See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Friday, November 21, 2008

Eating on the cheap.


More tips for the new depression.

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Italian peasant food. It is so good and practical and cheap. Below is my recipe for a bean dish.

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Friday Supper
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What you will need:
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2 cans of Butter Beans, drained, but retain 1/2 the liquid from one can.
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1 cup of pasta - shell type.
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1/4 cup of chicken broth.
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1-2 clove of garlic, sliced.
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1 dried chili pepper, sliced
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1/4 cup of frozen chopped spinach - add some chopped fresh basil if you like.
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Lots of fresh ground pepper
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Sea salt to taste
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Fresh grated parmesean cheese.
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2 tablespoons of butter.
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Equal amount of olive oil.
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Preparation.
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Saute garlic, spinach, and chili pepper in large saute pan with the olive oil, just to release the flavors of the chili and garlic. Add the beans with a cup of the reserved chicken broth and liquid from the can. (Skip chicken broth for Fridays, and use all the liquid from one can of beans - sounds gross? No, it is really good.) Have ready the cooked pasta. Heat the beans quicly, add the pasta and combine over low heat; stir in the butter and add more pepper - mixture should be slightly soupy.
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Serve in bowls topped with fresh grated cheese - adding more butter if you like.
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Add a romaine with tomato salad and baquette, and you have a simple supper for two.

6 comments:

  1. Anonymous10:35 AM

    If that's how peasants eat, I wanna be one!

    Thanks for sharing - I'm definitely going to make this.

    -Cathy

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  2. michael12:01 PM

    Thanks! I'm going to the store to pick up some of the items that I don't already have, and preparing this dish tonight. You'd better not delete this recipe before I get back!

    I'm always interested in eating on the cheap, so keep those recipes coming.

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  3. Sounds great, lunch for tomorrow afternoon.

    thanks,

    anna b

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  4. michael6:50 AM

    It is delicious.

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  5. Thanks for the recipe, sounds good! FYI, there is a Swanson's vegetable broth which has a nice flavor.

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  6. Terry,

    Recipe was great, we had this for lunch today
    And everyone enjoyed it..
    Thanks again,
    Anna b

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