Monday, October 30, 2006




~ perfect for a scary night ...
featured in Diary of a Ho-Hum Housewife

extra-virgin olive oil
1 bunch of leeks, washed well and chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
6 carrots, scraped and sliced diagonally
4 ribs celery (include leaves), chopped
3 jalapeno peppers, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 yellow pepper, chopped
1/4 cup ground cumin
1/4 cup dried oregano
1 pound black turtle beans,
soaked overnight in cold water
4 quarts chicken stock
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 cup sherry
1 bottle Corona beer
coarse salt and cracked pepper
1/2 Tbsp. Mc Cormick's garlic pepper
1/2 cup fresh cilantro (1/4 cup dried)

for garnish~

sour cream
chopped green onions

Saute leeks, garlic, carrots, celery and peppers
stirring occasionally until wilted. Add cumin and oregano.
Rinse and drain beans and add to pot.
Cover with chicken stock.
Bring to boil then gently simmer, uncovered,
until beans are tender (about 2 hours).
Add additional stock if too thick.
Stir in lime juice, sherry and beer.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.
(for those who like it hotter, add 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes)
Add cilantro before serving.

Garnish with sour cream, salsa, and chopped green onions
(serves 8)

Note: this soup is SO tasty, double the recipe!

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