Thursday, September 25, 2008
I googled casserole vs. cassoulet and didn't get a very good answer. Somebody should write an article really laying out the differences---it'd get a lot of hits. In my very (very) limited breadth of knowledge, I'm going to decide that they are the same thing, but cassoulets use beans as a base instead of rice or pasta.
And cassoulet is French, so your coolness factor goes up just by using the word.
I also googled "are lima beans vegetables or beans" and only got an answer about whether or not they are a fruit or vegetable. I can't imagine anyone could really think they are a fruit, but whatever. Growing up, I was certain they were vegetables, because they were greenish and came in a little container swimming in butter at the school cafeteria. And they are in the frozen vegetable section of the grocery store.
But I think they are beans, which are legumes. And this ends pretty much everything I know.
my brain is now empty.
Don't be scared to try lima beans. I got the kids to try them---and my parents each had two bowls.
--1 pound of dried lima beans (soaked over night)
--28 oz can diced tomatoes
--2 cups diced ham, or turkey ham
--1 medium yellow onion, chopped
--3 smashed and chopped garlic cloves
--1/2 tsp black pepper
--1 T dried mustard
--1 cup water
Soak the beans overnight in a bunch of cold water. They will expand, so use enough water to cover them at least 4 inches.
In the morning, drain and rinse the beans. Dump into a 4 quart or larger crockpot. Add a fresh cup of water.
Dice up the ham or turkey ham (I think chicken and apple sausages would be good, too) and add on top.
Open the can of tomatoes, and pour in the whole can. Chop the onion and garlic and add. Stir in the spices.
Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. I cooked our beans for about 7. This is done when the beans are tender. If you cook this too long, the only harm will be that the beans begin to fall apart.
I really was astonished at how much I liked this. I couldn't get enough, and I'm pretty sure I was annoying Adam by going on and on (and on some more) about how amazing it was that lima beans could taste so good.
Lima beans have been given a bad rap. We should change that.
yes, I'm writing this at 3 in the morning. I couldn't sleep. Should I just be up for the day, or go back to bed. That is the question...