Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Hey, hope everyone had a "taste of sun" today. Beautiful day in Indiana! Today's bean soup recipe has a couple of steps to follow but the smell is worth the wait. Recipe freezes well and it's also the starter of my "homemade tortilla soup". I love recipes that you can have for two nights and you serve two completely different meals. Gives a new meaning to the term "leftovers". Enjoy!

Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups pinto beans (wash/rinse)
2-3 cups of chicken stock
1 cup onion (chopped)
1 cup bell pepper (chopped)
1 10 oz. can diced tomatoes and green chillies
1 14oz. can diced tomatoes (basil, garlic, and oregano)
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 Tb. celery salt (or one cup chopped fresh celery)
1 Tb. chili powder
1/4 cup cilantro (finely chopped)

In large pot cover beans with two inches of water. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Cover and let stand for one hour. Return to heat and add 2 cups of chicken stock, onions, tomatoes, tomato sauce, seasonings and cilantro. Cook on medium heat for about 15 minutes. Reduce heat to low and cook for about 2-3 hours adding chicken stock as needed. Taste throughout cooking process to add more seasoning if needed. Beans are done when desired tenderness is reached. Serve with cornbread or garlic bread. Delish!

Tomorrow:  "Chicken Tortilla Soup"

Design Tip:  Recently reeding an article on homes featured with "Pocket Doors". As a designer I have to share this one. Pocket doors dates back to the Victorian era. They are great space savers especially if you are remodeling a small space. We have one going into the "Man Cave" and it's extremely convenient when not all of us want to watch a movie. Yet gives a room more of an "open look" when not in use. They disappear into walls sliding sideways, typically on overhead rollers, tucking into a wall compartment instead of swinging on hinges into a room. Pocket doors save about ten square feet of floor space and great usage in bathrooms, closets, utility rooms and small areas. The wall housing a pocket door must be non-load bearing and wide enough to fit the door and hardware. A great design tip when you are remodeling or building a new home. Email Mark (info below) if you have any remodeling questions before purchasing pocket doors. Always glad to help.

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