Another quiet week here in Montana. We’re finally above freezing for multiple days at a time — well, southern Chouteau County is above freezing. Word-of-mouth has it that some parts further north, such as Havre, still haven’t gotten up to freezing yet. Brrrrrr!
- 8 cups water
- 8 cups chicken stock
- 1 lb. red kidney beans
- Smoked ham hock (about 1 lb.)
- 1/2 lb. good-quality smoked ham, diced small
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
- 3 celery ribs, diced, cleaned, and trimmed (about 1 1/2 cups)
- 1 average-size green pepper, diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
- 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
- 6 cloves garlic
- Bay leaf (one fresh or two dry)
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 2 tbsp. Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp. Tabasco
- A dozen turns black pepper
- 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced and lightly sautéedAndouille sausage, split and grilled French bread, sliced and toasted
- 1 tbsp. peanut oil
- 2 cups long-grain white rice (Della white basmati or Mahatma)
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 1/2 cups water
And here is a link to the original article and recipe: Chef Lee Richardson’s Red Beans & Rice. I am deliberately not including the cooking instructions here to encourage people to click on that link and read the original article. It’s a really interesting article to read.
And speaking of beans, the latest issue of the Mayo Clinic Health Letter said that studies have shown that eating beans helps control blood sugar because of the fiber in the beans.
That same issue also discussed another study which showed watching television can be bad for your health if you watch more than 2 hours a day. Interestingly, it was markedly more unhealthy than other sedentary activities such as reading or sewing. The researchers weren’t sure if it was because people often eat a lot of unhealthy snacks while watching television, or if it was because during other activities such as sewing or reading, a person may be more likely to get up and move around from time to time to get other books, sewing materials, etc.