By all means, use 1 Tablespoon each of fresh rosemary and thyme (which are both easy to grow) if you have it.

—A bowl of this soup, a nice green salad, and a loaf of warm, homemade bread (some beyond easy beer bread, perhaps?) make a well-rounded meal. If you’re serving people who must have meat every time they eat, a plate of nice hearty sausages, such as bratwurst or kielbasa, could be grilled or pan-fried and served along with the soup. Or thickly slice the sausages on a diagonal and set several slices right on top of each bowl of soup.

—Make it a celebration of spring. For those fortunate enough to have access to the first vegetables of the season, you might consider making this recipe using half the beans and twice the number of vegetables—all baby versions. I haven’t tried this yet, but I imagine that it would be splendid. You might only want to puree 1/3 of it, so that the chunks of individual vegetables remained more visible.

You might need to buy:
  • dried rosemary
  • dried thyme
  • fennel seeds
  • bay leaf
  • Salt & pepper to taste
serves 2
You might need to buy:
  • Italian tuna in olive oil
  • chopped curly parsley
  • finely diced red onion
  • Dressing:
  • good quality extra-virgin olive oil
  • fresh lemon juice
  • black pepper and sea salt to taste
You might need to buy:
  • *
  • * Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • * Lemon zest
  • * Parmigiano and Herb Fortified Stock
  • * 1 large rind trimmed from a hunk of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese or a few small pieces rind perhaps saved-up
  • * Peeled rind of 1 lemon
  • * 2 fresh bay leaves
  • * 4 cups chicken stock
  • * Roasted Tomatoes
  • * 24 ripe organic vine tomatoes or large plum tomatoes

Dressing for the Coyote Quesadilla at

You might need to buy:
  • sour cream
  • chipotle peppers
Belongs to kylerhea Black Bean Salsa 

Salsa for the Coyote Quesadilla at

You might need to buy:
  • finely chopped cilantro leaves
  • finely diced red bell pepper
  • finely diced red onion
  • finely chopped green onion
  • peeled and finely diced carrots
  • grated lime zest
  • freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ground cumin
  • sea salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper

1 January 2011
Blackening spice at
Black Bean Salsa:
Chipotle Ranch Dressing:

serves 4
You might need to buy:
  • finely chopped cilantro leaves
  • chopped green onion
  • shredded pepper jack cheese
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • canned refried beans
  • vegetable oil
  • large flour tortillas
You might need to buy:
  • uncooked quinoa
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • chopped roasted red peppers
  • Everyday Value Organic Italian Dressing
  • dried tarragon

3 December 2010 - I did the sausages in a non-stick fry pan, and used chicken stock instead of water. Serve with plain boiled potatoes.

serves 4
You might need to buy:
  • Coarse salt and pepper
  • olive oil
  • sweet italian sausage
  • garlic cloves
  • large bunch of kale (1 1/4 - 1 1/2 pounds
You might need to buy:
  • Rienzi Mezzo Ditale Pasta
  • olive oil
  • water
  • S & P
  • celery
You might need to buy:
  • olive oil
  • chopped garlic
  • chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • Squeeze fresh lemon juice