Monday, February 20, 2006

I've got the munchies

To avoid working on Boogie's dress and coming clean about my lack of progress, I've decided to post about food. I don't remember where I got this recipe but it is incredibly delicious and perfect for the vegetarian in your life. This is a crockpot recipe so those not into crocking their food might want to turn away.

Hearty Bean and Vegetable Stew

1lb. assorted beans, dry
2 cups vegetable juice
1/2 cup white wine
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup apple juice
Vegetable stock or water
1/2 cup celery, diced
1/2 cup carrots, diced
1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
1 onion, diced
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried parsley
1 bay leaf
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. black pepper
1 cup cooked rice or pasta (I use brown rice)

Sort and rinse beans then soak overnight in water. Drain beans and place in crockpot. Add vegetable juice, wine, soy sauce and apple juice. Cover with vegetable stock or water, the amount depends on whether you prefer a soup or a stew. Cook on high for 2 hours. Add vegetables, herbs, spices and cook for 5-6 hours at low until carrots are tender. When tender, add rice or pasta and cook for 1 additional hour.

I serve this with cornbread. Yes, you are looking at a very blurry image of made-from-scratch Southern cornbread. It's a family recipe. You didn't actually think I'd give you the recipe, did you?
It's even baked in an iron skillet! How's that for homey goodness?

I mentioned earlier I have a lot of cute critters in my home and here's one of them:

Cecil is part Cocker Spaniel (mom) and whatever mutt jumped the fence and her (dad). Likes include chewy toys, playing fetch with Boogie and snuggling under the covers. Dislikes include leaving said covers, anything that requires a great deal of exertion on his part and people clapping for him.

I've been toying around with the idea of moving my blog somewhere else. Although I've enjoyed Blogger, there are some features that I'm looking for and am simply to lazy to program into my current template. Right now, I'm trying the 30 day free thing at Typepad. I'll let you know if I make the jump.


Blogger Chris said...

I'm printing out that recipe. Yum.

Hi Cecil!

I'll be interested to hear what you decide to do blogwise. I've registered some domain names and have vaguely contemplated the idea of moving, but haven't gotten too far. :)

7:44 PM  
Blogger RheLynn said...

That looks like something J would eat! And he was oogling crockpots at the store tonight too, but I'm not jealous ;o) Thanks for the recipe!

Cecil looks like a cutie! It is funny, why doesn't he like clapping?

I've been offered a space on one of our office servers (and a shop) but there is so much going on at work it would take a lot of effort to make that jump anytime soon! Good luck with yours, definitely let us know!

8:05 PM  
Blogger janna said...

Cecil is so cute! I love cocker spaniels.

The soup looks great, and I love my crockpot. Mine's kind of small, so I've been looking at larger ones. There's one at Target that has an oval 'pot' that looks like nice pottery and lifts out (yes, I realize that lifting out isn't that big of a deal, but mine doesn't do that!)

9:24 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I love Cecil! He's such a sweetie.

I haven't done crockpot cookery in ages. I'll have to dig mine out and start again. I hate coming home and trying to figure out what to do for dinner.

4:47 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Such cute critters. Go for the gold on the Boogie dress, you can do it! Now to get the book out and see which one it is.

9:07 AM  
Anonymous Bookish Wendy said...

I've been considering a crock pot but am worried that there aren't many crocky veg recipes out there. This one may be the only reason to get a pot! Looks yummy.

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That looks super yummy! Especially the cornbread, I have never been able to make that. :)


7:31 AM  

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