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Cassoulet Soup

Sofie and I shucked some cranberry beans and I got the urge for cassoulet. I don't know how to make cassoulet, or even if that's spelled right, but I had it once in Paris so I feel qualified:

Threw a bit of olive oil in a pan and heated with some chopped red onion til it browned a bit. Then I threw in some smart balance lite, about a 1/2 cup of chopped ham from the freezer and two chicken breast tenders frozen. I added about a 1/3 of a bell pepper finely chopped and have that all cooking up now. For kicks I put the (2 stalks) celery and (1 small) carrot on the grill again, and chopped them finely too.

Let the pan get good and browned with the chicken and such and then added a quart of water and the beans, plus a frozen chicken leg. It's boiling away. Thnking about it now I should have used the leg for the pan browning and threw the tenders in later. Oh well.

Hey! Get this! I'm typing this real time! I finally brought my computer into the kitchen to record the recipe as I go. This will mean more accurate directions if I try to duplicate a soup. There is the added benefit of not having to run into the office to write stuff down and getting distracted and letting things ... uh, take directions I didn't intend, let's say. Wish me luck in not spilling anything on my laptop. I mean, Uncle Larry's laptop.

Anyway. I'm going to add two small already roasted/leftover summer squash in there too. While I'm at it I'm going to throw in some other refrigerator refugees... a small roasted red potato, some leftover turkey breast from the freezer and a chunk of steak from the other night. I'm going to shred the potato now and put it in but save the cooked meats for the end. Looking around the fridge I think that's all I've got.

Now that the leg is done enough to taste the broth I realize I haven't seasoned this at all. Just added a few pinches of kosher salt and some Fines Herbes (Seatle Rhythm and Spice, souvenir of our Seattle trip) and will try again in a few minutes. The beans are pretty much done, so just let it all mellow for a few and we're off to the campfire for dinner. Mmm, soup by a fire!

Footnote: this soup was GREAT and totally satisfied the beany cassoulet urge. Mmmm, can't wait to have that for lunch!


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