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Daily Archives: October 13, 2012

Running in Circles

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Today I am spending all my time running around. When you live in West County, you tend to bunch up your errands. Add to that, our home Internet crashed, and the service call isn’t until Monday.

It makes for a full day. I do want to get out to at least one of the farms to finish getting the gourds and other fall decorations.

Maybe to Larriland. Or, Sharp’s. Or TLV. They all have big goings on. I want to see if anyone has walnuts or maybe chestnuts like we got from Love Dove. I also want a few small pumpkins to decorate, not like my cooking ones

Long Island Cheese Pumpkin

Aside from everything going on, I am finding it to be a pain to use the app, instead of having full access to my blog tools. I really do not know how people type on phones. Even my iPad drives me nuts sometimes.

Hopefully, my other drafts survive until I get Internet back. Off now to hit the farms and then Boarman’s, if I make it in time. Then, trying to get a post up using an iPhone.

Eating Locally: International Week

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This week is an international themed week with my circle of Southern SOLE Food Challengers. I made a crock pot soup yesterday that will feed us for a few days. It is based on my favorite Caribbean style spicy black bean soup, but as usual, going off into Use Up the CSA direction.


Here is the recipe that I used. Open two 15 ounce cans of organic black beans and put in crock pot with at least the equal amount of chunky tomato sauce. I used my homemade version from my garden tomatoes. I put them in right from the freezer. That is the base.

Here is where I deviate. I added all the CSA greens I had from a week ago. Kale, chard, curly endive and green leaf lettuce. This filled my crock pot to the rim, but it will cook way down. I added a splash of olive oil and a splash of balsamic. I grated three garlic cloves and a healthy amount of ginger into it.

I had an andouille sausage in the freezer from an earlier trip to the farmer’s market in Silver Spring. I cut it up into small pieces. Then, added a healthy dose of sriracha sauce. Jerk seasoning would work, as well. A large pinch of salt and some cayenne.

Let it cook on high for at least four hours. It will be served with dinner tonight, as I like my soups to age a day before I serve them. I will open a bottle of Linden Rosé’ but a good local beer will also work.