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



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.


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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