Corn, Black & Red Bean Vegetarian Chili



Posted a picture of tonight’s dinner as it was cooking on Facebook and got requests for the recipe.  Here it is, but note it has tons of ingredients yet it’s really a simple recipe to execute once you have your mis en place set up!  As with all Chilis, Soups and Stews it always tastes better the second day!
* Exported from MasterCook *

Corn, Red & Black Bean Vegetarian Chili

Recipe By : Chef Jim
Serving Size : 6
Categories : Chili; Vegetarian

Amount Measure Ingredient — Preparation Method
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2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium zucchini — 1″ chunks
1 medium yellow squash — 1″ chunks
1/2 large red onion — diced
1 medium green bell pepper — 1″ chunks
1/2 large red onion — 1″ chunks
2 cloves garlic — minced
1 medium jalapeno chile pepper — minced
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ancho chili powder — or cayenne to taste
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon dried oregano — crumbled
15 ounces black beans, canned — drained and rinsed
15 ounces red kidney beans, canned — drained and rinsed
10 ounces frozen corn — defrosted
14 ounces diced canned fire roasted tomates
28 ounces canned crushed tomatoes
1 cup water
1/4 cup fresh cilantro — chopped

In dutch oven heat oil and add diced onion and pinch of kosher salt, cook until beginning to soften, add green pepper and saute for 2 minutes. Add garlic and jalapeno stirring for one minute then add squash, zucchini, chunked red onioin and cook 3 minutes. Add spices and oregano stir to coat all vegetables with spices.

Stir in beans and diced tomatoes once totally incorporated add crushed tomatoes and water, bring to boil.

Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 30 minutes stirring occasionally.

Add corn and cilantro cook for additional 10 minutes.

“Eggplant is good addition or sub for one of the squashes. Adjust the heat to personal taste.”
Serving Ideas : We serve all chili over brown rice. Corn muffins are good on the side as well.
Serve with favorite toppings: Chopped Scallions, Lime & Cilantro Marinated Avocado, Chopped Cilantro, Shredded Cheddar, Dollop of Sour Cream or Plain Greek Yogurt

Eat Well….Be Well!

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Driving to client’s apartment in Brooklyn yesterday I was pleased with my timing as there were no tie-ups or delays in my route, that is, until I was a block away.  Not only was the street I was traveling on backed up for construction, the street I would turn onto to reach the parallel street where the client lives, was completely closed.  Ended up going 4 blocks out of my way to finally reach the building.

Unloaded my kit and groceries into the lobby and proceeded to look for street parking.  Trying to avoid the construction zones I had to drive 8 blocks due to one-way streets!  Twenty minutes later I parked and walked the 5 blocks back to the building.

Loaded my kit and groceries onto an empty elevator, being the only passenger I headed to the 17th Floor.  When the elevator stopped I got off and since the client’s apartment is on the corner of the building, furthest away from the elevator, it took me three trips to get everything in front of the door.  I looked up just as I was about to ring the bell to find out I was standing in front of 1401 instead of 1701!!!

Three trips back to elevator and up three more stories where I did the kit and grocery shuffle again!  Clients’ greeting: We were getting worried about you!!

Once unpacked and organized I preheated the oven after removing the pizza stone.  Placed the sheet pan of Butternut Squash cubes to be roasted inside the oven and proceeded to prep next dish.  I suddenly noticed the kitchen was filling with smoke from the oven. I  quickly opened it hoping the squash wasn’t burning!  I look on bottom rack and it looks like a broiler pan was there so I’m figuring it was full of grease and not cleaned.  When I pull it out, I realize there was probably something made from black plastic, in the stack of oven rack and this gridlike sheet as that is what was making the smoke, noxious fumes and all around sticky mess.

Turns out it was a black plastic tray that @450º melted rapidly! Grid of pan is coated in black plastic, oven rack seems to have received more than it’s share of glop!

The next several recipes when along smoothly until time to saute the Garlic Sauteed Spinach.  I opened three bags of spinach, sauteed the first after garlic was ready, picked up second bag that wasn’t quite open enough so over pot I pull the bag to open it wider and the spinach splattered all over the place, but mostly as fate would have it all over the stove top!  Spinach, hot stovetop.  You haven’t lived until you’ve tried to regather the spinach leaves that are literally melting to the stove top after a few hours of running the oven @high temps!

At the end of the day I repack and drag the kit to the elevators and store them in the lobby while I retrieve the car!

So I was leaving a client’s apartment, @4:45 p.m. heading to the car which was parked on the street in Brooklyn 5 blocks away. I could see a VERY dark sky in the distance. Was hoping it would not hit the neighborhood where I was until after I drove back to the bldg to get my “kit”. Started the car and drove to corner to turn right when it was like someone turned the lights off! Dark as midnight! By the time I drove the 9 block detour via one-ways and construction zones to get to her building the skies opened up and I was saying: Are we in Kansas Toto? The wind was swirling. I got completely drenched loading my kit into the car! And a 30 minute drive home was 1 1/4 hours crawling!! I can actually walk it faster!!

And just to add excitement to the drive the You Need Gas, Fool  light came on while sitting in a massive traffic jam where I moved @5 miles per hour!  Besides there being a dearth of gas stations along this route there were cars parked on both sides of the street and very few places to push the car out of the slow-moving traffic should the need arise!  I know I should have between 30 & 40 miles worth of gas in the tank, but given the slow pace I was traveling I’m calculating that I may not survive the several trips around my own 4 block path in search of parking in my neighborhood!

Made it to local gas station and filled up before taking 6 passes around the I Need A Parking Space loop!  Gave in and parked in the commercial area which requires me to move it before 730 a.m. so they may “clean” the street before the stores open!  Did I mention it was still raining?

The good news was Nana successfully prepared Spaghetti & Meatballs for dinner!



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Party, Party, Party

Continuing on about the 65th Birthday Party for the love of my life!

First, we needed a theme.  Tossed around a few ideas when suddenly our daughter said something about Paris.  We adopted: A SUMMER EVENING IN PARIS! In an instant the first pieces of decor were purchased: boxes from Michael’s with Paris themes printed on them and an amazing French inspired framed menu chalkboard!

Sepia toned boxes and poster

Sepia toned boxes and poster

Dinner Table w/Chalkboard Menu above.

Dinner Table w/Chalkboard Menu above.

On a second trip to Michael’s the whole “chalkboard” theme became inspiration to go Black and White for the remaining decor.  The sepia-toned boxes already purchased would be enhanced with a very oversized poster in the same colorations and adorned the wall unit surrounding our large living room window.

Black & White Eiffel Tower Photo

Black & White Eiffel Tower Photo

But everything else was Black and White!  Some of the highlights: Black framed black and white photo of the Eiffel Tower; Black metal Eiffel Tower tea light candle holders; Black and White small suitcase that says: “Paris is always a good Idea”;  Black and White Paris themed desk organizer that held dessert plates, forks and napkins!

Eiffel Tower Tealight holder

Eiffel Tower Tealight holder

Black and White Invitations were bought and printed @home—B & W printed coasters, Flocked damask taffeta runner, printed cardboard cupcake stands, Fluer de Lis printed ribbon, damask printed cocktail & dessert napkins, this list could go on forever.  Suffice it to say that if it wasn’t black and white it didn’t get used in the dining room, bar, dessert bar or bathroom!!


The Mantle was given Black and White treatment and Paris Postcards were added to the Mirror above.  White orchids and damask balloons added for fun.

Chandelier and B & W Paris Photos

Chandelier and B & W Paris Photos

Black Cardboard Chandelier above framed Black and White Photos of Paris.  This hung above a chest that was wrapped in white with a black corrugated Eiffel Tower Banner.

Covered Chest to hold dishes & flatware!

Covered Chest to hold dishes & flatware!

Sign 1

Sign 1

Sign 2

Sign 2

Sign 3

Sign 3


Signs were printed, creatively hung and entertained all who read them.






Eiffel Towers were everywhere!

No pics available for a few other projects, hallway signs with arrows to direct guests coming off the elevator to A SUMMER EVENING IN PARIS!

Also a black frame strung with black cord with black and white photos of the honored lady from wedding day to various vacations and with family members hung with black and white clothes pins!

Black and White Favor Bags contained Eiffel Tower Key Chains; Fleur de Lis glass coasters, Wine charms with the Eiffel Tower, and Chocolate Truffles.

It was truly a immersion into the Parisian theme with a menu to match the festive decor.  If you missed the menu it can be seen here!

The guests were truly into the spirit of the evening and were fashionably dressed in Black, White and Black & White!  Everyone raised their glasses of Champagne Naturale to toast Kathy in celebration of her 65th!

Thanx again to all those who participated in this great party!


Eat Well…Be Well!


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