As I have a business background and worked in corporate America for a long time, I have heard of goal-setting and how to attain goals many times. I decided a few years ago to abandon New Year’s resolutions. I want to strive to do better and be better every day. I always want to present positive thoughts on posts on my blog so that would sort of be a New Year’s resolution but it has always been a goal of this blog.
Today, I am sharing thoughts on how I want to improve and one way is to use recipes I have used for years but amp them up a little bit by changing the ingredients or adding different spices to the mixture. I have started preparing northern beans for us over the last few weeks and I am going to share how I have made them more tasty:
8 ounces of dried northern beans
Of course the first thing to do is soak the beans and rinse them as is usually directed on the package.
Add chicken broth instead of water as the liquid to prepare the beans. I try to have enough liquid to just cover the top of the beans in the pot. If I don’t have enough chicken broth, I will add water to reach that level.
I add the following to the beans:
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
1 teaspoon of oregano
1/2 teaspoon of basil
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of onion powder.
The beans can be simmered on your stove top or cooked in a crock pot. As you can see, there is no oil in these beans and we enjoy them with only the seasonings. However, I have drizzled a small amount of a good olive oil over them when we are ready to eat them and that makes them even more tasty.
Last year I made a file on my computer of “Things I want to make.” I would refer back to that file from time to time and I prepared everything except Bananas Foster. I will make that soon even though Mr. D is afraid I will burn down the house. Having the file to refer to saves time when I am wanting to prepare something special or a little different and can find something quickly in the file. When I am writing my posts I will refer to my “Things I want to make” file and that helps me to set a goal of preparing the recipe sometime in the near future. As this isn’t a cooking blog, I do not prepare every recipe that I share with you. I am sharing Southern traditions and a large part of our Southern traditions is food.
I will work smarter in the kitchen this year and not harder. I always like to prepare new and different recipes; however, I want to make sure I include recipes and favorites that we have eaten over the years. I will go through my menu planner (yes, I do plan my menus every week and I always have) and make a list of dishes that I want to make sure we have in 2016. I keep that list with my menu planner and I can refer to it when I can’t think of anything to put on our menu.
As far as my blog is concerned, I want to share the foothills of North Carolina with you and my experiences of growing up and living in the South. I always feel I fall short in sharing pictures with you. That would be a goal I set for myself every year and I want to take the time to share pictures of where I live.
I hope you will file my Northern Bean recipe in your “Things I want to make file.” I know there are many theories on why we eat beans and greens as our first meal of the New Year. I will still say that I think the cooks were just tired of cooking from the holidays and that was the easiest thing for them to make.
Happy New Year Y’all and I look forward to sharing 2016 with you.