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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.


About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

3 responses »

  1. A Table in the Sun

    Yes, yes. Break out the soup pot! Autumn is here.

  2. Boy… that is so hearty. Definitely stick to the ribs 🙂

  3. The perfect autumn meal 🙂 Thanks for sharing and linking up!


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