chilly weather cooking

bean stewIt's Fall today, and it's been chilly in the city overnight for the past few days. Sure it's supposed to hit 80 degrees here tomorrow, but I'm convinced it's time to go back to making soups, stews, and that kind of thing. So that makes it all the more funny that I made this dish back in late June when it was way too warm for slow cooking in my sunny, top-floor (aka hot!) apartment. I was cleaning through some old photos and realized I'd never posted anything about this dish. Now I wouldn't mind having a pot of it on the stovetop.bean stewThe other funny thing is that I can't remember where the recipe came from. I searched through all my books, but you know... it may have come from a web site, or maybe it came from a book I'm still editing like One-Pot Wonders by Clifford Wright which isn't due out for another five or six months. Does that ever happen to you? When you look through your old photos, you can't quite recall what the dish was or where you ate that meal? I need a new strategy -- maybe I'll take a snapshot of the recipe before I start cooking. Well, looking at the pot, it's easy enough. I see sausage, kidney beans, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers. With ingredients like those, I could just wing it, and that's one of the things I love best about cool-weather cooking. If it's not quite right, just cook it a bit longer to richen the flavors. Now I'm hungry. Happy Fall!