Wednesday, October 7, 2009

What We've Bean Eating


We had a 5-bean chili today. I hope it is okay if I say that I did a really good job with this chili.

We had some special Phipps beans in it. I used beef stew meat. I threw in Epazote. Epazote is the magic herb you can buy at a Mexican market that helps tone down flatulence. That's what I am told anyway. I'm not sure it works. But, I use it in my beans. It is a scary herb, in that, it smells really strong & nearly exactly like gasoline. I think scientists should look into it as an alternate fuel source. Cuz, it smells the same.

Anyway.

Stew Meat, browned

Beans, soaked overnight in a lot of water

Peruano beans

Vallarta beans

Mexican reds

Black beans

Pinto beans

Onion

Serranos

garlic

beer

tomatoes

tomato sauce

water

bay leaf

oregano

cumin

cayenne

smoked paprika

salt

pepper


I cooked it for over 4 hours. The beans & meat were nice & soft.


I didn't go out at all today. So, it turned out to be quite productive. I made 2 giant pots of this chili. So, even with my brother David here for dinner, there is still plenty to freeze. I got two pans of enchilada done & in the freezer, too. All this stuff can go with us on our quickly approaching Macdoel trip.

I did my back logged dishes. The oldest was from Friday. Not too bad, for me. The way I see it, I finished my dishes this morning. But, that is not technically accurate. I didn't do my vases or wine glasses. Those never count. They sit on my kitchen counter for ages unwashed. Because, they aren't dirty enough to be offensive. I finished a lot of my laundry. I only have 1 basket left to fold. And, I am 1/2 way done with making a skirt for Gillian's halloween costume. (More on that later another time.)

8 comments:

Mary Anne said...

Were the beans better than from the store? They sure look pretty! I've heard that freshly dried beans are better.

Melissa Cummings said...

Love it! I want chili now. :) And I love hearing about your busy day. Dishes, laundry, cooking -- sounds about right! ;)

Charlotte said...

What a yummy sounding soup! And I do the same thing with our wine glasses...

Stef said...

"I didn't go out at all today." -- I'm still stuck on that phrase... ahhhhhhh.

That recipe looks delicious! Did you make it up? I am in total awe of people who can make recipes up in their heads. A talent I wish I had. I have to follow recipes and I can add from there, but have never been able to totally make up my own. :(

Sounds yummy!

Erin said...

Mom, I am not really sure if the beans were better. I guess I need to cook them up rather plain, then I can try to compare better. It's hard for me to tell.
Stef, there are very few things I make with no recipe at all. Chili happens to be one that I can do. But, I have put some bland chilis together. They don't all turn out good!

Miss Jen said...

YUM!! :)
Sounds delectable! :)

Nini said...

Nice...another chili recipe! Love all of the beans you used! Beer adds so much to chili!! It is getting to be soup/stew/chili season...I love it!

Miss Jen said...

YUM!! :)
Sounds delectable! :)