Saturday, August 29, 2009

Finding New . . .

. . . .recipes while drinking a fresh cup of French Press is on my top ten list of relaxation - and it makes it to the top if I can sit and gaze off into the beach.

You could have almost heard me scream with delight during my morning garden check. Finally,my tepary beans are peeking out of all the foliage. I've been waiting and waiting - forever for beans, but when I stopped watering them every day (changed to once a week) the "fruit" started to pop out.

Isn't that interesting - kind of a life principle - when we are "stressed out" there's greater potential to bear fruit. How often have I learned the greatest life lessons when the stressors in my life stand tall.

This NY Times article is encouraging to understand the value of tepary beans. Perhaps you'll grow some!

Here's one recipe I found and will try soon.

Papago Tepary Bean Soup - serves 6
2 cups tepary beans, soaked
1 clove garlic, diced
6 cups water
1 ts mixed oregano and cumin
3 cups tomatoes with the juice
4 slices of bacon
1 medium onion - chopped
1 cup diced celery
2 carrots sliced

Drain soaked beans and bring them to boil in a big pot. When they're tender, fry bacon until it's limp. Remove the bacon and then add onion, carrots, celery and garlic and saute this.

Add the bacon, tomatoes and juice and the remaining spices. Cook for about 10 minutes and then add the beans. Cook this for another hour until the beans are "mealy-tender"

It's great served with tortillas or Indian fry bread. If you want to add a bit of a "kick" - dried red Chile pepper may be stirred into the pot during the last 10 minutes. Recipe source here.


  1. Your beans seems delicious and I like to have a garden like this!
    Have a nice week end

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