Entries to Win Afghan

Sign up to receive the Books Leaving Footprints Newsletter. Comes out occasionally. No spam. No list swapping. Just email me! jhyshark@gmail.com Previous gifts include a short story, a poem, and coupons. Add your name, and don't miss out!

Friday, January 27, 2023

Sunrise and Beans

  There was a sunrise worth seeing this morning, and this picture was taken at 7:35, not 8:something. More light in each day is nice.

But when I decided to go to the grocery store, I discovered that we were having enough snow to make the driving a bit unpleasant. Nevertheless, I got everything I needed and empty boxes.

Then I proceeded to make some beans. I can't call them baked beans, because they are made on a stovetop. But they turned out great! I like dark, full-flavored beans, not runny, and these are. I used to have a wonderful recipe, but I can't find it any more. This one looked promising, so I tried it. As you can see, I also made cornbread because, well, beans and cornbread.
baked beans

Even more fun, I got this one from a Nero Wolfe book. No, not the Nero Wolfe cookbook, athough I do own that. If you are a Wolfe fan, you know he is a gourmand. But the recipe is not in the text of the book. This particular set of reprints has introductions by various authors. Some Buried Caesar's intro is by Diane Mott Davidson who writes a culinary mystery series. That particular Wolfe book has Wolfe and Archie eating at a county fair where the orchids have been entered in a competition. They are delighted to discover that the Methodist ladies' food tent serves supurb chicken fricasee.

Davidson is celebrating American farm meals and offers this recipe for Rue Morgue Beans with Bacon at the end of her intro. I used dark molasses instead of the corn syrup.

P.S. I have a really yummy recipe for chicken fricasee that I haven't made in years. That book makes me want to give it a whirl again. Maybe next week or something.

In other news: I spent the morning previewing cassette tapes to figure out which ones we want to digitize.

See In My Natural Habitat


Ann said...

Those beans look really good. Along with the cornbread, that's a meal right there.

Doug said...

You are too funny. As I read the part where you used to have a recipe, I thought, oh! I have one saved in my screenshots, from a book I recently read... yup same book, same recipe.

The Oceanside Animals said...

Java Bean: "Those beans look tasty! Mmm, bacon!"
Lulu: "Our Dada says 'Some Buried Caesar' is one of his favorites, not least because it introduces Lily Rowan, whoever that is ..."

Sharkbytes said...

Ann- for 3 days, at least!

Doug- that really is funny.

Bean- you should know

Lulu- tell Dada me too, and also because it's Lily's first appearance. But the plot is intriguing too.