Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Look at these handsome men! They keep me pretty happy. Dock is becoming more vocal and likes to laugh and look at his toys. He's a chubby little dude at 13 lbs and already into his 3-6 month clothes. He'll be catching up with Ford in no time. Right now Ford makes him a little nervous, probably because Ford doesn't know the difference between a kiss and a head butt.

Ford is quite entertaining these days. When somebody says "who farted?" we've taught him to say "Meeeeee!" It comes in handy, especially when I make these delicious beans. I want to start working my way through my food storage, making sure we have what we need and rotating the older stuff. Beans are always hard to use because a No. 10 can makes a lot of beans (Does any one know how long dried beans are good after they've been opened?). Anyway, the trick to beans is a pressure cooker and ham.

I love my pressure cooker, Wade's parents gave it to us a couple Christmases ago and although it doesn't come out often it works miracles when it does. Those beans - 50minutes to perfection, artichokes - 7 minutes, and boiled potatoes - 3 minutes. I haven't experimented much beyond that, so if any one has a good recipe, send it my way. Yesterday we had the beans with rice, and today in homemade tortillas. Delish! and also not as hard as I thought. I've been cooking like crazy. I have to do something to keep warm in Elko. I just pulled the tortilla recipe off line but here is my beans recipe. These beans really are good, it's so nice to bite into a big ol' chunk of juicy ham!

2 1/2 cups dried pinto beans (don't soak them, you don't have to, but you can)

6 cups water

1 ham bone

2 1/2 cups cooked ham cut into big chunks (I used leftover holiday ham)

1 large onion diced

3 cloves garlic

1 Tbl chili

1/2 Tbl ground cumin

1/2 Tbl onion powder

1/2 Tbl celery salt

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

Brown onion and garlic.

Add all the seasonings and brown until they are fragrant.

Add beans, water, ham and bone.

Bring pressure cooker to pressure and cook for 50 minutes.

Cool pot with cold tap water and remove lid.

You can make this in a crock pot as well but it takes 9-10 hours. (see what I mean about the wonderfulness of a pressure cooker)