Soup for your Soul : The Backyard Baker

Soup for your Soul

by Peg Mead on 01/08/15

Well I have to confess, I am a terrible Blogger!!  Who would have thunk it with as much as I like to talk!!  But I am!  Anyway, I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and an even better start to the new year.  I am hoping that 2015 brings much happiness, health, and prosperity to all of you :o) 

 I just asked Siri (my phone) what the temperature was and she replied, brrr 28 degrees. She is right it is brrrrr cold!!!  And what is better when it is so cold - Soup!!  There are lots of different kinds of soups, but I have been looking to make quick, easy, and healthy ones.  I have one that I love and want to share with you, it can be put together with very little effort and time, but still is good to the last bite. You can use dry black beans and go through all time to prepare them, but I have found the canned Black Beans are really good and much easier when you don't have the time.


Easy Black Bean Soup


2 cans of Black Beans

1 cup diced Onion

1/2 cup Bacon Pieces or diced Ham

3 cups of Chicken Stock

1/4 tsp. Chili Powder

dash of Cumin

1/4 tsp. chopped Cilantro (only if you have some)

Sautee chopped Onions and Bacon or Ham pieces until onion is translucent.  Take one can of Black Beans (do not drain) and process in food processor until chopped fine.  Empty processed Black Beans and the other can of Black Beans into the pot with the onion mixture.  Add Chicken Stock, Chili Powder, and Cumin.  Let simmer for 20 minutes.  Mix in chopped Cilantro.  Season to your taste by adding more Chili Powder for a spicier flavor or more Cumin for a smokier flavor.  Take a masher (like you use for making mashed potatoes) and mash the beans in the soup.  Let simmer for another 10 minutes.  This soup is a great source of protein and goes well with cracker, corn bread, or tortilla chips.  You can add a dollop of sour cream, sprinkle with fresh chopped cilantro, or strips of tortilla chips. 


Here is to a hot bowl of Soup on a cold winter's night!  Eat healthy my friends :)  Peg



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  Hi Everyone!  My name is Peg Mead and I have started this blog for all my wonderful customers who have   asked me for my recipes and for you who realize that the quickest way to anyone heart is through their stomach!!! 

I began my love of cooking in 7th grade, when for one of my classes I had to come up with a meal, cook it, and serve it to my family.  It was during the holidays and we had leftover Turkey, so I made Turkey Mornay.  It was a hit and I was hooked on cooking!

I am the humble owner of a little Cafe' that features fresh made food.  We have been featured in the Sandlapper Magazine for our homemade Ice Cream and on a local television program with our fresh Steak Alfredo.  Now I want a forum that I can share with you some of my favorite recipes - so here we are.  What better time to kick off a blog about food, but the holiday season! 

If you have any favorite recipes of your own, please feel free to share them too.  I read cook books like most people read novels!!  So I am always looking for the next great recipe!   Wishing you all happiness in the kitchen