Friday, January 14, 2011

Friday Firsts - Dried Beans

Friday Firsts

Happy Friday everybody! Since Johnny started his new job I'm really starting to love weekends. We see a lot less of each other during the week with him leaving for work earlier, getting home later, and needing to go to bed earlier for the dreaded alarm clock. I know it sounds weird because we live in the same house, but I miss him!

Enough with the sappy stuff, though. My first for this week was cooking dried Northern white beans in my slow cooker. I don't use dried beans very often, but I should because of how cheap they are. This was the first time I threw non-soaked beans in anything and I wasn't even sure they'd cook properly. But I took a leap of faith and it worked! Four hours on high and they were tender and velvety soft.

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Laura said...

My first was a delish lentil cauliflower stew. I have made it before but this was the first of this particular combo-so so good!

Kristina @ spabettie said...

I love great northern beans... very versatile - I use them in a lot!! :)

Jason is out of town this week, and with his new promotion may have to travel more... so I know what you mean about weekends being valuable! I may start traveling with him, though!

Happy Weekend, Christina!!

April J Harris said...

I know exactly what you mean about weekends - my husband leaves on a business trip this Sunday and I feel like I've lost mine this week! But he is back next Saturday morning :)

Thank you so much for hosting. I've linked to my very first foodie blog hop which I am hosting with Alex of A Moderate Life. I'd love it if you would join in :) Everyone is welcome!

Have a lovely weekend!

Biz said...

Happy Friday Christina! Hope you have a great weekend!

Fight the Fat Foodie said...

I was afraid of making gnocchi until I actually did it! surprisingly easy.

Roz said...

Hi Christina, Hope you have a good weekend. My first involves my cat, which made me think - how is your brother's kitty? I assume "no news is good news" and he's getting better? Fingers crossed for that!!!!