Saturday, March 5, 2011

Good Read & Eats

Good Read: How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf
After a litany of disappointments, I found Harper's latest book a breath of fresh air.   Mo is a southern girl born & breed, & is loved by her eccentric but good intentioned communal hippie parents.  She decides to make a big move to a little Alaska town, after a breakup with her fiancée.  Not thought provoking, but very witty enjoyable nonetheless.

Good Eats: Spicy Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup
Best thing that's come out of my little Crockpot in quite some time. And like most Crockpot recipes, it's relatively simple to prepare & really delicious.  I'm a Texas gal, so the heat doesn't bother me.  For those that like their food on the milder side, cut the Cayenne in half. Here is the original recipe.

1lb dry Black Beans
1 Jalapeño pepper diced
6 cups Chicken broth
1 1/2 teaspoons of minced garlic
2 Bay leaves
1 tablespoon Chili powder
1 teaspoon of ground Cumin
3/4 teaspoon ground Black pepper
1 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
1 can Rotel tomatoes & green chilies

Optional Additions:
Diced onions
Smoked ham or thinly cut pork

1. Soak beans overnight. Boil beans for 10 mins prior to adding to pot. Rinse/Drain.
2. Combine all Ingredients to Crockpot and cook for at least 10hrs on Low.

Yummy Dish Adds:
Sour Cream
Green Onions
Cheddar Cheese
Tortilla Chips

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