These are the portions I use, which fill my biggest (8 Quart) pot. You may want to reduce.
Beans: I buy as many different dried beans as I can, I like the Goya brand, and mix them together to create 2 cups. You may want to just use a multi-bean soup mix. I don’t, because all the ones our store carries are dusted with some fake ham flavoring and other garbage. Goya makes a nice 16-Bean Soup Mix, but I can’t find it locally. Hence, I have to make my own. Typically I use Pintos, Rosadas, Pequiños, Navy, Blancos, Negros, Lentils, etc.
In a medium stock pot: 2 C Mixed dried beans Water to twice the depth of the beans Bring to boil, turn off heat, let stand for 3 hours, bring back to a boil and simmer 1 hour. (Alternatively, soak the beans overnight, then boil/simmer for 30 minutes) While the beans are finishing their boil, assemble the rest of the vegetables:
In your largest stock pot:
Stir over medium high to brown carrots slightly
Add 1/2 bag each of frozen vegetables of your choice. I use:
Add 1 large can whole tomatoes. I pour the juice in the pot, then dice the tomatoes and add them.
Drain the beans and add them to the pot (I do not use the liquid the beans cooked in. Call me a nut, but I think this greatly reduces the gas-inducing power of the beans. You may include at your own risk!)
Now fill the pot with water to cover all, bring to a boil and simmer for at least 1 hour.
Add a few dashes of Bragg’s Aminos (or Soy or Tamari) and a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce.
Optional: If I have some Pesto laying around (I keep it frozen in 1/4 cup chunks), I throw 1/4 cup into the pot.
Simmer until the vegetables are soft to your taste, at least 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Makes about 12 servings, so either invite friends or have lots of tupperware handy!
I’m reading John Sundman’s latest book “The Pains”. It’s his third book, and he continues to amuse me! I’ll be ordering a signed copy, to complete my collection. Someday these things are going to be worth something…
So, I got one. (Did you think I wouldn’t?)
My justification: I wanted a new iPod, because it is too hard to find your place in an audio book on a shuffle. And I don’t want to have to carry an iPod and a cell phone.
I love it.
I love the fact that I can be driving, listening to my iPod, and ‘seamlessly’ transition to a phone call and back. I love how easy it is to manage ‘call interupting’. I thought I would never use the camera, but since I can email pix, and for free, it turns out I do. We got lost on a bike ride the other day and maps saved our butt.
I just saw an ad for ‘wireless bras’ Are these bluetooth or wi-fi? Where can I get a pair of wireless u-trou?
My friend Dan has a blog on mogul skiing.
Because mogul skiing is not well understood by the general skiing masses, it’s surrounded by myths. Here’s my first blog attempt to debunk three of these myths.
I’ll never ski moguls as well as Dan does, but I think mogul skiing is less effort than carving an alpine turn. And way more fun. Can’t wait.
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Have you ever wondered how these remarkable weapons work? Where does the energy come from, and how are they able to contain that energy in a rod-like column of glowing power?
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Haven’t noticed the other 193 ‘new features’ yet…
I already had the ‘Favorites’, ‘New’, and ‘Unusual’ playlists, but didn’t realize you could make playlists of playlists, or consider that you could set the mixing ratios by setting the sizes of the playlists. I now have:
And I fill my shuffle using a random selection from WPTW.
Acutally, I first manually put the book I am currently reading on the shuffle, and then fill the rest from WPTW. I make sure the book is ‘song’ #1 on the shuffle, so that I can get to it by using the ‘click play 3 times to go home’ in non-shuffle mode.
I find the fidelity of most hands-free cellphone headsets abysmal, plus, they only play in one ear, so they are impossible in a noisy environment. Why can’t I just plug in my stereo headphones? It turns out I can. This thing is actually meant to let you listen to music and be on the phone at the same time, which is too new a trick for this old dog, but it does let me use my headphones on my cellphone, and the fidelity is quite good.
I heard The Valleys in the Expresso Royale by BU. I asked the barista what the album was and she told me it was Electrelane. Bought the album, but couldn’t understand the words. Found the lyrics on line; but the lyrics are really a poem by Siegfried Sassoon, rearranged and sung by a 12-person choir.
Robert, when I drowse to-night, Skirting lawns of sleep to chase Shifting dreams in mazy light, Somewhere then I'll see your face Turning back to bid me follow Where I wag my arms and hollo, Over hedges hasting after Crooked smile and baffling laughter. Running tireless, floating, leaping, Down your web-hung woods and valleys, Garden glooms and hornbeam alleys, Where the glowworm stars are peeping, Till I find you, quiet as stone On a hill-top all alone, Staring outward, gravely pondering Jumbled leagues of hillock-wandering.
“A Letter Home” from The Old Huntsman and Other Poems, Siegfried Sassoon, 1918
How do they think this stuff up?
There’s nothing in the Red Sox Fan Manual on what to do now. heard on WBUR
What the heck is Nigritude Ultramarine? A challenge to see if people can outwit Google and cause their website to be ranked the highest when someone searches for 'nigritude ultramarine' (which had no links before the contest started).
Reminds me of a game we used to play in Google, to see if we could find two words that returned no answers from Google. It’s not as easy as you might think. I have two that still work, but clearly I can't tell you them!