Sunday, June 6, 2010

Saturday in the Kitchen

Well I know it is Sunday now, but here is what I did in the kitchen yesterday…

Lately our weather has been more like early spring, meaning wet and cool.. so I have been continuing to make soup for these types of days. I like soup (even during the summer) because it is easy, quick and I can make a pot big enough to last my family for a couple of days.

Yesterday I made (recipes can be found on my site):

Yummy Pinto Beans http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/yummypintobeans.htm
Cornbread http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/cornbread1.htm

Salad w/homemade Ranch Dressing http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/ranchdressing.htm

Here is how the afternoon went:

I cooked up a pot of pinto beans and then drained out a good deal of the bean broth. I save the bean broth that I drain out to add back later.



I cooked up a pound of hamburger with an onion:



When the beans were done cooking I added the cooked hamburger/onion mix, tomatoes, molasses, sweetener (you can use sucanat or brown sugar), mustard powder, red pepper flakes and pepper:



Then I added some of the reserved bean broth to give me a soupy consistency:



I also taste it at this point and add anything I think it is missing. I actually like to add a little more molasses than the recipe calls for because we like that kind of baked bean taste to the dish.

Then I mixed up a batch of cornbread:





And a salad:



I already had dressing in the fridge that I had made earlier in the week. The meal was delish! And I have enough left for today’s dinner as well!!

For dessert Sierra, Leanne and I made apple pie…


I have a whole separate blog post that I am going to write up on making pie crust.. complete with pictures!! So stay tuned…. :)

6 comments:

  1. Yum!
    It all looks delicious!
    I cannot wait for our weather here to become more summer like...I am tired of the rain!

    Blessings!
    ~Nadine

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  2. It looks really wonderful - rainy here too, so I'm going to try it! And thank you so much for making the font bigger on your posts!

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  3. Hi Nadine.. What part of the PNW do you live in? I looked at your blog and saw some beautiful pics of our part of the country!

    Mikesgirl.. glad you like the font size! :) ... are you also from the Pacific Northwest.. or are you just having a lot of spring rain too?

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  4. Oh yum this looks SO good!! I want to start using more beans they are so good for us!!

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  5. I'm from the PNW also - about 40 miles from the coast - I can't believe the amount of rain we're having this year. My poor garden needs some SUN!!!

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  6. Looks delicious. Thanks for sharing. Beans are a favorite of ours. Take care and God bless.

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