Sometime last year, I remember seeing a recipe for fudge written on an index card in my grandmother Kay McLoone’s cursive script. My mom was giddy when she showed it to me. It was yellowed and a bit crusty and its words read like a story, “make sure you… allow it to… wait until…” It was nostalgia at its best. A small piece of paper connecting my mom to her mom who had left us long ago AND the words on that paper, if followed result in tasty fudge (spoiler alert, we are not making fudge today…sorry).
Upon returning home, I retrieved the sweet recipe box my friend Elise gave me, collecting dust on a chachki shelf. She found it at a Minnesotan flea market and stamped my name on the front before gifting. I started making a practice of writing down recipes on the index cards that were already in the box, inspired by the thought that my little men might some day have one or two of them in their homes and maybe delight in their mom’s messy handwriting or the paper’s inevitable crustiness. Yesterday, I took out a recent addition to the box, “bean ragout” -a (vegetarian) recipe for the slow cooker. The recipe was given to me by my friend Kate, by way of a text message with a photo taken of a recipe in a magazine, so I’m not sure of the original source (I’ve since learned it is from ‘Smitten Kitchen‘). I’ve made it a few times with much success and tastiness. Yesterday was a great lesson in recipe following. The time for cooking was never delineated, so I’ve been winging it. Turns out a short but hotter cooking time (6hrs) results in tasty cooked beans, but not much ragout action. The longest cooking time (10hrs) will give you thick black bean soupy deliciousness.
Here’s the recipe:
HZ helped me with sweetiepie bean rinsing and stirring.
The ragout wasn’t ready at dinner time, but the beans were, so they got mixed in with the rice for burritos goodness.
I let the rest cook a while longer and jarred up a more ragout-esque situation in the morning.
See, jars. Good for freezing if they aren’t too full.
:: Millie and Willie are the penguins on the recipe box. They live there most of the time. They were a gift from Emily, low many years ago.
:: The sweet blue pottery vase is by Abigail Smith [AbigailLeighArts], given in a cutting board trade at a recent craft show.
:: The cutting board is a simple beauty made of elm wood, salvaged from a wooden creation made before the time of the blight.
:: The rustic table under the recipe card was made by my hubs from reclaimed lumber found on this farm.
:: A ragout is a “main dish stew” , or so says Wikipedia.