Sunday, November 09, 2008

Sunday, settling in

It was nice to have a Sunday that felt like Sundays used to feel. Coffee, Sunday paper spread all over, a little sunshine coming in. The house is feeling settled. We still have a lot of boxes to unpack, but I got the last ones out of the living room this week.

And here's a happy sight. Ray, in the kitchen, making chile verde. (Our favorite recipe is from a very old Sunset cookbook. See below) Can you smell the meat browning, the garlic cooking? Cumin, cloves. Jazz on the radio.

Hope your Sunday was good.


1 1/2 pounds EACH boneless beef chuck and boneless, lean pork shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes

3 tablespoons olive OR vegetable oil

1 medium green bell pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped

1 large clove garlic, minced

2 (28-ounce) cans tomatoes

1 (7-ounce) can diced green chiles

1/3 cup chopped parsley

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 cup dry red wine

Salt to taste

Brown about 1/4 of meat at a time on all sides in heated oil. Remove from oil and reserve. In pan drippings, saute bell pepper and garlic until soft, adding a little more oil if needed. In a 5-quart or larger pot, combine undrained tomatoes, green chiles, parsley, sugar, seasonings and wine. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to simmering. Add browned meats and all juices along with sauteed vegetables. Cover and simmer 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Remove cover, simmer about 45 minutes more, until sauce is reduced to thickness desired and meat is very tender. Taste and add salt. Serve with rice. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

From "Mexican Cook Book,'' Sunset Books.


  1. Yeah for settling in.

  2. Wonderful! Sounds like the perfect Sunday at my house only the chili is more Texas style and the music more likely indie rock.

  3. Anonymous8:00 AM

    Sounds like you're finally "at home." Ahhhhh, that's better. Chili for us yesterday too, but it was definitely a Tennessee version.

  4. Oh good; it sounds like home to me!

  5. Thanks for the chili recipe-sounds yummy.
    Nice to be at peace in your

  6. Just wanted you to know that our kitchen smell yummy thanks to your recipe! Just what this rainy, windy day needs. Cheers.

  7. Just found your blog from A Stitch in Time and it feels like home. Cozy.

  8. Chile Verde is one of our favorite meals! thanks for the recipe!

    Happy Anniversary!!


  9. Looks like a great recipe and Ray looks so natural there cooking things up. We'll try this and compare it with ours!