The first of the tomatoes, ramblings about beans, and more about my day

Have you ever noticed how many of my blog entries include the words "about my day"?! I guess I am sometimes (okay, usually!) lacking great thoughts or intellectual ponderings and find it easiest to just write about what we've been doing. :)

Friday was one of those days where I wasn't exactly working at top-notch-speed, but had a lot to get done. So, I worked all day. :) I made the tomatoes and black beans over pasta for lunch, and a new recipe for dinner (added next week, prayfully), and did three loads of laundry.

Yehoshua and Eliyahu got to spend a fair amount of time outside, which was nice. The neighbor lady (the one who mows the lawn for me on occasion) was out trimming her little trees, and Yehoshua walked over to help her. He helped gather up the trimmings and pulled them around on a wagon until it was time to dump them. He had a blast and I think the neighbor enjoyed having him for her helper. ;)

I also made up a dish of stuffed shells and put it in the fridge, to have for dinner with our guests. And, Joshua made a new dessert, blueberry cheesecake bars, and we together made a big dish of apple crisp! I love apple crisp. It was one of my favorites as a child. Joshua prefers pies, and so we hadn't made apple crisp for years!

So Friday ended with pretty much everything being accomplished (except adding anything worthwhile to this website!)... and then Sabbath. I am thankful for a weekly rest day. I may spend most days working hard, but I am certainly not super-woman and it's nice to have a break. :)


Hi there,
I'm curious about your methods for preparing dishes with dried beans. My little guy is supposed to be eating more dried beans to help with his anemia. I'd like to prepare them in the crock pot. Any ideas?

(who also stocked up on dried beans at Amstutz pantry. I'm using a cheap package of 13 bean soup as an exercise in sorting and manual dexterity for my resident three-year old)

The best method of preparing dried beans, which requires some foresight, is to soak them in water overnight. Then drain the water and put them in a pan with fresh water. Bring it to a boil and boil for 45 minutes or until done (I always taste some to see, since I think half-cooked beans are yuck!).

A "cheater's" way to prepare the dried beans is to put them in a pan with water and bring to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes and then turn off heat and allow them to soak for 2 hours. Then boil as above.

You can also freeze extra beans if you cook more than you need for one meal. Or, like I do... just try to plan several meals in a row that use beans, or make a large batch of soup that uses them and freeze the leftovers, etc. :)

I have tried using dried beans in the crock pot, in a soup. It didn't heat them enough to cook them (I had soaked them overnight but not boiled them), although perhaps if you left the crockpot on high for long enough, they would get cooked. I haven't done enough crockpot cooking to know. :)

One of our favorite meals is taco salad, which is easy to add beans to the meat part. We like mexican dishes with beans, or dishes with beans and meat mixed. That might be a good way to add them to meals... cook up a batch and then add some into whatever you're already making. :)

That is too bad that Joshua is allergic to raw tomatoes. I had this thing for awhile in my early teens when they would cause me to be sick. But thankfully, that is no longer because I love fresh home grown tomatoes! We eat beans nearly every day. =)

I, too, love tomatoes! The raw tomatoes make Joshua's mouth/lips swell horribly, but thankfully, well-cooked ones (like in sauces) don't bother him much. I couldn't imagine cooking without ever using tomatoes! I love them! :)

What are your favorite bean dishes?

Cooking bean in a crock pot works well too! I cook kidney beans in the crock pot many times.


...what setting, and for how long? :)

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