December 26, 2009

Christmas Day and Smoky Black Bean Soup

Well Christmas Day has come and have my folks.  It was a pretty low key day.  Gluten-free apple cake for breakfast, a hike at the ever great Shellburg Falls, and Smoky Black Bean Soup and Cornbread for dinner.  Tonight is Christmas with the Jones side.  Smoked roasted chicken, smoked beef ribs, pumpkin biscuits, roasted carrots and cherry sorbet.  Can we say, "Don't need to eat for a week!"

Smoky Bean Soup (adapted from here)

olive oil
6-8 cloves garlic, minced (smoked garlic is yummy here too)
1 T smoked paprika
2 tsp cumin
1-2 tsp chipotle powder (depending on how hot you like it)

2 cans petite diced tomatoes (14-15 oz)
2 cans black bean refried beans
2 cans black beans
2 c. frozen corn
salt to taste
(water or chicken broth as needed)

Saute the garlic in the olive oil 1-2 min on medium until cooked.  Add the spices and stir around, letting the spices heat up a bit.  Add the canned and frozen goods, including liquids.  Stir well to get the refried beans to break up.  Add additional water/chicken broth as needed.  Cook on medium, watching to be sure it doesn't scorch for 20-30 minutes.  Serve with any or all of sliced avocado, cheese, sour cream/yogurt, green onion, lime juice, and cilantro.

Alternative: Cook garlic and spices as directed above.  Transfer to crockpot.  Add the rest of the ingredients and cook on low for 6-8 hrs.  This works the best really!

December 20, 2009

Clackamas River Hike

We haven't disappeared here at Fresh and seems to have just taken over a bit.  This weekend we did get the opportunity to go hiking with our friend, Roland.  The Clackamas River Hike is a little over 8.1 miles when you run shuttle and hike straight through.  Roland gave it a B- because of powerlines and the fact you could see Hwy 224 in many places.  I give it an A because it had lots of shady trees, moss, ferns and the river!  Either way, it was a great way to spend the day.  Bailey loved it too, however she's been a little less active today...her hike was a bit longer than 8.1 miles :)

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