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Corn, A Summertime Treat

CORN: A Summertime Treat!

 

Julia Ann - Summertime Corn

Parboiling fresh corn on the ear.

Have you tasted fresh corn-on-the-cob?  It is certainly is a Midwestern food and maybe across the USA.  In farm country it is the hit of the season with farmer’s markets flourishing along the road sides.  Indiana serves the corn cooked in a husk to carry and eat as fun food  at county and state fairs.

 

How-to preserve that wonderful taste all winter.

Select fresh corn.

Select fresh corn. The husks will be removed to prepare the ears of corn for parboiling.

The best time to get fresh corn is early in the morning after it has just been picked.  Plan on processing it when you get home to maintain the freshness and the milk in the kernel of corn.  I  prepare 12 ears at a time.

Remove the corn husks and the silk. Rinse well.

Removing the corn husks

Removing the corn husks

Cutting corn off the cob.

Cutting corn off the cob.

Now the corn is ready to be put into a large pan of boiling water. Cover and scald in the  boiling water for 4 1/2 minutes.  Cool in an ice water bath.  The corn is then ready to cut kernels off the cob and package for freezing.

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To freeze corn on the cob, after scalding, cooling and draining, put the ears of corn into plastic freezer bags to store in your freezer.

Savory Baked Sweet Corn

Savory Baked Sweet Corn

cookbookinabox® has other delicious and great corn recipes.

 

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Meatless navy Bean Soup

Meatless Navy Bean Soup

Meatless navy Bean Soup

Meatless Navy Bean Soup and Corn Bread”Back in the olden days”  it was said that Monday was wash day and  Meatless Navy Bean Soup was the day’s meal. 

Meatless Navy Bean Soup

Pressure cooker speeds up the cooking.

A pot of beans on a busy  day is a good day’s meal .  I like to cook the dried navy beans in the pressure cooker then store in pint jars ready for use in soups, stews, with vegetables or baked beans.  I do not put meat in bean soup, mainly for health reasons there is no ham.  Though wouldn’t ham, bacon, pork or even chicken be a good addition?  That gets to be your choice. 

Canned Navy Beans

Canned Navy Beans    

A good use for the pressure cooker:

Presto Pressure Cooker

Presto Pressure Cooker

This was 1 1/2 cups of dried navy beans, soaked in 4 cups of water for 4 to 8 hours.  After they are drained, I put them in the pressure cooker add enough water to cover about 1/2 inch, no salt or seasonings at this time.  They are cooked for 11 minutes under 15 lbs. of pressure.  I turn off the heat and let the pressure come down slowly before opening.  I like a softer bean for soup, the reasons for the longer cooking.  This  makes 2 pints of beans and the broth.  Best to follow your pressure cookers instructions.  OR  simply buy 2-3 cans of navy or great northern beans.  

I like to add onion, garlic, jalapeno pepper, carrots, one small potato and fresh grated ginger to soup.  These I cook in a little water in the microwave on high until almost tender.  Now I am ready assemble the Meatless Navy Bean Soup. The final addition to the soup seasoning  is a natural mesquite liquid smoke.  

Meatless Navy Bean Soup

A robust Meatless Navy Bean Soup and vegetables with a subtle flavor of mesquite smoke. Makes you think you are around an old chuck wagon out west.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups dried navy beans
  • 4 cups of water to soak beans
  • ---------------
  • soaked beans
  • 2 cups water
  • OR 2 cups canned beans and juice
  • 1/4 cup onion minced
  • 1/4 cup jalapeno pepper finely diced
  • 1/2 cup carrots finely diced
  • 1/2 cup potato finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger freshly grated
  • 1 cup chicken broth or more if thinner soup is preferred.
  • 2 teaspoons mesquite liquid smoke

Instructions

  • Soak the dried beans in the 4 cups of water 4-8 hours.
  • Drain beans, cook in pressure cooker with water to cover, 11 minutes.
  • Put 2 cups cooked beans and juice into a large pot.
  • Add all the vegetables together in a microwave proof bowl with 1/4-1/2 cup water.
  • Microwave on high for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the cooked vegetables and water to the beans.
  • Add the chicken or vegetable broth.
  • Add the mesquite liquid smoke.
  • Simmer 30 minutes.

Notes

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Meatless navy Bean Soup

Meatless Navy Bean Soup and Corn Bread

Benefits of making home-made Meatless Navy Bean Soup

 The great benefit of making any soup is the freedom to substitute or make changes as you prepare.  Now of course there are times when making a specific recipe is the goal. That is the fun and challenge of cooking. 

Suggestions for the the rest of the meal:

The Corn Bread and Chocolate Pudding with Maraschino Cherries are recipes to come in future blogs.  The recipes for the Wheat Flax Seed-Apple Muffins and the Orange Coconut Walnut Bowl are available.

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Beef Barley Soup with Toasted French Bread

Beef Barley Soup

Beef Barley Soup with Toasted French Bread

Beef Barley Soup with Toasted French Bread

Homemade Soup Time!  Beef-Barley Soup

The Beef-Barley Soup the plan for  the day using some left over roast beef.  I like to “re-purpose”  meat into soups. better known as left-overs    The seasoning on the meat is additional seasoning and flavor for the soup. We like our soups thick and chunky, rather than pureed.  There are many delicious soups when using variety in the grains, pasta, and vegetables with or without meats/poultry.

This  beef had a rub of thyme, onion powder, course pepper and kosher salt when it was roasted.  Two cups of the cooked roast beef was cut into 1/2 inch thin pieces for.  the soup. Onion, celery and mushrooms provided the vegetables to the grain.  of barley.  In this soup,  rice  or vegetables could be used instead of the barley or stew meat

Beef Barley Soup

Thick and hearty beef and barley makes a filling soup for cold weather enjoyment. Mushrooms, celery and onion are the added vegetables.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Soups
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked roast beef cut in 1/2 inch thin pieces
  • 1/3 cup diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons celery
  • 1 4 ounce can mushroom stems and pieces
  • 4 cups of water
  • 3/4 cup Quaker Quick Barley

Instructions

  • Put the roast beef into a Dutch Oven.
  • Add the onion, celery, mushrooms and barley.
  • Add 4 cups of water.
  • Cover, bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat, simmer 10 -12 minutes until barley is tender.
  • Stir occasionally.
  • More water can be added if too thick.

Notes

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Beef Barley Soup

Beef Barley Soup

 A word about barley…….

There is healing power in eating barley providing vitamin E, the trace mineral selenium and compounds that have antioxidant benefits to increase disease protection.  Eating barley can help lower cholesterol, reduce the formation of blood clots, improve digestion, and reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.  (Selene Yeager and Editors of Prevention, The Doctors Book® of Food Remedies, Rodale Inc.   , 2007 p.73 ff.

   

 Two Menu Suggestions……. to serve with Beef-Barley Soup

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White Bean-Spinach Vegetable Soup

White Bean-Spinach Vegetable Soup

Snow Days  are good days for hearty soups to warm you

such as  White Bean-Spinach Vegetable Soup

White Bean-Spinach Vegetable Soup

White Bean-Spinach Vegetable Soup

White Bean-Spinach  Vegetable Soup  is a good  to have on hand in the freezer or a full pint jar setting in the refrigerator with soup ready to heat for a lunch.

I like to have soup available for quick lunches, so when I make soup, I make 8 cups from the recipe.  It is usually very thick with vegetables or the main ingredients. Because it is extra thick, I will add extra 99% fat free natural chicken broth when I reheat 2 cups of White Bean-Spinach Vegetable Soup.

Home cooked White/Navy Beans

Home cooked White/Navy Beans

Preserving the extra soup

The pictures of the white beans illustrate my home cook and canning. After the kettle of soup has cooked, I put the White Bean-Spinach Vegetable Soup into clean pint jars, seal, let cool to room temperature and set the jars in my refrigerator.  It helps to have an extra refrigerator on hand. These jars of soups are usually used in 2 weeks or less. If frozen in freezer bags or plastic freezer containers,  the soups could be kept longer.

Benefits of eating White Bean-Spinach Vegetable Soup

The choice of vegetables can vary with your likes or preferences.  This is an excellent way to meet the dietary requirements of 5-13 servings of vegetables and fruits each day.  Although fruit does not go in the soup, you have snacks and dessert with your meal.  The beans provide fiber and protein, carrots provide vitamin A, peppers contain vitamin C, potatoes are high in potassium and spinach if rich in folate.

White Bean-Spinach Vegetable Soup

White Bean-Spinach Vegetable Soup

White Bean-Spinach Vegetable Soup

Heart healthy soups are warming and nutritional addition to winter meals. An excellent way to meet protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals requirements.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup yellow onion small chop
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper small chop
  • 1/4 cup celery 1/2 inch slices
  • 1/4 cup carrot 1/2 inch slicesl
  • 1-2 cups cooked white potato chopped 1/2 inch
  • 2 cups cooked white navy beans drained or 16 ounce can of white beans, drained
  • 14 ounce can of diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger minced or grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 2 cups of chicken broth
  • 2/3 cups of water or more for thinner soup
  • 1 1/2 cup frozen spinach
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Prepare the white/navy beans or use canned beans.
  • Cook the white potato, chop
  • Chop the vegetables, onion garlic, pepper celery, carrot, ginger.
  • Heat oil in large Dutch Oven or kettle.
  • Add onion, garlic, celery, and carrots.
  • Cook until onion in tender.
  • Pour in the beans.
  • Add tomatoes and juice.
  • Add potatoes.
  • Add ginger and seasonings.
  • Pour in broth and water.
  • Add the frozen spinach.
  • Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer.
  • Cook until thoroughly heated.

Notes

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White Bean-Spinach Vegetable Soup Menu Suggestions

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Red Lentils-Sausage Stew

Slow Cooker Red Lentils-Sausage Stew

Happy New Year 2016!

Red Lentils-Sausage Stew

Red Lentils-Sausage Stew

In the Italian tradition, lentils-sausage stew was our New Year’s food for luck. It seems across the continents good luck is thought to be prosperity,  good health, happiness, success and longevity. We aren’t Italian, we  wanted to try another tradition to celebrate the New Year’s.  It would be interesting to prepare the New Year’s evening menu recipes from around the world which are noted to be Lucky New Year’s Food. 

Here is my suggestion for your 2017 New Year’s Menu celebration.

Italy:  Cotechino con Lenticcjie, pork and lentils
American South: Black-eyes peas, Hoppin’ John, cooked greens
Japan:  Toshikoshi Soba, long buckwheat noodles
Ireland  Buttered Bread Sandwiches
Spain:  12 grapes  referring to Champagne
Berlin:  Berliner Pfannkuchen, jelly doughnuts
Greece: Vasilopita, a New Year’s Cake with a coin hidden in it.                                                                        The person getting the coin will have good luck all year.

Slow Cooker Red Lentils-Sausage Stew

Red Lentils-Sausage Stew

Red Lentils-Sausage Stew

Slow Cookers or Crock-Pot cooking are  great for winter hearty stews, soups or casseroles. Red Lentils-Sausage Stew is a good example of easy meal preparation.  We had a romaine tossed salad, crusty garlic bread, Cinnamon Apple Sauce and Brown Sugar Marble Pound Cake om/crock-for desert. No Champagne, however, we did have some Soft White Wine by Oliver’s Winery.  It was a quiet and satisfying New Year’s Eve. Looking forward to 2016 offerings. 

 

Slow Cooker Red Lentils-Sausage Stew

A slow cooker makes a hearty stew of red lentils, sausage and vegetables. A winter time comfort food to enjoy with crusty bread.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 20 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8 cups
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • 1/2 sausage remove casing and crumble, or crumble whole sausage
  • 1 cup red lentils rinse
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup carrots coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium potato chopped in 1/2 inch cubes
  • 14.5 oz tomatoes and juice
  • 1 cup frozen cut spinach
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Layer all the vegetables on the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • Add the crumbled sausage.
  • Pour in the broth and water.
  • Add the seasonings and stir into the broth.
  • Cover, cook on high for 3 hours.

Notes

3 links of bratwursts were used in this recipe; other sausages links or ground sausage could also be used. 

 

Wishing you many blessings during 2016:  healthy lives, friends, safety and joys in abundance.

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