Fall Watch 2007 is officially over and I WIN! Well, technically we all win. But I’d like to think that my pumpkin baking did the trick. :o) For the past two days the highs have been below 70F!! We didn’t turn the heat on last night and it was actually chilly when we woke up this morning.
This kind of a victory called for some serious celebrating so I made Rob’s absolute favorite meal, which just happens to be the quintessential fall and winter dish.
1 lb. of 93/7 or 85/15 ground turkey meat
1 medium-large onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
2 c. water
2-14.5 oz. cans of petit diced tomatoes, undrained
1-6 oz. can of tomato paste
1-15 oz. can of black beans, rinsed and drained
1-15 oz. can of dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 bay leaf
2% sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
Brown the turkey meat with the onion, garlic, cumin and chili powder. Add water, tomatoes, paste, beans, oregano and bay leaf. Stir well. Bring to a low boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Serve with shredded cheddar cheese, if desired.
*If you can stand it, it really is better to cook this, let it cool and then refrigerate overnight before serving. The flavors meld very nicely when given time to rest.