I’m a sucker for puns. I’ll admit it.
I wanted another easy night, plus I had a bunch of leftover cannellini beans from Monday’s supper. I bought dry beans from the bulk dispenser and didn’t realize until I got home how much I’d actually purchased. I make this mistake with all my bulk items – it always looks like less food in the big store! I’m going to try to start measuring my scoops. Does this happen to anyone else?
I remember it always happening when I worked in a store that sold televisions (R.I.P. Circuit City) – people wanted the big set in the store, then it took up their whole living room. Of course, that was so long ago people were buying CRTs and they really were huge pieces of furniture.
I turned to a cookbook that has an usually high percentage of cannellini recipes: Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker. Not only did this give me a dozen white bean recipes to choose from, but I knew that the recipe would require minimal work.
I put this chili together during my lunch break, and it was ready to eat at 6 p.m., which is already earlier than I typically eat. This is made from onion, garlic, crushed tomato, white beans, canned hominy, jalapeno, chili powder and other spices, and some water. That’s it. Compared to the chili I usually make, this seemed super-simple, and I almost worried I’d end up in front of a bowl of beans.
The chili was delicious. Winner! I steamed some kale to go along with it and that was really good in some of the tomato sauce. I hesitated to put them in the same bowl, but Alex and I both found this to be a great combination.
Oh, I’ve been snapping photos of the cats for work, they’re doing a show-and-tell kind of thing, so I figured I’d show them off here too. I don’t have a problem with pet photos next to the food – do you?
The pictures above are of two cats, whereas this is four photos of one cat, Athena, who’s been with me for seven years and through a string of roommates. I think Alex is her favorite, though. She’s still being a crabby old lady to the new guys, but things are getting better.