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Feeling much better. The plague lifted late yesterday afternoon, dissipating as quickly as it had arrived. It's Sunday afternoon and I'm sitting here drinking coffee and listening to the Drive-By Truckers. They rock.

I went running this morning for the first time in forever. I'm tired of how I look and how I feel. It does not help that my friend Drew recently did his first marathon. I ran a lot when I was in high school and college and truly not much since.

So today I was out for almost an hour. I had my iPod shuffle with my "upbeat" playlist to keep me motivated.* It wasn't all running, but I feel better for having done it.

Why are some things that are good for us so hard? I always feel better after I run, yet I can never get motivated to do it. I always feel better after cooking a healthy meal, yet I frequently just throw some crap in the microwave or, worse, swing by the drive-through.

On a related note, I want to see if anybody has any bean recipes they care to share? I love beans, they're healthy and filling, and I'm looking for more (preferably easy) recipes for them, outside of chili and burritos. Thanks.

*While many people already know this, I don't think I wrote here that I recently won a contest and got one of the fancy-shmancy video iPods with 30GB. I think it will hold almost all the music I own. What overflowed the Shuffle doesn't even make a dent on this thing.


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Mar. 27th, 2006 01:12 am (UTC)
This sounds good, although I haven't had a chance to make it yet. :)
Mar. 27th, 2006 02:10 am (UTC)
It does sound and you can't go wrong with Alton Brown.
Mar. 27th, 2006 02:00 am (UTC)
Well. One of my favorite bean recipes is red beans and rice, and I've found this recipe to be quite reliable. Really, beans are only preparable in a few basic ways, so if you find a recipe you like, you should feel free to change it around, adapt it, change out the type of beans, etc. They're all pretty much the same, honestly, with a few exceptions.`
Mar. 27th, 2006 02:11 am (UTC)
I suppose that's true. I eat rice and beans fairly often, but I'll try this recipe.
Mar. 27th, 2006 03:23 am (UTC)
You still have the pasta e fagioli recipe? It's not a strictly-bean recipe, but I love it.
Mar. 27th, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC)
Do I have that? I don't recall.
Mar. 28th, 2006 03:22 am (UTC)
I gave it out at the potluck, the one over a year ago at the Superhero haven. But I can send it if you don't have it.
Mar. 28th, 2006 02:55 pm (UTC)
You might want to resend. I've probably misplaced it. :(
Mar. 27th, 2006 10:53 am (UTC)
I'll let dry pinto beans simmer a really long time - 4 hours or more is good - with onions, garlic, and whatever spices I have handy. (Don't let it dry out too much or it'll burn.) Toss in some beef or chicken bullion too if I have that. Then about half an hour before eating it, cut up a can or two of cheap refrigerated biscuit dough and toss them in to make dumplings. The dough soaks up the sauce (and flavor) and thickens it.
Mar. 27th, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC)
That sounds pretty good. Thanks.
Mar. 27th, 2006 06:48 pm (UTC)
Soup beans were a staple of ours growing up. I am surprised Rose has never shared it with you. Bad Rose!

start with dried pinto beans. soak them as directly on package. Then bowl/simmer them in water until tender. Serve this with or over cornbread, depending on your preference.
You will want to hadd salt and pepper to taste along the cooking process. It is generally more salt then I think I will need.
Depending on who I am fixing it for (vegetarians vs non-veg) I also add bacon drippings or ham hock, for the full southern flavor.
Oh, and you need onions in there too.
I usually saute some onions and garlic in bacon fat in the bottom of the pot before adding the soaked beans and water.

I think that about cover it.
Mar. 27th, 2006 08:01 pm (UTC)
I have discovered the joy that is soup beans, thanks to your sister.
Mar. 27th, 2006 08:08 pm (UTC)
Good deal. I thought I was going to have to get on to her...
Mar. 27th, 2006 06:53 pm (UTC)
I thought of another one!

It is a black bean soup concoction...
canned black beans, and whatever else you have in the pantry to go with it. This usually includes some combination of onions, garlic, corn, diced tomatoes, chicken broth or water, cumin, salt, peper, a little oregano, peppers (we usually have cans of diced tomatoes with jalapenos).
This is quick and easy. Basically everything you are adding is cooked already. So you just ahve to heat it through and let the flavors meld. (If you serve with cornbread, the bread takes longer to cook than the soup!)
Mar. 27th, 2006 08:04 pm (UTC)
Mmmm, black bean soup.
Mar. 27th, 2006 08:09 pm (UTC)
well, this is cheater black bean soup, but it is easy and fast and yummy. Top with cheese/sour cream/onions/etc as you see fit!
Mar. 27th, 2006 08:13 pm (UTC)
I approve of cheating. Quick and easy is good.
Mar. 27th, 2006 09:08 pm (UTC)
I talked to Robert today, he's going to have Anna translate some of her bean recipes for you.....YUM!!!!
Mar. 27th, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC)
YAY! Mmmmm . . .
Mar. 27th, 2006 09:13 pm (UTC)
I thought you'd like that idea. They had a great time at the shower, by the way, and they're hoping to make the trip for the wedding.
Mar. 27th, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC)
They seemed to have a good time; they'll have fun if they can make it down.
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