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Moon over troubled waters

Thursday, September 26, 2013


This week I found out how passionate some people get when you express
a difference of opinion. ...I even got hate mail.
{...I love the Spark mail feature....BLOCK USER...}

Sheesh......oh well

{...I should photoshop Maxine giving the bird...}

I'm into bean stews again...and a love of black beans.
I make a black bean stew ...TO DIE FOR.
And it becomes my all purpose 'sauce' ...
you could put it on cardboard and it would taste amazing
{..hmmmm...that gives me an idea...I'll try some over tofu...}

Have a fun adventurous...a little crazy is good for the soul

here's my recipe
My black bean stew
1 cup water
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion diced
3 carrots diced
3 celery stalks diced
1 bell pepper diced (oops forgot to add this before)
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp chili powder
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp turmeric
3 bay leaves
2 cans low sodium fat free chicken broth
1 cup dry black beans
1/2 cup dry kidney beans
1 cup crushed tomatoes
Even better with a few skinless chicken thighs
(I use 4 occasionally…with the bone then I debone afterwards)

If possible soak clean and soak beans in a quart of cold water for 8 hrs.
there is also a quick soak method...boil water, take off heat, add beans cover 30 min
(don't use the water from the soak)

Take big pot…add water and oil, onions, sautee over medium heat until translucent.
Add veggies and seasonings, and crushed tomatoes…stir.
Add drained/rinsed beans and the chicken broth
(you may want to add another cup of water)
(if adding chicken thighs...add them here)
Let cook , covered over medium low heat for 2 hours. Stir every 30 minutes

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KALEWINE 10/1/2013 5:01PM

    Hate mail? That's ridiculous! It sounds like you have the right attitude though.

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WINDSWEPTACRES 9/28/2013 11:32AM

    Hate mail? Seriously? Ever notice how many people who make snarky remarks have their SparkPages set to 'private' so you can't ask them what they were thinking? Sour emoticon ?

Anyway, the black bean recipe sounds amazing. We do a lot of chilis and bean soups over the winter. Guess we'll try this one, although NOT over tofu.

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EDWARDS1411 9/27/2013 8:42PM

    GREAT recipe - thanks for sharing & the pics are pretty darn good too LOL!!!

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PATRICIAANN46 9/27/2013 6:50PM

  Hi Sheryl........

"Nice Buns, Pumpkin!"

I cannot imagine YOU getting "Hate Mail." I would guess that the person has NOTHING else going on in his/her life and lives for adversity. You are WISE to walk away. They just aren't worth it.

And, for what it's worth........"I emoticon YOU!!!"

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/27/2013 1:22PM

    Now I'm curious as to what would elicit hate mail. Yes, this society has an easy time criticizing those with opposing opinions as they hide behind the keyboard and computer screens. I do the same thing - delete and block.

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IAMAGEMLOVER 9/27/2013 1:17PM

    You have the right approach to the negative mail. I am going to try this stew. I never had black beans. Thank you for the recipe.

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KARRENLYNN 9/27/2013 9:17AM

    I guess if I seriously disagree with someone, I just stop reading their stuff and surf elsewhere, but some people just aren't like that.

The soup sounds great, I think I might try it.

Have a great day,


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RDEE22 9/27/2013 8:31AM

    Love your blog and the recipe. Now I just have to hunt down some black beans in Australia. emoticon

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BABYSOX 9/27/2013 8:11AM

    I love black beans and this recipe looks delicious. Sorry about the hate mail, but you have the right attitude about it. emoticon

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KANOE10 9/27/2013 7:39AM

    I am sorry you received negative mail. You are such an inspiration to so many of us and often bring a smile to my day. Your stew sounds delicious!


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LEANMEAN2 9/27/2013 6:09AM

    Thanks for the recipe. I have printed it off and plan to make it soon. We like bean soups and they are good for you.

About the hate mail: Some people's kids, huh?

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NEW-CAZ 9/27/2013 3:01AM

    Some people! I love your blogs Sheryl!
Just so as you know I had one of mine deleted- you just can't please everyone, it seems some just love to be offended!

Have a great weekend emoticon

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ARTJAC 9/27/2013 1:23AM

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IMREITE 9/27/2013 12:35AM

    it sucks when you get nasty messages. i just ignore them and then move on to something helpful or more enjoyable.

the stew recipie looks good.

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FRAN0426 9/26/2013 11:35PM

    Hate mail? My gosh I just don't get what makes people tink they have a right to send hate mail to anyone. Of course I would block that person too. By the way, love all the cute pictures.

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GABIBEAR 9/26/2013 11:31PM

    I am speechless! You? Getting hate mail??? For what??? I always enjoy your blogs Sheryl!!!
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You rock!!! Thanks for the recipe!!! Have a fantastic Friday!!!

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LINDAK25 9/26/2013 10:42PM

    You what? Hate mail? Alrighty then! (I'm not sure being called a "little old lady" is a bad thing if the emphasis is on little. Of course, now you've got me really curious.) Moon over troubled waters--great title. It goes so well with your posters.

Thanks so much for the recipe! I copied it into my recipe folder. I can't wait to make it.

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KELLIEBEAN 9/26/2013 10:13PM

    Hate mail?? What a sad life that person lives.

Looks like a great recipe!

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IOWAGRAMMA 9/26/2013 9:30PM

    Hate mail? Too crazy! I'm of the opinion that differences of opinion are a good thing...interesting and challenging and educational, but I guess everyone doesn't agree with me!! emoticon Really, really sorry that has happened to you, though! Hugs!!

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    I'm really jealous. I'm way more obnoxious than you!! How come I can't get any hate mail??? Maybe you could send me some or I could read and answer yours for ya. LOL.

Noooooooo tofu or toefood as my son use to call it. I would prefer the cardboard actually.

Now you have made me hungry!!! Darnit!!

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ELSCO55 9/26/2013 9:12PM

    sounds good

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DALID414 9/26/2013 8:53PM

    Cardboard=tofu emoticon

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CHACHAOREO 9/26/2013 8:47PM

    Sounds good-- will be trying it!!

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BOSS61 9/26/2013 8:23PM

    hey Sheryl - blog the recipe(s) - and drop me a Spark mail to make sure I do not miss it. Thanks.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/26/2013 8:01PM

    What IS your recipe for black bean stew? I use black beans in chili, but that's the most "exotic" I've been with black beans. LOL

I don't understand the whole purpose of grown adults sending other grown adults hate mail, but yup . . . love the BLOCK USER feature as well!

HUGS and here's to a good weekend.

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MICKEYH 9/26/2013 7:56PM

    love black bean.

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GINA180847 9/26/2013 7:43PM

    I really have to give black beans a try again. Wasn't impressed before. I went over your recent blogs and I can't for the life of me come up with anything controversial. Weird!!!!!!

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REGILIEH 9/26/2013 7:28PM

    Unbelievable regarding the hate mail! Good grief, ridiculous! You are still loved!

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HEALTHY4ME 9/26/2013 7:26PM

    Never heard of a block user... how do you do that?? and I agreee someone sending you nasty talk - that is crazy!

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MISSB8604 9/26/2013 7:21PM

    Don't sweat whoever it is, they're a LOSER. You are amazing and a GREAT friend. emoticon

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KMICHA 9/26/2013 7:20PM

    Hate mail??? Seriously???

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WOUBBIE 9/26/2013 7:07PM

    Good grief! What kind a loser would send YOU hate mail?!?!?

Nice blog as always!

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COCK-ROBIN 9/26/2013 6:53PM

    LOL, black beans over tofu! Sounds great. I may try it. I love black beans. And red beans.

And you're right about just walking away from negative people. Good for you!

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