Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A Cooking Assignment For You

Last night, we had this for dinner: Chicken, Salsa, and Black Bean Soup.

I served it with the recommended shredded cheddar cheese and avocado slices. I took one bite and MMMMMMMM! So good! Aside from that, it was pretty simple to make - Jay even threw it together before 6am and I just had to do the final prep when I got home from work. I was hopeful that Jason would like it too since it's similar to chili.

Nope. His response? "I wouldn't eat more than one bowl of it."

Heartbreak!!!!! I've been trying so hard lately to come up with new menu items since it seems we eat a lot of the same things because Jason and I have such a hard time coming up with menu options that we can both agree on. (We take the kids out of the equation most of the time since they turn their noses up at just about everything except for hot dogs, spaghetti, and macaroni n' cheese - not all together though!)

I'll admit, yes, I'm a little picky when it comes to meat. But other than meat, I'm actually not that picky at all. I love soups. I love vegetables. I love salads. I love original casseroles with lots of vegetables and things with lots of beans. I'd be happy not eating meat for a few weeks if needed, but I don't classify myself as a vegetarian since I do like to have some chicken or something in a dish from time to time.

So I'm asking all of you out there, give this recipe a try and tell me what you think. I did everything it called for including pureeing a little of the soup to make it smoother. I'm not trying to persuade Jason to like it but I'm wondering if I am alone in loving this soup. I know he's not a big soup person which is hard for me b/c I could eat soup every night. (My parents are soup people so I guess I come by this honestly.)

I think I'm a pretty good cook and I like to cook. The problem is finding something that we both like. I guess if I was a meat and potatoes type of girl, Jason might be happier with the culinary attempts in our house. But then, I wouldn't know how to prepare a roast or porkchop any better than I would know how to change the oil in a car - nor would I even want to. I love making things that I know other people enjoy - it just isn't fun making something you know that will receive lackluster reviews time and time again.


Heather said...

Hmmm. Doesn't sound so bad...I'll have to try it. I made turkey burgers last night that were amazing...really moist and yummy. I asked Allen how he liked them...his hesitant, "they, good" could really be translated as, "where's the beef?" but alas, I'm on a health kick and thus, so is he! [I am THE chef in the house; Allen can't boil water].

Katie said...

I'll try it!

Katie said...

I was just looking if I had ingredients to make this tonight on stovetop and I realized it was very similar to a Rachael Ray recipe I have made that is also good.

Do a search for "Black Bean Stoup" and the recipe should pop up. To RR's recipe, I often add chicken and corn and ease up on the heat (hot sauce & jalepeno). It's good!