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From: LoriM (
Subject: I use a variety of things
Date: April 28, 2003 at 8:41 am PST

In Reply to: I just bought 5 pounds of kidney beans....Spices? posted by Pat on April 26, 2003 at 9:12 pm:

Kidney beans are a good chili bean, so you could basically make Sabrina-Jim-Lorna Sass's Black Bean chili recipe, only use kidney beans instead (I usually use kidneys.).

If you want 'red beans and rice' kinda flavor, you can add garlic, onions, thyme and sage, and maybe some hot stuff (cayenne) with or without some soy sausage over rice.

If you want a 'vegetable soup' kinda flavor you can cook the beans in just plain water, then add them to a minestrone recipe, or cook the entire minestrone in the cooker with presoaked beans. So, in that case, you'd be adding tomato paste, oregano, parsley, and Italian spices, plus chopped veggies and some small pasta.

Of course, you can also make them curried with great Indian spices, and we talked about what makes a good curry a few weeks ago. (c: All those great Indian spices simmered in a little water to make a paste, heated to release their flavors, and then cook the beans under pressure. Yum.

Oh, and the Chili Barbequed Beans we made last weekend (it has molasses as the "base", along with mustard and onions and garlic) would be DELICIOUS with kidney beans.

50¢ a pound is a pretty good price, but it's not an "amazing" deal; you can probably buy 2 pound bags of kidney beans in the grocery store for 99¢ quite regularly. But YES, it's definitely cheaper than a can and once again proves that pressure cooking saves both time and money. (c:


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