Friday, October 2, 2009

Harvest Moon

The weather has not been too cooperative for doing any moon watching with all the rain and cloudy skies. But if we should happen to get lucky the Harvest Moon (a full moon) is supposed to make an appearance this weekend October 4th. This is the time of the year when the full moon is nearest the autumnal equinox. I decided to be productive being inside so much and find some moon poems from this wonderful book I have called
As Long as the Moon shall Rise
Reflections on the Full Moon
Eleen Moore Anderson, Editor.
The Harvest Moon
It is the harvest Moon! On gilded vanes
And roofs of villages, in woodland crests
And their aerial neighborhoods of nests
Deserted, on the curtained window-panes
Of rooms where children sleep, on country lanes
And harvest-fields, its mystic splendor rests.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The crimson Moon, uprising from the sea,
With large delight, foretells the harvest near.
Edward Hovell-Thurlow
English writer 1781-1814
From the poem Moonlight 1814

Autumn Night
That there is only one
is unbelievable tonight.

This harvest moon.
Oshima Ryota
Japanese Haiku writer 1718-1787

All night I could not sleep
because of the moonlight on my bed.
I kept on hearing a voice calling:
Out of nowhere, Nothing answered "yes".
Zi Ye

from a collection of popular Chinese folk songs

What better time than a rainy day to try some comfort food
Tastes the best if made 1-2 days ahead of serving
  • 2 lbs of ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 2 cups of chopped celery
  • 2 Tb lemon juice
  • 2 Tb. brown sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 1/2 tsp. worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. mustard
  • 2 Tb. chili powder
  • 1 jar of prepared marinara sauce (1lb. 8 oz)
  • 2 cans of light kidney beans drained (15.5 oz0
  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes (oregano- garlic-basil)
How to prepare:
  • Brown ground beef, onion and chopped celery and drain
  • In a bowl, mix lemon juice, chili powder, brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, salt, vinegar, mustard, water ketchup
  • In large pan with high sides add browned hamburger mixture, lemon juice chili powder mixture, 2 cans of kidney beans drained , 2 cans diced tomatoes, 1/2 jar of marinara sauce
  • Simmer on low heat for an hour uncovered

1 comment:

  1. Is it weird to like cinnamon on my chili? Your recipe sounds so good, I'll have to make a batch this week! (With cinnamon, of course!)


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