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Friday, November 16, 2012

I make bean soup

My wife asked me if I would make bean soup this morning. She was on the way to school. It was 7:30 a.m.
So I agreed.
I set about boiling two cups of beans. (white)
I cut up an onion and two cloves of garlic. (A nice big Walla-Walla sweet onion)
I found a nice chunk of ham in the refrigerator.
I could not find cilantro, which is kind of the secret ingredient in tasty bean soup.
I did boil the beans and pour off the nutrients with the water. I am fairly sure it is those very nutrients which will bring back that pesky duck which tends to stalk me and quack at inopportune times.
Plus, I hate crunchy beans in bean soup.
I started to add bacon but I have no self control and a limited attention span and when the bacon started to sizzle I thought of eggs and I had a late breakfast of bacon and eggs. No grits. Not a true Son of the South.
Anyway, I added the ham, onion, garlic, a little salt, a little pepper, the beans which I boiled for 10 minutes and then rinsed, into the crock pot and turned it on high.
When I came in for lunch the soup smelled quite delicious. It does lack something.
Cilantro, I think.
There is a bucket of really nice 3rd cutting alfalfa leaves for the Chinchillas...Alfalfa is green, Cilantro is green...
I wonder....


  1. My sister who lives in Canada, gave us some freeze dried kale. It is supposed to be good for you. It is supposed to taste good. It smells just like a bale of hay. Maybe she has been in the far north for too long.

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  3. Some folks eat alfalfa sprouts; guess you could TRY the leaves. ;-)

  4. All that liquid beneficial bubonic beaniferousness down the drain? Maybe try a different liquid, like a Tsunami Stout. A properly relaxed duck will not quack, or at least will not care.

  5. I recently discovered that one of the most persistent weeds in my garden (purslane) is actually edible and quite good for what ails you. I have not yet been adventurous enough to try it though.


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