Monday, March 24, 2008

A photo opportunity and a recipe to share

I've fallen in love with my camera. It's funny because lately I had been thinking it was a mistake not to save up for the slr...maybe one day, but I need to start on a smaller scale. My camera is underused so I'm making a point to use it. I started by taking the manual with me everywhere and reading about all the cool features it has. Then I got on some review sites and checked out what others had to say about it (they love it) and helpful tips to get the best pictures. Now I'm tucking it in my purse everywhere I go (I really need to make a case for it) and taking more picture and even uploading them to my computer. I love the pictures I see on some of the blogs, but I don't have that type of camera and I'm okay with that right now. I have a camera that's just right for me and I'm going to take the opportunity to learn to use it to it's fullest. I'm excited to embark on a new project. See a theme? I love having a project. gotta eat right?
Something simple...soup. We've had weird weather lately. It seemed like Spring was here, but all of a sudden it's cold again. Frost on the windows and gloves on the hands. So, I'm thinking soup, soups good.

Black bean soup
2 (15 oz) cans of black beans or 2 cups of prepared black beans (you know dry beans you've cooked)
1 (15 oz) can of stewed tomatoes
1 can of chicken broth (or of course you can make your own. I'd use 12 oz in that case, which is 1.5 cups)
1 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
salt and pepper
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp lime juice

Combine all the ingredients( except lime juice) in a large pan and simmer until cooked through. Add lime juice after soup is cooked. This would be a great dish for the crockpot. Cook on low for 6 hours. Dress it up w/smoked chicken or serve it over rice w/ a nice salad. Yummo! Enjoy!