Monday, September 19, 2011

Autumn Love in an Oven-Proof Bowl

Earlier in the week, my neighbor called DH and asked him  if he would go to her bathroom to see if she had left her curling iron on.  She was travelling out of town.  DH did as she asked. All was well --  no curling iron left in the bathroom. 

Nonetheless, Mrs. Neighbor was so grateful that he went to check that she has been over twice since bearing gifts -- tomatoes from her garden. YUM!  We do love garden tomatoes.
I made a big pot of chili and I used some of her fresh tomatoes. First I put the tomatoes in boiling water for a couple of  minutes to remove the skin.
then I chopped them up
and added them to the chili right at the end of cooking (to keep them fresh tasting).  I cooked the chili early in the morning so I could go outside to work in the garden all day.

When it was time for dinner, I put two bowls of chili in the microwave until hot.   I added some croutons.

Then covered all of it with   Muenster cheese

Just like you would do with French Onion soup.
 I put both bowls under the broiler until melted and  browned.

I garnished it with chives from my garden and red onion.
OMG, to a cheese lover, this is beautiful!
Here is my first spoonful with one of the fresh tomatoes from my neighbor:
Autumn love in a bowl

It was a foodie love weekend at my house. In the cold early morning, I cooked until it was warm enough to go outside and work.

The rest of my Gala apples became this wonderful applesauce (I just tossed in 1/4 cup of butter and maybe a 3/4 cup of brown sugar & slowly cooked it down)
I need to get more of these Gala Red apples. This was so good with the pork roast I had for dinner last  night. I only got about two cups to freeze for later (kept some out for the leftover meal of pork this week).

Here is a colorful collage of my weekend cooking/baking.


  1. That chili sure looks good. You do a lot of cooking.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  2. That is some good-lookin' chili!!! Question for you: what is the butter in the applesauce for??? Just curious.

  3. your neighbor is lucky to have your hubby to check on her curling iron...always a scary thing when you are away wondering...did I or didn't I unplug everything...your food looks yummy...

  4. Your chili looks delicious. I love monster cheese. I'll have to try that on my chili next time.

  5. Looks good to me! I'm hungry now. Cheese is certainly a nice finish to the chili when it is all melted and brown. Had the chicken at Applebee's last night, yep-covered with melted cheese! Warmth for the tummy.

  6. Where do I begin? Your chili looked soooooo good. And your collection of pics from your week in the kitchen has me drooling.
    'hugs from afar'

  7. Cher,
    I really don't cook much. I just
    do it all on the weekend. I won't cook again (other than leftovers or salad) until next Sunday.

    It's my secret ingredient for a full rich flavor.

    Yes, we have often gotten a mile away and turned back to check.

    You will love it!

    Last week I made spinach/cream cheese stuffed chicken and covered it with provolone cheese. I think cheese makes everything better!

    That was two days in the kitchen,but I will be eating it all this week. I like to work hard on the weekend and then not cook at all the rest of the week. :)

  8. OMGosh-That looks deeelishhhhooosssss! Wow! I hope your hubby is grateful for all the cooking you do! That looks like a good Wisconsin evening meal to me! xo Diana

  9. All this food looks wonderful Zoey!
    Melted cheese on chili..oh yeah!
    The applesauce looks so yummy too..I have apples that need cooking up.

  10. I am a cheese lover and YUM! It looks so good, I could roll in it!
    Never tried muenster with chili, but I am willing...
    I don't know where you get your early morning energy. We were at a party this weekend and a guy there left at 9, couldn't keep his eyes open any more, he gets up at 4:00am. Seems like a punishment, to me!

  11. Be still my heart...I've been out working in the yard..these all look so tempting, but that chili is scrumptious looking. I think I can smell it here in Illinois.


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