Saturday, November 29, 2008

Hello, Sailor!

This is a quick navy bean soup for rainy, cold days. I have to use canned beans because every experiment with soaking the beans/lentils has most definitely not worked. Maybe it's something about being only 200 ft. above sea level?

1 can white beans (I like Trader Joe's cannillini beans, probably because they're only 79 cents a can)
1 slice onion, minced and sauteed in bacon fat (Midwestern habit - keep an old can in the freezer, drain off bacon fat into it; when the can is full, toss it in the trash)
1 or 2 cloves garlic, minced and sauteed with the onions
1 dash of liquid smoke
white pepper to taste

Saute the onion and garlic in a heavy-bottom pot, add the beans, about 1/2 a cup of water and the liquid smoke and pepper.

Just before serving, take the potato masher and bust up the beans a little for a thicker soup.

In other news -- I tried the butter-brown sugar and rum sauce recipe last night and it works!

This morning, I printed out the labels for our Christmas cards and now cannot find the purple Hallmark bag with the five or six boxes of cards... They are Somewhere in this house; I know it.

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