Summertime Kitchen

Recent Cooking Projects

While I was seeing if the pans were going to come falling down on me(new hooks) I made my first batch of Black Bean Soup. I didn’t find a whole lot of variation in the basic recipes that are out there.

Blackbean Soup

2 cups of dried Blackbeans

4 cups low sodium Vegetable or low sodium Chicken broth

4 pieces bacon(optional)

1 bellpepper

3 cloves garlic

1 small onion

1 tsp cumin

1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder

salt to taste

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce(optional)

fresh cilantro

avocado

lime

sour cream

I started with 2 cups of dried beans, soaked them and rinsed them, then added 4 cups of broth and brought that to a boil then reduced it to simmer for about 1 1/2 hours. Then while the beans are coming to a boil, in a separate pan I cooked 4 pieces of chopped bacon. Add bacon to beans and then use the bacon fat to sauteed 1 bellpepper, 3 cloves worth of minced garlic and 1 small onion. After  1 1/2 hours add cumin, chili powder, salt, and Worcestershire. Continue to simmer another 1 1/2 – 2 hours.

Use the cilantro, lime, sour cream and diced avocado as a topper.

 

Grilled Yellow Squash

Leave it to me to never run out of things to do with squash. I used olive oil, ‘everyday seasoning’ from Trader Joe’s and garlic for the squash. For the falafel I am giving some frozen store bought ones a try, I saturated them in some olive oil before grilling. Made a sauce with sour cream.

 

Rice Pudding

Easy way to use left over plain rice from dinner. Add a ratio of 1 cup rice rice 1 1/2 cups soy milk, 1 cinnamon stick, a splash of vanilla, a handful of raisins, and a handful of brown sugar. Bring to boil and cook about 20 minutes, remove cinnamon stick.

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Also this week has been full of coffee ice cubes, best thing ever in the summer time. Make sure you’ve got a good coffee. There’s too much good coffee out there to drink bad coffee.

Iced Coffee

1/2 cup of cow, soy or almond milk

6-8 coffee iced cubes

1/2 cup cold coffee (brewed strong)

1 tablespoon(or more!) condensed sweet milk

 

 

 

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