

Anonymous said...

No snow here in November in Ohio and not long till December. Like you, our leaves are either down or falling down but mostly down.

I like the shadows in the b&w photo.

Abraham Lincoln said...

I seem to have lost the comment I left.

Our trees have lost their leaves or are in the process of losing them now. Most are on the ground.

I like the black and white photos and the shadows they leave.

joey said...

You are a dear, Patsi, and thank you. This is a dream of mine ... someday!!!

How kind, Cat, and thank you. I do so love this (in all seasons) struggling photogenic tree.

Thanks, Kala! You are always so kind with your comments.

Thank you, EE (Diana) ... exactly as I had hoped someone would see!

Lucky here regarding snow so far too, Abe. Almost all the leaves have fallen but still a November golden glow with those remaining. Thank you.

Jane O' said...

This recipe is right up my alley. Can't wait to try it.

Diana LaMarre said...

I was trying to think of what kind of soup could possibly be black and white..............then I finally saw the clever! I bet the soup is delicious.

Rose said...

Stunning photos, Joey--perfect for the coming of winter!

joey said...

Enjoy, Jane Marie. Happy to hear from you :)

Indeed it is, Zoey! Yes, I am clever :O)

Thanks Rose! Happy Thanksgiving, dear friend.

Unknown said...

You are so clever. I never thought of matching a post to a food! I love beans and your recipe sounds delish!

garden girl said...

Beautiful black and white collages Joey, and delicious-sounding soup! This is a perfect day for a hot, steaming, satisfying bowl of soup.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Rick said...

I love how you put your photos together in that top mosaic - like a window view into a window. The b&w of the before/after serves to highlight the starkness of the coming season. Very nicely done, joey !

donna said...

A delicious sounding recipe that even I should be able to master.

I find the black & white photos relaxing to look at....a break from the lushness of summer.

Happy Thanksgving to you and your family, Joey. I'll be thinking of you during the football game. The green and gold should be very afraid of the silver and blue.


Alexander said...

This recipe ROCKS! Nice!

joey said...

Hi Gloria and thank you. It's fun to create!

Thank you, dear Linda. Happy Thanksgiving fun friend!

So appreciate the compliment, Rick, and thank you. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank you, dear Donna. Yes, the Thanksgiving game should be interesting! Let's both enjoy a wonderful day :)

Thanks Alexander!