Tuesday, October 5, 2010

comfort eats and poetry

I was looking for a Shepherd's Pie without beef broth and found the one below on Cooks.com.  Easy and very tasty.

Peter said, "I can't believe how good this is!"  He ate two hearty helpings, making himself so full he had to lie down on the couch before having some apple crumble dessert (which he made himself!).

MOUNTAIN SHEPHERD'S PIE (link to recipe)

1 lb. hamburger ( I used 93% lean ground turkey)
1/2 c. onion, chopped
16 oz. tomato sauce
12 oz. corn (without liquid)
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 to 1 tsp. oregano
2 tsp. sugar ( I didn't use any sugar.)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
4 c. potatoes (mashed) 6 to 8
2 c. packed Cheddar cheese (grated)

Brown meat in medium cooking pot.  Add onion and cook until tender.  Add rest of ingredients except potatoes and cheese.  Simmer 5 to 10 minutes.  Pour into 13 x 9 x 2 pan, top with potatoes, add cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 25 minutes.


I use a basic black bean soup recipe and add in different things each time.  It's a great comfort food!

Crockpot Spicy Black Bean Soup

- 1 pound of black beans, soaked for 8 to 48 hours.
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 Tbs. chili powder
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 3/4 tsp. ground black pepper
- 1 tsp. cayenne pepper

I set the crockpot on low and cook for about 9 hours.  Near the end I crush the beans with a masher for a thicker consistency.  Black beans are an extremely healthy choice!

- add in corn
- drop some of the spices, and add in Newman's Own Black Bean and Corn Salsa
- top with grated cheese
- top with a spoon of sour cream
- top with grated cheese and crushed tortilla chips
- add in diced tomatoes


I've been reading poetry aloud to the kids.  After several readings, Peter was inspired.  He wrote this out of the blue one day.


dragonflies hovering
in the air
mantises eating
crane flies dancing
water bugs racing
cicadas singing
grasshoppers hopping
crickets too
around the pond

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