Saturday, October 2, 2010
15-Bean Soup / Mustard Crusted Tofu Sandwich / Book Giveaway
This soup is one of my very favorite comfort foods. It's easy (and inexpensive) to make and leftovers are delicious for several days. I've made bean soup zillions of times so I don't use a specific recipe anymore. But, below is a recipe to use as a guideline (I've taken the liberty to veganize it by leaving out the ham bone and using veggie broth). It's from a really fun, feel good cookbook--Pastry Queen Parties by Rebecca Rather. I have all of Rebecca's books and each one is full of really yummy things to make.
Pastry Queen Parties: Entertaining Friends and Family, Texas Style
Mary Jane's Bean Pot Soup
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large yellow onion, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
3 tablespoons minced garlic (or less depending on your tastes)
2 jalapeno chilies, seeded, stemmed, and minced
4 medium carrots, diced
10 cups water or veggie broth
1 20-ounce package 15-bean mix, soaked overnight according to package directions
1 10-ounce can Rotel tomatoes (or other diced tomatoes)
1 teaspoon ground ginger (optional unless you like the flavor or ginger)
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
a couple drops of liquid smoke (optional)
Heat the olive oil in a large stockpot set over medium heat; saute the onion, celery, garlic, jalapenos, and carrots for about 3 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot and bring the mixture to a boil over high heat, decrease the heat, and simmer, uncovered, until the beans are tender, 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
Along with the soup, we had Mustard Crusted Tofu sandwiches with grilled bell peppers and potato slices. Spicy mustard is one of my favorite marinades-toppings for tofu.
I'm so in love with bread baking that I've been making almost all the bread we eat. It's something I rarely purchase anymore. If you've been longing to bake your own bread but are not sure where to start, the recipes in Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day are almost foolproof. There's no major kneading involved, the necessary tools and ingredients are few, and the technique is not complicated at all. If you're really interested in making your own bread and you'd like a copy of the book, I'm giving away 2 copies to you would-be bread bakers out there. Just leave a comment before next Friday and I'll have Dave randomly pick two numbers and the corresponding comments will get the book.
Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
Go forth and bake bread!