Not much to report other than some good wine tonight We’re taking it easy because tomorrow night is Sex and the City Date Night!! Yes, the husband and I are going together. If I had a group of girlfiends to go with I totally would get dressed up and drink martinis. You blog readers need to all move to Charlotte so we can be friends. It’s so hard meeting people when we’re young without kids.
We cracked open a bottle of Il Cuore Chardonnay that Karen bought for us after a tasting we all did this winter. It was really good! But it was also interesting to see how the wine changed with the meal. It was fruity and smooth before and I would’ve guessed a Sauvignon Blanc with my eyes closed as I finished my last sip with the baked beans…
Speaking of baked beans – that’s what we had! I soaked some navy beans last night and boiled them this morning. I like making beans from scratch, but it is so time consuming that I’m not sure it’s really worth the effort sometimes. They are better from scratch, but not 3 hours much better!
I browsed a bunch of baked bean recipes online and came up with my own combo. I added everything to taste so I’ll try to get the measurments right as best I can:
Simmer together in a pot until warmed through:
- 1/3 cup ketchup
- 1/2 a can of tomato paste
- 1/2 cup vegetable broth (or water)
- 3 tbsp cider vinegar
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp dry mustard
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- Splash hot sauce
Then dump sauce over about 3 cups of beans (2 cans??) and cook covered in a 350* oven for an hour.
I’ll call them BBQ Baked Beans because they were a lot like my BBQ chicken recipe with the tomato paste.
On the side we cooked a huge batch of broccoli raab. We really didn’t know how to cook this and after a quick Google search, found that all parts are edible and to just cook them like you would broccoli. We steamed about 6 cups in 1/4 cup veggie broth and drizzled on 1 tbsp Goddess dressing and a bit of honey to finish. This raab was from the CSA and there were lots of pieces that were practically inedible because they were so woody. It was like eating a tree! So maybe we did something wrong – but the leaves and flowers were excellent!
With wine pour #2 –
Strawberry Almond Butter Burger
For a snack this afternoon I had a TJ’s whole wheat bun with strawberries and almond butter. It was quite tasty!
I got a coffee headache right on cue this afternoon. I just dealt with it, knowing my body was just complaining.
Tomorrow I have early plans to go to the farmer’s market in Matthews with Maran 🙂 Then a run and some gardening with the husband (or I’ll just let him do it all while I’m gone!) Then SATC!