Authentic Compassion

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


First I'll put up a legal disclaimer since idjits at internet central or whatever have nothing more to do than be concerned whether bloggers are fraudulently recommending things for which they are paid to recommend - nothing in this blog is paid for by any being - the Lord provides and the Lord takes away, Blessed is the name of the Lord.

Whew - now pinto bean recipe for Pam - I know she is eating healthier (and has lost a LOT of weight as well as gained energy). By the way, dear Pam - we don't much eat turnips - not a favorite of either of us. If I did - would brush small amount of good olive oil, plenty of salt and pepper - then roast 'em til they are squishy and sweet.

Currently I'm making beans this way:

32 ounce bag dried pinto beans
1 large onion roughly chopped
Garlic – at least two cloves chopped
Two teaspoons of pepper corns
Two small cans diced green chilies
Large can of tomatoes including juice
Two teaspoons ground cumin
One lb. bacon chopped, cooked and drained OR
One 2.8 oz. jar Hormel REAL bacon pieces
Salt to taste

Prepare dried beans by rinsing with clean water and picking out any small pieces of rock or debris. Put beans in a large cooking pot – cover with water and bring to a boil. Turn off heat, cover pan and let sit for one hour – beans will absorb liquid and swell up. If you are picky – drain off water add fresh but I use the soak water – beans are already clean from rinsing. Remove cover; add enough water to completely cover beans. Add to bean pot, Onion, garlic, peppercorns, chilies, tomatoes and bacon - bring to low simmering boil. Cook until beans are softened – adding hot water if water level drops below top of beans. Add salt as soon as beans begin to soften – good way to check if beans are done – take one bean out in a cold metal spoon – blow on it and if the skin breaks open – it is probably quite done!

I also recommend going to the various boards for recipes - Dry Beans
Obviously if your family hates garlic or chilies or whatever – modify – the bacon pieces in a jar are less expensive and WAY less messy than frying up all that bacon.

KathyB -will have to find those B&B pictures and a few recipes - will have to be a whole separate posting. I probably do have a picture of our wedding at the inn.

Lanny - already said I'm going to work at posting more often but I am so committed to a few other things - not sure how well I'll do this - so will try but not covenant to post more often.

Sandra - not at all sure about Scotsmen - one of the few nationalities I have never dated or married! I'd hope they wore something solid color (I'm including skin color in there 'cause I've heard that is most likely what they wear) so wouldn't clash with clan plaid. Question immediately reminded me of the scene in Braveheart where the clans pulled up their kilts in defiance and shone their hineys at enemy soldiers!

Vickie - fellow Texan! Where would I visit IF the world weren't beset by terrorists, economic upheaval and hatred of Americans? - Dream visit would probably be Jerusalem - dream vacation would be a warm tropical beach - have lived on both right and left side of USA map - as well as north and south - love the natural beauty and unique places each state has to offer. But my statement stands - if I had to pick - visit Jerusalem/ stay a while on warm sands in the tropics!

Kathleen - funny you would ask what would I do, recently did a bucket list (things to do before we die) with a bunch of people on -

top would be (I sound like a dimwitted beauty contestant here) something of significance for the Kingdom of God - build a missionary hospital in Ethiopia would top that list. Probably in the list of things I'd be able to do without winning lotto would be stay where we are for as long as we live - then both go to heaven at the same time!

Picture is recent sunrise over the tree line at our place - I mean really - where would I want to be other than right here on Buhlaland. It is good here and I appreciate y'all's interest in my life. Will put up B&B post SOON I promise .


Pam said...

Thank you!!! I have never made beans that way, but I will definitely give it a try!

Vickie said...

Love me some beans any old way! Now, you've got me hankering for some and seeing as how this weekend we're spose to get a cool spell, I think I'll cook some up on Saturday!

This was so interesting to learn more about you Linda Sue! Jerusalem would be great, wouldn't it! And beaches are my favorite place to go to, too. Fellow Texans think alike, too, me thinks!

LindaSueBuhl said...

Pam - I used to always use a meaty ham bone to flavor and put in some extra protein - but like the bacon way and cooked down more, mashed and refried - is also excellent.
Vickie - you and mean girl - I love beans and cornbread any old day!

LindaSueBuhl said...

mean girl - ME girl - not mean - Vickie is about as far from being mean as anybody I can think of - should have deleted and replaced but am trying to use keyboard at work and it is set up for a person almost 6 ft. tall (I am 5'3")

Anonymous said...

So fun to read and I appreciate the recipe too. Sending a heartfelt hug from Georgia.

Paula said...

Well, I'm definitely out of the loop here, Linda Sue... I had to go back and read the last post to find out about all this stuff! LOL
I'm with Lanny, nothing in general, I would just like to know everything. *haha* Is that being nosy?
Delicious sounding recipe.... may have to give that one a try.
Beautiful sunrise picture.... Hey, there's one nobody asked you... what kind of camera do you use?

Anonymous said...

Wow, what have I been missing? I have never had beans that way either. We have done beans the plain old way, with onion and ham, forever. Now I can see the possibilites!

I enjoyed reading up with you, Linda Sue.

KathyB. said...

"Scotsmen, one of the few nationalities I've never dated or married".. Linda Sue, you are a hoot!I am still laughing at that response.

I always appreciate your thankfulness for being right where God has placed you and the love of your life, Buhl-a-land in Texas! Praise be to God who gives abundant gifts to us all, and some of us have the sense to acknowledge them~

Looking forward to a post about your B & B days.

Lanny said...

Yum. You're only 5'3"? What the heck!? Why am I thinking you are much taller than that! Someone else I know through blogging I thought was taller only to find out that they are not! Hmmm. I think some folks just always sound tall to me. Hey no pressure on the posting stuff, just pretty much my way of saying I wish we both could spend more time writing. Have a great beginning to your week! It is pouring buckets of rain here and I think I'm glad in spite of the things I need to get done in the Market Garden before we are at muck and mire stage. Halloween sugar cookies, a second pot of coffee and a bunch of indoor work. Yum.

Kathleen From Eggs In My Pocket said...

You cook red beans just about the same way I do! There is nothing better is there? Enjoyed your answers! blessings,Kathleen

Vickie said...

I made pinto beans this weekend, Linda Sue. This time, I browned some sausage and threw it in there (just plain ole Owens) and it was good. Made my beans a bit meatier and heartier like a stew. Everybody seemed to like it!

Hope you two have a wonderful beautiful fall week!

I still find it amusing that you found your man on the internet...

Sandy said...

I saw your comment at Pioneer Womans blog about the pumpkin pie and loved what you wrote, so thought I would come over and visit you.

With my parents and grandparents from the mountains of Tennessee, I grew up on beans and cornbread. I've been soaking and making them for as long as I can remember and that's quite some time. Although I soak them overnight then throw off that water, then add fresh and then cook them. I guess it really doesn't matter as long as they taste good.

LindaSueBuhl said...

Hey Sandy - welcome and yes - any kind of beans are favorites in my house! Thanks for coming by - and I promise to post again soon - just have a bad case of other stuff right now!

Sandra said...

The beans look if those chili's are left out -grin-. I'm not a fan of anything that gives me a stomach ache. Thanks for the bean site...we eat a lot of beans and since I'm now having to decrease carbs and increase protein...beans in the slow cooker are right on target!