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October 22, 2007

Boys Will Eat Anything

I've got to say, I'm super thankful that my boys will eat just about anything. They are each allowed to choose one food that they don't have to eat, but if it is in something I prepare, they are responsible for just eating around it. Right now, the "one things" include leeks, onions, carrots and lima beans. For a long time, monkey brains were R8's "one thing" and then he realized I never serve those. . .

I'm thankful they are willing to try just about anything. One wasn't thrilled with the millet I've made a few times. I tried to convince them it was yummy by saying it was like a cross between rice and couscous. I forgot that rice had been his "one thing" for quite a while.

We had a light lunch the other day of veggies dipped in hummus and toasted pita bread. Hubby bought the hummus at the grocery store, and it reminded me of how much we all like it. It's pretty easy to make, too--and you can skip the tahini if you aren't a hummus purist.

Tonight we had deeeelicious Cuban Black Bean soup. We try to have a legume-based dinner once a week, and Black Bean soup is a fave. I forgot just how good Cuban Black Bean soup is when you're sure to season it with cumin and serve with fresh chopped onions and sour cream. Yummmm. We all had seconds.

Maybe it's the cooler weather, but I'm more inspired to cook and create in the kitchen these days. R8 is asking to make apple butter with me--I've hardly done any canning since Ukraine.



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We are finally getting cooler weather and it makes me want to make comfort food. Feeding a house full of boys is really delightful and inspires one to culinary greatness, does it not?

My daughter-in-law is Cuban and we have learned how to make all sorts of wonderful things with black beans, thanks to her. Once when we were in Miami and she took me to the home of friends who had just arrived in the US from Cuba, I walked in the door to the most delicious smells I could ever have imagined. My mouth still waters as I remember that woman's kitchen and how those spices permeated the whole house.

Posted by: thatmom at October 23, 2007 08:41 AM

I can't find hummus at the grocery store that I really like. What brand was it your hubby brought home?

Posted by: SouthernBell at October 23, 2007 11:03 AM

I just came upon your blog during a quick online search for Isaiah 49:15 - I love it! As a Jewish woman who lives under the authority of her Savior, I treasure Godly counsel.

Posted by: Erin at October 23, 2007 03:16 PM

Happy canning! It's such a satisfying feeling to see the fruit of your labor lined up on a shelf.


Posted by: Aliza at October 24, 2007 10:49 AM

That soup sounds so good. Can I have the recipe.

Your lucky my kids are still little and are very picky lol. I think they get it from there dad.

Posted by: ummali at October 24, 2007 05:20 PM

Ummali. . . I usually cook my beans the standard way, but with Black Beans add extra cumin and serve with chopped onion and sour cream on top. I prefer to serve black beans with a hunk of cuban bread (or french, or whatever baton is available), but sometimes serve it over rice. This recipe is close to what I do, and I'm sure you'd be able to modify it to fit your family's preferences.

Aliza, the salsa that Natalie sent home with us has been sooooooo good. Oh, my. Better than my Ukrainian salsa ever was. Must be because the produce was all from her garden. Nat's salsa on bread is Hubby's favorite snack.

Erin, welcome! *grin*

SouthernBell, I'm so sorry that I don't know what brand of hummus it was that Hubby bought. Have you introduced hummus to your daughter yet? I bet she'd like it--any food eaten by dipping is fun for toddlers!

ThatMom--you are SO right. I love that here in Florida it is finally starting to cool down. We've had several thunderstorms lately, which has been great for lighting candles and making stews. My boys are very appreciative eaters, even if they announce (as I've worked on for politeness' sake) that something is "Not my favorite. . ." Recently, lentil soup has been a hit around here--of course, they call it "Orc Slops."

Posted by: TulipGirl at October 28, 2007 11:14 PM

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