good for your heart

What good is a new recipe if you can’t tell someone about it?  It was Donna, my red-headed Dixie chick girlfriend from North Carolina who got me cooking and eating black-eyed peas, greens, and cornbread for New Year’s (boy, do I feel lucky) that I had to tell about this latest concoction.   So yesterday I wrote her:

“Oh, dear, it’s so sad you can’t stop by 1611 Harbal to eat from time to time.  I just put onto simmer a Dutch oven full of something that could be quite spectacular.  It all started Saturday as Kathy and I decided to clean out and organize our pantries.  I came across a lot of different dried beans in small amounts (1/2 -3/4C), thinking none would make a dish but what if they were mixed all together?  I had more substantial amounts of some other varieties (great northern, garbanzo, soy) that could keep them company.  We then went on our marathon Saturday afternoon foray through Meijer’s, Busch’s, and Plum. Hey, wine was on sale at Meijer’s and Busch’s, and we had to pick up from Plum the subjects for Thursday’s tasting. The “smoked turkey tails” at Meijer’s caught my eye as something that could help out beans.  Last night I threw all those beans in to soak – black, red kidney, black eyed peas, soy, garbanzos, white kidney, great northern – while I devised a recipe.  I took as a template the black-eyed peas recipe we had for New Year’s.  It turned out pretty good.  But I had to embellish it a bit. This one has 2 C onion, 1 C shallots, a whole head of garlic peeled (left whole), a half pound of pearled onions (I love to peel those suckers), peppers (red, Aloha, jalapeno, even a little can of Hatch’s green chilis), celery, and carrots.  Now the wimpy black-eyed peas recipe said to fry up their vegetables in 2 T olive oil.  Now I’ve got way more vegetables, so will need more fat.  And I’ve got way better fat in my fridge.  So my vegetables got fried up in 2T lard and 2T bacon grease.  Probably lost my heart healthy designation right there (you know what they say about beans: “beans, beans, good for your heart…” you can fill in the rest).  The turkey tails were only half enough meat, so I thawed out the rest of my ham hocks.  Variety.  The 4 C of chicken stock seemed to cover everything o.k., leaving unemployed the nice 2 C of bean water I had left over.  Don’t need much spice with a concoction like this, but I threw in 2 bay leaves, a T of ground red chilis, and a T of a weird spice I’ve been experimenting with: red annatto.  And now it cooks.  It’ll sit overnight in the cold garage, and be dinner tomorrow.  Wish you were here.”

So, now it’s the next morning and I haven’t tasted it, but it sure looks good.  Getting the meat off the bones is next.

Here’s the recipe:

legume medley
¼ C white kidneys                                  1 C carrots, chopped                
¾ C red kidneys                         1 C celery, chopped                     
½ C black beans                        2 bell peppers (red, aloha), chopped
½ C garbonzos                                       1 jalapeno, chopped                 
½ C black-eyed peas                              fry vegetables in 2 T lard, 2 T bacon
1 C great northerns                                  grease, in Dutch oven, 6’ till soft
½ C soybeans                                        drain beans, add to vegetables 
cover beans with water, bring to boil  add 1# smoked turkey tails       
turn heat off, cover, let soak 2 hr      add 2 ham hocks (1.25#)
8 oz pearled onions, peeled              add 4 C chicken stock
1 head garlic, peeled, leave whole   2 bay leaves
1 large onion, chopped (2C)               1 T ground red chilis                 
1 C shallots, chopped                         1 T red annatto                      
4 oz can Hatch’s green chilis                 bring to boil, then simmer X 2 hr           

And here’s what it looks like in the pot, after putting back the meat:

Wanna see Donna?

Now there’s a dish! Very good for your heart!

Published by rike52

I retired from the Rheumatology division of Michigan Medicine end of June '19 after 36 years there. Upon hitting Ann Arbor for the second time (I went to school here) it took me almost 8 months to meet Kathy, 17 months to buy her a house (on Harbal, where we still live), and 37 months to marry her. Kids never came, but we've been blessed with a crowd of colleagues, friends, neighbors and family that continues to grow. Lots of them are going to show up in this log eventually. Stay tuned.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: