Tonight's dinner: Smokey bean soup

Tonight's dinner: Smokey bean soup

smokey bean soup 05-03-1

Its pretty unremarkable looking, but super tasty.

2 c Roman beans, soaked over night
1 lg onion
4 cloves garlic
1 bay leaf
1 tsp whole peppercorns
1 Tbsp thyme
4-6 dashes liquid smoke
1 C carrots
1 C celery
4 c potatoes
1 Tbsp vegetable bullion
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp red wine vin.

sauté the onions until translucent
add the garlic and sauté a minute more.
Add the beans, about 8 C water, bay, peppercorns, thyme and smoke.
Simmer for about 40 minutes.
Add carrots, celery and potatoes and bullion, simmer about 20-30 minutes more, until beans are cooked and vegetables are tender. Add soy sauce and vinegar. Serve.


i've been really into making my own flavored syrups for home made sodas and etc, today i made the BEST lemon-lime syrup today, it tastes way better than sierra mist or 7-up etc.

1 C water
1 C sugar
zest + juice of 1 lemon
zest + juice of 1 lime

heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 min. cool, store in the refrigerator.

2-3 Tbsp in a tall glass w/ soda water and ice = YUM!
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yesterday i made minestrone, tonight we had leftovers, tomorrow we will also have leftovers, and the night after that too.

yeah, it made a lot.

here is the rough recipe:

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Gimme some mo' samosas

Ok bad title, sorry.

The other day I made some kick ass samosas* and I want to record the recipe here so I don't forget it.

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* I guess I should really call these "Indian style pasties" or something since I stray so far from traditional samosa assembly and cooking methods

pop! spicy!

several years ago when Bill and i first started dating, we used to pop our own popcorn a lot, and i had made a cajun spice mix to use on it, we really enjoyed it, (although i did find it a tad to spicy, but then I'm a wimp) we soon fell out of the habit of eating popcorn, as we both refused to use store bought bags, and when we moved we didn't have a good enough pan to pop in. and i dislike the waste from using the air popper, half the unpopped kernels get thrown out before they even have a chance to heat up.

then recently i discovered brown paper bag microwave popcorn.
its super simple: take a brown paper lunch bag, and throw in 2 Tbsp - 1/4C popcorn
tightly fold over the top about 1/4-1/2 inch - three times (it will slowly unfold during popping, but still stays closed)
then just throw it in the microwave for about 2-3 minutes - ish

i find letting it go until things start popping, then stopping the microwave for 5 seconds (to let the heat more evenly distribute throughout the bag) then letting it go again until the pops are about 2 seconds apart really works.
you have to really watch it though, the first couple of times i did this i ended up with burnt popcorn because i let it go too long.
super simple, super quick, and super cheap, and no nasty fake butter and whatever other chemicals are in the store bought bags.

after all that i just HAD to make a good cajun spice to put on it, so after scouring the web and combining/modifying/borrowing from a ton of recipes, i came up with one that we really, really like (Bill think it could be hotter, but it's super easy to just add more cayenne)

1/4 c smoked paprika
1 T garlic powder
1 T onion powder
1 T salt
1 T thyme
1 T oregano
1 T pepper
1 t basil
1 t cumin
1/4 t cayenne

i use whole peppercorns and cumin, so i just threw everything into the spice grinder and whirred it all together.

it's super tasty and really great on popcorn (and probably other things too, but all we've used it on so far is bags and bags of popcorn!)


last night I made gumbo for dinner. I haven't made gumbo in ages, but Bill and I were talking about okra, (he loves it with Indian spices and tomatoes, Tommy loves it plain, but it's so slimy the only way I can eat it is in gumbo) and I really started craving gumbo.

I looked up a bunch of recipes online, mashed them around a bit and came up with this:


Super yummy

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ok, so, in the last week I have had THREE Russian serial adders friend me.


since i'm posting lots of pictures of Tommy and other stuff about him, i feel a little safer going friends only.


if you would like to be added as a friend, just comment here and ask.
(if you were already a friend, you still are a friend!)
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I just made the most awesome lentil-spinach soup.

spinach and lentil soup

It’s a conglomeration of a bunch of recipes online:

1 16 oz package of lentils
2 medium onions, diced
2 large carrots, diced
3-4 stalks of celery, diced
2 potatoes, diced (optional, we were out so I didn’t add the potatoes)
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
1 package baby spinach

5 C veggie stock
5 C water

1 bay leaf
¼ tsp marjoram
¼ tsp thyme
1 ½ tsp ground cumin
¼ tsp cayenne (optional)
¼ - ½ tsp fresh ground black pepper

sauté the onions in some butter or olive oil over medium-high until they begin to go translucent, add the garlic and sauté a little longer, about 1 minute.

Add the carrots and celery and sauté another minute or so.

Toss in the lentils, stock, water, potatoes if using and spices. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for about 10 minutes then add the tomatoes. Bring back to a boil and cook until the lentils and potatoes are tender.

Toss in the spinach and stir until it is wilted. Serve and enjoy!
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